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Stories and Theological Reflections

Stories & Reflections 1

It was over a casual dinner with one of our residents, a young man who went into prison at age 18 and was released to us three years later at 21, that the conversation got personal, and very reflective. “I think if I had had parents …

Stories & Reflections 2

One City, Two Worlds

Recently, I was speaking with a local leader on chronic homelessness in Tallahassee. We discussed the disturbing paradox of how it is that we can live in the same city yet live in two different worlds. Yet this paradox isn’t so mysterious when one confronts historical …

Stories & Reflections 3

Rebuilding

The following is a submission by Quintin Storey, a resident of Joseph House. Back in 1992 Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall spoke of how urgent the issue of segregation and victimization of the black American must be addressed. He spoke of racism and prejudice and pointed …

Stories & Reflections 4

Dear friends of Joseph House, Here is a scripture reflection from Dr. Sonya Cronin on John 9. One reality that confronts us anew during the outbreak of the coronavirus is how vulnerable many among us are on a daily basis, pandemic or not.  As they are walking …

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Why we’re grateful for 2019

As we’re nearing the end of 2019 we’re already reflecting on the good that came our way over the past year. We found a beautiful home in a beautiful area in TLH, we formed a devoted band of accompaniers walking with those returning from prison, and …

Stories & Reflections 6

Joseph House was built for those emerging from Florida’s spaces of confinement. “to open eyes that are blind,    to free captives from prison    and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” Isaiah 42:7 We at Joseph House assist those emerging from confinement in some of our state’s dungeons. The truth is those subjected to solitary …

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The Joseph Story: Part I

The inspiration for our name, “Joseph House,” comes from the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). In that story, the young man Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers and ends up incarcerated in an Egyptian prison. …

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The Joseph Story: Part II

Like the Joseph story, the stories of people who have been incarcerated do not occur in a vacuum without context. Not simply about wrong doing and punishment, these are tales complicated by complex historical problems that have directly impacted communities and families. In the modern day …

Stories & Reflections 9

The first time Joseph is mentioned in the book of Genesis is when he is born and named. Rachel, Joseph’s mother, had been barren and was losing the “child bearing” competition with Jacob’s other wives (her sister and their two handmaids Bilhah and Zilpah, who had …

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The Joseph Story: Part IV

In our last discussion of the Joseph story, we left off where Joseph shared his dreams with his brothers. Combined with their father’s favoritism towards him, it caused strife within the family. They hated Joseph over his status with his father, as well as his dreams, …

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Why Joseph?

Why Joseph? Joseph, because some of the men I’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. They are the ones who’ve pointed me to Joseph. His …

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Qwan TLH 2019

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.

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