The Mission is serving COVID-19 patients.
The Open Door Mission’s Convalescent (respite) Care Center has been in operation since 1991. It was created to treat homeless males discharging from Houston’s public hospitals, Ben Taub and LBJ. These men were homeless going into the hospital and are homeless still when they come out. The Mission serves as a place for them to recuperate and rehabilitate from an accident, illness, injury or surgery in a clean and safe environment.
The Center is currently being utilized by Harris Health Systems’ Harris County Hospital District and The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD during this COVID-19 pandemic.
The Harris County Hospital District utilizes 9 beds to isolate COVID-19 patients who have tested positive for the virus. These beds are staffed by Harris County in conjunction with the medical care clinic already in service and located on the Mission’s campus.
The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD utilizes 28 beds for homeless males with mental illness intensified due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 disaster is having a detrimental impact on the ability of homeless individuals with mental illness to find a safe place to shelter following stabilization and discharge from inpatient crisis psychiatric treatment.
Representative Grant Coleman proposed utilizing an existing Texas State Healthy Community Collaborations grant to enable three Houston organizations to provide transition shelter and supporting services for homeless people with mental illness. The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center and Open Door Mission have joined forces to open a 24-hour facility with these beds.