Benjamin S. Gerson Family Resource Center
The MetroHealth Benjamin S. Gerson Family Resource Center connects you with community resources after a trauma or illness puts your life on hold. The hope is that once these connections are in place, you'll have the rehabilitation services, knowledge and support needed to get back to your life. We offer this assistance free of charge. Let us know how we can help you.
Many people are referred to us by their physicians, social workers or therapists. However, you don't need a referral.
Our History of Care
The Benjamin S. Gerson Family Resource Center was dedicated in 2004, thanks to the generosity of Mr. Gerson's children. Mr. Gerson was diagnosed with polio in 1953, and received care at MetroHealth Medical Center. He felt this care allowed him to return to a productive life after his diagnosis, and his children chose to honor his recovery by opening the center.
Here, we help people like Mr. Gerson who have experienced a life-altering illness or trauma. We keep track of educational information, support services and community agencies that provide disability services in greater Cleveland. Then, we connect people with the information they need to make positive changes.
Personalized Disability Services
The Benjamin S. Gerson Family Resource Center serves individuals and their families. We often work with people who have spinal cord injury, stroke, brain injury and orthopedic disabilities.
Our certified rehabilitation counselor meets with you and your family for an initial needs assessment. That conversation helps us determine what resources might be helpful for you. Then, we make referrals to resources to assist with issues such as:
- Home health aides and respite care
- Housing and transportation
- Medical equipment
- Mental health and substance abuse treatment
- Preventive care
- Recreation and wellness
- Support groups
- Vocational services
At the Benjamin S. Gerson Family Resource Center, one of our main goals is to connect you and your family with the organizations and contacts that assist with benefits applications. We connect you with the benefits enrollment team at MetroHealth Medical Center and help you get in touch with other community resources that might help. We also serve as an advocate to help navigate complex administrative systems.
Support Groups in the Cleveland Area
Visiting with people who know exactly what you're going through can be helpful and empowering. The Benjamin S. Gerson Family Resource Center maintains a detailed list of support groups that serve Northeast Ohio. Support groups help caregivers, stroke and brain injury survivors, persons with spinal cord injuries and more.
The Benjamin S. Gerson Family Center also hosts Support Trauma and Recovery (STAR). This support group is for people who have experienced physical trauma. This includes amputation, spinal cord injury, stroke and brain injury. Friends and family are welcome.
Check back here for an updated list of support groups.