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Joseph House is a nonprofit ministry of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. We offer a range of services for accompanying our brothers and sisters leaving prison. We seek to support their complete restoration into our communities and neighborhoods.
While we are a Catholic mission, we seek to be sensitive to a diversity of ecumenical and inter-religious needs and accept participants from all faith traditions or no particular faith tradition.
We believe that all people share in a common humanity with fundamental rights.
We affirm that whatever their gifts or their limitations, all people share in a common humanity.
The fact of our shared humanity means that there are fundamental rights of each person which include the right to life, to care, to a home, to education, and to work.
We at Joseph House exist so that each of these rights are not only respected but that they become a reality.
Furthermore, we are committed to recognizing that since the deepest need of a human being is to love and to be loved, each person has a right to friendship, to a hospitable community, and to a fully engaged social and political life.
"But simply punishing the broken - walking away from them or hiding them from sight - only ensures that they remain broken and we do, too. There is no wholeness outside of our reciprocal humanity."
Fr. Dustin Feddon
Founder/Executive Director of Joseph House
Mission Coordinator of JH
House Manager of JH
Brandi Knight, MPH
Bishop Bill Wack
Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese
Sonya Cronin, PhD
Chairman of the Board of Joseph House
Sonya Cronin is a lecturer at Florida State University. She has her Doctorate in Biblical Studies from Florida State University and teaches in multiple ministry contexts. She has made many presentations both on the local and national level, most especially on Joseph House at the National Society for Biblical Literature in 2019. She is the author of “Raymond Brown, ’The Jews,’ and the Gospel of John,” a book with attention to Catholic biblical interpretation. Her research deals in particular with the way biblical interpretation and the rhetoric of such affects the real world, especially those of marginalized populations.
God bends down and uses us, you and me, to be his love and his compassion in the world; he bears our sins, our troubles and our faults. He depends on us to love the world and to show how much he loves it. If we are too concerned with ourselves, we will have no time left for others.
- Mother Theresa
A commitment to full reintegration into society.
Justice is not punishment. At Joseph House, we believe justice is fulfilled when the person is restored in the community.
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.