SJMC: A Look at Joseph’s Home

Georgette Jackson, Executive Director Joseph’s Home, with Sr. Kendra Bottoms, SJMC Ministry team.

Georgette Jackson, Executive Director Joseph’s Home, with Sr. Kendra Bottoms, SJMC Ministry team.

St. John Medical Center’s monthly Diversity Lunch for March featured a presentation from Georgette Jackson, Executive Director of Joseph’s Home.

 The mission of Joseph’s Home is to empower men experiencing homelessness and acute illness to heal in a nurturing faith-based environment and achieve independence.

Joseph’s Home is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. It is located at 2412 Community College Ave. in Cleveland.

Primary goals for residents at Joseph’s Home include Medical Stabilization, Increased Income and finding Permanent Housing.

“Joseph’s Home operates the best facility of its kind and is widely recognized for its unique service approach,” said Jackson. The home has a very high success rate, over 86 per cent.

Residents at Joseph’s Home are often referred by local hospitals, emergency shelters, clinics, meal sites and other social service agencies. Men entering Joseph’s Home have an acute or temporary medical issue that can be stabilized within three to six months after their arrival. A resident’s average length of stay is 4.8 months, and Joseph’s Home is typically at full occupancy, with 11 men sharing the home-like facility.

Joseph’s Home also accepts referrals for homeless men who are confronting a range of acute or temporary medical needs.

Any contribution of any amount will help to provide safe shelter, nourishing meals, nursing care, transportation to medical appointments, and a wide range of social services tailored to the unique needs of each resident.

If you would like to make a monetary donation to Joseph’s Home, please visit their website to make a secure online donation. To care properly for each man at Joseph’s Home costs about $175 per day.

Or you can donate things like basic necessities such as clothing, hygiene items and housewares (once they are ready for discharge). St. John Medical Center has a drop-off box in their lobby. They are frequently in need of Men’s underwear, Men’s personal hygiene items (razors, shaving cream, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant) Housewares for men being discharged (dishes, pots & pans, silverware), Sheet sets (twin size), Towels and washcloths, Tools (for fix-up tasks and gardening) and contractors/handymen that can help with odd jobs.

Phone (216) 685-1551 or visit www.josephshome.com.

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