The Center for Respite Care (CRC) honored Michael Graham, S.J. president of Xavier University, at its annual Transformation Awards. Xavier’s Jesuit, Catholic tradition prides itself on preparing students to make a difference. One of the Ignatian gifts, service rooted in justice and love, invites us to invest our lives into the well-being of our neighbors, particularly those who suffer injustice. Held Oct. 25 at Xavier’s Cintas Center, the evening also featured a performance by Xavier’s a capella chorus, HarmonX.
Also honored were Joseph Kiesler, MD, associate residency director and underserved health director for the Christ Hospital / UC Family Medicine Residency Program, and the late Ron Matthews, a teacher and Navy veteran who became homelessness but turned himself around and was serving others before he was murdered in late 2011.
The CRC’s mission is to provide quality medical care to homeless people in need a safe place to heal, while assisting them in breaking the cycle of homelessness. While clients recover from their illness at CRC’s 24/7 facility, the staff works with them to remove the barriers that keep them homeless. No facility in the country is more effective than CRC. Almost 90 percent of its clients heal and move into housing or treatment. Last month, three clients found jobs, two enrolled in college and one in a computer class.