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Perseverance in Hope 2022 Raises $95,000 to Support Healing and Assistance with Permanent Housing

More than 400 people attended the Perseverance in Hope 2022 Benefit Luncheon at Windows on the River in Cleveland on September 13. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped us raise $95,000, and to everyone who supports our mission and was unable to join us for this special day. When we gather together for events like Perseverance in Hope, you are saying that everyone requires a place to call home, that everyone requires high-quality health services when they are ill.

Bishop Edward Malesic visits Joseph’s Home and Mary’s Home

We were thrilled to welcome The Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, the bishop of Cleveland, August 2. The Bishop met with leadership and residents to learn more about Joseph’s Home and Mary’s Home, and the ultimate goal of housing as healing. He learned firsthand about these medical respite ministries before he is the keynote speaker at the Perseverance in Hope luncheon on Sept. 13 at Windows on the River in Cleveland. Read more about his visit in this news article from the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.

The full text of the article is below or available here.

Mission, ministry of Joseph’s and Mary’s homes shared with bishop

News of the Diocese
August 3, 2022

The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine began serving in the Diocese of Cleveland as the city’s first public health nurses when they arrived here in 1851 from France.

In the 171 years since, the sisters have worked with some of the area’s most impoverished and vulnerable residents – a ministry that continues with Joseph’s Home (serving men) and Mary’s Home (serving women), a pair of medical respite facilities under the auspices of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

Bishop Edward Malesic got his first look at the homes during a visit on Aug. 2. Beth Graham, executive director, and Anthony Searcy, a Gesu (University Heights) parishioner and chair of Joseph’s Home’s board of trustees, helped guide the bishop through the facilities. Residents greeted him with a cheery “Hello” and one woman even asked for his blessing.

The bishop listened intently as staff members and residents talked about the homes and their importance to the community. He commended the staff for their dedication to their ministry and offered his prayers and support for them and the residents.

He learned that about 30 years ago, some of the sisters recognized the growing problem of those experiencing homelessness, especially those who had been discharged from the hospital and had nowhere to stay as they recovered. A “Dream Team” of sisters studied the situation and decided to focus on meeting the needs of men experiencing homelessness. As their work continued, the seeds of Joseph’s house were planted.

In 1997, the CSAs approved the incorporation of Joseph’s Home. During the next few years, they secured the use of a former convent near St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, the downtown hospital run by the sisters, and raised money for renovations and working capital.

In May 2000, Joseph’s Home opened. The first resident was welcomed that August. Its mission is to help the men residents obtain permanent housing, improve their health, obtain a GED, develop job skills and prepare to enter the workforce.

The companion facility, Mary’s Home, opened in March in an adjacent building. Graham, who serves as executive director for both, said they fill a much-needed niche as medical respites. Only about three such facilities exist in Ohio and Mary’s Home is the only one Graham knows of that serves women.

She said they work with many social service and medical organizations to ensure that residents’ needs are met. Joseph’s Home serves about 40-50 men in a typical year. It can house up to 11 men at a time, while Mary’s Home can accommodate up to 10 women. Nutritious meals are prepared by the dietary staff at SVCM, which is across the street.

Residents have their own private rooms, access to common areas including outdoor courtyard/sitting spaces, laundry facilities and restrooms. Graham said the Sisters of Charity Health System donated some statues, including an outdoor Blessed Mother statue for Mary’s Home, and some crucifixes.

She noted that many former Joseph’s Home residents have improved/stabilized their health and found permanent housing. An average stay is about 75 days. Since Mary’s home opened, five women have passed through. One found permanent housing (see related video), one chose to leave and three moved into a facility with a higher level of care.

Although there were many challenges during the pandemic, Graham said the Joseph’s Home staff adapted, implemented safety guidelines and kept the facility open. Mary’s Home, a former school, was under renovation and pandemic-related supply chain issues delayed the arrival of furniture and other items.

Both facilities are at capacity, Graham said.

According to data collected by the two facilities, 77% of men at Joseph’s Home are older than 55. Data for the first quarter of Mary’s Home’s operations showed that 82% of the residents were older than 55. Because they serve adults who are experiencing both homelessness and medical issues, Graham said they tend to skew older.

Peaches, a Mary’s Home resident who has been battling cancer, told Bishop Malesic, “The house gave me a place to stay, a place to shower and a place to eat.”

The bishop urged the staff and board to continue sharing the facilities’ story. “People don’t want to be homeless,” he said.

“It’s unfortunate that Mary’s Home and Joseph’s Home are needed,” Searcy said. “But we’re here for those who need them.”

Both homes welcome in-kind donations of cash, gift cards – especially Target, Home Depot, Giant Eagle, Dave’s Markets, ALDI, Walmart and Visa gift cards — new under garments, socks and personal hygiene items like razors, shaving cream, moisturizing body wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, sunscreen, textured hair care products, hair brushes and hair picks. Call Erin Gay Miyoshi, development director, at 216-987-9201 for more information.

Bishop Malesic will be the keynote speaker at the Perseverance in Hope fundraising luncheon on Sept. 13. Click here for more information.

Joseph’s Home and Mary’s Home are ministries of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

Catholic Diocese of Cleveland: Perseverance in Hope 2019 luncheon benefits Joseph’s Home

More than 320 people attended the sold-out annual fundraising luncheon, Perseverance in Hope, June 19 in Cleveland, raising nearly $52,000 to benefit the men of Joseph’s Home. Bishop Nelson Perez was the keynote speaker, telling the crowd, “Hope in the midst of despair is at the center of Christianity. The resurrection offers us hope. Joseph’s Home is a sign of hope.”

Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Profiles Joseph’s Home Ministry Following Bishop Perez visit

Bishop Nelson Perez recently visited Joseph’s Home to meet with staff, residents and alumni to learn more about its healing ministry for medically fragile homeless men and to prepare for his keynote speech at the Perseverance in Hope fundraising luncheon on June 19.

Perseverance in Hope: annual benefit luncheon to help provide integrated health care to acutely ill homeless men

Perseverance in Hope: The Annual Joseph’s Home Benefit Luncheon is Thursday, June 21, at 11:30 a.m. at Windows on the River in Cleveland. The luncheon celebrates the remarkable healing and achievements of the acutely ill homeless men who have stabilized their health and transformed their lives at Joseph’s Home. In addition to lunch, there will be door prizes, a raffle and silent auction. Dan Moulthrop, CEO of The City Club of Cleveland, will serve as emcee and will be accompanied by keynote speaker Judge Michael J. Ryan, a judge on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division.

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.

Judge Ryan successfully ran for judge in 2005, becoming the youngest African-American male to be elected in the Cleveland Municipal Court’s history. In 2012, he was elected judge to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division. Ryan grew up in poverty in Cleveland’s Longwood Estate projects. With his biological father in prison, he was under the care of his mother, who had him when she was 14, and his stepfather, who were both addicted to heroin. In addition to working with youth as a judge, Ryan does extensive volunteer work with area youth, both directly and through helping organizations creating opportunities for youth and adults, such as serving on the board of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and on the Literacy Cooperative of Greater Cleveland. In 2015, Ryan self-published a memoir, “The Least Likely: From the Housing Projects to the Courthouse,” on how he overcome the odds.

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. 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.

Sponsorships and tickets are available. Click here for more information and to reserve your place today. Contact Development Manager Madeline Wallace at 216.987.9201 or [email protected] if you or your company have additional questions.

Perseverance in Hope 2015 Celebrates Exceptional Leadership and Service

EVENT OVERVIEW

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.

EVENT PHOTOS

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

GUEST COMMENTS

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

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 josephshome.com: “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.

Joseph’s Home 2014 benefit luncheon to help severely ill homeless men

Joseph’s Home, the only Northeast Ohio organization with the sole mission of helping severely ill homeless men recover their health and stabilize their lives, will hold its signature annual fundraising event Friday, June 20 at 11:30 a.m. at Windows on the River in Cleveland. The event, Perseverance in Hope, 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.

Paul Meshanko, president & CEO of Legacy Business Cultures, author of The Respect Effect and accomplished business leader, will deliver the keynote address. His talk will focus on the power of affirming relationships to transform lives. Dawn Kendrick, who has been reporting and anchoring at 19 Action News for nearly 13 years, will serve as the emcee for the luncheon.

In addition to Meshanko’s keynote address, Joseph’s Home will present its Community Partnership Award to Rosary Hall and share stories of men whose lives have been changed at Joseph’s Home. The benefit luncheon is open to the public. Tickets begin at $50 and are available for purchase at josephshome.com. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $500 and are also available for purchase at josephshome.com.

Event:  Perseverance in Hope: Joseph’s Home 2014 Benefit Luncheon

When:  Friday, June 20 at 11:30 a.m.

Where:  Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore, Cleveland, Ohio

Why:  The benefit luncheon is the signature annual fundraising event for Joseph’s Home

How:  Purchase tickets for $50 here

For more information or to purchase or reserve tickets or sponsorships, visit the event website or contact Joseph’s Home Development Manager 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, provides a nurturing, caring environment for men without resources who have acute medical needs, helping them heal and achieve independence. It is the only Northeast Ohio organization with the sole mission of helping severely ill homeless men recover their health and stabilize their lives.

Joseph’s Home Announces 2013 Benefit Luncheon

Cleveland, Ohio (May 17, 2013) – Joseph’s Home, the only Northeast Ohio organization with the sole mission of helping severely ill homeless men recover their health and stabilize their lives, will hold its signature annual fundraising event Thursday, June 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel Cleveland Downtown—Lakeside. Dick Russ, former WKYC and WJW television news anchor and current vice president of resource development for North Coast Community Homes, will deliver the keynote address at the event, which is titled “Perseverance in Hope: The 2013 Joseph’s Home Benefit Luncheon.”

In addition to Mr. Russ’ keynote address, Joseph’s Home will present its Community Partnership Award to Catholic Charities and share stories of men whose lives have been changed at Joseph’s Home. The benefit luncheon is open to the public. Tickets begin at $50 and are available for purchase at josephshome.com. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $500 and are also available for purchase at josephshome.com.

Event: Perseverance in Hope: The 2013 Joseph’s Home Benefit Luncheon
When:Thursday, June 27 at 11:30 a.m.
Where:DoubleTree Hotel Cleveland Downtown, 1111 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio
Why:The benefit luncheon is the signature annual fundraising event for Joseph’s Home
How:Purchase tickets for $50 at josephshome.com

For more information about Joseph’s Home or the benefit luncheon, contact Joseph’s Home Executive Director Georgette Jackson by email at [email protected] or by phone at 216. 685.1551.

About Joseph’s Home

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. It is the only Northeast Ohio organization with the sole mission of helping severely ill homeless men recover their health and stabilize their lives.

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Contact:
Rebecca Gallant
Sisters of Charity Health System
216-696-8408 (office)
216-288-0239 (mobile)

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