2023-24 Annual Appeal
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The mission of the Center for Respite Care is to provide quality, holistic medical care to people experiencing homelessness who need a safe place to heal, while assisting them in breaking the cycle of homelessness.
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In Fiscal Year 2022-23
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Lives We’ve Touched
We Have the Power to Impact Our Future, and We’re Doing Something About It
Collectively we feed, treat, clothe and care for people. While we were founded 20 years ago, it has been the move to our new location, which has enabled essential growth and world class facilities for our clients.
This is a thanks to the Franciscan Friars. This brave organization that stands for social justice and serves the most impoverished among us has made this space available in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. While there is much talk about gentrification in our community, we solidly sit in the middle of development and serve those who need us most.
We live in the Saint Anthony Center, which is made possible by the Franciscan Friars. The Friars have created a multi century legacy of caring for the most challenged and impoverished people in the communities in which they work and live. Their commitment to St. Francis endures:
“He preached peace in an era when life without war was unthinkable. He embraced the poor while others treated them with scorn. And he allied himself with nature centuries before humanity understood its connection to every living thing.”
The Center for Respite Care
The Center for Respite Care (the Center) is a 24-hour facility providing medical and nursing care to sick people experiencing homelessness 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 1,800 sick and injured people who are homeless.
Medical Needs of People Experiencing Homelessness
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 experiencing homelessness have 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.
Closing the Gap: Homeless Health Services
The collaborative efforts of many health care and homeless service providers allow The Center to be an important link in the transition for many people. Illness or injury does not have to disrupt a 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.
December 18 at 7:00 pm at the Sycamore Presbyterian Church
The Transformation Awards 2023 will drop virtually on September 14, 2023.
The Center’s Words
Serving on a nonprofit board is a major time and resource commitment. The Center’s board members serve on committees, attend events, invest...
Patrice McDonald is our nurse supervisor. Thanks to Patrice — and our medical team — our clients can heal and return to a healthy life. Our clients...
2024 starts our 21st year serving people experiencing homelessness. Our clients are individuals who have experienced serious health challenges, are...
Over 1000 individuals, churches, foundations, businesses, and other civic groups have given money, goods, or volunteer service since we opened our doors. We operate with government funds, grants, support from area hospitals and generous gifts from corporations and individuals. This, combined with volunteerism, ensures that we can continue to grow our impact.
The Center for Respite Care enjoys the support of volunteers in carrying out its mission.
Providing comfortable clothing for rest and medical recovery is an ongoing need, as are toiletries.
We would not be able to pursue our mission without all of the generous support we have received from this amazing community.
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