When Krystal arrived at Good Counsel in October of 2013, she was 31 years old and six months pregnant. Krystal did have an apartment, but due to a complication of her pregnancy that caused unexpected medical bills and loss of work, she was forced to give up her independence and move in with a friend.
Her living situation was only a temporary fix and quickly deteriorated and soon she would be homeless with no support or help. Unfortunately, Krystal would fall into the “not homeless enough” category at the Department of Homeless Services of New York which means little, but most likely no assistance with shelter, food, or finances.
Once Krystal arrived at Good Counsel’s door, she knew she had made the next good step in her life that would soon lead to much more for herself and her baby. Having the support, love, and guidance of our dedicated staff and volunteers, Krystal was able to complete many of her goals. Good Counsel was able to guide Krystal through the Public Assistance process that she was accepted into and which allowed her to care for herself and her family. Determined to take steps that would allow her to drop this support quickly, Krystal enrolled in Rockland BOCES Adult Education School to work toward her next goal of obtaining her GED. She attended school five days per week up until further complications in her pregnancy forced her to take a break. In January of 2014, Krystal gave birth to her beautiful baby boy, Percival.
After Percival was born, Krystal was determined to get her own apartment and with the support of her case manager and the Life Skills she had learned while at Good Counsel, Krystal was soon able to find an affordable apartment in. After obtaining further job training, Krystal secured a full-time job as a home health aide. Due to the long commute to work, Krystal decided to make the move to the city where she now lives in a one bedroom apartment with her son. She was also able to buy a car to get to and from work and is back in school finishing up what she needs to earn her GED.
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12) Krystal’s perseverance is admirable and inspiring. Her story lends truth to the idea that women facing a crisis pregnancy do not need abortion, they need help – help that we at Good Counsel are blessed to provide – ever grateful for the support that allows us to do so. They do not need a handout; they need a hand to hold as they take each step toward a new life.
Stories like Krystal’s and so many others are what keep us going every day at Good Counsel. This year, we celebrate 30 years of helping homeless, pregnant women. Stay tuned to our blog for more success stories!