Rosary Hall

Founded in 1952, Rosary Hall has been at the forefront of treating alcoholism and drug dependency for more than 65 years.

In fact, its founder, Sister Ignatia Gavin, CSA, worked hand-in-hand with Dr. Robert Smith after he co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous in Akron, Ohio.

Today, Rosary Hall’s innovative efforts continue to be fueled not only by decades of proven experience in treating more than 60,000 men and women, but also by the compassion that is a hallmark of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.

Advocate 2017-05-17T13:54:41+00:00

Every struggle needs heroes.

Like many loved ones of the lost, Bob and Jeannie Brandt became advocates in the fight against this epidemic after they lost their grandson Robby to heroin. In so many ways, Robby was an all-American boy. He was bright and larger than life. He joined the Army. Robby had so much to give.

But when Robby was prescribed powerful painkillers after a routine procedure to remove his wisdom teeth, he became an addict. Like so many before him and like too many right now as you read these words, Robby’s addiction quickly descended into the world of heroin.

But strangely, Robby was an advocate even as an addict. After his death, Robby’s family discovered a notebook in his room. They learned that Robby was collecting detailed notes. He was planning on starting a website to help kids like him shake free from the shackles of the disease—even while it was killing him.

His unshakable hope inspired, an advocacy organization that is a community leader in the fight against heroin. Today, Robby’s grandparents and the rest of his family use Robby’s voice to advocate for our community to stand up for those stricken by this disease. With Robby as their mentor, his family found a new purpose and became leaders in this fight.

But where are our designated leaders today? What is a leader’s true purpose?  Who stands with Robby and his family? Who will stand up for the next Robby down the street or even in your home?

Where do our leaders stand?

  • Drug companies have spent $800 million dollars for lobbying in the past decade.

  • More than 3000 Ohioans overdosed on heroin last year.

  • 45% of voters list dealing with the opioid crisis as a “top priority”.

“I didn’t know how to get my life back together. That’s what Rosary Hall really gave me. And that’s really why I volunteer here today. We have to have each other’s back.”


Patient in Recovery

Leaders need to lead. Citizens need to speak up.

There is no higher purpose for a community leader or elected official than protecting their community. There is no higher responsibility for a community than to hold their leaders accountable. We need access to proven resources in this fight. We need to stand together. Federal and state money has already been set aside to be distributed to community resources like Rosary Hall.

We need advocates to help secure these funds, which can be found through already existing legislation such as The 21st Century Cures Act.

Your voice matters. Raise your voice, advocate for expanded coverage of treatment. Support social services that help those in recovery get back on track with workforce training and supportive housing. Support research that advances evidence-based addiction treatment. Support legislation such as the STOP (Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention) Act, that seeks to close the loophole on the trafficking of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and carfentanil.

Rosary Hall is proud to recognize these allies in our fight against addiction:
Rob Portman
Rob PortmanU.S. Senator, R-OH
Sherrod Brown
Sherrod BrownU.S. Senator D-OH
Armond Budish
Armond BudishCuyahoga County Executive
William Denihan
William DenihanPresident & CEO, Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County
Frank G. Jackson
Frank G. JacksonMayor of Cleveland
Phyllis Cleveland
Phyllis ClevelandWard 5, Councilwoman
Joan Synenberg
Joan SynenbergCuyahoga County Drug Court, Judge
David Matia
David MatiaCuyahoga County Drug Court, Judge
If you are a community leader or elected official, we understand there are only so many resources you can support in this fight. With that in mind, we only ask you to listen and take the opportunity to learn why expanding Rosary Hall can have a real impact on the people who have trusted you to lead our community.