We are delighted to introduce the new Members of our Board of Directors, who bring unique experience and enthusiasm to our dedicated Board.

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Joseph House recently received 200 fleece blankets from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Cleveland. Blankets are one of the most requested items by our clients.

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From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Under U.S. law, a refugee is a person located outside of the United States who is forced to flee their home country due to persecution or a well-founded fear of being persecuted on account of their nationality, race, religion, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Refugees do not voluntarily choose to migrate but instead do so due to civil unrest or violence.

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by Shari Allwood

I’ve had the honor of being involved with Joseph House forwell over 20 years – frankly, closer to a quarter of a century.The vast majority of those years were served alongside Caryn Rickelman, who helped bring to life a home for refugees from the idea stage to a wonderful

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By Michelle O’Donnell

Over the past few months, most of us have learned more about refugees than we ever knew before. By definition, a refugee is an individual who has fled his or her country of origin and who meets the United Nations’ criteria of having a “well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.”

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By Sharon O’Flaherty

A study published a few years ago in the Journal of Happiness Studies (yes, there is such a thing!) examined data from 70,000 people over an 18 year period regarding volunteering habits, mental health, distress and functioning in every day life. The conclusion was that not only does volunteering make us happier- it can also improve our mental health over time.

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