Placements -Mary and Joseph House
Mary and Joseph House
Mary and Joseph House is a specialised Residential Home for men coping with alcohol dependency and related mental health issues.
Project contact: Julie Hoszowskyj
Location: Palmerston Street Ancoats, Manchester
Mary and Joseph House is part of the Joseph Cox Charity founded in 1963, and in its present purpose built house in 1993. Mary and Joseph House is a thriving establishment offering a safe, caring and stable environment for men who are struggling with alcohol dependency and a variety of related mental health issues. 41 men live in this very caring environment, aged between 40 and 80. Many have been living rough on the streets or had accommodation that did not suit their needs. In Mary and Joseph House, Julie and her dedicated staff treat each person as an individual and give each the respect and care to which they are entitled. Some of the men are rehabilitated back into the community; others make it their permanent home. The staff are deeply committed to making a difference to the lives of every resident.
The Vincentian Volunteer can easily become part of the family which is Mary and Joseph House. The volunteers are part of the Therapeutic team which provides so many services to the men of the house. As they work 30 hours a week between them they have time to build relationships with the men. Sometimes this will mean accompanying them to a hospital appointment, or dentist, or just going shopping or to the cinema. The volunteers are involved in other activities offered in the house: in the games room or at the pool table; in the art or cookery classes, or at the computer. There is also a gardening project for those who like to be out of doors. The mini-bus gives opportunities to the residents for trips out and about, and to go on holiday. These are all activities in which the volunteers are involved. The volunteers receive regular supervision to ensure their own needs are met, and they are included in all training offered to the staff.