"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."
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 interreligious needs and accept participants from all faith traditions or no particular faith tradition.
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.
All persons need a safe environment.
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.
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. Frank Pittenger
Dr. Jill Piggott
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.