The mission of Cafe Reconcile is stated on their website: "We are a community of concerned people committed to addressing the system of generational poverty, violence and neglect in the New Orleans area. Our innovative life skills and job training program assists young people (ages 16–22) from severely at-risk communities who desire to make a positive change in their lives. Reconcile’s students arrive facing a vast array of challenges, from extreme poverty and high school attrition to homelessness, violence, and participation in the juvenile justice system. Nonetheless, these young people possess a deep desire to break the cycle and become productive, contributing members of society. "
|Br. Joe with Catherine Drennan, a volunteer during 2009-2010. They are at Cafe Reconcile.|
Shortly after celebrating his Golden Jubilee with a vow renewal and reception at Cafe Reconcile, Br. Joe traveled north to visit family and friends in Schenectady, New York. He died suddenly in early July 2010, an enormous loss to this community and the mission at Reconcile. A scholarship fund was begun in his name, and recently Br. Charles Avendano represented the community at the graduation for 18 graduates. The two scholarship recipients, Cuvanna Smith and Jasmine Cheneau, received checks for $250 to pursue further educational opportunities.
|Br. Joe on the left, a guest and Br. Charles on the right in the dining room at 4219 Constance.|