Housing, Recovery, and Hope. Y-Haven is a temporary Housing and treatment center providing temporary housing and drug and alcohol treatment to men who are homeless in Cuyahoga County who are most in need.
Formed in 1993 by the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, Y-Haven has helped thousands recover from addiction, secure permanent housing, and re-build their lives.
Y-Haven has 3 primary programs serving up to 250 individuals:
Y-Haven Transitional Housing for men who are homeless.
Rising Hope Recovery Housing for women and men with Opioid Use Disorder.
Open Door Prison Re-Entry Housing for women and men exiting the criminal justice system.
Residents live in two-or-three person furnished suites each with its own kitchen and bath. They cook their own meals, with staff helping with groceries and cooking classes. Residents participate in drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, trauma and wellness groups, sports and recreation programs, cooking, yoga, fatherhood and family programming, picnics and arts programming including an annual play (Steps & Stages) in coordination with the Cleveland Public Theatre.
A person who completes treatment at Y-Haven is not simply dismissed. We know that individuals must successfully transition to a normal life or they are likely to fall back into addition. Y-Haven works with everyone who finishes Intensive Outpatient Treatment to find a good job and the support they need to achieve independence. Most residents work with Y-Haven’s employment partners including: Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Vocational Guidance Services, Ohio Means Jobs and Towards Employment.
How You Can Help
Quality of Care
To find out more about Y-Haven, or to make a referral, call or email us. When you contact us please indicate if you are interested in:
Y-Haven is grateful to receive support from our mission partners.
ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County
State of Ohio Development Services Agency
Cuyahoga County Office of Re-Entry
U.S. Veterans Administration
Cuyahoga County / City of Cleveland Office of Homeless Services
The United Way of Greater Cleveland
The Cleveland Foundation and other community foundations
Northern Haserot, Inc.
Support for Y-Haven comes from grants from the Federal, City and County government, the Deptartment of Veteran Affairs, philanthropic foundations, and individual charitable contributions. Please support our efforts to help men turn their lives around and donate today. For other donation options please call 216-431-2018.
In-Kind Donations Y-Haven is always seeking donations of the following items:
Silverware, dishes, glasses, pots and pans, television converter boxes, small televisions, canned and non-perishable food, coffee pots, microwaves, NEW hygiene items (deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, shaving cream, soap, etc.), newly cleaned interview clothing (suits, ties, dress shirts and slacks, khakis, etc.)
Online Donations Y-Haven will always accept the help of our wonderful donors.
$100provides 40 bus tickets to help a resident attend medical appointments and seek employment.
$250 provides newly arriving residents with “welcome kits” containing kitchen supplies and linens they can take when the leave.
$1,000 sponsors one homeless cast member in Y-Haven’s Annual Play done in collaboration with the Cleveland Public Theatre.
$2,500 adopts one of ten Y-Haven community rooms providing a home-like setting for resident fellowship.
Quality of Care and the Rights of Clients The YMCA of Greater Cleveland's Y-Haven standards of client care meet or exceed Federal and State laws, and regulations, respective clinical practice guidelines, professional standards and accrediting body standards. The staff is responsible to respect and preserve the rights of those who come for service. The standards for privacy are drawn from several sources including Division of Mental Health 42 CFR Part 2, HIPAA and the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. Y-Haven is committed to maintaining or surpassing industry standards for protection of client information. Y-Haven is accredited by CARF International and is licensed by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
STEPS & STAGES PLAY
Since 1999, Cleveland Public Theatre and Y-Haven have collaborated to create an original theater production, performed by residents of Y-Haven, based on their personal experiences. The play is an example of the transformational power of the arts and helps participants develop skills and capacities that support their sobriety and transition to employment, permanent housing and independent living. The play runs in November and all ticket proceeds benefit Y-Haven.
Dominic's Story My name is Dominic. I grew up in Cleveland with three siblings, a father who was a steelworker, and a mother who was a homemaker. I was close to my siblings and as we went throughout our childhood, we raised each other. My family was everything to me. When my parents divorced, my whole life changed. I used to be totally opposed to drugs, but now turned to them to heal my pain. I couldn’t stop using. My back was injured once and I became addicted to painkillers, which kept leading me down the path of using more and more drugs. So, drugs became not just a medicine for my body, but also for my mind. Until I got here four months ago, I didn’t even want to be alive. Y-Haven became my 21st attempt at rehabilitation. My addictions lead to homelessness, and Y-Haven provided me with not only a roof over my head, but also a chance to reclaim my future. The councilors here don’t judge, and truly care about residents’ recovery. My main motivation for my recovery is my family. I can now call myself a grandfather, a father, and a brother. In the future, I want to be an amazing grandfather, continue my passion of being someone who fixes rather than destroys, and most importantly, stay sober. Y-Haven has given me a second chance at life, and I will use it well.
Cherita's Story My name is Cherita and I am currently 39 years old. I started using crack cocaine at the age of 23. I dealt with a variety of challenges, such as depression, domestic violence, and self-esteem issues. Eventually, as a result of my addiction, I would become homeless and spend time in every major shelter in Cleveland. I also tried to stay with friends and other treatment programs, but I would always relapse and end up on the streets again. My entrance into Y-Haven represented my 14th attempt at recovery from my addiction. This time, I was going to take my time and move at my own pace to ensure that I would stay sober. Y-Haven has been so helpful because it has so much to offer: treatment, safety, and life skills. With the help I’ve been getting at Y-Haven, I have several plans for the future. I’m writing a comic book series to help other people recover and I also want to create a shelter for women and their children with all the resources they need once I finish my treatment. I know that there is a long way to go, but Y-Haven has given me the hope I was missing for so long.
Richard's Story I grew up here on the East side of Cleveland. Ever since I was young, I was around drugs and alcohol. Everyone in my neighborhood used some sort of substance. It was normal. My mother used drugs and my father was an alcoholic. When I was 11 or 12 years old, I started smoking weed. Since then everything escalated. I got into some trouble when I was 17 years old and I went to Jail. I was there for 27 years of my life. During my time there, I was able to complete high school but was unable to continue on to college. Since then I have been in and out of treatment 15 times. I was never homeless though. I always had a friend or family member who would help me. Since being at Y-Haven, I have been able to achieve 6 months of sobriety for the first time in my life. There is always someone to help you here or to talk to if you need it. While I have had to be more honest with myself and with others. As well as working on all the guilt, you obtain from being an addict. I am glad that I am here. I am going to stay the course and commit myself to it. I want to complete the program fully so in the spring I can apply for my own housing. I want to be able to do things with my son that I missed when he was younger. I have stability here and with that, the goal is to stay sober and clean.
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