Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had a wonderful week and survived this March storm. We've had a great week at Joseph's House and I'm happy to share some of the highlights with you.
- We had a mom successfully transition out to her own apartment with her beautiful daughter! They have been with us for a little less than a year and in that time, we provided a tutor which allowed her to earn her GED. She worked hard and through our guidance and preparation, obtained a job this summer as a Guest Services Representative and soon was promoted to Lead Guest Services Representative. She's also begun driving lessons with an eye toward earning her license. While this resident would admit she was not always easy and cooperative with us, she has learned and grown through her time in our home and we are thrilled that she will remain part of our extended Joseph's House family and Exodus program.
- As you know, we have been developing our Exodus program so that we can provide the support and resources necessary to ensure the long-term, sustainable success of our moms. I’m happy to share with you that because of the support of very generous benefactors, we are moving forward with the next steps of our Exodus program and have expanded our staff to include the position Assistant Director for Exodus. I am equally as happy to report that our House Manager Sue Plemons has been promoted to that position. As many of you know, Sue’s steadfast and indefatigable dedication to our mission has kept our home running efficiently since she joined us more than two years ago. Sue will continue to serve as House Manager until a new House Manager is hired and trained.
- We currently have openings for House Manager and Weekend Resident Advisers. We have been blessed with some of the most dedicated and hardworking staff, many of whom have been with us from the very beginning. All the positions at Joseph's House are challenging and often exhausting. But the rewards are greater and outweigh the challenges ten-fold! If you know of anyone who may be interested in either of those positions, please pass along our posting to them or have them email us.
- We are currently home to 6 moms and 10 children- with 3 more on the way. We have a couple moms that are beginning to prepare their transition out of Joseph's House in the coming weeks. Through our Exodus program, we can continue to assist them with finding transitional housing, outside childcare, and other resources that they may need. We have routinely been receiving calls on our hotline and referrals for women needing housing. I have no doubt that our home will remaining bustling and busy- and filled with joy!
I had the privilege to speak to the Syracuse Diocesan staff on Wednesday for their Soup and Scripture Lenten Luncheon series. The theme for this years series is "A Living Faith" and I was asked to share a bit of my faith journey which includes being receiving into the Catholic Church in 2015 and joining Joseph's House as Executive Director in 2017. I found it difficult at first to try and open up about something so personal. Then the more I thought about it, the more I found it difficult to revise it down to 20 minutes of material. I focused my talk thematically after Bishop Barren's Pivotal Players series- the key players "who shaped the Church and changed the world." I came up with a list of my own Pivotal Players- those who shaped my faith and changed my life- from my college years through today.
It was after my talk that someone approached me and said "I want to be a Pivotal Player!" I kept thinking about that the rest of the day. Isn't that what we are called to be? To recognize those who strengthen our faith and show the love of Christ to others? To those who need it most- not just to the "easy ones"- our friends and family, those closest to us. But to the ones who truly need to experience the love of Christ- the marginalized, the stranger on the corner, the colleague or coworker who causes us frustration, the homeless and hopeless. As we're approaching the half-way point of our Lenten journey, lets try to think more about how we can all be Pivotal Players in the lives of others and in their faith journeys.
God bless you all,