St. Herman House

The mission of St. Herman House - FOCUS Cleveland is to shelter and support homeless men on the path to well-being and independence, and meet the basic needs of people in our community.

St. Herman House was founded in 1977 as an Orthodox Christian monastery with a mission of serving the homeless and poor. In 2013, St. Herman’s became part of FOCUS North America, a national Orthodox Christian 501(c)(3). St. Herman's is no longer a monastery but its original purpose remains the same: serving the homeless and poor.

Our programs

Emergency Shelter

Emergency shelter for 28 men in our main house.

Hot Meal Program

Three hot meals a day, 365 days a year, to anyone in need. We are the only facility in the city of Cleveland that provides three hot meals a day to the public. In 2018 we served almost 76,000 meals. We are a member agency of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

Basic Needs

We give away clothing to men year-round. Our food pantry distributes grocery bags during the last five weekdays of each month to families with dependents. Sandwiches and toiletry kits are handed out daily as needed.

Resident Services and Referral Program

We connect all residents with local agencies for case management. Through referrals and collaboration, we support each resident to address unemployment, substance abuse, mental health and other barriers to independent living.

Jobs and Life Skills Program

At present, this program has several components. Men in the main house work in temporary positions – typically custodial and landscaping – for which they are paid. There are also unpaid positions within the house that are filled by residents. These include drivers, cooks, beekeepers, cleaners, and administrative positions. The paid and unpaid positions give structure to the day, build a sense of responsibility, and give the men experience that can help in finding permanent employment. At any given time, approximately half the residents of the shelter are engaged in part or full-time paid employment.

Transitional Housing

Transitional housing three doors down from the main house for 12 men. Men are eligible to live in the transitional house if they have a source of income, six months of sobriety, and are working with a case manager. Residents pay a program fee (approximately $300 per month), equivalent to subsidized rent. In 2018, we housed 95 men in the shelter and transitional house. 

At St. Herman’s, “I know I’m on the right track. I’m putting all of my time into bettering myself, staying sober and getting my GED... It’s going to make me out to be something great.”

Frank - Resident at St. Herman House/FOCUS Cleveland