Humility of Mary provides quality housing and individualized supportive services to homeless single parent families, homeless youth aged 18-24, and low income seniors. In addition Humility of Mary Housing works to prevent homelessness in Trumbull County by providing emergency assistance of food and clothing as well as rent and utility assistance.
- With senior sites in Wellington, Garfield Heights and Akron, low income seniors are offered quality housing and coordinated senior services at affordable rates.
- Homeless single parent families are offered quality housing and personal case management along with an array of life skills, education and job training services in Lorain, Akron, Northfield Center and Girard.
- Homeless youth between the ages of 18-24 are offered quality housing and personal case management along with an array of life skills, education and job training services in Cleveland / Garfield Heights.
Humility of Mary Housing programs follow the Caring Compass plan that is centered on Normalizing Life, Establishing an Individualized Support Plan, Strengthening Life Skills and Working at Lasting Independence.
Meet Some of Those Who Have Been Helped
Lisa is 30, married and has three children Hunter, Ash and Aiyana. Married ten years to a man from Colorado, they moved back to Lisa’s hometown, Girard when her first child was due. Due to insufficient health insurance Lisa is living with an undiagnosed painful condition that keeps her bed ridden during most of her days. After her mother- in- law left the family with unpaid household bills running away from gambling debt, Lisa decided to rent a trailer at the “better” trailer park in Trumbull County. When her husband gets laid off during the winter, they need Emmanuel Community Care Center to help them with food, clothing and providing Christmas gifts to her three children. When things are not so bad they find a way to give back to the ECCC through volunteering.
Jalaveon is 22 years old and on his own. He remembers that feeling of being alone and forgotten when as a young child of 5 his drug using mother would forget to pick him up from school. He was lucky when an aunt took him in and raised him. But at 19, this same aunt sent him on his way to reconnect with his birth mother. While a relationship has been made with a sister and his mother, he now lives at Opportunity House and just got hired at Cleveland Clinic.
"How can I be homeless?” Phyllis, a veteran, found herself homeless when the house she lived in was foreclosed. Phyllis was referred to Humility of Mary Housing and found a place to assess her situation and what the future would hold. While depressed at the thought of navigating the maze of affordable living options she was welcomed by a compassionate and understanding staff that encouraged Phyllis to be proud of her veteran career and to continue her training as a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant. As she transitioned out of the Copley Road apartment, one site of H M Life Opportunity Services, she qualified to move into a senior housing apartment at St. Martha Manor. She knew then the journey to find the place she belonged was over and that she is home and truly blessed.
CRITICAL SERVICES THAT SAVE LIVES
Nothing gives us greater pleasure than seeing the look on the children’s faces the first time they walk into their new home. For many of these homeless, single-parent families, this is the first stable home they have had in a long time.
The Humility of Mary Housing staff members are truly blessed to be a part of the lives of these families and to share in the rewarding experience of watching them succeed and grow into confident, self-reliant individuals.
It is through the generosity of our donors and friends we are able to continue the work in assisting families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty while providing them with the needed support to live a more abundant life.