Good Counsel Mary’s Shelter Gulf Coast is filled with life, love, and babies! So many babies!
Mary’s Shelter recently marked the one year anniversary of its opening for homeless, pregnant mothers in the Gulf Coast area. The home was at full capacity in a very short time. The Mary’s Shelter House Manager recently reported that she had six (6!) pregnant mothers all due within weeks of each other in June and July.
And then the babies came!
Kaitlyn was the first to give birth to her baby boy, Luke, on June 2nd at 4:33 p.m. You may remember her from our previous post about the three ambulances that were called to Mary’s Shelter on the same day! Kaitlyn was the only one to give birth that same day. Luke was 7 lbs., 5 oz., and 20 inches long. While she approached her due date, Kaitlyn obtained a job as a cook at a nearby senior center and is very excited about the future. She received her GED in June and obtained her driver’s permit. Kaitlyn is a great example of what happens at Good Counsel when mothers journey from despair to hope to success!
Jessica was next on June 17th, giving birth to baby girl Cacey who weighed 5 lbs.; 11 oz. Jessica is a special young woman, having survived leukemia which she fought from the age of 12 to 16. Jessica and Cacey have been doing very well! Jessica’s GED instructor has had nothing but praise for this new mom who is diligently working toward her GED after giving birth. Her goal is to work in the nursing field and she hopes to attend Fortis College.
Amelia gave birth to Zion on June 19th. Amelia was also part of the ambulance brigade, but she later returned home to wait a bit before her time. Zion weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz., and was 20 inches long when he was born. Before his birth, Amelia had secured a job with Quality Inn and has been actively working every level of her case plan before, and now after, Zion’s birth. She is enrolled at Fortis College working toward a medical assistance degree.
On July 6th, Mary’s Shelter was blessed with Dominic, who was born at 1:27 p.m. weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces. Dominic’s mom, Katie, is currently registered to return to cosmetology school in the fall and will attend Genesis Career College. She also wants to obtain secure employment while she attends school.
Laura gave birth to baby boy Kalib on June 28th at 9:29 a.m. Kalib was 8 pounds, 9 oz., and 20 inches long. Laura is also working on getting her GED and she is adamant about obtaining her goals. She asks the staff for help when she needs to and is focused and determined. She hopes to obtain a telemarketing job which she really enjoys doing.
Many of you have been praying for baby Zachariah and his mom, Erica. Zachariah was born on July 10th at 4:48 a.m. He was just 29 weeks old and weighed 1 lb., 10 oz. Zach was moved quickly to another hospital’s NICU where he remains at the time of this posting – but he’s doing really well. He is currently 2 lbs., 8.5 oz. and is no longer on a breathing machine. Erica has been staying at the Ronald McDonald House close to the hospital so she
can be with Zach as much as possible. She is studying for her GED when she is not with Zach and remains steadfast in prayer for his continued progress.
And just when the staff at Mary’s Shelter thought the baby boom was over, a new mom, Farrah, arrived and she very close to her August due date. But, Baby Izzabella was ready to see what this world was all about and arrived a couple of weeks early on July 22nd at 5:45 p.m. She was, and still is, a petite little girl, weighing just 4 lbs., 7 oz. at birth. Izaabella spent some time in the NICU, but currently she and her mom are home and doing great.
If you lost count, that’s 7 babies! It’s safe to say that our Gulf Coast home is bustling with activity and will be for quite some time. It is because of you that these seven precious lives were saved. It is because of you that these seven brave young women said “yes” to life.
Too often an unplanned pregnancy is labeled a “mistake” and young women are told their lives are ruined – well here are seven examples of how that kind of thinking is completely wrong. Because of the love, support, and guidance provided by Good Counsel, seven little families have hope for the future and faith in whatever the next best step will be.
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