In 1997, Joe’s Place, a transitional house located across the street from the shelter, was established. Named for a mentally ill homeless man who had grown up in the neighborhood, this facility provides an additional resource for the men who have secured employment and are diligently working toward establishing a full life, anchored by living on their own.
Joe’s Place has capacity for 11 men who are responsible for paying their program fee, preparing their own food, and maintaining their living space. This program provides the support needed for a successful transition from homelessness to independent living. Bedrooms, baths, and sitting room are clean and simply, but tastefully furnished and are well cared for by those living there. The environment engenders self worth and dignity. Joe’s Place is the first of what is hoped will be several such transitional homes for guests who need more time to find permanent housing.