(Plain Press, December 2017) The Metanoia Project held a special 10th Anniversary Community Open House, on Sunday November 19th, at its shelter at St. Malachi Parish, 2459 Washington Avenue.
The Open House followed the opening of the overnight shelter and homeless hospitality center, on Friday November 17th. Now in its tenth year, the Metanoia Project’s ministry to the homeless will continue to offer respite to guests on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings, starting at 7 p.m. each night. During nights of severe weather, the Metanoia Project will open on weekdays when they normally would be closed. The shelter will remain open through mid- April.
The Community Open House featured a healthy dinner prepared by Care Alliance Health Center. The dinner featured healthy items like spaghetti squash with meatballs, baked chicken, cooked vegetables, fruit salad and vegetable salad. Care Alliance staff and volunteers brought the food to tables occupied by Metanoia Project volunteers, supporters and guests who make use of the shelter.
Speakers included Executive Director Megan Crow, Program Manager Carl Cook, and co-founders Jim Schlecht and Tim Walters. Speakers talked about the history of the Metanoia Project and the current services it offers. They noted the availability of MetroHealth doctors on Friday nights; Courage to Change classes on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; and the Care Alliance Clinic’s medical and mental health services on Sunday nights. They said that due to requests by guests of the hospitality center, this year there will be a Foot Clinic on Sunday nights from 8:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Co-founder Tim Walters shared the secret of success that helped the Metanoia Project sustain its growth over the years. The project has grown from being a small hospitality center for the homeless at St. Augustine Church ten years ago, to moving to a larger facility at St. Malachi and being able to offer hospitality and overnight cots to an average of eighty people a night during the cold months of the year.
The Metanoia Project welcomes donations. Donations are needed to help provide bus passes, sandwiches, replace worn out cots, and operate the hospitality center. To donate got to: www.projectmetanoia.org, or send your donation by mail to: P.O. Box 93453, Cleveland, OH 44101.
Volunteers are also needed. There are a wide variety of volunteer positions available. To receive a menu of volunteer opportunities, send an email to: Volunteer@projectmetanoia.org or call 216-212-5305.