In 1986, the Hospitality House in Huntsville, Texas, was built by the Texas Baptist Men Retiree Builders. This 7,000 square foot facility began as an extension of TBM’s prison ministry, and is now directed by Debra McCammon. The purpose is to assist families visiting loved ones incarcerated in Huntsville and the surrounding areas, reaching 16 prisons. Hospitality House provides temporary shelter, food, Bible studies and spiritual counseling for families who may be traveling long distances to visit their loved one in prison. Staff members even provide orientations on how the prison system works and how to behave during visitation.
The house has assisted hundreds of families of prisoners each year. By strengthening family relationships, the goal is to reduce recidivism rates among prisoners.
Recently, Houston’s Channel 11 featured a news story about the Hospitality House. The president of a local bank heard about Hospitality House and gave them a call. He wanted to establish a ministry like this for some time but had not successfully launched the program. The man had set aside a sum of money he wished to donate to the Hospitality House. It was truly a fortuitous story that could only have come from above.