SYRACUSE, NY, March 20, 2014 ( – When two women felt an unmistakable calling from God to start a pregnancy home in Syracuse, New York, they weren’t quite sure what it was going to look like but they knew they could not ignore this prompting on their hearts.

On March 19, 2009, Kitty Spinelli was praying outside of Planned Parenthood in Syracuse for the first time when she had a life changing experience in which, she told LifeSiteNews, “I knew I had found what God wanted me to do with my life.”  She continued to pray outside Planned Parenthood a few times a week.

The following year, on March 19, 2010, St. Joseph’s day, Spinelli attended mass and adoration afterwards.  The thought came to her mind that she was supposed to build a house for women facing unplanned pregnancy.  This thought continued to be confirmed through further reflection.


Kitty met Maria Miller at a Catholic women’s conference in 2012 and the two became friends instantly.  Little did she know that Miller was also having similar thoughts.  God kept placing the thought on Miller’s mind, “Save my babies.”  As she kept praying about this thought, she realized she was supposed to build something that could be a pro-life model for others to follow.

The two were able to collaborate perfectly as Miller has much experience in building projects and Spinelli had the vision for the house.  Soon, they were looking for the right property to purchase. 

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In four short months, they were able to find the perfect house and come up with the necessary funds to purchase it. “There are so many miracles in this story,” says Spinelli about how the vision for Joseph’s House has come together. 

Their community willingly joined forces to help them, donating materials, labor and furniture.  “They have wrapped their arms around these moms and babies,” says Maria of their community.  “It’s been an incredible ministry.”

Joseph’s House officially opened Wednesday, on the feast of St. Joseph exactly four years after Spinelli first realized the vision for the house.  In April, two women will begin living in the house.  They have the capacity to fit sixteen and the women can live in the house for up to two years. 

Good Counsel Homes in New Jersey will be mentors for the home and Joseph’s House will follow the good counsel method, which encourages a lot of structure.  This includes strict routines the women must follow and a policy of no dating, drugs or alcohol. 


To help the women transition out of the house to independent living, the home will offer life skills classes, and job programs will put the girls to work and out of poverty.  Additionally, adoption resources will be available.

Miller says, “We hope to share the love of Christ with the women as well as give them the ability to get on their feet, believe in themselves and help them realize success.”

For more information, visit Joseph’s House’s website, their Facebook page, and the website for Good Counsel Homes.


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