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.
The recent issue of The Journey, the biannual newsletter of Joseph & Mary’s Home, features a cover article about a pilot program with Cleveland Clinic to quantify benefits of the medical respite model and document best practices. The newsletter also has news about outcomes in 2022, a donor spotlight focused on monthly giving, a donor honor roll and more updates.
Crain’s Cleveland Business published an op/ed letter in this week’s print and digital editions from Executive Director Beth Graham. She wrote about the importance of medical respite care for medically fragile people experiencing homelessness and the importance of local funding for these vital programs.
Many individuals and partners touched the lives of Joseph & Mary’s Home residents last 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.
Joseph & Mary’s Home had a big year in 2022 and has big plans for 2023. Top on the list of accomplishments was the opening of Mary’s Home, a new 10-bed medical respite facility for women experiencing homelessness. Executive Director Beth Graham penned a letter highlighting accomplishments of 2022 and looking ahead to 2023.
Eileen Vizcaino, retired Presbyterian PC U.S.A. clergy woman, volunteers at
Mary’s Home leading a weekly poetry group. She also established a charitable gift annuity, making a donation to Joseph & Mary’s Home that helps support the ministry and pays her a quarterly dividend.
Known around Joseph & Mary’s Home as “by the book Green,” Terry Green has been a resident support associate for nearly four years. He helps ensure there is coverage 24/7/365 and works on different nights the second shift (4:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.) and third shift (12:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.). As a recovering alcoholic having reached 30 years of sobriety, Terry said he views working with residents as “giving back.”
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