Who we are

Our Story

In 1992, a group of concerned citizens, including Dottie Berger MacKinnon, Bob Thomas, Olin Mott, Jim Zimmerman, Laurence Hall, Greg Johnson, Alberto de Alejos, and others dreamed of a safe haven for the abused, neglected, and abandoned children in their Tampa Bay community. After dedicated planning and development, their dream was realized in the creation of Joshua House.

Joshua House is a safe haven for these abused, abandoned, and neglected children, offering a therapeutic residential group care program that provides a protected, nurturing, family-like environment for children six – seventeen. These children have been removed from their homes due to crisis and many have been through multiple foster homes.

Hundreds of children have passed through Joshua House since it opened. Each story of abuse and neglect is as unique as the child’s. With five homes on 11 acres, Joshua House promotes growth, stability, and support specific to each child’s needs. Keeping sibling groups together is just one of the many ways Joshua House makes a difference.

Friends of Joshua House Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization of concerned individuals that have dedicated themselves to developing resources to improve the quality of life for the children of Joshua House. Friends of Joshua House Foundation raises resources, develops solutions, and supports Hillsborough County’s most vulnerable citizens…its children.

A Safe Haven

Thank you for considering donating your time and resources to help ensure that the Joshua House can continue providing safe haven for abused, neglected and abandoned children.