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St. Joseph House

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    ST. JOSEPH HOUSE PROGRAMING AND RETREATS

    Community, Simplicity, Reflection, and Service

    May the example of St. Joseph House inspire and guide all of us in this community to work in solidarity, friendship, and care for our neighbor.

    A personalized experience can be coordinated and include neighborhood engagement, hunger and homelessness, middle school success, Alternative Break Service Trips and more.

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    St. Joseph House Livingroom

    Overview

    St. Joseph House is an outreach ministry of Gannon University's Erie-Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability (Erie-GAINS) initiative.  The mission of the St. Joseph House is to humbly serve neighbors in the spirit and example of St. Joseph the Worker through purposeful programs and actions based upon four pillars of service, simplicity, community and reflection.

    The purpose of the house is to offer a home base and living space for groups from Gannon and beyond to serve the Our West Bayfront (OWB) community, creating a retreat and community-based learning center for small group activities and gatherings. It also provides an opportunity for working adults to use the house as their residence so that they may save for the opportunity to own their own homes in the neighborhood.

    The building, which was designed to be in harmony with the existing residences of its historic neighborhood, features a community room for groups to gather for reflection, social programming and casual relaxation as well as open space to accommodate 12-15 for simple overnight stays. There are also two small private bedrooms for permanent employee tenants, a guest bedroom/office, three full bathrooms and a large kitchen with commercial appliances and large preparation surfaces.

    St. Joseph House Kitchen

    St. Joseph House of Faith in Action Founding Principles and Purpose

    St. Joseph House of Faith in Action is intentionally located at the heart of the Our West Bayfront community to provide a simple yet functional home base for individuals and groups to gather and join in as integrated partners in the community's revitalization.

    The facility's design reflects its intended purposes to:

    Provide a launch for participatory OWB community house building projects that use the purposeful and substantial labor of many Gannon University students and employees, neighbors and interested local universities, organizations and businesses.

    1. Provide a launch for participatory OWB community house building projects that use the purposeful and substantial labor of many Gannon University students and employees, neighbors and interested local universities, organizations and businesses.
    2. Serve as a safe and affordable home for two or three Gannon University employees who will be present for neighbors and visitors and have an opportunity to save for their dream of home ownership.
    3. Provide programs and community gathering space for Gannon University students and employees focusing on urban sustainability and neighborhood revitalization, including housing restoration and blight remediation, urban Alternative Break Service Trips (StayService), summer programs and other programs and service initiatives of the Center for Social Concerns, Campus Ministry and other University programs.
    4. Offer opportunities for students from other universities and persons from other organizations who wish to participate in and learn from the programs and engagement in the OWB community.

    St. Joseph House Bedroom

    About Gannon – Mission 

    Gannon is a Catholic, Diocesan university dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Our faculty and staff prepare students to be global citizens through programs grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and professional specializations. Inspired by the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, we offer a comprehensive, values-centered learning experience that emphasizes faith, leadership, inclusiveness and social responsibility.

    St. Joseph House Dining Room and Kitchen

    About Erie

    We are located in Pennsylvania's fourth largest city and one of the busiest ports on the Great Lakes. Gannon’s urban campus, in the middle of downtown Erie, is within a two-hour drive of Cleveland, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh. Our unique location and facilities create a special atmosphere conducive to learning, scholarship, research, service, and personal growth.

    St. Joseph House Office

    For more information, or to reserve your space, please contact:

    Erika Ramalho, Director
    Community and Government Relations
    Gannon University
    109 University Square
    Erie, PA  16541-0001
    (814) 871-5584
    (814) 790-8108 (cell)
    ramalho001@gannon.edu