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    At Joseph’s House, we provide healing care to homeless men and women with late-stage and end-stage AIDS and terminal cancer through physical nurturing, spiritual companionship and the restoration of dignity.

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    Joseph’s House provides residents with 24-hour nursing care, including personal care services and medical case management.

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    We foster the opportunity for shared community life with family-style meals and the companionship of other residents, staff, and volunteers.

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    We work to create a home where the values of unreserved love and friendship are practiced, seeking to practice compassionate care so that the act of service itself becomes a source of healing, both for the served and the server.

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    We believe that no one should die alone and members of our community keep vigil with residents who are dying.

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    Together, we nurture the living and accompany the dying.

Our healing garden is now under construction. Please help us bring our vision of an accessible healing garden to life.

From the Lean on Me Blog

Fall on Your Knees

Sitting in the nave of the National Cathedral last week, I felt shivers as we sang “O come ye to …read more »

The Week the Trees Fell and a Tyrant Rose

Last Tuesday, as neighbors walked by on their way to the polls, four of the beloved birch trees in …read more »

Events and Updates

  • Frank OApril 22, Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully, workshop with Frank Ostaseski, leader in contemplative end-of-life care.
  • Walk and Talk Tours, visit Joseph’s House for one-hour visit and tour to learn more about our work and life in community. Tours are held twice a month on a Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 am. Dates, details and RSVP info here.
  • On the Radio for World AIDS Day: Deputy Director Scott Sanders joined the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU to talk about DC’s New Plan to End the HIV Epidemic. Listen here
  • Healing Garden under Construction: Work on our fully accessible healing garden is underway. Learn more about the garden and find updates here.

Your Support Makes A Difference

Your support for Joseph's House becomes compassion and justice for the poor, and a sense of welcome and belonging for those who are suffering.

Adults and Adolescents Living With HIV by Ward

The Disproportionate Impact of HIV and Cancer in Washington, D.C.

  • 2.7% of the D.C. population is living with HIV, almost 3x the rate defined by the World Health Organization as a generalized epidemic.
  • African Americans in D.C. are disproportionately impacted by HIV at a rate of 4.3%. Learn More »
  • Cancer incidence among African Americans is 54% higher than among whites.
  • Cancer mortality is 90% higher among African Americans than among whites. Learn More »


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