Medical Respite Opens Its Doors

Benita Zahn of Channel 13 News visited IPH’s new Sister Mavis Jewell Medical Respite program to share our guest’s stories.

TROY – Managing health issues can be daunting when you’re homeless. To help ease that burden, a unique shelter opened this week. Run by the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, it provides shelter and services for the homeless following a hospitalization.

“I’ve been really, really scared going through this process,” admitted Christopher LaClair.

A series of unexpected circumstances left LaClair homeless three months ago, just as he was diagnosed with stomach and throat cancer. Awaiting discharge from the hospital, he worried about managing his medical needs in a traditional homeless shelter.

He was spared that concern thanks to the opening of a new medical respite program, tailored for people like him.

“I thought, ‘Wow, the heavens have just opened for me, really,'” he recalled.

The Sister Mavis Jewell Medical Respite, run by the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, is housed in St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy.

“There are people out there who have no one coming to visit and don’t want to be released to go home ’cause there’s no home to go to and there’s no one to take care of you, or pick you up from the hospital and bring you home and let you rest and help you take care of your needs,” explained Janine Robitaille, the executive director of the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless. “We’re here to change that.”


More Media Coverage of IPH’s Sister Mavis Jewell Medical Respite:

Catholic Health World, June 1, 2017’s-stick-to-itiveness-on-behalf-of-poor-brings-medical-respite-to-st.-Mary’s


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