About Barnabas House
In 2023 Redemption Housing opened its newest program, Barnabas House, located across the street from our existing Locust House facility in West Philadelphia.
The 12-month program provides housing for up to six residents in double-occupancy bedrooms, along with life skill coaching and support from a house chaplain. It is open to men released from incarceration within the past six months who are committed to clean and sober living.
Redemption Housing hosts required Enrichments Sessions at the Barnabas House site weekly. Enrichment Sessions
What Does the Name Mean?
How would you respond if a “scary” returning citizen (first-degree murderer) began attending at your local church, someone whom no one else wanted anything to do with because of his past? Would you invite him to dinner? Would you ask him to join your circle of peers, even when people discouraged you from doing so?
Joseph did. The returning citizen was the Apostle Paul. If you do not remember Joseph, it is because he was often called by his nickname, Barnabas, which means “Son of Encouragement.” Redemption Housing’s Barnabas House exists to encourage and support returning citizens as Joseph did for Paul.
Barnabas House invites those who are transitioning from incarceration back into community. Redemption Housing believes that returning citizens require support circles to properly break free of crime, addiction, and homelessness. Barnabas House offers this support.
Our program is committed to:
Affirming the humanity of residents through a safe and nurturing environment.
Creating a comfortable home while sustaining substance-free premises.
Inviting personal change with a focus on individualized short-term and long-term goals for residents.
Encouraging participation in a faith-centered and diverse community life.