2021-22 Annual Appeal
They can do it! You make it possible!
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.
Many individuals experiencing homelessness believe a healthy life is only for people of means. The Center educates our clients on their right to appropriate healthcare. This includes accessing applicable benefits and low-cost or free healthcare in the community.
Clients are assisted in establishing a medical home, and a relationship with a primary care physician. Resources and education ensure that the client has health equity.
Kay and Lori take a case management meeting.
What the Center for Respite Care provides its clients:
Access to knowledge
- Regarding personal health, conditions, regular medical needs, and benefits.
Access to community wide connections
- Including establishing a medical home with a physician and medical team the client knows and trusts.
- Establishing and maintaining ongoing support from community connections.
Access to empowerment
- Clients discharge from the program with the tools and skills necessary to move from medical recovery to independence, re-connected to the wider community and on the same playing field as those who have not experienced homelessness.
From the Center’s Medical Recovery Manager, Kay Burlew:
“The best part of my job is when the clients recognize that they are making their own difference – that they can start being a part of their own solution, and not a part of their own problem. I have a client who will be starting online school tomorrow. I have a couple of people who are managing their (future) housing. I love watching them become themselves again. They recognize that it is in them. That they can do it.”
It is this passion that brings us all together!
Hello, I am Jack Stern, goalkeeper coach for FC Cincinnati. I am proud to call Cincinnati home to my wife Elizabeth and our young son. The fans and community have been great to the team and to my family.
I am pleased that this is my fourth year as the Honorary Campaign Chairman for The Center for Respite Care. The Center is located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine, within walking distance to our new stadium.
My parents modeled community involvement throughout my young years. It is important to my family that we help vulnerable members of society – and The Center has been the place in which both the team and I can do just that. It is this passion that brings us all together.
As the Honorary Campaign Chair, I ask that you consider a financial gift to The Center. It is wonderful that the Center remained open to continue to treat clients throughout COVID.
I am grateful for your generosity as the Center continues to seek resources, volunteers and supporters.