A New Direction

Happy First Sunday of Lent! Hope you have been having a prayerful Lent thus far.  Joseph’s House has been quite busy the last few weeks and with 7 moms and 11 children in the house. We thoroughly enjoyed the warmer weather which permitted some of our children to get outside and burn off some energy.  Opening windows to allow in a breeze of fresh air was truly a blessing!

This week registration for our 4th Annual Birdies for Babies Golf Tournament went live.  We’ve rolled out a new website which you’ll find very informative and easy to navigate.  Thank you to Katie Stinson who again has created a beautiful site for us that surpassed all our expectations! This will be a premiere fundraising event this year and all the proceeds support our annual fund and the operations of our home.  The tournament is June 11, 2018 at Skaneateles Country Club.  Since we’ve sold out in years past, we’ve adjusted the day’s schedule so we can accommodate more golfers. It's sure to be another wonderful event!  We hope you’ll be able to join us to golf or even just for a wonderful dinner on Skaneateles Lake.  We have many great corporate sponsorship opportunities for your company which would have a lasting and significant impact on our organization.  Please contact email us for more information. 

This week we were blessed to have Mary Driscoll and Jeffrey Goldstein from Dale Carnegie present a life skills course to our moms.  The evening discussion was lively and engaging.  The world renowned Dale Carnegie leadership courses focus on self-improvement and building confidence. Jeff, who teaches the course locally, secured funding to offer the Dale Carnegie course to those in need in our community free of charge. He graciously reserved two seats in his 8-week course for the moms of Joseph’s House.  We quickly identified two moms that would greatly benefit from these courses.  Both of the moms chosen were excited and grateful for this life-changing opportunity!  Joseph’s House is continually blessed by individuals like Mary and Jeff who go out of their way to improve the lives of our moms and bring new opportunities to our doorstep.

This past week we also welcomed Rebecca Degeilh to Joseph’s House as our new Case Manager.  Rebecca began her career as a Catholic school teacher and as her family continued to grow, she worked as a life coach and a life coach trainer. Rebecca’s faith, organizational and mentoring skills are sure to be an asset to helping our moms set goals and work towards new lives of independence.  Joseph’s House is blessed to have an incredibly faithful and dedicated staff that give selflessly, day in and day out, in serving our Lord by caring for our moms and babies.

Our monthly mass was held this past week along with our faithful, steadfast prayer warriors who, for more than three years, have met in our chapel for mass and prayers. This gathering lasts only a few hours but sustains our home and our hearts throughout the rest of the month.  The whole house changes when this group meets as their words go directly to God’s ears.  Any stress, tension or discord at  the house is immediately lifted.  Joseph’s House is built on a strong foundation and prayer- most especially our dedicated prayer warriors-is the mortar that holds us together. Msgr. James O’Brien whose faithful dedication to our mission brings him to our home on a monthly basis to celebrate Mass, delivered a beautiful homily on reconciliation.  His homily reflected in part on the old testament reading from Ezekiel.

Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked?
says the Lord GOD. 
Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil way
that he may live?
— Ezekiel 18: 23-34

This is the rejoicing that we experience at Joseph’s House.  When our moms turn from the problems of their past, open their hearts, and accept the bigger plans that God has for their lives, we rejoice!  The Lord also rejoices as these moms reconcile their lives.  When they find the strength to turn away from their pasts of abuse, neglect, addiction and malaise, and find a new purpose for their lives and their children, the Lord rejoices as they truly begin to live.  

God bless you all,