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For Immediate Release: April 25, 2017

New Recuperative Care Center for Homeless Hospital Super-Utilizers Opens in Midway City

MIDWAY CITY, CA – Illumination Foundation is opening a new Recuperative Care Center in Midway City, the only one in the County of Orange.  Illumination Foundation’s new facility has 45 beds and 5 individual single occupancy rooms for recuperative care and it will serve over 1000 clients per year. This is Illumination Foundation’s third comprehensive approach shelter that addresses high-end hospital users.

Entrance, common areas and case management room
Dorms: womens, single occupancy and mens dorms

Recuperative Care is a homeless shelter that serves as a stable discharge plan for local homeless who need a place to recover after medical treatment. Illumination Foundation’s innovative program, based on a social model, is designed to ensure that patients will have a safe environment and a place to stay off the streets to properly recover and prevent a return to the emergency room.

“Homeless clients come from hospitals or other contracted providers into our recuperative care programs to heal from acute and chronic conditions and oftentimes they are also experiencing mental health instability and/or drug/alcohol addiction.

Paul Leon, Susan Price and Paul Cho

We feel that the best way to assist people in healing from homelessness is to provide them

with the care they need in a holistic manner, addressing their mental, physical and spiritual needs. Furthermore, we strive to address the needs with securing a stable living environment,” said Paul Leon, Illumination Foundation CEO.

The Recuperative Care Center in Midway City provides individuals with interim housing, daily meals, integrated medical oversight, intensive case management, mental health counseling, substance use counseling, connections to social services, transportation to and from medical appointments, and the opportunity to end their cycle of homelessness as they work towards self-sufficiency and permanent housing. Over 33% of Recuperative Care clients have been connected to transitional or permanent housing.

“The new recuperative care will feature a more robust behavioral health program that will provide client-centered services for those wanting mental health therapy and substance use counseling.  Services provided will be strengths-based, holistic, empowering and tailored to both client self-determination and the length of stay and will range from brief, solution focused to delving further into longer term treatment goals,” says Melissa Querry, director of behavioral health at Illumination Foundation.

Illumination Foundation’s Recuperative Care is one of 85 nationwide, and the only one in the Orange County. The program was piloted in 2008 with several key partners and has grown to serve over 3,000 clients. The program proved its efficiency in time cutting recidivism to emergency rooms in half, and saved hospitals over $19M.

For more information contact April Rios at or 949-273-0555 ext.203.

About Illumination Foundation: Illumination Foundation is an Orange County-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing targeted, interdisciplinary services for the most vulnerable homeless clients to break or prevent the cycle of homelessness. Illumination Foundation pioneered an innovative and cost-effective solution to advance health and housing stability for the chronically homeless community. To date, Illumination Foundation’s housing programs have served 2,316 families and have provided medical and social services to over 20,000 individuals. For more information, visit

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