WOMEN EXPERIENCE HOMELESSNESS AND ILLNESS—IN STAGGERING NUMBERS
Joseph’s Home receives countless calls from hospital social workers asking for help for women with serious medical issues. Cleveland’s traditional shelters are not equipped to help women recover from surgery or other acute health conditions. Instead, when women experience a medical issue, they are rushed to emergency departments. Once they are treated and discharged back to a traditional shelter or the streets, the cycle starts all over again. Sadly, due to a lack of space, Joseph’s Home is forced to turn away these referrals just when medically-vulnerable women need us the most. The time is now to end this tragic cycle for women.
Women experiencing homelessness in Cuyahoga County have no place to go to recover from significant health problems. They desperately need a nurturing, caring place to recuperate—not only from physical illness, but also the additional trauma they face from homelessness.
INTRODUCING MARY'S HOME: SERVING WOMEN EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
Joseph’s Home is embarking on a transformative project with a goal to open the doors to women experiencing homelessness by December 31, 2021. Mary’s Home—a 10-bed facility that was a former school and daycare center adjacent to Joseph’s Home—will serve greater Cleveland’s population of single, adult women who are experiencing homelessness and have acute medical conditions.
At Mary’s Home, women will benefit from medical supervision, nursing care, education about their conditions and treatments, medication management, nutritious meals, and coordination with health care, supportive service and housing providers. The integrated care model developed through our experience serving men will be used in Mary’s Home, with added expertise in issues impacting women’s health and well-being.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Because of generous support from people like you, Joseph’s Home has helped hundreds of medically-fragile men experiencing homelessness stabilize their health and secure permanent housing. It has long been the vision of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine to also serve women in this same way. The Mary's Home Capital Campaign is complete and the renovation is nearly finished. Now with your generosity, Joseph’s Home can make this vision a reality at Mary’s Home.
We invite you to join fellow community leaders in contributing to this important ministry. Your philanthropy and compassion are needed to help Joseph’s Home provide respite care for any medically-fragile person experiencing homelessness, regardless of gender. YDuring We Give Catholic, your support will provide the critical operating support needed to help medically-fragile women experiencing homelessness recover from serious health conditions, obtain housing and rejoin the community with the tools and support they need to remain healthy. For good.
Joseph’s Home is the only homeless service provider in Northeast Ohio exclusively focused on medical respite care. While men stabilize their physical illness in a nurturing faith-based environment, they also develop their individual housing plans and connections to behavioral health supports. Joseph’s Home offers an eleven-bed facility with private rooms, ongoing medical supervision, medication management, nutritious home-cooked meals and coordination with local health care providers. Residents also receive intensive case management that includes development of permanent housing plans, benefit(s) review, transportation to and from any needed medical or housing appointments, and supportive programming that includes identifying community resources and supports.