St. Herman House


St. Herman House - FOCUS Cleveland is an Orthodox Christian house of hospitality.  We are a non-profit, 501c3, charitable organization committed to serving the homeless and poor of Ohio City and Cleveland in a spirit of love and hospitality. We have been in operation since September of 1977. St. Herman’s is solely owned and operated by FOCUS North America, which manages outreach centers and programs in cities around the country.

Our Mission

St. Herman House's mission is to support homeless men on the path to well-being and independence in a safe and stable environment and also meet the basic needs of people in our community. 


We have an emergency shelter for 28 men and a transitional home that accommodates 12 men. In addition, we serve three meals a day, seven days a week, every day of the year to anyone in need. 


As an expression of Christ’s love, FOCUS North America serves the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick and imprisoned by providing Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding, and Shelter. 

The Need

Faced with low wages and rising food, housing, utility, and health care costs, thousands of children go to bed hungry each night, evicted families are homeless, millions are jobless, and even more feel hopeless. In a land where resources are so plentiful, it is unacceptable that so many children, adults, and senior citizens experience such staggering need and insecurity.


Restoring their dignity takes more than handouts. Through FOCUS, Orthodox Christians are coming together as a national movement to transform people’s lives and offer a real hope to the hopeless here at home, in America


Out of all US cities, Cleveland has the second highest rate of residents living below the poverty line, 36%. At a time when few to no services were available in the Cleveland area, St. Herman House was founded to meet the pressing needs of the underserved in our community. To this day, the St. Herman House continues to provide essential services, transforming the lives of many who come through our door.

FOCUS North America Podcast on Ancient Faith Radio

In Focus
In Focus

Tuesday, 13 Dec 2016

I Feel Really Loved
13 Dec 2016 at 10:02am

Tuesday, 12 Jul 2016

Shower to the People
12 Jul 2016 at 6:48pm

Wednesday, 16 Mar 2016

Spirituality and Practice at FOCUS
16 Mar 2016 at 2:34pm

Tuesday, 23 Feb 2016

Youth Equipped to Serve
23 Feb 2016 at 8:11am

Saturday, 16 Jan 2016

Stewardship through FOCUS
16 Jan 2016 at 7:05am

Saturday, 19 Dec 2015

Job Openings at Focus North America
19 Dec 2015 at 7:20am

Friday, 1 May 2015

Transformation and Transition
1 May 2015 at 6:30pm

Saturday, 21 Feb 2015

How to Make Outreach Part of Your Family’s Lenten Journey
21 Feb 2015 at 8:18am

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015

The YES Program: Mobilizing Young People to Serve
27 Jan 2015 at 2:45pm

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014

St. Herman House in Cleveland
26 Nov 2014 at 5:29pm

Sunday, 26 Oct 2014

Operation Lace-Up
26 Oct 2014 at 5:30pm

Sunday, 12 Oct 2014

Orthodox Free Clinic - A Model Which Can Be Replicated
12 Oct 2014 at 10:03pm

Monday, 29 Sep 2014

Welcome to In Focus
29 Sep 2014 at 5:23pm

Hot Meals Served in 2018


Meet our Director

Paul Finley (right) pictured with house Manager Roy.


Meet our Top Chef

Carl Cook, serving up one of his many amazing dishes he creates with food donated from the community.