Convalescent Care Center

All applicants are referred to Harmony House Respite Care, the operator of the Convalescent Care Center.


Open Door Mission’s Convalescent Care Center (CCC)

Open Door Mission’s Convalescent/Respite Care Center is currently operated by Harmony House Respite Care Center (HHRC). Which can house up to 28 homeless men who have been released from Ben Taub, LBJ and other regional hospitals who need extended convalescence following illnesses, surgery or accidents and who have nowhere to go except back to the streets of Houston. The ultimate objective for the homeless men in Harmony House Respite Care Center (HHRC) is to achieve a quality of life conducive to independent living and be restored to physical health suitable to enter the workforce and to obtain permanent supportive housing. Of equal importance is for the HHRC to fill the gap of reducing or eliminating the need for multiple readmissions to hospitals and recurring visits to the hospital emergency departments.

The HHRC assists the clients with:

  • Connection to and scheduling of visits to their primary care physician, health testing, dental, vision and any mental health referrals.
  • Applying for disability and permanent supportive housing and employment.
  • Attainment of food stamps and legal assistance.

Residents are encouraged to participate in the opportunities found in the Center for Education & Career Guidance services offered at the Mission. Computers are available to them for their personal use.

Harris County Healthcare for the Homeless operates an onsite open access clinic at the Mission to provide medical services to the men in our care and to the local homeless community. The clinic enables our residents to have medical services readily available to them and reduce the number of offsite trips that are made for them to meet their medical appointments.

Men in our care can stay in HHRC for periods from a few days up to several months until such time as when a doctor provides release orders. HHRC residents may also apply for admission into the DoorWay Recovery Program. (See Eligibility Requirements)