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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.
We believe that all persons need a safe environment.
We believe that in order for these rights to become more than an idea, all human persons need a safe environment that cultivates personal growth. They need to form relationships with others, with families, and communities.
For this reason, Joseph House is dedicated to forming a community of advocates who will accompany our residents in their reintegration back into society.
For this to happen they need to live in an atmosphere of trust, security and mutual support.
We believe that accompaniment is an act of social justice.
We believe that the work of accompaniment and reintegration requires a process of greater recognition of social injustices.
By accompanying those formerly incarcerated into public spaces, we also believe our neighbors in free society are then given an opportunity to be welcoming, to risk connection, to be the presence of love for those seeking to return to community.
We believe there is a misleading perception that the onus is all on the individual returning from prison to do the work of reintegrating back into society. The onus is also on all of us in free society to practice the work of accompaniment in the form of hospitality towards those rejoining.
For this reason Joseph House is committed to opening our doors to the wider communities to witness our life together, to participate in some of our activities, and on occasion to share meals together.
"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."
Board of Directors
Murdina Campbell, MSW
Dr. Sonya Cronin
Fr. Dustin Feddon, Executive Director
Dr. Mary Froehle
West Palm Beach, FL
Dr. Steven Hammond
Dcn. Jerry Haynes
Dr. Kate Temoney
Bishop William Wack
New Orleans, LA
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.