Barnabas House

About Barnabas House

In 2023 Redemption Housing opened its newest program, Barnabas House.

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 exist to optimize the competence and capacity of the Redemption Housing community by reasserting the dignity and personal strengths of residents as well as connecting them to resources that will enhance their livelihood and relationships.

Barnabas House Program Phases: 1. Restart (1 month) - Get your bearings, make a plan, and reintroduce yourself to the community. 2. Renew (3 months) - Work through your personal goal plan, find income, and set yourself up for independence. 3. Return (8 months) - Be actively engaged in productive employment & community life.

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.

Become a Resident

“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”

Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption