Eric Johnson, the son of Church of the Redeemer parishioners Bill and Ann Johnson, contracted AIDS and died of the disease in 1990. Luckily, Eric had the full support of his family—something that is not a reality for many people living with HIV/AIDS. Thus, The Eric Johnson House on the Redeemer grounds was designed to aid people in need of housing and support service who are homeless as a result of, or adjunct to, their HIV/AIDS status.
The Eric Johnson House is a place for those who need a safe haven while trying to obtain the services and support necessary to regain control of their lives. It is not a hospice nor a medical facility, but rather a housing program that provides the security and dignity necessary to enable residents to become empowered and make realistic decisions about their future.
Established in 1992 as a non-profit organization, the Eric Johnson house is the result of a grassroots endeavor to renovate and operate a transitional housing program for people living with HIV/AIDS as they secure permanent housing.
The Eric Johnson House is located in the former rectory of the Church of the Redeemer. The rectory, which was no longer used by the Church for its original purpose, was completely renovated through the generous support of both public and private organizations, as well as individual contributors. Located in Morristown’s central business district, the house is accessible by car or public transportation. It is within walking distance of grocery stores, parks, medical providers, banks, and other area businesses. The location ensures the maximum independence of its residents. Fully accessible for wheelchairs, the house contains on-site laundry and cooking facilities.
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