Joseph’s Home, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, empowers men who are experiencing homelessness and acute illness to heal in a nurturing, faith-based environment and achieve independence. Recent graduate Jamie is one of those men.
Jamie was hit by a bus while riding in a cab, which injured his knee and left him unable to work. He came to Joseph’s Home to heal, manage his health and keep a positive outlook. His story, which was recently shared in the Joseph’s Journey newsletter, is below:
A Life Transformed: Bouncing Back from Being Hit by a Bus
Jamie knows what it’s like to get hit by a bus. Literally and figuratively.
The first time was figurative. It was 1993 and he was working two jobs and studying full-time for a nursing degree when one August day he and a roommate got in an argument about money. The roommate pulled a gun. Jamie had a split second to react. Trying to defend himself, they struggled and the gun went off. His roommate was hit and killed.
In an instant, his life was shattered.
Without witnesses to corroborate his story, he was convicted of manslaughter and served six years in prison. His conviction meant he was unable to pass the background check required for a career in nursing—or many other jobs. He managed to make a living for a few years working as an unlicensed caregiver for family and friends.
Then he got hit by a bus—literally
He was riding in a cab that was broadsided by a city bus. At first glance, it appeared that he had escaped major injury. But then his right knee started swelling and hurting. Unable to work, he lost his apartment.
He had surgery, but struggled to rehab his knee while living in homeless shelters.
In September 2015, he was admitted to Joseph’s Home, where he could rest his knee in the privacy of his own room. And perhaps even more importantly, he found that he could talk with the Joseph’s Home staff and volunteers. With their support and encouragement, he worked to process his emotions, manage his health care and keep a positive outlook.
“Joseph’s Home is like a home to me. There’s still a lot of pain, but they’ve eased of lot of that for me,” Jamie said.
In March, Jamie found an apartment that accepted him in spite of his felony. He looks forward to participating in the Joseph’s Home Alumni Advisory Board and, if possible, he wants to help encourage and mentor future residents on their journey out of homelessness.
Joseph’s Home is the sole Northeast Ohio organization of its kind that provides acutely ill homeless men with transitional housing and also promotes healing and long-term self-sufficiency. Joseph’s Home will hold it signature fundraising event Thursday, June 23 at 11:30 a.m. at Windows on the River in Cleveland. The benefit luncheon—Perseverance in Hope—is being presented in partnership with the City Club of Cleveland.
Dan Moulthrop of the City Club will headline the event and lead a panel discussion on homelessness in Cleveland. Dan Moulthrop was appointed CEO of The City Club of Cleveland in 2013. Prior to joining the City Club, he was co-founder of The Civic Commons, an organization promoting civic good in the field of social media. He’s an award winning journalist, a former radio host and high school teacher and a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.The event celebrates the remarkable healing and achievements of the men who have stabilized their health and transformed their lives at Joseph’s Home. Funds raised will provide meals, shelter and care for the residents of Joseph’s Home. The cost is $50 for general admission; $100 for patrons. Sponsorships are available and start at $500.
For more information or to purchase tickets or sponsorships online or by phone, visit the event website or contact Nathan Munn at 216.875.4634 or [email protected]
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Joseph’s Home, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, empowers men experiencing homelessness and acute illness to heal in a nurturing, faith-based environment and achieve independence.
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Joseph’s Home, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, provides a nurturing, caring environment for men without resources who have acute medical needs, helping them heal and achieve independence.