Perseverance in Hope 2023 Raises $111,350 to Support Healing and Assistance with Permanent Housing

“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.”
– 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.

Thank you to everyone who could be there in person, and to everyone who supports our mission, whether you were able to join us for this special day or not. When we gather together for events like Perseverance in Hope, you are standing beside us in our commitment that everyone requires a place to call home and high-quality health services when they are ill.

Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, called everyone to action in her keynote speech. She said, “Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains.”

Dan Moulthrop, CEO of The City Club of Cleveland, emceed the event (for the 11th consecutive year – thank you Dan!) and interviewed alumni Christiane Drellishak and Stuart Survance, who have both secured housing after stabilizing their health at Joseph & Mary’s Home.

Recognized at the luncheon were Richard C. Gallagher, recipient of the 2023 David Henderson Memorial Award and the United Way of Greater Cleveland, recipient of the 2023 Dream Team Partnership in Service Award.

Journey Home Fund
The luncheon included a call to support the Journey Home Fund, which will help residents with the next stage in their journey – getting them started as they move into permanent housing. Generous supporters donated more than $6,450 at the luncheon to grow the fund. You can make a donation today to continue growing the fund at

Check Out Event Photos
Photos from the event are on Facebook and LinkedIn. Thank you to volunteers from Cleveland Photographic Society for covering our event.

Thank You to Our Sponsors
Thank you to the Gallagher Family for being the Presenting Sponsor of 2023 Perseverance in Hope. Gold sponsors were:

  • Corinne L Dodero Foundation for the Arts & Sciences
  • Parker
  • Richard M. Weaver and Jeanne Colleran Weaver
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine

Perseverance in Hope Playlist
We all have songs that inspire us, that bring us comfort or remind us that tomorrow will be a better day. The event playlist was selected by Joseph & Mary’s Home residents – songs that inspire them and give them hope on their journey of healing and achieving independence.

Brian M. – “Wild Wild Life” by Talking Heads
Clarise S. – “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins
Sheldon W. – “Trouble Man” by Marvin Gaye / “Mind Power” by James Brown
Dove B. – “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang
Keith M. – “Just Got Paid” by Johnny Kemp
Ray S. – “Sadie” by R. Kelly
Gene S. – “Take it Easy” by the Eagles / “Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen
Stu S. – “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin
Elaine Z. – “Benny and the Jets” by Elton John
Jon R. – “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson
Keairra T. – “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus
Robert M. – “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion
Joey E. – “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin
Stacy S. – “Baby Hold on to Me” by Gerald Levert feat. Eddie Levert
Valerie H. – “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire