The day Molly arrived at the front door of our Good Counsel home on Staten Island was a rainy Wednesday afternoon in February. She was 26 years old and pregnant — not a good day to be homeless and out on the street. Molly had been in an abusive relationship with her child’s father and he was demanding an abortion. Fearful for the safety of both herself and her unborn child, she fled to her parents’ home.
In an unusual entrance to our program, Molly was accompanied by both of her parents, who are disabled. Molly was born and raised on Staten Island, and her family was familiar with our services. Her parents pleaded for Molly to be placed into our program and specifically our Staten Island Home. They could not house their daughter and her baby in their one bedroom apartment and had limited income and resources.
Molly was welcomed into our Staten Island home with open arms. She was able to give birth to her daughter, Jenna, safely in May and remains a great Mother’s Day gift to all.
My name is Dawn Brown and I am blessed to be the Fund Development Specialist for Staten Island. Molly’s story is just one of many I can share about working with the mothers and babies at Good Counsel on Staten Island. Sadly, because of expensive repairs and renovations that were needed in our residence at 38 Wiman Place, we needed to temporarily close our Staten Island home back in 2012.
The need for our caring outreach though never diminishes, and I am working with Christopher Bell, Good Counsel’s Executive Director, to re-open our home in Staten Island. We need to be sure every homeless pregnant mom, like Molly, can find assistance when they call Good Counsel.
Good Counsel’s Staten Island Home opened its doors on November 21, 1987, which was the Feast of the Presentation of Mary and just days before Thanksgiving. With your help today we’ll soon be able to provide a safe, loving home and new life to many mothers in great need in the Staten Island area.
Will you help? Any gift is greatly appreciated and tax-deductible.
- $25 will purchase Spackling, Joint Compound, and Water Putty.
- $50 will purchase a new shower rod, shower curtain, mats, and towels for a bathroom.
- $75 will purchase 5 gallons of Interior Latex Primer as we begin painting.
- $150 will replace a banister between our first and second floor.
- $250 or more will help us to address other important projects in this home.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.