About the House


What is the Hospitality House?

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Built in 1986, the Hospitality House in Huntsville has assisted thousands of families of prisoners each year. The staff is dedicated to provide the physical and spiritual needs of prison families with temporary shelter, food, TDCJ orientation. We are committed to the strengthening of spiritual and family relationships to help them see the hope that only God can provide. The ministry is directed by Debra McCammon. Her husband, Joe, serves as chaplain for the ministry.

This family ministry maintains contact with families, inmates, chaplains, and other support groups both inside and outside of prison. Special attention is given to providing gifts for children at Christmas time and back to school time.

History of the Hospitality House

The Hospitality House originated in 1983 as a concept of service in the Prison Committee of the Texas Baptist Men. Texas Baptists raised funds and materials, and the TBM Retiree Builders assembled approximately 270 people on the 23rd of May 1986, for a 24-hour build-out of the 7,000 square foot facility with 48 beds.

People have come, approximately 3,000 per year, from all around the world and nearly every state of the Union to visit loved ones incarcerated by the TDCJ in the Huntsville area.

The Hospitality House is governed by the board of the Texas Baptist Prison Family Ministry Foundation. Board members include representatives of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Texas Baptist Men and Tryon-Evergreen Baptist Association.

Programs Offered

The main purpose of the Hospitality House is to provide shelter but we strive to make a difference in our visiting families lives as a whole through providing different programs during their stays.

Programs provided:

  • Open Pantry Policy
  • School Supplies Handout
  • Christmas Toy Give-Away
  • Art Against the Odds: Children’s Art Therapy Program

Services Offered

The main purpose of the Hospitality House is to provide shelter but we strive to make a difference in our visiting families lives as a whole through offering different services during their stays.

Services offered:

  • Execution Orientation
  • Inmate Release Orientation
  • Media Free Shelter
  • No Cost Overnight Housing
  • Spiritual and Family Ministry