Homelessness: the state or condition of having no home


We are a ministry comprised of people who enter into authentic, mutually transforming relationships with individuals and couples vulnerable to the cycle of homelessness by responding personally and creatively to systemic gaps.


We gather and welcome homeless, especially the shelter resistant, living under bridges, in alleyways, and on park benches, and provide them with meals, relationships and overnight hospitality at our Hospitality Center. We are open 3 nights a week from 7pm to 7am in the old St. Malachi School at 25th and Detroit, from mid-November thru April.

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Well, it looks like summer is come and gone and left some fairly decent memories.  We will open our doors for this coming season on November 14th.


Am not sure what you did over the summer but the staff of the Metanoia Project used that time to prepare for the coming winter. We met, we talked, we shared and hopefully we learned how to be just a bit better at the job we do.  It is a challenge.  Each night that we are open anywhere from 50 to 90 homeless men and women come to us seeking shelter and safety.  Some bring a fair amount of stress, worry and fear when they walk through our doors.  Some bring a history of mental illness and a variety of addictions.   All bring a need to be seen, to be touched, to be heard.


We work hard to make sure that we turn no one away. It is our goal to find a way for all to stay with us.  We work hard to find a way to reach out and resolve any problem that comes in our doors and resolve it in a way that does not result in asking someone to leave


Many of our staff have been homeless themselves and or been in recovery at one time or another.   We supplement what is often a real ability to identify and respond to our guests with training and support that will further help them cope with any and all problems that come through our doors.  Non-violence, peace and understanding are central in creating space for our guests.



We really do not know what the coming season holds for us.  Last year, the freezing cold called for us to be open 36 days over and above what we had planned.   Rumour has it that this year will see a return of that cold.  If it does, we plan to be ready to respond again.   


We hope that you will continue to support us.    Please take a moment and look over our wish list.  All donations go towards the operation of our hospitality centre/shelter to enable us to be open as needed and provide resources and shelter to the homeless.  


Each day in Cleveland, there are close to 2000 homeless men and women who live in an atmosphere of almost complete invisibility. These are the shelter resistant homeless who live outside, in abandoned buildings or in other high risk situations. Plagued by mental illness, fear of being harmed or robbed of their meager positions, they will not use any of our regular shelters leaving them isolated, invisible and often ignored. This all too often results in a gap of services resulting in an inability to move these shelter resistant homeless forward and a life in a constant state of risk. The greatest risk is a lack of real shelter during the winter. The Metanoia Project operates its Hospitality Center to meet this need with food, shelter and a reach out program to meet day to day needs.