Services for the Jewish Community
The Hebrew Shelter
Home provides emergency and temporary housing with on-site client
services to Jewish homeless women and children and families. We also
welcome Jewish women and children escaping domestic violence. Jewish
homeless men are provided temporary housing services off-site. When
people are in crisis and are embraced and cared for within their own
community they are more likely to succeed. HSH is a safe haven for the
What Jewish homelessness looks like
It looks like a
frightened mother and her pre-teen daughter, escaping from an abusive
husband, who in addition to suffering physical abuse - now suffers from
having been forbidden to apply for a work permit, learn the English
language or to gain any other tool that would insure independence and
the ability to support herself and her child.
It looks like the podiatrist from Mayfield Heights who suffered the
crushing simultaneous blows of divorce, debilitating depression and loss
It looks like a holocaust survivor who is on the waiting list at an
assisted living apartment but being discharged from the hospital today
with no family to go to in-between.
And, it looks like a young woman suffering from a yet undiagnosed and
untreated mental illness, currently unable to maintain employment and
rent payments, un-welcomed to live with family, in need of a home
environment where she can achieve stability and work long-term with
social service professionals association to eventually gain sustainable
work and a permanent place to live.
When people are in crisis and are embraced and cared for within their
own community they are more likely to succeed. We need your help to
refer and support members of the Jewish community back home.
How to access the Hebrew Shelter Home
In the case of
Jewish individuals and/or families needing emergency housing, the Hebrew
Shelter Home requires that an assessment is completed by social service
or mental health professionals to best determine the safety of the
individual(s) being referred and the safety and services of individuals
already staying at the Hebrew Shelter Home.
The referring agency will review and sign Hebrew Shelter Home admissions
forms with individual(s) and contact Ginny Galili (216-401-9925).
Individual(s) will be received at HSH at appointed time, welcomed and
orientated to the Home’s environment, services and rules/standards of
Individual(s) must maintain relationship with your organization, JFSA or
Connections on a weekly basis until permanent housing is obtained and a
move out date is established.
In the event that the individual(s) violates the rules/standards of the
Home, the individuals will be asked to leave the Home and the referring
agency will be notified.
Partnership and coordination with local rabbis, community leaders,
social service and mental health professionals is vital to insuring a
safe and effective environment for all that we serve and house.
For any additional questions or inquiries, feel free to contact Hebrew
Shelter Home Executive Director Ginny Galili at (216) 401-9925.
To provide Jewish individuals and
families with a safe, temporary kosher home within the Jewish community,
and the kindness and help needed to access formal and informal
History of the
Hebrew Shelter Home
mitzvah (commandment) of hachnasat orchim is of Biblical origin.
Our forefather Avraham left his sickbed to welcome strangers into his
tent, teaching us this core Jewish value.
Throughout the shtetls of Eastern Europe, towns provided for needy Jews
through a communal hachnasat orchim society. In the late 1880’s a
group of Cleveland Jewish leaders committed themselves to fulfilling
this important mitzvah by establishing the Hebrew Shelter Home. The Home
began welcoming immigrants and those in need as befits a Jewish
community. In 1904, the Hebrew Shelter Home incorporated, and became a
founding beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. As
the Cleveland Jewish community has grown and moved, so too, has the
Hebrew Shelter Home.
From the original
location on Orange avenue, to the Glenville area, the Kinsville area,
and now in the Heights, the Hebrew Shelter home continues to affirm that
there is no Jew who is a stranger.
The following items are always in
need for the shelter:
Gift Cards for the following to assist with daily living, job search and
interviews, setting up a permanent new home etc. Gas Cards, Target
Cards, Wal Mart Cards, Calling Cards.
Paper Products - paper towels, paper plates, paper cups.
Washing Machine Products - laundry detergent, dryer sheets for residents
use at homes
Office Supplies - copy paper, resume paper, resume envelopes for
Toiletries - shampoos, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, hair
Clock Radios with alarm features for client rooms.
Books- resume writing, interviewing, job search, interest identification