HOPE Recuperative Care Center (RCC) provides emergency shelter, meals, case management and medical oversight for patients who are experiencing homeless and discharged from area hospitals “to home” but have no home where they can recover from illness, injury, surgery, etc. The program offers short-term care and 24/7 shelter to patients with conditions that would be exacerbated by living on the streets, in a shelter where guests exit during the day, or other unsuitable places.
The first of its kind in Michigan, HOPE RCC opened in 2015 with the support of many community partners. HOPE RCC strives to promote the guests’ human right to health and dignity. The shelter has a capacity of 10 guests and upon intake; every guest is immediately screened to assess what resources might help move them from homelessness to a home of their own. Our Service Navigator advocates for our guests and assists them in creating a support system of professionals for further follow-up care. The Service Navigator also assists guests in accessing vital identity documents and to enrolling in housing programs.
HOPE RCC Community Health Workers assist guests in accessing and learning about their health insurance benefits. CHW help guests navigate and access community services, resources and adopt healthy behaviors. Their primary goals are to help promote, maintain, and improve the health of RCC guests while developing trusting relationships.
HOPE nurses help our guests continue to recuperate and heal during their stay. The nurses provide patient education, advocacy, and medication management which helps to reduce hospital re-admissions.
In the first three months of 2017, HOPE RCC has served about 30 guests compared to 50 guests in all of 2016. More and more area hospitals, extended care facilities, and social service providers are inquiring about participating with HOPE RCC. These are services that are desperately needed- homeless adults are hospitalized 4-5 times the rate of the general population for medical issues. The average life expectancy of a homeless person is 16 years less than the general population. HOPE RCC strives to combat this disturbing reality. With expanded services HOPE RCC, can increase nursing hours to better accommodate those with high medical needs and expand guest health education.