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Project Hope Of Cleveland
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Health Outreach Prevention Empowerment
  1. Michael and Susan
    Michael first came to Project HOPE in the fall of 2010, asking us to help him obtain a set of dentures. He had fallen on hard times and was staying at the men’s shelter at 2100 Lakeside when we first met him. Michael returned some months later, thanking us for our help. He said those dentures gave him the confidence he needed to start turning his life around. He had enrolled in several programs at the shelter, and successfully moved first into transitional housing and eventually into an apartment of his own. He occasionally sought our assistance in obtaining prescriptions, but had become quite independent. In 2012, Michael brought his friend Susan to Project HOPE. They had recently reconnected after having been high school friends. Michael suspected Susan had neglected her health, and asked us to refer her for assistance with physical, mental and dental health issues she was facing. We referred her for the help she needed, and assisted with medications and co-pays as she worked to restore her health. During her check-ups, Susan was diagnosed with throat cancer. We helped Susan pay for a few of her pre-op visits and tests. She underwent surgery in September 2012. Michael asked our help in providing him with bus tickets so he could be with her for her the day of surgery and during her recovery in the hospital. He stayed by her bedside each day for over two weeks, and helped care for her when she returned home. During a visit this past summer, he explained how both he and Susan have become very active at her church. He was especially proud that he now mentors boys and young men who have no male role models in their lives. It’s his goal to help them avoid some of the same mistakes that led him to 2100 Lakeside. And he was equally proud and excited to share the good news that he and Susan hope to marry before long. Michael calls or stops by once or twice a month just to keep in touch. He reported in spring 2013 that Susan has a good prognosis, and that both were doing well physically and emotionally.
  2. Dee
    In the past two years, Dee had suffered many losses: the death of her mother; two job losses; and a loss of health that impaired her vision. Her participation in Project HOPE’s vision care program helped her get her much-needed eye glasses. Dee has also participated in some of Project HOPE’s screenings—blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol. She learned she has high cholesterol and has been given dietary recommendations that she now follows. Dee also reports that she “loves” HOPE’s foot care program
  3. Jim
    An Iraq War veteran, Jim was in need of a job. However, due to an accident as a gymnast in high school, Jim’s teeth were damaged. He now needed dentures to help him feel confident in his job search, but his veteran’s benefits did not cover dental care. Care Alliance referred Jim to Project HOPE’s dental care program. With Project HOPE’s assistance, Jim was able to purchase his dentures and begin his job search.
  4. Tommy
    Tommy suffered a stroke in 2011. While recovering in the hospital, he was given nicotine patches each day to help overcome his addiction to cigarettes. He found the patches completely curbed his desire to smoke. However, when Tommy was released from the hospital, he no longer had access to the nicotine patches. Before long, lacking health insurance and the ability to pay for patches, Tommy began smoking again. When Project HOPE announced it would begin a pilot smoking cessation program in the fall of 2013, Tommy was the first to volunteer for the program. He knew how important it was for him to quit smoking, and was especially excited that he and the other participants would receive nicotine patches. When the program began in October, Tommy faithfully attended weekly education and support sessions leading up to the proposed “quit” day of November 13. On that day, Tommy chose to quit smoking and began receiving 14-day supplies of nicotine patches. He and the others returned each week to attend support group meetings, and receive patches every other week. Over the eight weeks, he continued wearing the patch and refrained from smoking entirely. Today Tommy considers himself a former smoker.
  5. Cathy
    Cathy is disabled as a result of Crohn’s Disease. She was referred to Project HOPE by Catholic Charities for help in paying for her prescriptions early this year. When she called us, she suffered much discomfort from her illness. Cathy explained that her family assists her as best they can, and that she has prescription insurance coverage. However, her lower co-pays for medications do not take effect until she pays $350 each year. She cried while stating that “$350 might as well be a million dollars to me.” She asked our help in paying for some of her prescriptions in January and February before she reached the $350 deductible. During those months, Project HOPE assisted with two prescriptions (totally $62) for which she was most grateful. Since then, Cathy has been able to afford the lower co-pays for her medications and has not needed further assistance.
  6. Joe
    Joe visited Project HOPE as he tried to “get back on his feet” after being released from prison. He was working two days a week trying to save up enough money to re-establish his commercial driver’s license and obtain a full-time job. Project HOPE assisted Joe by paying for root canals to save two teeth and also paid for a physical required by the Department of Transportation as a step toward getting his license. A few months later, Joe called to thank us and say he had his CDL and was beginning a new full-time job.
  7. Joan
    Joan was an unemployed social worker who was embarrassed by her appearance after losing all her teeth. Project HOPE assisted her by paying $100 for a full set of dentures at Care Alliance Dental. Joan looked and, even more importantly, felt like a new person following her dental work. She expressed greater confidence in herself and her ability to begin searching for a new job.
  8. Bill
    Bill has successfully transitioned from homelessness to full-time employment. He is proud of now being able to help support his three sons. Bill came to Project HOPE for assistance in obtaining an eye exam and glasses because his job does not provide health care benefits. He was grateful for our assistance, since this helped stretch his limited income a bit further. Bill also participates regularly in our various health screenings to monitor his cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose. He has excellent health, which he plans to sustain.
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