Health Care and Wellness

St. Joseph Leaders Deliver Supplies to Someplace Safe

WARREN, Ohio – Leadership from St. Joseph Warren Hospital delivered a truck full of clothing, food and personal care items to Someplace Safe Tuesday in honor of the founders of the health-care system, Sisters of the Humility of Mary.

Someplace Safe, a program of Family and Community Services Inc., is Trumbull County’s only domestic violence shelter. Last year, the organization sheltered 139 adults and 121 children.

“Our associates are continuously honoring and expressing gratitude to the religious women who responded to a need in our Valley more than 100 years ago,” said Kathy Cook, president of St. Joseph, in a statement. “Today is a representation of the legacy we continue to share more than a Century after the first patient was cared for in Youngstown.” 

Part of the collection at Mercy Health was funded by a grant from the Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley.

In addition to providing shelter for those fleeing domestic violence, Someplace Safe also fielded 1,090 crisis calls and helped 290 clients with paperwork for civil protection orders, court accompaniment and education on victims’ rights.

“Our hearts are filled with gratitude and joy to see our community partner, Mercy Health, provide a reprieve to those women and children who call Someplace Safe their home,” said Alicia Williamson, director of Someplace Safe. “We are able to care for so many because of the generosity of the community we are fortunate to serve.”

In honor of the gift from St. Joseph Warren Hospital, Someplace Safe’s building, 1370 Tod Ave. NW, was renamed the Sister Stella Domestic Violence Shelter. Sr. Stella Schmid was a long-time board member of the hospital and a Mercy Health administration.

For more information and volunteer opportunities with Someplace Safe, call 330 393 3003. 

For the organization’s 24/7 crisis line, call 330 393 3005.

Pictured: Alicia Williamson, director of Someplace Safe; Sr. Stella Schmid, H.M; Kathy Cook, president of St. Joseph Warren Hospital; and Paul S. Homick, Jr., president of the Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley.

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