our history + Mission
A reversal in thinking.
The Metanoia Project is a 501 (c) whose origin dates back to 2007 after the Cleveland Police Department's 2nd District called together a number of community activists and homeless advocates to discuss the ever-growing problem of homelessness in Cleveland despite the shelters and services available in the area.
From these meetings, The Metanoia Project (Greek translation "change of mind", a "reversal in thinking") was born as a solution to providing overnight respite and care for homeless men and women who are plagued by mental illness and other handicapping issues. These individuals are oftentimes shelter resistant and would not make use of the community's conventional shelter system. Prior to forming, many of The Metanoia Project's guests lived outside in abandoned buildings or other highly unstable, and oftentimes dangerous, environments—including continued exposure to Cleveland's most extreme winter conditions.
Since 2011, The Metanoia Project has operated a 100-plus bed shelter, open from mid-November through mid-April, that operates out of St Malachi Parish.
The overnight hospitality center opens its doors Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. the following morning. During weeknights of extreme cold, when the doors would normally be closed, the organization uses funds secured through donations all year to open its doors to its guests.
In addition to overnight shelter, The Metanoia Project provides its guests with meals, showers, clothing, and access to on-site physical and mental health care.
The Metanoia Project also aims to develop mutually-beneficial, authentic relationships with its guests. The trust that grows in this process allows for our guests to be supported and accommodated by staff on an individual level. These relationships also act as a conduit, linking those who are underserved in the homeless community to the rehabilitation programs, employment opportunities, and housing services they deserve.
While many in the community see the organization's guests as failures, The Metanoia Project sees them as the individuals that they truly are: humans who are vulnerable and deserve the chance to transform.