St. Joseph Home

Name of Non-Profit Organization *

St. Joseph Home

Organization's website

Federal Tax ID Number *


Address *

10722 Wyscarver Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45224
United States

Your Name *

Renee Russell

Your Title *

Development Director

Contact email address *

Contact Phone Number

(513) 563-2520

What is the mission of your organization?

St. Joseph Home creates a home for non-ambulatory children and adults who have severe/profound developmental disabilities. The Home, a non-profit ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, offers a creative, loving environment for those in the residential and respite programs. Attention to the individual’s medical, social, educational and spiritual development reveals the uniqueness of each person. Compassionate care and respect for the dignity of life are the hallmarks of St. Joseph Home.

Which social causes does your agency address through its programming?
(Check all that apply)

  • Disability Issues

Any other categories (not listed above) that your agency addresses?

While our primary focus is on disabilities, the nature of our work also encompasses arts, health, education, spirituality, community, and more.

Most schools have between $1000 and $1500 to grant. How could your organization use a grant of this size? *

A grant from Seton High School could be used to fund a special project, such as utilizing current technology to provide new communication options for our residents. Devices like adaptive mp3 players, iPads, and other touch-screen technologies allow our residents to make choices, to express themselves, and to communicate.

Dustin, a teenage resident of St. Joseph Home, loves being able to choose his own music now that he has his own Sweet Pea music player. We’d love to be able to offer that option to more of our residents! We’ve found that Lisa, a resident of Chinese descent, responds well to words spoken in Mandarin Chinese – something we did not realize until we tried a translation app on Lisa’s iPad.

Grant funding could provide communication technology like this to many more of our residents. Since these individuals are unable to speak and have limited mobility, it can be challenging for them to express themselves. By creatively using new technologies, we can give voice to the residents of St. Joseph Home. A grant from Seton High School could help make this happen. Thank you for your consideration.

Any other comments you would like to share with the students who might be reviewing your request?

St. Joseph Home is the only home in Hamilton County serving non-ambulatory, non-verbal and medically fragile infants, children and adults. Our residents range in age from infancy to adulthood. Because we are licensed by the State of Ohio for 48 residents, we consistently maintain a waiting list for admission.

Our residential areas are divided into six cottages, all of which have four semi-private bedrooms. Each cottage has a kitchen and a living area, or great room, used for eating as well as watching TV, playing games, or just relaxing after school or workshop. Direct care staff assist the residents with preparing in the morning for workshop or school, and are there in the afternoon to bring the residents back in from the buses.

All St. Joseph Home school-aged residents attend either a county special needs school or St. Joseph Home Academy, our on-site school program for those too young or too medically fragile to leave our campus. Older residents attend a workshop program that is specially designed to allow those with severe or profound disabilities to achieve the dignity and purpose that comes with employment. St. Joseph Home holds a Summer Camp program for school-aged residents to keep them active and stimulated between school years.

A family's decision to place their child at St. Joseph Home is always a difficult but loving one, and often comes after the child grows too heavy or large for a family to lift and take care of by themselves. Some families take advantage of our respite center services prior to placing their child permanently with St. Joseph Home, so they gain knowledge of the services provided and trust in the loving care their child receives.

Does your organization have volunteer opportunities available for high school students?


List possible volunteer opportunities -or- a link to where they can be found on the web.

Volunteers are needed to assist with all kinds of activities around St. Joseph Home. Some of our volunteers visit one-on-one with a resident, while others help with special projects like a fall cleanup or painting project. Volunteer jobs are tailored to our volunteers' individual talents and interests. Paint a mural on a wall, plant flowers, help plan one of our monthly birthday parties, or work hand-over-hand with our residents to create a craft project. Read or sing to a resident, or take a walk together around our beautiful grounds. Our volunteers often say that they come here expecting to go home drained and mentally exhausted — but instead they feel full of life and energy, inspired by the wonderful individuals who live at St. Joseph Home!

Volunteer coordinator

Amy Mc Mahill

Volunteer coordinator's email address

Volunteer coordinator's phone number

(513) 563-2520