Transitional Housing appoints new executive director

(Plain Press, March 2007) The Board of Trustees of Transitional Housing Inc (THI) chose Sharon L. Bell as the organization’s new executive director. Transitional Housing, located at 1545 West 25th Street, is a community-based organization whose mission is to work to end the cycle of homelessness by providing women with a safe environment, programs and services that promote self-sufficiency and independence.

Bell comes to Transitional Housing from ORCA House, a Cleveland-based substance abuse rehabilitation center where she served as Executive Director from 1998 to 2006. “My goal is to expand upon the solid foundation of services that have been the hallmark of THI for more than 20 years. My initial plans include enhancing our education, employment and independent living programs. Fundraising and increasing awareness of THI are also a top priority,” says Bell.

Sister Donna Hawk, Sister Loretta Schulte and Sister Irene Utrup from the Congregation of St. Joseph founded Transitional Housing in response to a serious shortage of safe, decent and affordable housing.

Each year THI serves between 100-125 women who become homeless for a variety of reasons such as economic crises, domestic violence, and substance abuse.  Women reside in one of 61 rooms for up to two years. THI provides the education, services and support essential to achieving personal and financial independence. All residents participate in a personal development program with on-site classes and links to community services, employment training, and educational opportunities.

After a woman transitions into her own housing, Transitional Housing staff continue to provide follow-up services.  Since 1986, over 1,400 women have transformed their lives through THI.  

For more information about Transitional Housing contact Jane Amata at 781-2250, or visit


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