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May 2015 - Good Counsel

A Desperate Woman Needs You Today

Posted by | May 28, 2015 | No Comments

“It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.” (Matthew 13:32 NAB)

When Stephanie found out she was pregnant, she desperately needed a miracle.  “I didn’t have any food. I was pregnant, homeless, and scared,” she admits. The distraught 24-year-old arrived at Good Counsel hungry and exhausted. She and her baby would not have survived another week on their own. Read More

How Far Do You Walk to Work?

Posted by | May 28, 2015 | No Comments

Kadiya is a lovely young lady from South Africa. She is currently 7½ months pregnant and living in our Spring Valley Home. One of the main goals for all of the mothers whom we serve is to help them find steady, productive employment that will allow them to take care of themselves and their baby. Sometimes the process can be long and difficult as many of the women who come to Good Counsel have traumas to heal from, need encouragement and guidance to believe in themselves and their ability, and then they feel confident to look for work. Read More

Cardinal Dolan Awards GC House Manager

Posted by | May 27, 2015 | No Comments

Nanette Morris, House Manager of our Spring Valley Home, was presented with the Catholic Charities Meritorious Service Award in recognition of her outstanding work for Good Counsel Homes.

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Catholic Charities of New York hosted, “The 2015 Convening of the Leadership of Catholic Charities Federation.” In his opening remarks, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of NY Catholic Charities, spoke first of those helping homeless pregnant mothers in need, mentioning Nanette.

About her receipt of the award, Nanette said, “My one question was “Why Me? There are so many others in our organization that do way more than I do, they should have received this award.”  Read More

Join New York Life Team

Posted by | May 27, 2015 | No Comments

Please join the New York Life Team for their next seminar: Approaching Abortion in Ministry and Preaching. The seminar will be held Thursday, June 4th at the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center, 34 West 134th St., between Lenox and 5th Avenues, Harlem. Limited parking is available.

Fr. Peter Pilsner, a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of New York, is the Director of Spiritual Activities at Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, a member of the Pro-Life Commission of the Archdiocese of New York, a retreat director for the Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing for women who suffer from past abortions, and a founding member of the New York Life Team. Relying on twenty-five years of experience in pro-life ministry, he will propose foundational concepts and methods for approaching the sensitive topic of abortion in ministry and preaching. Read More

Knights of Columbus Raise $4K for Good Counsel Homes

Posted by | May 26, 2015 | No Comments

Knights of Columbus Council, #14615 of The Parish of St. Theresa in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, recently held a “Baby Bottle Boomerang.” The Knights hold various fundraising drives throughout the year to support culture of life initiatives at the local level.

Empty baby bottles were distributed at St. Theresa’s by the Knights, along with help from the Respect Life Committee and the children from their CCD program. The bottles were then returned stuffed with change, paper money, and checks! Read More

Thank You!

Posted by | May 19, 2015 | No Comments

Mother’s Day is an emotionally charged day all around. It can evoke happy emotions with brunches and dinners, flowers and gifts, and other ways to honor the mothers in our lives for all that they do. Mother’s Day can also be anxiety inducing – especially for a young woman who just gave birth to her first child, or is pregnant with little or no support from family or friends.

Here at Good Counsel we strive to make Mother’s Day a positive and uplifting day for all of our moms. This year we asked for your help in offering words of support and encouragement to our moms. We received well over 100 responses to our request and those sentiments were distributed throughout our homes to all of our mothers.   Read More

“I’m homeless and with child. I need help.”

Posted by | May 19, 2015 | No Comments

“I’m homeless and with child. I need help.” Nancy emailed at 2 a.m.

What would you do?

“I’m an 18 year old female, 6 months pregnant, currently unemployed looking for a job, and just got put out of my home, I have nowhere nor anyone who has the room for me to stay with them, please I need help!” Jan emailed from Toledo.

How could you help?

Desperate, heartbreaking messages are coming in now every day. Good Counsel staff responds every hour, online, on the phone and in person, thanks to you. You are responding, you are helping because of your support.

Sometimes the email messages are much longer filled with pain and fear: Read More

Jasmain’s Story & The Ball for Life

Posted by | May 19, 2015 | No Comments

At our recent Ball for Life on Friday, May 8th, a mom from our Bronx Home courageously shared her story with a roomful of people. She spoke from the heart about what Good Counsel has done for her. Jasmain received a standing ovation. In case you missed it, ­here is Jasmain’s speech.   Her words exemplify why we do what we do and why we can never say no when a woman in need calls. Read More

New House Manager Faces Baby Boom in the Bronx

Posted by | May 16, 2015 | No Comments

Carina Scecchitano began her work as House Manager of our Bronx home on March 4, 2015.   She would only have a few weeks to get acclimated before the baby boom – that is four healthy, happy babies arriving within days of one another, three girls and a boy. Carina was busy but blessed to be part of all of their entrances into the world. Roseanna, Xania, Savannah, and Isaac all continue to do well as do their mothers. Somehow, Carina found the time to answer a few questions about her first couple of months on the job. Read More

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