Center for Respite Care
3550 Washington Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229
Tel: (513) 621-1868
Fax: (513) 621-1872
- Santa J. Ono, PhD
The Center for Respite Care (the Center) is a 14-bed, 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 1000 sick and injured people who are homeless.
The Partnership Center, Ltd. (PCL) is the developer and manager of VESTA® – the Virtual Electronic Service Tracking Assistant software, designed to track and report on homeless and formerly-homeless people. VESTA is the software selected by the Cincinnati/Hamilton County Continuum of Care for the Homeless. In 2015, PCL reported 7,858 persons locally who experienced homelessness. The annual unduplicated count represents the count of persons across all Street Outreach, Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing projects.
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 on the path to independent living in permanent housing.