In September, members of the Syracuse Region gathered to prepare a dinner of beef tenderloin and all the accompaniments for the women at Joseph's House, a home for unwed mothers.
The home provides a nurturing environment for women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy. The physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the mothers and their babies are cared for through the loving direction of staff members. While there, the mothers have access to resources for educational and occupational opportunities, including spiritual resources in the Catholic tradition—helping them achieve their God-given potential.
The Syracuse Region has assisted Joseph's House almost since its inception nearly five years ago. It is the only home of its kind in the area, and it has filled a tremendous void that has existed here for many years.
The children enjoyed their meal in another area of the beautiful home and joined their moms and Malta members for dessert. Several of the moms shared their touching stories of how they arrived at Joseph's House—most in absolute desperation. They related their joy in finding their way to Joseph's House and the peace of mind they feel regarding the hardships they are being helped to overcome. They told of what it meant to them to be in a clean, safe home with a bedroom all their own!
After the birth of their babies, day care is provided for the babies while the mothers pursue an education or seek employment. They and their babies are allowed to stay at the home for as long as two years after the birth. Also, some women arrive at the home with a little one in tow and they are welcomed as a family.
The Syracuse Region is happy to share in the support of this very special place.