Perseverance in Hope Luncheon

Joseph’s Home annual benefit luncheon to help ill homeless men heal


Joseph’s Home is the only Northeast Ohio organization of its kind: offering acutely ill homeless men temporary shelter that provides medical respite to promote healing and long-term self-sufficiency. Joseph’s Home will hold it signature fundraising event—Perseverance in Hope—Thursday, June 15 at 11:30 a.m. at Windows on the River in Cleveland.

In addition to door prizes, a raffle, silent auction and lunch, the fundraiser features a panel discussion with four alumni who will discuss their experiences in the program, how they ended up at Joseph’s Home and how it has positively impacted their lives. Dan Moulthrop, CEO of The City Club of Cleveland, will serve as emcee for the luncheon and will moderate the panel discussion.

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.

Funds raised at the luncheon provide meals, shelter and other care for the residents of Joseph’s Home. Individual tickets are $50 per person. Sponsorships are available beginning at $500 and include at least one table for up to 10 guests. Visit the event website for more information and to reserve your place today.

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.

Another life transformed with the help of Joseph’s Home

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 benefit luncheon to help ill homeless men heal

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]

About Joseph’s Home
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.

Joseph’s Home Featured in the 2015 Good News Giving Series

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Homeless outreach part of Joseph’s Home, West Side Catholic Center, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry: Good News Giving

Good New Giving: Joseph's Home
David Henderson, 53, of Cleveland, is grateful for Joseph’s Home, in background, which helped him get back on his feet after being homeless. Henderson had lost his business, home and family and found himself homeless after an illness. He lived at Joseph’s Home for six months. Joseph’s Home helped him get back on his feet and find a home. Henderson volunteers at the shelter and is now up for a position on the Joseph’s Home board. (Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer) (Lisa DeJong)

on December 12, 2015 at 7:30 AM, updated December 14, 2015 at 6:57 AM

Cleveland resident David Jones’ perspective on homelessness is like few others. He had a good job as an IT professional at a homeless shelter, never thinking he one day would be on the receiving end of an agency’s mission.

But one day in 2013, he woke up in a hospital bed following a serious stroke. Complications, including total renal failure, led to him losing his job and his home. He needed help. He found it at Joseph’s Home in Cleveland.

“As a person on the other side, I really do get it,” he said. “I’m grateful for the whole process.”

That process isn’t as simple as providing shelter, meals or blankets. It requires a network of agencies and their relentless workers and volunteers to tackle the many issues involved in such a complicated and vital issue.

Three Cleveland non-profits — Joseph’s Home, West Side Catholic Center and Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry — include homelessness in their missions. Their approaches are both varied and effective.

They are among 25 area agencies being supported in the third annual Good News Giving campaign, sponsored by The Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Media Group. The campaign will feature stories about these agencies during the holiday season, offer a means for donating to them, and provide them with free advertising in The Plain Dealer and Sun News, and on

Information about these agencies, plus a link to their websites, is posted on the Good News Giving website: The site features the logo of each agency, a description of its mission and the means of making a donation.

Joseph’s Home

Dialysis three days a week took a toll on Jones. He had to quit his job. He became depressed and did not take good care of his health, which declined further. He lost his apartment and found himself in a group home, which referred him to Joseph’s Home. Staff there helped him stabilize his health and find an apartment he can afford on a fixed income that now includes Social Security benefits. He lives on the West Side, within walking distance of Edgewater Park, which he visits frequently. He just paid his first month’s rent.

“It felt great. I have my own place again,” said Jones, 53. “I have a new chapter, a new adventure.”

Founded in 2000 by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Joseph’s Home seeks to meet the needs of single homeless men who are ill or have been recently discharged from a care facility and have no place to go and recover. The home-like facility next to Cuyahoga Community College’s Metro Campus fills a critical gap for men such as Jones.

“Joseph’s Home provides a place for homeless individuals whose level of care need is below that of a nursing home or hospital, but makes them a poor fit for a homeless shelter,” said Nathan Munn, director of development. “In many situations, to be on the street or in a shelter increases the risk of health complications and makes them more vulnerable.”

David Henderson led what he called a “lucrative life,” with a home health care business that counted among its clients former Cleveland Cavaliers owner Ted Stepien. The business collapsed during the recession, and his marriage and health soon followed. He lost his home and was going from relative to relative, then to shelters, as his health worsened. After six months at Joseph’s Home, his diabetes and other issues were stabilized. He transitioned to an apartment in Hough, where he lives today.

Henderson is paying it forward, serving as an advisor at Joseph’s Home and is being considered for a position on its board. He is the facility’s enthusiastic ambassador, and said Joseph’s Home did more than repair his life. Since his stay, he said he has mended relationships with his eight children.

“Joseph’s Home doesn’t just heal the individual, it permeates throughout the whole family,” he said.

Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry

Angelo Jessup was a rebellious 11-year-old, living in poverty and struggling to build relationships outside the family, when he first encountered Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry.

Fourteen years later, he’s still there, working with kids in similar situations. Talking about his life at LMM, Jessup sounds confident. It seems like a natural fit. But he said each step came with growing pains, and LMM staff was there for him throughout.

As a kid, he attended LMM’s After School Prevention Resources (ASPR) program. LMM staff drew him out and formed bonds. He quit school and left town, but when he came back to Cleveland, LMM welcomed him and guided him toward a GED.

He was asked to join the first Teen Advisory Group. He helped launch a Q-Team, which conducted program quality assessments. He became the team’s coordinator while attending Tri-C. He was dogged by a fear of failure, and each advancement required him to grow in ways he didn’t think he was capable of.

Recently, he was hired by LMM as the ASPR assistant director and helps oversee the programs that guided his early life. He loves working with the kids at LMM. He’s such a part of LMM’s fabric, the kids tease him for being there “for like 30 years.”

“I tell them I was the same little guy you was,” he said. “Now, although they respect me as an authority figure, they also appreciate me as a big brother.”

ASPR is just one of LMM’s many missions. It was established in response to the urban unrest of the 1960’s, specifically the upheaval in Hough. Its outreach includes, as well as at-risk youth, people who are or have been in legal trouble, or who are dealing with long-term care needs, and the homeless.

LMM helped nearly 9,000 people last year, according to Development Director Megan Crow Brauer. LMM runs a homeless shelter and its kitchen prepared 431,800 meals for the homeless and poor throughout the city.

“We inhabit an intersection where great needs meet bold solutions,” said Crow Brauer.

Workforce development and counseling are priorities, and Brauer pointed to a recent success story in Sarah Reed, who had trouble finding a job after being incarcerated. LMM accepted her into a culinary arts program and she worked at LMM’s Blazing Bistro, a food truck-style restaurant in a shipping container behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The successful bistro will be relocated downtown in the spring with Reed and other LMM-trained chefs.

West Side Catholic Center

Chanel was a homeless Navy veteran with two daughters and an infant son. She had been working as a medical assistant in another city, but lost her job and moved to Cleveland to be close to her husband’s family. Domestic issues forced her to the streets, and the Veterans Administration connected her with the West Side Catholic Center and its women’s and children’s shelter.

Chanel said she felt helpless and scared, and worried she had let her kids down, but quickly felt at home at the shelter. It allowed her to pause her life and set a new direction. While at the shelter, the family received medical care and children’s programming.

Chanel wanted to work. WSCC helped her find a job and a home with a yard for her kids on the East Side. She said she feels like she’s “back on a horse.”

WSCC offers hot meals, hospitality, clothing and household goods, emergency services, advocacy, the women and children’s shelter, and a housing solutions program to those in need at no charge, regardless of religious affiliation. Founded in 1977, WSCC’s web site describes it as “a unique, private, not-for-profit agency with Catholic roots, independent of the Catholic Diocese and Catholic Charities.”

Some of the daily critical needs it addresses include food and medication, heat and water, homelessness and providing help with job searches and transportation.

Maurice came there in 2013 looking for a meal. He was homeless and had been in and out of jail a half-dozen times for selling drugs.

He found more than short-term nourishment at WSCC. He soaked up lessons in creative writing, interviewing, professionalism, resume writing and employment skills. He gained work experience through job placements. He has been a featured writer by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and at the Expressive Arts Project showcase.

Maurice said WSCC changed the way he thought about life, and it changed the scope of his life.

Joseph’s Home is located at 2412 Community College Ave., Cleveland 44115.

Phone: 216-685-1551.

Email: [email protected]


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

Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry is located in The Richard Sering Center, 4515 Superior Ave., Cleveland 44103.

Phone: 216-696-2715.

Email: [email protected]


Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry serves with people who are oppressed, forgotten and hurting, through a Christian ministry of service and advocacy, to overcome barriers, obtain job skills, gain employment, locate stable housing, access counseling and support services, stay out of prison, secure second chances and become self-sufficient, productive members of our community.

West Side Catholic Center is located at 3135 Lorain Ave., Cleveland 44113.

Phone: 216-631-474


The West Side Catholic Center since 1977 has offered hot meals, hospitality, clothing and household goods, emergency services, advocacy, a women and children’s shelter and a housing solutions program to those in need at no charge, regardless of religious affiliation.

Sisters of Charity Health System Announces New Executive Director for Joseph’s Home


CLEVELAND – November 22, 2015: The boards and leadership of the Sisters of Charity Health System and Joseph’s Home have named Christine Horne as the next executive director of Joseph’s Home.

A ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, Joseph’s Home provides a nurturing, caring environment for homeless men with serious medical needs, helping them heal and achieve independence. Joseph’s Home also coordinates services from local partners to meet the needs of each resident as he works to become self sufficient. More than 450 men have graduated from the nonprofit – the only one of its kind in Northeast Ohio – since 2000.

Horne has more than 20 years of experience and leadership in Catholic ministry, serving in a variety of roles at Catholic Charities Corporation. Most recently, she served as the director of Catholic Charities in Lorain County, overseeing a staff of 30 with an annual budget of $1 million. Her key responsibilities included strategic planning, program development and implementation, fiscal oversight and fund development. In prior roles at Catholic Charities, she has also been responsible for risk management, quality improvement and management of intensive treatment center.

“Christine is a seasoned nonprofit leader and program expert,” said Kathy Heigle, Joseph’s Home board chair. “Her experience is essential as Joseph’s Home responds to a changing landscape, including shifts in government funding and changes impacting access to health care for the homeless men we serve. She will play a vital role in continuing to carry out our mission. ”

With federal public policy shifts, sources of government funding have placed more emphasis on reduced length of stay and successful exits to permanent housing. As a result, the emphasis on rapid re-housing has started to reduce available funding for transitional housing programs like Joseph’s Home.

“Joseph’s Home has every opportunity to adapt its service model in ways that continue to advance our important response to unmet needs of homeless men in Cleveland. I am honored and excited to be a part of it,” said Horne, who begins her new role November 30.

“This ministry is a vital part of the Sisters of Charity Health System as Joseph’s Home promotes the healing process and creates stability in the life of each resident,” said Terrence Kessler, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System. “We are pleased to welcome Christine and her many talents to Joseph’s Home.”

Horne received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in nonprofit administration and leadership from Cleveland State University. She is a licensed social worker (LSW).

Nathan Munn has served as interim executive director since July. He will resume his role as director of development for Joseph’s Home November 30.

“We’d like to thank Nathan for his interim service to Joseph’s Home, said Heigle. “He has engaged wholeheartedly in ministry at Joseph’s Home and has been working diligently over the past few months to maintain operations and services to the residents.”

About the Sisters of Charity Health System

The Sisters of Charity Health System was established in 1982 as the parent corporation for the sponsored ministries of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine in Ohio and South Carolina. The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine is a congregation of women religious that, since founding in 1851, continues a faith-based legacy of high-quality, compassionate care in partnership with its co-ministers, who are the heart and hands of the ministry.

The Sisters of Charity Health System solely owns four Catholic hospitals: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio; Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio; and Providence Hospital and Providence Orthopedic Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina. The Sisters of Charity Health System also oversees three grantmaking foundations located in Cleveland, Ohio; Canton, Ohio; and Columbia, South Carolina. Each foundation sponsors significant community initiatives and collaborations that address causes and consequences of poverty. Outreach organizations within the Sisters of Charity Health System include Joseph’s Home, a unique residential care center for homeless men in Cleveland, Ohio; Early Childhood Resource Center for people working in childcare in all settings in Canton, Ohio; Healthy Learners, a health care resource for children from low-income families in South Carolina; and the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, a state-wide organization supporting initiatives to reengage fathers in the lives of their children. The Sisters of Charity Health System also provides residential elder care services at Regina Health Center in Richfield, Ohio, and Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, Ohio.

For more information, visit

Rebecca L. Gallant
Director of Communications
Sisters of Charity Health System
2475 East 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44115
216-696-8408 (office) 216-288-0239 (cell)
[email protected]

A Life Transformed: Lost Hope Regained

One day in the summer of 2014, Mr. Hill woke up in a hospital bed. He was unable to speak clearly and couldn’t remember anything from the previous two weeks.
He soon learned that he had suffered a stroke and had diabetes.
The news came as a devastating blow. Four years of unemployment had left him destitute and homeless. At one point he was so ashamed of himself that he didn’t want his own children to see him. But, three weeks before the stroke, he had finally found a job and even received his first raise. Now that job – and the possibilities it created for him – were gone. “I was ready to give up,” said Mr. Hill.
After stays in different nursing homes, Mr. Hill came to Joseph’s Home. His mobility and speech improved to the point that he no longer needed a cane to get around and could speak with minimal slurring. With the help of Staff Nurse Sister Sandy LoPorto, SSJ-TOSF, he got his blood sugar under control and eliminated his dependence on insulin. He reconnected with his children and started making plans to be involved in their lives. Plus, he found an apartment of his own.

In June, nearly a year after his stroke, Mr. Hill moved into that apartment. Thanks to the many friends and supporters of Joseph’s Home, his health is greatly improved. And he knows that he will never have to call the streets home again.

Mr. Hill recovered from a stroke, stabilized his diabetes and reconnected with his children while at Joseph’s Home

Perseverance in Hope 2015 Celebrates Exceptional Leadership and Service


On June 26, more than 300 friends and supporters of Joseph’s Home gathered at Windows on the River in Cleveland for Perseverance in Hope: The 2015 Joseph’s Home Benefit Luncheon.

Emcee Kevin J. Kelley, Cleveland City Council president, welcomed the crowd and challenged guests to keep homelessness a priority issue for our community and nation. Former Cleveland Browns Head Coach Sam Rutigliano delivered an entertaining and inspirational keynote address.

Guests witnessed the unveiling of a plaque that honors the nine Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine known as “The Dream Team” for their work to spearhead the founding of Joseph’s Home 15 years ago. The plaque will be on permanent display at Joseph’s Home.

Sister Joan Gallagher, CSA, the founding executive director of Joseph’s Home, offered a moving tribute to Georgette Jackson, outgoing executive director. Nathan Munn, Joseph’s Home director of development, was introduced as the interim executive director.

Many thanks to the sponsors, donors and attendees whose support and participation helped make Perseverance in Hope a tremendous success for the acutely ill homeless residents of Joseph’s Home. Winning bids on the 30 silent auction items totaled more than $4,000. Overall, the event raised more than $42,000 to provide food, shelter, nursing care, social services and continuity of care services for the residents and alumni of Joseph’s Home.

Special thanks also to Sam Rutigliano and Kevin J. Kelley for their outstanding service and heartfelt remarks.


Here are a few photos from the event. For more photos, visit the Perseverance in Hope 2015 album on our Facebook page.

Left to right: Joseph’s Home Board Chair Kathy Heigle, Emcee Kevin J. Kelley, Keynote Speaker Sam Rutigliano and Executive Director Georgette Jackson
Guests from St. John Medical Center
Guests from PNC Bank


HealthTrust was very pleased to be represented at the Joseph’s Home luncheon.  We look forward to the event every year in support of the outstanding work done by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine in the community.  It was especially nice seeing the recognition of the core group of Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine who initiated Joseph’s Home, what a legacy they have created.  I found Coach Rutigliano’s words of perseverance and faith very uplifting as well. – Barry J. Bumm, VP Sales, MidAmerica Region, HealthTrust

Margaret W. Wong is proud to support Joseph’s Home. We loved meeting the “dream team” who founded this institution at the luncheon. They are very inspirational people. – Michael Patterson, Margaret W. Wong & Associates

The atmosphere at Joseph’s Home Benefit Luncheon was welcoming and exciting.  Everyone was very friendly.  I was able to witness 3 great moments while I was there and I shared them with my family and community.  First, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine’s story was inspiring and hopeful.  It was their faith and service to God that led these humble women to reach out so many years ago.  The Dream Team were in our presence and they were given a standing ovation for their tenacity and maintaining the tradition of service.  Second, Sam Rutigliano was the keynote speaker.  I am not sure if I should say more.  I just remember my father and I watching the Browns on TV and how we cheered them on, seeing the coach at the time giving it his all.  He has a young spirited mind and way of thinking.  I was honored to be there and it definitely made me remember another great moment with my father, who is present with the Lord since October 2003.  Lastly, I was able to witness sincere love of people.  There were tears in the eyes of Georgette Jackson, Executive Director of Joseph’s Home, saying her final words serving in that role.  She was given her flowers while she yet lives – this is an old quote I would hear from my grandmother.  I know that my peers and colleagues were just as moved as I at this luncheon and it definitely changed my perspective of serving others. – Benita Smith, PNC Bank

I thought the luncheon this year was brilliant!  I really enjoyed the guest speaker Sam Rutigliano’s message.  Sam’s speech gave the audience an intimate view of his thoughts and inspiration.  I thought that Sam would speak about his career as a head coach with the Cleveland Browns, however, I was amazed to hear how God ordered his footsteps.  His first sentence set the tone and captivated the audience’s attention from the first minute that he spoke.  Throughout his talk he did make mention of his career but his message was clearly about his mission on earth and his service to God. His message inspired a call to action for everyone in attendance. I also enjoyed the remarks from the outgoing Executive Director Georgette Jackson as well as the remarks from Kathy Heigle. For me I had to reflect internally and make adjustments on my own community service. – Victoria L. Moore, PNC Bank

The Joseph’s Home luncheon was a wonderful celebration of the work of a ministry that does so much for the homeless community in Cleveland. The presence of so many participants from all walks of life is both proof of and a testament to the power of the mission. The highlight of the event was the recognition of residents of Joseph’s Home – both current and past. – Srinivas Merugu, MD, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Ohio

Relationships Put a Human Face on Homelessness for Students

Hawken School Senior Hannah O’Day admits she had preconceptions about the homeless when she signed up for an elective class on homelessness.
Hawken School Students Monica Sass (left) and Hannah O’Day with Joseph’s Home Facilities and Operations Manager Edison Mosley, II at the Joseph’s Home Christmas party.


But when teacher Jack Breisch assigned her and classmate Monica Sass to spend a portion of their fall semester at Joseph’s Home, she was given a unique chance to get to know the issue
– and the people – up close and personal.


O’Day and Sass got to know Joseph’s Home residents over meals and spent time with them playing games, doing puzzles and socializing. They also created time capsule questionnaires for residents to complete at their arrival and again at their discharge.


What did they take away from their time with the residents of Joseph’s Home?


“Through this experience I learned the truth,” said O’Day. “They are normal people just like me.”


The highlight of their field experience at Joseph’s Home was the Christmas party as O’Day and Sass distributed gifts to current and former residents. It was also bittersweet because it was their final day and there were some sad goodbyes.


“I definitely made a few friends along the way,” said O’Day. “Joseph’s Home impacted me immensely and I know Monica and I would both love to spend more time there.”


Joseph’s Home Featured in the 2014 Good News Giving Series

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Joseph’s Home, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry keep roofs overhead as people rebuild their lives

Good News Giving: Donald Martin
Donald Martin, an ex-Marine, was helped by Joseph’s Home recovering from surgery and then in finding a place to live. (Marvin Fong / The Plain Dealer)

on December 09, 2014 at 2:00 PM, updated December 09, 2014 at 2:09 PM

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry and Joseph’s Home don’t build housing. Their mission is much more personal. The agencies rebuild lives and set the people they help on the path to independent living.

The two nonprofits, that temporarily house many of the people they aid, are among 20 area agencies that benefit from contributions made to the Good News Giving 2014 holiday charity campaign of the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

The Plain Dealer, Sun News and are all part of the group. Contributions can be made online at or use the coupon in The Plain Dealer.

Many clients of the Lutheran Ministry and Joseph’s Home suffer with severe health problems and are homeless. Others deal with substance-abuse issues and some even have criminal records.

Rodney Scott, now 53, went to Joseph’s Hometo recover from a surgery in which a significant portion of his colon was removed. He’d been diagnosed with stage-four cancer and told by his doctor that he was “at death’s door and the door is cracked.” He was supposed to die in 2009.

AX204_764F_9.JPGRodney Scott, with his new wife, Saundra, recovered from major surgery with the help of Joseph’s Home, one of the agencies benefiting from this year’s Good News Giving holiday charity drive.

Scott stayed at the home during recovery and while undergoing six months of chemotherapy. Ultimately, he was there nearly two years, during which time he proved the doctor wrong. In 2010, he was found to be free of cancer.

Now the only door that concerns him is the one on his apartment on Cleveland’s West Side, which he shares with his wife, Saundra, whom he married last month.

Joseph’s Home also helped Donald Martin. The Louis Stokes VA Hospital in University Circle diagnosed him two years ago with hypertension and congestive heart failure.

Serious ailments, both, but he can joke that “I turned 53 and the warranty ran out.”

The illnesses brought an end to the livelihood that had sustained him since he mustered out of the Marine Corps in 1981: automobile detailing and body work.

“Doctors told me not to do that kind of work because it was too strenuous and there were toxic fumes, too,” he said.

Martin went to Joseph’s Home last year to continue his recovery and to get help in finding a way to make a living and a place to live.

Joseph’s Home workers helped Martin develop a better diet, and “they help you to get it together with your medications,” he said.

Martin now rents a home on the city’s East Side but has run into another calamity.

He’s been studying IT and computer repair. Just short of certification, he said, the federal government curtailed the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program that was underwriting his training.

Joseph’s Home is on that case, too. Georgette Jackson, the agency’s CEO, said the organization has a liaison with the VA and they will explore other funding sources for Martin.

The organization has beds for 11 men, Jackson said. Since its inception in 2000, the agency has helped 450 men.

The primary goals of Joseph’s Home are to help each resident to stabilize his health, obtain sustainable income and move on to permanent housing.

The home was the idea of a member of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Augustine who was a social worker and noticed that many of the homeless men she encountered were in ill health, but did not meet the criteria for managed care.

Jackson said the home is named for Saint Joseph, one of the order’s patron saints. “Joseph was a carpenter, and Joseph’s Home represents men rebuilding their lives,” she said.

Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry is similarly focused but on a broader swath of humanity. It is jointly held by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

The ministry offers a range of services, including a shelter for homeless youth, independent living facilities for youth aging out of foster care, and has a guardianship program in Lorain County.

The largest single entity is the homeless men’s shelter at 2100 Lakeside Avenue, with up to 400 men spending the night there.

Andrew Genszler, the ministry’s CEO, said the adult shelter serves around 10,000 men annually, around half of them transitioning out of prison.

The goal is a sustainable income and independent living for each.

Genszler said the ministry operates two training programs. One is culinary, where participants rotate through the ministry’s central kitchen that prepares meals for six different community locations that serve the homeless. After completing the six-month program, the ministry helps participants gain employment at  restaurants and catering companies.

The other is called Metro Metal Works which manufactures and installs bike racks.

One who has benefited from the metal-work program is a man who recently served five years in prison for statutory rape.

His name is being withheld to give him a chance to re-enter the community.

He has been at the Lakeside shelter for almost a year and has acquired skills in sales, customer service, metal fabrication, logistics and installation.

Since leaving prison, he said the shelter has been “my only support.”

“I do the things I need to do, saving money, getting a driver’s license, learning metal work, selling and assembling bike racks,” he said.

“I’m a critical thinker and I’m not easily impressed, but it’s pretty amazing what they do here every day,” he said. “They treat people like individuals.

“When someone is willing to rebuild his life, this is the only organization to give people a shot,” he said.

Perseverance in Hope 2014 Entertains, Enlightens and Energizes

Georgette Jackson and Paul Meshanko
Joseph’s Home Executive Director Georgette Jackson and Keynote Speaker Paul Meshanko

On June 20, guests of Joseph’s Home’s 2014 Perseverance in Hope event left Windows on the River with the satisfying knowledge that they had helped acutely ill homeless men to heal their lives.

Guests participated in a raffle for an iPad mini and bid on 26 silent auction items, which helped raise more than $39,000 to help acutely ill homeless men recover their health and rebuild their lives at Joseph’s Home.

Attendees also came away empowered to spread wellbeing in their workplaces, families, social networks and communities.

After lunch and a heart-warming program, which included a testimonial from former Joseph’s Home resident Michael Allen and presentation of the 2014 Making A Difference Award to Rosary Hall, keynote speaker Paul Meshanko of Legacy Business Cultures kept the audience engaged with a lively presentation about the power of respect.

Meshanko mixed scientific data about the brain and human behavior with personal anecdotes, pop culture references and audience participation to promote respect as a vital key to unlocking human potential.

Of course, respect is integral to the mission of Joseph’s Home, as revealed in the following statement from Joseph’s Home Executive Director Georgette Jackson on “At Joseph’s Home we fight every day, one man at a time, to create the opportunities that change an individual’s course in life. We see the whole man. We see his spirit, his heart, his character and his passion to be renewed. Joseph’s Home is special. I am proud to share it with you.”

Meshanko closed his presentation by reflecting on Georgette’s quote. With the entire audience standing and holding hands to form an unbroken chain of connection, he urged everyone to devote themselves to the same respectful approach to the people in their lives.

Meshanko’s 2013 book, The Respect Effect, was available for sale after the program. It quickly sold out, with proceeds from book sales at the event donated by Legacy Business Cultures to Joseph’s Home.

The Joseph’s Home team is deeply thankful to Paul Meshanko and everyone who helped make Perseverance in Hope 2014 an incredibly enjoyable and successful event. In particular, we want to acknowledge:

  • Emcee Dawn Kendrick of 19 Action News. Her energy and enthusiasm were contagious. Her professional expertise kept the program moving and her passion for the Joseph’s Home mission of healing lives touched everyone.
  • Orlando Howard and the staff of Rosary Hall, who are distinguished both by their skill and compassion. Joseph’s Home residents are extraordinarily privileged to have access to the excellent substance abuse treatment Rosary Hall provides.
  • The employees of the Sisters of Charity Health System, who volunteered their time the day of the event and in the preceding weeks and months. Their hard work and dedication made things run smoothly, and allowed the Joseph’s Home team to provide guests with a first-rate experience.
  • The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine. Their wisdom and courage brought Joseph’s Home into being and their example of service inspires all of us. Their unwavering support of Joseph’s Home means everything to us!
  • The many sponsors and donors whose financial and in-kind contributions made the event possible and whose support is literally saving and restoring lives. Their generosity is both gratifying and humbling.

Visit the event website for more about Perseverance in Hope 2014, including: photos, a link to the slides from Paul Meshanko’s keynote presentation, and full listing of the sponsors and donors.