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Our Vision
Joseph's House is committed to a Camden where no neighbor sleeps outside, even for one night; where those brought down by poverty, addiction, or mental illness find a place of friendship motivated by the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching, offering hope and practical help.
Our Mission
The mission of Joseph's House is to work collaboratively with others to aid the 'least of our brothers and sisters' by offering a continuum of services including emergency shelter, a range of supportive housing, and access to comprehensive social services.
  ABOUT US    Joseph's House of Camden is a non-profit dedicated to caring for the homeless.
      This caring manifested itself through the successful running of an all-night café. Throughout Camden, but especially in the downtown area, increasing numbers of women and men are sleeping on the streets, under highway overpasses, and in abandoned buildings. Our café has brought and continues to bring immediate relief to this growing population of fragile homeless.
      The café has two goals: first, to provide a safe, warm, and hospitable drop-in center for the homeless; second, to connect the homeless with area social service providers who can offer more permanent solutions to homelessness including, but not limited to: veterans services, connection to benefits, counseling services, job and housing referrals, and prenatal care.
      The Café operates overnight between 8pm-8am.
      Principles of Practice:
      1. Everyone can change their situation in life.
      We believe in people when they don't believe in themselves. We continue to believe until they also believe.
      2. Listening, without judgment, is key.
      We accept individuals where they are and how they interpret their experiences in the world. It is not our job to advise people on how to live their lives.
      3. Every guest has dignity and deserves respect.
      No matter how someone presents to us, they are treated like an invited guest to our "home".
      4. We create a safe and beautiful space.
      Staff set the tone for the experience of each guest. Despite the way the rest of the world receives and reacts to our guests, they can feel safe and at ease in our space.
      5. We are masters of accommodation.
      We are flexible when we can be, working to meet individual needs when it does not interfere with others' safety. There are only five rules and everything else is negotiable.
      (Five Rules: 1. No Violence; 2. No Weapons; 3. No Alcohol; 4. No Drugs; 5. No Smoking in the building)
      You can view a special presentation about Joseph's House, created for our October 2011 reception, by clicking here.
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