Joseph House

We’re always here to help.

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.

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Our Principles


"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."

Bryan Stevenson

Our team

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Fr. Dustin Feddon

Founder/Executive Director of Joseph House

Fr. Dustin combines his dedication to those on the margins of society with his service to the Church. After spending years visiting the incarcerated in Florida’s massive prison system, he believes that the church has the resources and the community to assist those that are returning back into society from prison. Fr. Dustin has a B.A. in Relgion and Classics, as well as his Masters and Doctorate in Religion, all from Florida State University. He also has his Masters in Theological Studies from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. He was ordained as a Catholic Priest in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in 2016. Fr. Dustin has spoken at various events and conferences including NY Encounter 2021, Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society 2020, Notre Dame Seminary (NOLA), and American Academy of Religion.  He serves on the board of Catholic Prison Ministry Coalition, TEMPO, and Big Bend After Reentry Coalition.
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Rachel Bunting

Mission Coordinator of JH

Rachel earned her Masters in Social Work at Florida State University in 2019, and became connected to the Joseph House community through her internship. Rachel has experience working with at-risk youth and adults in residential settings and re-entry case management. She also serves on the board for the Big Bend After Reentry Coalition, a collection of providers and community members who are focused on re-entry efforts for currently and formerly incarcerated individuals. One of the things she loves most about Joseph House is its mission to form a community around the men who live there. This provides them with the support and resources they need to succeed.
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Gabriel Tunage-Cooper

House Manager of JH

Gabriel is a graduate of Refired Culinary School in Tallahassee, Florida. Gabriel is excited about building community and celebrating important moments of community life at Joseph House. He is particularly talented in art, and making Joseph House beautiful, as well as gathering and organizing individuals and resources to make community projects successful.
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Brandi Knight, MPH

Grant Writer

Brandi received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Tuskegee University, Master’s in Public Health from Florida A & M University – Institute of Public Health and is a Certified Quality Improvement Associate by the American Society for Quality. Brandi is committed to serving the needs of the marginalized in the Tallahassee.
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Bishop Bill Wack

Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese

From the beginning, Bishop Bill has played a critical role in the formation of Joseph House. Bishop Bill is dedicated to paying particular attention to those who find themselves on the periphery of society, and making sure they do not get lost or forgotten. During his seven years at Andre House, a ministry to the homeless in Phoenix, AZ, Bishop Bill became well aware of the needs of the marginalized and invisible. He has given multiple interviews and spoken about Joseph House before many different groups.
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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.

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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

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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.