UNITED WAY HELPS REMOVE BARRIERS TO HEALTH

img_ow_ss_supporthealthySharon Voik has experienced life from many perspectives. She shared a home and raised a family with her husband. She’s also experienced homelessness and had to work her way back to a better life.

Following her husband’s sudden death, a combination of drug use and mental and physical health problems led Sharon to take desperate measures which eventually led to her being homeless. She found her way to a women’s shelter, and from there to the physical and behavioral health services funded by United Way and provided to our community’s homeless population by Care Alliance and Frontline Service. A mobile clinic brings care to the chronically homeless, whether living on the streets or in one of Care Alliance’s eight permanent supportive housing facilities.

Today, Sharon lives independently in one of those facilities. She is managing her health problems and rebuilding her relationships with her children and grandchildren.
More than 4,000 people, many with mental and physical health problems, experience homelessness in Cleveland on any given night.

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