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"In the Christian view of the world, the model of justice finds perfect incarnation in the life of Jesus, who, after having been treated with contempt and even violence that led to His death, in the final instance, in His resurrection, brings a message of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation."

– Pope Francis

Why Joseph? Joseph, because some of the men we’ve visited in prisons speak of Joseph, son of Jacob from the book of Genesis, as a brother, as a companion, as sharing something of their own experience.

Through this biblical story, these men imprisoned find themselves dreaming with Joseph of a life reconciled with their families, their communities, and their friends. 

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In a process Joseph House calls accompaniment, we prioritize the material, relational, and spiritual needs of the human person by walking with them as friends and advocates as they rejoin us in free society. 

This is a shared journey in which we walk with the formerly incarcerated through their first days and weeks of freedom to help ease the burdens created by the multiple obstacles they face in obtaining quality housing, paying court fees, receiving their driver’s license, gaining dignified employment, receiving physical and mental health services. 

There are many ways one can volunteer at Joseph House.

One may volunteer by accompanying our residents as they hope to rejoin society. Accompaniers, we call them at JH, primarily focus on providing relational support by joining our residents in tasks that can be challenging like getting a driver’s license, getting their identity documentation, applying to a college or other schools, going to the doctor, applying for jobs, etc. This level of volunteering requires weekly involvement.

Others may wish to volunteer by assisting us with meals or helping out with yard work. There are daily menial tasks that we like for our residents and volunteers to share in as it builds community and a sense of belonging for all of us.

And others may simply want to join us on occasion at either our community dinners, lectures, or other community events at Joseph House.

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Joseph House is a nonprofit ministry of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee.

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.

Joseph House provides community support, evidence-based, trauma-informed programming, and collaborates with other community providers. Participants are provided with housing, food, clothing and a range of support services to assist with their transition back into society.

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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It usually takes about 2-3 business days from the time the transaction is initiated to when it appears within our bank account.

If you make a mistake with the level of your donation, please contact Joseph House so we can refund the donation, and you can make the donation for the correct amount. Please note, refunds may take up to 7-10 business days to appear back in your account. 

Nope! It costs you nothing to give to Joseph House. If you would like (and are able), you can choose to help cover the payment processing fees, but that is not required. 

Anytime you’re charged you will receive an email confirmation.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.