Elaine has held many jobs throughout her life, including running a rescue farm and caring for horses for 18 years. COVID, a number of health issues and a series of unfortunate events changed that. After spending more than three years at a shelter, Elaine came to Mary’s Home to recover from COPD exacerbation. After stabilizing her health, Joseph & Mary’s Home staff connected her to permanent housing. With a place to call home, she was able to return to caring for animals, adopting a pet rabbit she named Precious Bunny. Both Elaine and Precious Bunny are enjoying all the space and natural light that her new apartment offers.
Executive Director Beth Graham wrote a year-in-review letter to share reflections on 2023 at Joseph & Mary’s Home and where the ministry is headed in 2024 and beyond.
Many individuals and organizations touched the lives of Joseph & Mary’s Home residents this year by providing everything from daily essentials like toiletries, bedding and towels, to warm winter coats and hats. These gifts help us welcome new residents and meet their basic needs. We are also very grateful to all the donors who made Thanksgiving and Christmas extra special.
The recent issue of The Journey newsletter features a cover article about our partnership with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) and how it brings care to those experiencing unsheltered homelessness. The newsletter also has a recap of the very successful Perseverance in Hope 2023 Benefit Luncheon, a staff spotlight on Medical Director Dr. Michael Seidman, a donor spotlight on a former intern, and news updates.
#weGIVECATHOLIC is a one-day giving event hosted by the Catholic Community Foundation that takes place on Giving Tuesday each year, which is November 28. It is a day dedicated to giving thanks and giving back. New this year, donors can give online early starting Sunday, November 19, to have their gift matched.
“Things now are excellent. God has gifted me the entire way. I’m now a Tri-C graduate and I got the keys to my own apartment a week ago today. Everything has come together,” said Joseph & Mary’s Home alum Stuart Survance. Stuart spoke those words to 400 people at the Perseverance in Hope 2023 Benefit Luncheon at Windows on the River in Cleveland on October 12. The luncheon set a new record by raising $111,350 to support healing and assistance with permanent housing.
Joseph & Mary’s Home, the only homeless service provider in Northeast Ohio exclusively focused on medical respite care, has been accredited by CARF International for a period of three years for its behavioral health services program. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services.
Trauma-informed care has a much deeper meaning to Aleah Reed and Sherri Scroggins, who just completed the Community Health Worker Certification Program offered by Health Impact Ohio. These two dynamic staff members have been hustling to get residents connected to medical appointments and housing. Known around Joseph & Mary’s Home as “Firecracker” and “Get it Done,” Aleah and Sherri played key roles in connecting five residents to housing in the month of June.
A year ago, Joseph & Mary’s Home realized a longtime dream of our founders, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, with the opening of a second facility to care for women experiencing homelessness who need a safe place to recover after surgery or hospitalization. Spring is a celebration of renewal and new beginnings. Your support provides people experiencing homelessness with a place to heal. People like Kathy and Karolin.
With the opening of Mary’s Home in 2022, the number of adults Joseph & Mary’s Home was able to reach expanded significantly, with 119 men and women served in residence and the community. Sixty-two percent of residents were medically stable upon discharge and 90% of alumni exited to and remained in a stable setting. The list of outcomes in 2022 is highlighted in the recent issue of The Journey, the biannual newsletter of Joseph & Mary’s Home.
It Is Our Mission
Joseph & Mary’s Home, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, provides a nurturing, caring environment for adults without resources who have acute medical needs, helping them heal and achieve independence.
Joseph & Mary’s Home
2412 Community College Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115