Our History

A Transformative Journey of Advocacy, Growth, and Healing.


In the late 1970s, Jayne Mazzarella, a nurse working at Cleveland’s Women’s General Hospital, began to recognize the prevalence of substance abuse among her patients. A strong advocate with ties to the recovery community, Ms. Mazzarella mustered the financial, political, and grassroots support necessary to open a 10-bed women’s halfway house in 1978.

1980s – 1990s

Hitchcock was originally housed in a home on Magnolia Drive donated by the Hitchcock family. The need for expanded space and treatment options exploded throughout the 1980s with the surge of crack cocaine. Through the continuing efforts of Ms. Mazzarella and the agency’s board, staff and volunteers, the agency purchased the former St. Mary’s Seminary on Ansel Road in Cleveland’s near east side from the Cleveland Catholic Diocese in 1992.


Today, the Hitchcock Center for Women admits over 300 women each year, allowing mothers to have their young children stay with them while they receive treatment.

“Where Healing Begins” is much more than a slogan at HCFW. It’s how we go about our business – helping women help themselves for a better life.

We’re here to help you move forward, one step at a time.

Call us at (216) 421-0662 to learn more about our supportive Recovery Housing accommodations and services.