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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Metanoia Project keeps on keeping on

The Metanoia Project remains open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 7pm to 7am thru April 13.. All men and women who need shelter are welcome! Each evening begins with a meal. Circle of Hope and the Healing Room continues on with Metro-Health Doctors and Frontline available every Friday night. Jim Schlecht's Resource Table will be available on Sunday along with ID help. 


For those who have been counting and actually for those who have not, we are now in the second half of our season.  The interesting part is that we have already been open 57 nights which is a bit more than we had anticipated.  Why? Because every time the temperature dipped below 20 degrees, we pulled out caps, mittens and assorted boots and opened our doors. 


We call these our critical weather nights and they have provided a real challenge this year.  It means coffee, more cream and more sugar (lots more).  It means we call on Carl Cook's culinary talents in bringing together various ingredients that he manages to turn into a meal for our guests.   It means lots more blankets to wash as we have hd highs of 80 guests at times.  Imagine the number of blankets that need washing after 6 straight nights open.


But that is what METANOIA is all about.  Being there when the need exists.  Bringing in those who would otherwise be sleeping in abandoned buildings, improvised campsites and/or attempting to extend their bus ride to an all night trip. 


It is about staff and volunteers who show up when needed and serve food with a smile, find dry socks to replace wet ones, and new boots to replace old ones.  It is about youth and church groups who go out in the cold to bring blankets, hand warmers and hot drinks to those who still choose to remain outside.  We do not judge, we just find ways to serve.


Over the years, Metanoia has become more that just a hospitality center and shelter.  It is a place where so many who share our sense of mission come to and provide that extra measure of help with a strong dose of compassion in a spirit of respect and dignity. 



I would be remiss if I did not thank the many who sent us donations of money, goods and time  over the past weeks.  It is you who have truly pulled us through this cold winter season. These extra days did impact our bottom line and there has been concern over our ability to remain open for the rest of our season.  We may not be out of the woods just yet but at least we can now see the area beyond the trees.


Of course, any and all donations will still be cheerfully accepted.  Donations are tax deductible as we are a 501c3 organization and can be sent to Metanoia Project 4510 broadale rd Cleveland 44109, PO Box 93453, Cleveland 44101 or by using the donation button on our website.


 And a reminder that we are located at 2459 Washington, just down from Detroit ave in the school building across the parking lot from St. Malachi Center.Same place as St. Malachi Monday night meals.  Hours on critical weather nights at 7pm to 7am.  We notify the community by getting the word out to areas sites such as St. Herman\'s, West Side Catholic, St. Pauls, etc.

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.