St. Joseph Center's Homeless Service Center has been on the frontline of the battle against homelessness and its causes since 1981. Here, homeless men, women, and families can make a reservation to eat at Bread and Roses Café, do a load of laundry, take a shower and have access to phone and mail service. They are linked with emergency shelter, medical care, and mental health and substance abuse treatment, transportation and advocacy for government benefits.
Homeless individuals who are ready to make long-term change may enroll in case management. Service plans developed jointly by the individual and the case manager assess each person's strengths and needs and lay out a pathway to long-term stability and increased self-sufficiency by addressing issues such as permanent housing, job training, employment and ongoing treatment. With compassion, care, and attention to the individual needs of each client, we help each client achieve greater health, safety, and stability.
Despite all the work we do, the Homeless Service Center is in serious need of some upgrades, both in terms of technological and physical infrastructure.