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Residents in Transition

Residents in Transition

Since October 2020, Hopewell residents have had the opportunity to enter our Transition Program in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood. This program provides discharged residents with a new, highly effective plan to transition to more independent living in the community, using the skills they acquired while at Hopewell.

Transition clients benefit from programs offered by several Circlebased organizations, including Magnolia Clubhouse, a highly regarded organization providing a variety of services for people with mental illness, such as structured work activities, employment and education, health, wellness, and advocacy programs.

Christina has never lived on her own before and enjoys the peace and quiet. She spends time arranging displays at the Magnolia Clubhouse Shop, which is within walking distance to her apartment. Public transportation is not her favorite aspect of city living but she is embracing the challenge. Christina said, “I feel very supported in this program and welcome the learning experiences.”

Nelson is studying to be a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant. Anthony Coe, Case Manager (meet Anthony on page 5), is assisting with the application process. “I want work to rehabilitate others and steer them on a better path,” Nelson said. The Transition Program has given Charles a new sense of freedom. “I love being on my own, yet I still get to see Hopewell friends. We are here to support each other.” Charles is employed 40 hours a week with Green City Growers, packing lettuce and basil so it can be shipped to area stores.

Patrick, a recent addition to the Transition Program, has a passion for cooking and wants to find a local chef who he can train with and advance his skills.

Hopewell clinicians travel to University Circle so the residents can participate in art therapy and eco-therapy, and The Music Settlement offers drumming and relaxation music lessons twice a week. Christina Goodall, LISW-S, Director of Outreach, manages the Transition Program.

Ms. Goodall said, “I’m very excited about this program and the partnerships we are building. Mental health care often becomes siloed in the community. Working in partnership with other local organizations allows us to address all of our clients’ needs from primary and psychiatric care to meaningful activity and help assure increased successful outcomes for community integration.”

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