Gathering Hope House

Transportation (if available) is free to residents within a 25 mile radius

Covid-19 Guidelines

Effective June 2, 2021:

  • All other COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted on June 2, 2021 but we encourage everyone to practice good health hygiene practices and to be considerate of others

Hours of Operation

Mon-Thu: 8am-8pm
Friday: Currently Closed

Our Mission:

Gathering Hope House encourages mental health consumers to join together as members, inspiring and supporting one another’s personal growth and recovery. Together, members will also challenge the community in which they live to develop compassion and acceptance of all.

Our Guiding Principles:

We support our members as they achieve their goals by adhering to our guiding principles of integrity, personal growth, belonging, competence, helpfulness, fairness and teamwork.

*This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

History of Gathering Hope House:

Our organization was founded in part by members of Clifton Lodge, which was a gathering place for adults with mental illness and addictions in Lorain, Ohio who were seeking a place of acceptance and belonging where they could use their experiences to help one another and contribute to an organization alongside with others interested in mental health.

Members of the Lorain County Board of Mental Health (now known as Mental Health Addiction Recovery Services Board of Lorain County), community stakeholders and advocates held a series of discussions and planning meetings to design the concept of a multi-service mental health organization that specialized in peer education, support and opportunities with the goal of empowering people with mental health and addiction issues.

Over the course of three years the design and name Gathering Hope House were developed.

Albert and Carmelene Januzzi donated their store, the Januzzi Footwear Store for the future home of Gathering Hope House and the Lorain County Board of Mental Health.

Renovations began in 2003. Members of Clifton Lodge along with community stakeholders and other interested parties were instrumental in the design, renovations and concept of the new organization.

Our doors opened on October 5, 2005 to a great celebration of dedication and collaboration in the mental health and addiction community.

Gathering Hope House embraces a Clubhouse model, where everyone who either attends or works here are referred to as members (sense of belonging).

We offer employment and volunteer opportunities, education, social activities, wellness programming and more for individuals 18 years of age or older.

Our program activities include an art studio, Fitness Center, a full-service kitchen offering free meals to members, education and support groups, a learning lab, a retail re-sale boutique (Hope Chest) and a drop-in center in the evenings where we offer a variety of social activities either at our site or in the community.

Transportation to and from Gathering Hope House is offered to all members residing in Lorain County.

Today we serve over 200 individuals as we continue to help our members thrive, develop leadership skills and master the art of self-help and resiliency.

We look forward to meeting and welcoming new members!

Our Supporters:

MHARS Board of Lorain County

Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services (MHARS) is the local public agency that plans, funds, monitors and evaluates a system of services for residents with mental illness in Lorain County. 

The Nord Center

The Nord Center is a not-for-profit private organization providing culturally competent and evidence-based behavioral healthcare services that promote recovery, dignity, and well-being for our clients, their families and their communities.