The Joy of Joseph's House

Happy New year!

Wishing you a Blessed Feast of the Epiphany and Joyous New Year from all of us at Joseph’s House! 

The Magi set out because of a deep desire which prompted them to leave everything and begin a journey. It was as though they had always been waiting for that star
— Pope Benedict XVi

At Joseph’s House the road leading moms and their children to us is a journey begun from a deep desire prompting them to leave the problems of their past and begin a life-changing journey for their future. It’s as though they have always been waiting for a new opportunity leading them to a life filled with the Presence of God. It is as though they are awaiting their own personal epiphany and are led to it through the light of our mission.

Our hope has always been at some point the epiphany they encountered would include gratefulness for Joseph’s House. What we never anticipated however, was how beautifully they would express their thanks and how their words would affect our faith in what we do and our perseverance in doing it. We also never anticipated there would be staff members as well as benefactors who would let us know how deeply they appreciate our work. Today as we begin a New Year and continue to discern the direction given to us for Joseph’s House, I wanted to share with you some of the words making the endless hours, sleepless nights and hard work worthwhile. I’d also like to express my sincere thanks again to our incredible staff who are many times the recipients of these gifts of thanks.

“Thank you to all who donated to make Christmas special for our kids. I thank GOD for this blessed opportunity to be a part of something so special and rare. You make all of us moms feel loved and there’s nothing we can’t handle as long as we have our JH family on our side. It’s not everyday you meet people who care about others and not just themselves. You make this world a beautiful place and give us hope that one day we can give back to JH for all that’s been done for us. You are truly selfless and wonderful people inside and out. Thank you for being there, thank you for caring.” JH Exodus Mom

“I just realized how much I love you guys. I read the little note in my gift and it made me feel really good. I’m just so grateful, and so appreciative of you guys. You know without you I would have nothing. Joseph’s House changed my whole life. I just couldn’t ask for better support. I know you guys love me and you care and that I hurt all the ones I love, so I’m going to try my best to do good, but I wanted to say thank you, and let you know how much you guys are worth to me, you’re my family and I love you” JH Exodus Mom

“I know I get worked up sometimes but I am really grateful for all Joseph’s House has done for me and my boys.” JH Resident Mom

We also receive notes of appreciation from our staff letting us know they consider their work at Joseph’s House to be a blessing.

Thank you so much for listening to God and starting Joseph’s House. I can tell you really take your relationship with God seriously, and it seems like there aren’t many who honestly take the time anymore …Thanks so much for all you do, may God Bless you and give you strength and perseverance.” JH Staff Member

“Thank you for the opportunity to work at JH, it has been a blessing and I am in awe of what is done here.” JH Staff Member

“Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for being able to be a part of this wonderful mission ... being a part of all the help given to these moms and their children is amazing.” JH Staff Member

And when writing thank you notes to benefactors, we often receive notes of thanks back to us.

“Your presentation at our church was very inspiring and compelling. You are doing great work at Joseph’s House and we wanted to take part in a small way … Thanks for the work you do.”

“I heard about Joseph’s House through my parish….and have the utmost admiration for their positive impact on the community. Syracuse is so lucky to have this amazing organization. Thank you for what you do!”

So, there you have it my friends! Just a few of the many reasons we are so blessed to do this work. God sends us graces and appreciation from so many unexpected sources and they always seem to arrive just when they are needed. The numerous miracles we are privileged to witness as these young women transform their lives every day, take us to our knees just like the Magi. We kneel down in awe and thanksgiving to Our Blessed Mother for Her Fiat, to St. Joseph for his courage and to Almighty God for sending us His Son, the Christ Child. The Child reminding us all, each and every child is a gift from God with a mission to complete for His Kingdom. Our prayer is we are always here to help all of those children sent our way witness the epiphany they are meant to encounter so they might find their mission and Our Lord’s Holy Will for their lives. We invite you to come join us on this journey of new beginnings and share in the Joy of Joseph’s House. God Bless you my friends!

Love & Prayers,

Kitty