The Staten Island Good Counsel Home opened its doors and hearts to create a home for homeless pregnant women and their children on November 21,1987, on the Feast of the Presentation of Mary and just days before Thanksgiving. Like all of our homes, the Staten Island home provided a family-like atmosphere and an individualized and comprehensive continuum of support in a maternity setting.
Good Counsel Staff in every home show our mothers that they are part of a family by giving them unconditional love. Our mothers share in the household responsibilities of cooking, cleaning and other chores. Each mom enters a one-on-one counseling relationship with an experienced Case Manager. They receive educational and vocational assistance, assessment testing, guidance, and most importantly, time to accomplish their goals. We help our mothers and their families to take the next step toward a healthy lifestyle. A pregnant woman may live in a Good Counsel home for up to one year, sometimes longer if necessary and if she continues to meet and accomplish her goals.
Good Counsel strives to offer every opportunity for our moms to become empowered and supported while moving from homelessness and/or a crisis situation to living and working as a successful, contributing member of the community. The Staten Island home has helped over 500 mothers achieve self-sufficiency and more than 400 babies were born while in the program at the Staten Island Home.
Unfortunately, the Staten Island Home was forced to close its doors in June of 2012 due to financial hardship. It is heart wrenching to think about the mothers who we were not able to help because the home was closed. Crisis pregnancies and homelessness did not end when we had to close the Staten Island home and we cannot waste another minute before we are able to start helping moms and babies again. Won’t you help us re-open the door?
For more information on what you can do to help, please visit the Re-Open the Staten Island Home fundraising page. You can also help to spread the word about our refuge for homeless, pregnant women, by visiting, liking, and sharing our Facebook page.
And as always, we ask for your continued prayers so that we can continue our mission of advancing the Culture of Life. St. John Paul II, Pray for Us!