Homelessness: the state or condition of having no home

OUR MISSION

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.

WHAT WE DO

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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Thank You for your generous support.

Our Spring concert was a tremendous success. Thanks to the great artists that shared their talents with us, our supporters who came out in truly impressive numbers and our Board who worked so hard to make this happen.   Hosted by our very own Brenda Nelson, we were able to enjoy not only some excellent music and dance but a true sense of community.   

One of the truly great parts of this spring concert is seeing so many once again who truly believe in the mission of Metanoia and the spirit in which we work to carry it forward.  One could not help but feel the love that was so present in all who were there.  This was also evident in your generosity as well as we raised close to 3,000.00 which gives us a great start as we prepare for next season.

 

 

 

And yes it was very cold this past winter.

For those that pay attention to numbers, Cleveland ended up with 10 days this past winter in which it was below zero.  This was more than any other winter in Cleveland in the last 30 years.   But this was only part of the story.  Beginning in late December and continuing on until March, most days and nights stayed in the low 20’s or below. As you can imagine this can be a bit uncomfortable if you are living outside in the elements.

 

Metanoia’s schedule typically calls for our Hospitality Center/shelter to open on weekends and holidays beginning in mid-November and continuing thru mid-April.  We also will open on weekdays when the weather is extremely cold.   Prior to this past winter, our largest number of weekday nights open topped out at 16.  The extreme weather of this past winter resulted in our being open 36 weekday nights which was an increase of 65% over that previous high.

 

Overall, we were open a grand total of 107 days, an increase of 25% over last winter.  This broke down into 66 weekend nights, 5 holidays and 36 critical weather nights during the week. This presented a challenge to our staff, to our facilities, to our patience, and of course to our budget. 

 

We averaged 65 individuals a night (58 men and 7 women).   A total of 350 to 400 individuals came through our door for meals and mats (for sleeping) at one time or another with the majority staying overnight during some part of this season. We served 6500 meals and provided 6100 beds.

 

In closing, I would be remiss if I did not extend many thanks to all who were so much a part of this past season.  Thanks to our staff who showed up on so many nights when the temperature outside was frigid.  Thanks to our many many volunteers who provided meals, caring and most importantly smiles with all who came through our doors.  Thanks to our guests who trusted us enough to come out night after night.   Thanks to the many who supported us because without you the doors would not have been able to open.

 

 

 

 

 

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.