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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: AIDS, Health, Health Care, Home Health Care

Mission: A continuum of care and support is available to each resident. Joseph's House provides nursing care, emotional support and spiritual nourishment, including comprehensive case management, 24-hour nursing care, addiction recovery support, personal care services, transitional support for those who regain their health, and end-of-life care for those who progress through the final stages of life.

Above all, Joseph's House offers a caring human presence for men who would otherwise face a lonely, isolated death.

Programs: 24-Hour Nursing Care: Our nurses provide round-the-clock care. They continuously monitor each resident s health status and ensure modification and implementation of individual care pans. Nurses also serve as liaisons between medical establishments (physicians, hospitals, emergency rooms, and clinics) and each resident.

Personal Care Aide Services: Since our residents vary in the phase of their illness and suffer from multiple physical, mental, or emotional illnesses in addition to AIDS, our certified personal care aides provide a variety of direct care services. All personal care aides are trained and available to provide emotional support and companionship.

Case Management: Our in-house case manager works with the executive director and nurses to address client identification, screening and intake. She prepares an individual care plan for each resident, addresses areas of substance abuse, entitlements, supportive services and either transitional support or hospice care. The case manager assists residents in reestablishing relationships with family members and friends that have been damaged or severed in the past.

Advocacy, Accompaniment, and Education: Our advocacy includes working with physicians, nurses, case managers, and administrators in hospitals, hospice programs, prisons, and other service agencies. Through speaking engagements, newsletters, our website, published writings, and other materials, we share information about AIDS, poverty, and social justice. The Accompaniment component will extend Joseph s House s reach to those who are dying, forsaken and alone, by providing formal skills training sessions to an expanded corps of volunteers who will accompany residents of Joseph s House as well as men who are dying alone in hospitals, nursing homes, and prisons.

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Rating: 5

Joseph's House does amazing work accompanying people who are homeless through terminal illnesses. I went to visit the house about a year ago, and was struck by the tenderness that I saw all around me. Walking in the door it was clear to me that I was in a home, not just a nursing facility. From the benches on the front porch, to the well-loved couches, to the giant dining room table, to the tapestries on the walls, everything called out a welcome to those walking through the door. The reverence that the staff, patients, and volunteers have for each other, and the warmth of their relationships radiates from the house. I can feel it even as I walk by on the street from time to time. I am proud to be able to support a place of belonging for people who have been marginalized for their entire lives, and that values the wisdom of people who have been seen as worthless. Please join me in supporting Joseph's House.