Joseph House Receives $50,000 Grant from GCF

Joseph House recently received a $50,000 grant from Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) to launch an outpatient pilot program to engage veterans struggling with addiction to get their lives back on track.

Certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Joseph House will utilize the funding to stand up an eight-week intervention program for veterans in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

“Our military has been involved in one of the longest periods of warfighting in our country’s history, and the stress, multiple deployments and combat exposure often leave lasting, ‘invisible’ injuries on our service members,” said Joseph House Executive Director Alicia Patterson. “This partnership with GCF will bolster our ability to effectively meet our most at-risk veterans ‘where they are’ and implement an evidence-based outpatient curriculum to deepen their commitment to recovery with meaningful social support.”

The GCF-backed drug education and relapse prevention sessions will be a collaborative effort between Joseph House, the court system and the Department of Veterans Affairs to seek out the region’s most vulnerable veterans and expand access to treatment through the justice system, a vital connection point for this population.

“It is an honor to invest in these veterans who have served our country, and to help them heal wounds that aren’t visible,” said Ellen M. Katz, GCF President and CEO. “By supporting them as they strive to move their lives forward, we strengthen their futures and the well-being of our entire community.”

Joseph House provided treatment services to more than 130 Tri-state veterans in 2019 and has been recognized by the Veterans Treatment Court and VA Community Outreach Division.