with heavy hearts that we share news of the unexpected passing of Bill Boone, our
dear friend and former Joseph House client and employee.
Boone first came to Joseph House in 1999. He turned to the organization
for help with an alcohol addiction that was taking a major toll on his life.
“The drinking caught up with me and I was let go from a job working in day
labor,” Boone had shared with us. “I was sick and tired.”
After successfully completing treatment, Boone began his tenure as a
Joseph House employee in 2000. His first day was his birthday – June 13. The
Army veteran worked the night desk and did maintenance work for the
organization before assuming the position of executive assistant.
“One of the neat things about
Bill is that he advanced within the organization,” recalls Joseph House Executive
Director Alicia Patterson. “He was a resident before he
ever worked here. A great deal of our organization is based on our history and
he knew the nuts and bolts of this place.”
As executive assistant, Boone accomplished a lot of behind-the-scenes
work – helping clients start their days, facilitating the day-to-day functions
of the building and leading the 12-step recovery program, one of the most
commonly used treatment models.
“He served as an example to clients that they can heal and live a
successful life,” Patterson said. “Bill wanted to see everyone succeed.”
Boone retired from Joseph House in June of 2019, after 20 years of
service to the organization.
“My best advice for anyone who comes through the doors of Joseph House
is to show up with a purpose,” Boone once said. “The organization will give you
the tools you need. You must run with them. It’s not up to the counselors. It’s
up to the individual. It’s never too late to learn. If you are willing to do
the work, it will change your life. This place certainly changed mine.”
Our thoughts are with Boone’s children and family at this difficult time. They are currently planning arrangements and we will share details once they are available. Boone’s family asks that you please consider making an online donation or mailing in a donation to help support our efforts and honor Boone’s memory. Checks can be made out to Joseph House and mailed to: