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October 2019 - Good Counsel

32 Years on Staten Island! 27th Annual Communion Lunch!

Posted by | Oct 15, 2019 | No Comments

With great joy and gratitude, Christopher Bell and the Board of Directors invite you to Good Counsel’s 27th Annual Communion Lunch for the benefit of mothers and babies on Staten Island.

Good Counsel has been on Staten Island for 32 years – that’s something to celebrate!  Join us on November 2nd at St. Joseph’s Church, 466 Tompkins Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305 for Mass at 11:00 am with lunch to follow at noon across the street in the school hall. Read More

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On the 5th Anniversary of Father Benedict’s Passing

Posted by | Oct 3, 2019 | No Comments

It is hard to believe that it is now five years since my dear friend and Good Counsel co-founder, Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR, passed away. He died on October 3, 2014 on the eve of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

Before his passing, when I asked for his advice, Fr. Benedict told me to “just grow.”  So that’s what we continue to do.  With your prayers & generosity, more homeless, pregnant mothers and babies are helped each year. Read More

The Homeless Shelter Couldn’t Help, but Good Counsel Did

Posted by | Oct 2, 2019 | No Comments

When homeless, pregnant mothers finally reach the door of a Good Counsel homes, they’ve often made several, if not many, stops and detours along the way, none of them safe or healthy. Some may find temporary housing in a homeless shelter, but their time there is up when their pregnancy begins to show, or they are turned away at the first interview because they tell the interviewer that they are pregnant or perhaps they have other children. When a woman applies for temporary housing with a social service agency, they have to prove that they are “really” homeless. They will inquire about any relatives who could take them in, and those relatives could be people the woman doesn’t know.  Even if there is a space, it may not be healthy, or safe.  If there is a couch open at a friend’s or family member’s home, then the woman is deemed not homeless. If they are approved, they often have to reapply at certain intervals because after all, it is just temporary housing. Read More

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