In the fall of 1998, Randy and Christine Jarrell, a local Medina family, started our men's recovery housing program after losing their sister, Cathy, to alcoholism at a young age. Since then, over 900 people have called Cathy's House their home. Our mission is to provide affordable, recovery focused housing to individuals with substance use disorder and/or alcoholism. This mission's call is far greater than having a group of people living in a "sober" environment. Our residents are involved in a program that is all encompassing and allows them to build a life of long-term recovery.
From our Executive Director to our trained, certified staff, everyone involved with our residents has personal lived experience in recovery from substance use disorder and all residents programming comes from that knowledge base. Residents walk through multiple phases during their stay with various levels of accountability, with one main goal in mind, to build a sustainable, personal recovery plan and to live a life of recovery. All of our residents are linked with amazing community partners to assist them on their journey of healing and wellness.
Executive Director, Jon Robinson (left) with founder, Randy Jarrell
Secondary to our recovery program, we provide an affordable, high quality, home-like atmosphere for our residents to enjoy and treat as their home. With privacy and confidentiality, they are able to live and grow with each other in the recovery community. We understand that everyone comes from different walks of life and by the time some enter our doors, they have suffered extreme losses. We continue our mission of affordability by providing utilities, house supplies, internet, and food items which is all included in rent.
Still, thats not all. As we continue to grow and continue to meet the demands that the opioid epidemic has brought us, we are able to provide longer term housing for men who desire to stay in our program as they take the next step. We have multiple locations across Medina County, all certified through Ohio Recovery Housing, which ensures our program and houses are held to a higher standard.
We can't do this alone and we continually rely on private donations to help offset our costs. All donations are tax exempt as we are a 510(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are grateful for our community and encourage everyone to take a look at the impact they can have for our recovery housing community!
The mission of Cathy’s House is to serve the community by providing certified recovery housing for individuals seeking an affordable, high quality environment in order to learn the skills to live a lifestyle of recovery. Cathy's House vision is that recovery housing becomes accessible to all individuals in recovery from Substance Use Disorder.
Cathy’s House operates both ORH certified Level II and Level I housing for men in Medina County. ORH certifications ensures that our housing program is held to the highest standards possible. To learn more about Ohio Recovery Housing, click here.
What We've Achieved
Over 900 people have called Cathy's House Inc their home since 1998.
Since 2020, we have expanded our operations to multiple locations, now operating several Level II and Level I houses, expanding access to recovery housing.
We have numerous community partnerships which help our residents with recovery support, community interaction, employment and education.
In 2020 we became the only certified recovery house for men in Medina County and continue to maintain all Ohio Recovery Housing standards.
Meet the Team
We have a great team of people supporting our residents!
Jon Robinson is a peer recovery supporter and has been the Executive Director since 2019. Jon has been in recovery since April of 2011 and has 13 years experience as a first responder prior to joining the Cathy's House team.
John DeMell is a peer recovery supporter and has been the Program Manager since 2022. He has over nine years in recovery and has worked as a peer supporter for the past eight years.
Jennie English has been the Admin Assistant since 2022 with over a decade of experience in the medical field. She is also a family peer support specialist through Hope Recovery Community