Center for Respite Care Homeless Medical Recovery. Celebrating 15 years of service ~2003-2018

A 501C3 Non-Profit Organization

Center for Respite Care
1615 Republic Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Mail: P.O. Box 141301
Cincinnati, Ohio 45250
Tel:  (513) 621-1868
Fax:  (513) 621-1872

Letters of Endorsement

The Center for Respite Care serves an essential role in the holistic care of many of Cincinnati's most vulnerable citizens.

- Santa J. Ono, PhD

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The center is positioned to improve the quality of life for people who confront some of life’s most difficult challenges and they will do so smartly.

- Andrew Wiedeman, FC Cincinnati

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The Center for Respite Care (the Center) is a 24-hour facility providing medical and nursing care to sick homeless people to promote effective healing. Clients receive quality medical care and assistance in breaking the cycle of homelessness. Since opening in 2003, the Center has cared for over 1,700 sick and injured people who are homeless.


Substandard living conditions, inadequate nutrition, extreme weather and limited healthcare inevitably lead to serious health conditions. Shelters and homeless treatment programs are simply unable to accommodate clients recovering from surgery or those with acute health conditions. Also, area hospitals cannot provide extended post-treatment care to homeless patients. Therefore, people who are homeless experience a high rate of unresolved health conditions or complications which lead to repeat emergency room visits and hospital stays due to improper healing, at a tremendous cost to local hospitals and our community.


The collaborative efforts of many health care and homeless service providers allow the Center to be an important link in the transition from homelessness for many people. Illness or injury does not have to disrupt a homeless person’s progress toward self-sufficiency. By offering appropriate care and referral of patients to post-recovery treatment and/or housing, the Center is an important bridge enabling people without homes to begin or continue the path to independent living in permanent housing.