A Most Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!

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It has been quite the week here at Joseph's House. Our Mother's Day campaign kicked off with a series of short videos introducing you to some of the children of Joseph's House and most importantly, our 47th baby Elena.  In celebration of Elena, we solicited donations of $47 as a way to pay tribute to the special mom in your life.  For each donation received, a special Mother's Day card was sent out.  As an added incentive, two very generous anonymous donors agreed to match many of those donations! That means a $47 tribute to your mom resulted in a $94 donation to Joseph's House!  If you'd still like to donate, you can do so at our website and add a tribute to the special mom in your life.  Although they won't arrive by Mother's Day, they'll receive the card next week. After all, moms really deserve more than just one day to celebrate!  We were very happy to share this fundraiser, along with our Birdies for Babies Golf Tournament and an update on our Home on News Channel 9's Bridge Street. 

Of course, since that interview, we welcomed our 48th baby to the world! Beautiful baby Aria and her mom are both doing really well.  God is good! 48 miracles of life that call Joseph's House their first home.

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Joseph's House is obviously all about mothers.  It is through the Blessed Mother that many at Joseph's House have found themselves humbled at the feet of Our Lord and Savior.  It's through the Rosary that the strength, wisdom and clarity is given to carry out this mission.  It's about the moms we serve day-in and day-out.  It's about the moms and grandmas who volunteer to help take care of our little ones in our daycare and in our home. It's about the donations we received in honor, memory or tribute to the moms that have touched so many lives. 

It's also about our staff- many of whom are mother's to children of their own, and all of whom are mother's to all the residents of Joseph's House.  They are the hands and feet of Jesus as they provide the love and support to our residents.  To many of our residents, our staff is the light of Christ that comes to brighten the darkness that results from years of abuse and trauma. They are quite simply, the moms many of our residents have never had.  Enough can't be said about the dedication and love that is poured out of them and into every being who resides under the roof of Joseph's House. 

This week, one of our staff members was honored by her son with a donation in celebration of Mother's Day.  The most heart warming message was received with the donation:

As you can probably tell this is a donation for my mother. She is so passionate about the work and service that she is able to perform for JH, I live 3,000 miles away and every single phone call I hear the joy and happiness she feels when being a part of your community. I wanted to donate this gift not only in my mother’s name for Mother’s Day but in the name of all of you who so generously and graciously provide such a wonderful service to so many mothers and children is need.

Thank you all for all that you do and as much as I want to wish my mother the most perfect Mother’s Day, I also wish a happy Mother’s Day to all of you, regardless of whether you have children or not you are mothers to the world and you make the world a better place. I try to constantly remind my Mother how proud I am of all she is doing and the work that comes from your organization, and just as constantly she is reminding me that this is not a job but the work she truly loves. Please feel free to share this with your entire staff and please let each and every mother you are housing know that myself (someone out there) is wishing them a very happy Mother’s Day and thank you for always being the backbone of your families.
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As you can see, being a part of Joseph's House is a calling.  We are called to walk, hand-in-hand with Our Most Gracious and Loving Lord as we work to help these moms and save these most precious babies. While we have always felt as though our staff was world class, it is truly a team effort and this week we found out that we have been named a finalist in the CNY Business Journal's Best Places to Work!

The blessings of working for and with an organization like Joseph's House is truly humbling beyond words.  In the past 3 weeks we've welcomed 5 new children into the world and into our Home.  I've witnessed the staff swaddle these moms in the support, the care and the love that they so desperately need. They've comforted siblings who are struggling to adjust to not being the only child. They've held hands and coached moms through labor.  They've prayed with them when they're scared.  They've laughed with them, they've cried with them, they've counseled them when they've come up short, and they've celebrated when they've achieved success. They've shared in the sorrows and in the joys.  When they've needed it most, they've lifted them up.

Whether or not our staff has children of their own, they are moms to so many.  They are, as one son said above, "mother's to the world" and make the world a better place.

Wishing you all the happiest of Mother's Days.

Bronson