A Life Shared Together

Sonya Williams is one of our core volunteers. Her time with us is a model for what it means to share life together. Here she is reflecting on a life together with Gabriel:

Our need for each other seems to be even greater during this pandemic. The scope and proximity of our daily interactions with loved ones has changed. In fear of infecting others or becoming infected, social events and gatherings have been eliminated. We need someone that cares to listen to our voice, console us, to look at us with eyes of compassion and mercy, to give us their time, to bring laughter and joy to darkness, and a warm embrace.

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As a JH volunteer, I first met Gabriel at 6am because, interestingly enough, this was the time he chose to start his studies. He was so committed to complete the Refire Program (A culinary arts program specifically designed for formerly incarcerated) that his days were long and hard. His days began at 4am in order to catch the bus and continued into the late evening. I could not believe the amount of work he dedicated toward earning his certificate. Gabriel is artistic and cares deeply about keeping small memories relevant. Whether mailing Valentine ’s Day care packages or writing to the people he knew in prison, Gabriel enjoys putting a smile on someone’s face and sharing the joy.” 

May our future journeys together continue to be bright. May joy console us amidst life’s difficulties.

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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.

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