Joseph House is a veteran-led organization that provides support and treatment for veterans suffering from addiction. Based in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine district, the agency’s holistic approach helps clients create healthy, sustainable lifestyles as they reintegrate into the community.
Programming at the agency features long-term engagement that treats the clinical root cause of homelessness. On average, 45 clients are served at any given time and stay at Joseph House for a period of eight to 12 months, rather than traditional programs’ 30, 60 or 90 days. This is especially important for opioid (heroin) users due to the intense, long-term engagement required to achieve sobriety and form healthy habits. More than 70 percent of the agency’s current clients are addicted to heroin, compared to just five percent three years ago.
The skilled, educated and licensed clinical professionals at Joseph House have a passion for serving those who served this country and are invested in clients’ long-term success. Many of whom are veterans themselves.
“Our staff members play an important role in the wellbeing of our veteran clients,” said Nate Pelletier, U.S. Army veteran and executive director at Joseph House. “Each veteran is assigned a counselor and given a custom plan because every veteran’s journey is unique.”
Resources available to clients include transitional to permanent housing, group therapy, case management, employment and financial education and support, and sober living social activities such as equine therapy, art classes and yoga, which are not typically paid for through grant or federal funds.
Joseph House intakes and exits more than 100 new clients each year. Of those, 70 percent of clients successfully complete the progressive treatment program and sustain permanent housing and income.
“I’m truly grateful for what Joseph House has done for me,” said Timothy Siler, U.S. Marines veteran and former client at Joseph House. “I don’t think I could ever repay them. Today I have a joy and love of myself that’s just truly unbelievable.”
Stories like Siler’s are examples of the Joseph House mission: we don’t leave our wounded behind. When you make a donation to Joseph House, you make a difference in the life of a veteran suffering from addiction who wants to take the first step in finding a lifetime of recovery.