Bishop Douglas J. Lucia stands with Joseph’s House founding board member Kitty Spinelli and diocesan Catholic school administrators in the gathering space at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 19. All were gathered for the presentation of donations from Catholic schools students to Joseph’s House. (Sun photos | Chuck Wainwright)

Beginning in early December, Catholic school students across the diocese participated in a unique “bottle drive”: Each student was given a baby bottle and encouraged to seek donations for Joseph’s House for Women in Syracuse.

Joseph’s House, established in 2014, aims to “promote the sanctity of life and the dignity of women by providing a nurturing home for mothers facing an unplanned pregnancy or homelessness.”

At Joseph’s House, mothers and children are provided with a private room and a family living environment complete with nursery, kitchen, and computer-equipped study, along with dining, living, and recreation rooms common to all. The home is staffed 24/7 by trained professionals who give the mothers the structure, responsibility, and skills they need to achieve independent living. Joseph’s House has been home to over 90 women and 55 children who will forever call Joseph’s House their first home.

Bishop Douglas J. Lucia, members of the diocesan Office of Family/Respect Life Ministry, and Catholic school administrators gathered at the Cathedral Dec. 19 to deliver the baby bottles to Kitty Spinelli, founding board member of Joseph’s House.

Bronson T. Kopp, executive director of Joseph’s House, told the Sun in an email that the effort was a great success, with more than $5,000 raised and more bottles still to be

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