We dream of a garden sanctuary for those who have struggled for much of their lives. Joseph’s House dreams of creating a healing garden to serve as a threshold to our very special community, where our residents, as well as staff, volunteers and visitors, can pause and reflect within the healing powers of nature. Our dreams is for a garden that is accessible, inviting, neighborly and contemplative; a place to gather and to remember.
Based on universal design principles, our healing garden will welcome everyone in our community. Its fully accessible entrance, pathways and materials will convey hospitality to those who use wheelchairs or walkers.
Our healing garden will be a bright and glorious sign of welcome for all who enter, inviting resting in, lingering; conversation. It will be a calm and beautiful place for solitude or for visiting with family and friends.
The plantings and other natural features will awaken the senses of sight, smell and touch, creating an environment for introspection and prayer for those facing some of life’s biggest questions and challenges.
A low perimeter wall with a bench along the sidewalk, small lending library, and a built-in fresh water bowl for neighborhood dogs will invite neighbors and passers-by to pause for a moment to talk or to rest.
Our healing garden will be a place to come together for music and memorials and other celebrations to heal and renew the spirit.
The garden will have dedicated areas to honor the hundreds of men and women who have lived, loved, and died among us. In our healing garden, we will also give thanks for those who live with us today and humbly anticipate the men and women who will join us in the years to come.
Founded by Dr. David Hilfiker in 1990 in response to the AIDS crisis in Washington, DC, Joseph’s House offers a welcoming community and comprehensive nursing and support services to homeless men and women with late-stage and end-stage AIDS and terminal cancer. We seek to nurture the living and accompany the dying, providing a depth of physical, emotional and spiritual support that creates the possibility for profound healing and the restoration of individual dignity.
MakeDC is a not-for-profit public interest design studio at the intersection of design and community interest. MakeDC’s mission is to transform communities by bringing design to the masses. By collaborating with local organizations, instituting creative problem solving, and capitalizing on alternative methods of fundraising, its founders plan to help realize community-interest projects