Meet Joseph House
A commitment to full reintegration into society.
Joseph House accompanies our returning citizens back into a life of freedom. We provide safe housing, community support, and other services to ensure each person safely reintegrates back into society.
"Proximity has taught me some basic and humbling truths, including this vital lesson:
Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done."
– Bryan Stevenson
We aim to create a community based on love, trust, and peace. This foundation can heal the negative experiences of “community” our members have faced in the past, and give a new hope for the future.
Read the story of Chad and his experience, in his own words, of his encounter with Fr. Dustin Feddon and entire Joseph House community.
Eight months after Bishop Wack green-lit Joseph House, we began accompanying a 23-year-old man named Qwan as he left directly from solitary confinement to the Leon County bus station where a few of our volunteers met him, took him to lunch, and began accompanying him through the various stages of reintegration.
The United States has the highest prison population in the world, housing roughly 22% of all prisoners in the world. Long before this record was set, we had a history of lynching, slavery, and executions.
We know there is a problem.
Florida’s incarceration rate exceeds every country on the planet. In this era of mass incarceration, when millions are warehoused in prisons and jails, the dignity of the human person is compromised.
We are committed to change.
In a process Joseph House calls accompaniment, we prioritize the material, relational, and spiritual needs of the human person by walking with them as friends and advocates as they rejoin us in free society.
Our past tells a gruesome tale of publicly recorded slave sales, convict leasing, forced labor camps, torture, lynching, and executions.
The problems of our past take new form in our present with men and women warehoused in jails and prisons at shockingly high rates.
Through a process we call accompaniment, Joseph House is committed to change on the personal, state, and national level.
The art of accompaniment
Some may volunteer by accompanying our residents through challenging tasks.
Others may wish to volunteer by assisting helping us around the house, creating a sense of belonging for all of us.
Finally, others may simply want to join us on occasion at our community events to learn more.
Responding to Material Needs
There are very real costs to create a home for those hoping to re-enter society after incarceration.
Joseph House, through the generosity of our donors, has been able to take concrete steps towards justice by restoring the dignity of those leaving the prison systems.
Sharing the Good News
In less than one year our ministry has grown in leaps and bounds, impacting the lives of many for one simple reason: people are sharing the good news.
We encourage you to share Joseph House with your family, your friends, your community, inviting them to join us as we join those re-entering society after prison.
3rd Annual Gala
We would like to invite you to our 3rd Annual Joseph House Gala on Friday, November 5th, 2021. Our theme for this special night is: Learning To Dream.
Keynote speaker via Zoom: Sr. Helen Prejean will share her witness and testimony on creating justice through accompanying the least among us. She is the author of the #1 New York Times Best Seller Dead Man Walking.
Other speakers include Bishop William Wack, and Chad Grady, former brother of Joseph House.
A plated dinner will be served in the Magnolia Room at the Capital City Country Club on 1601 Golf Terrace Dr. Tallahassee, FL 32301. Masks are required.
Join us for this Special Event
Joseph House Lecture Series
Florida’s Convict Lease System and its Legacy of Prison Abuse
Join us on February 20th at 7PM as we explore the history of Florida’s Convict Lease system, a time when Florida’s incarcerated were leased to businesses for the exploitation of prison labor. Peter A. Cowdrey, Educator-in-Residence, Museum of Florida History, will guide us through this violent history which tragically survived through the intervening decades. Please email us for more information on this event.
In a time when millions of individuals are warehoused in prisons and jails, the dignity of the human person is compromised.
In a process Joseph House calls accompaniment, we prioritize the material, relational, and spiritual needs of the human person by walking with them as friends and advocates as they rejoin us in free society. Joseph House seeks to serve those most in need of restoration.