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Christopher Bell, Author at Good Counsel

A Lot Can Happen in a Year Thanks to You!

Posted by | Aug 4, 2017 | No Comments

In May, 2016, Mary’s Shelter became a Good Counsel home, and a wonderful renewal has taken place. The new moniker, “Good Counsel Mary’s Shelter Gulf Coast,” while quite a mouthful, best describes who we are and what we believe.

Over the past year, no pregnant woman in need, regardless of her personal circumstances, has been turned away. While this presents challenges, as our residents may suffer from abuse, mental illness, and drug addiction, it allows us to witness to those most in need. GCMSGC provides a loving home for all. Read More

Please Help Me Say YES to Every Homeless, Pregnant Mother

Posted by | Jul 18, 2017 | No Comments

Not many of us like to hear the word No.

Now imagine that you are pregnant, homeless, and suffering from a mental illness or addiction.

The word “no” can be deadly for you and your baby!

Some residential programs require a 30 day waiting period before entering.  If Good Counsel waited 30 days before opening our door, there is no telling what would happen to the mother and child. I don’t want their deaths on my conscience and I’m sure you want to do all that you can to help also. Read More

Ball for Life Highlight Video – Thank You!

Posted by | May 23, 2017 | No Comments

May 12th in New York City was extra special! Not only was it Mother’s Day weekend, but Good Counsel held its annual Ball for Life where we honored WPIX-TV 11 News Reporter Monica Morales, who has done a number of exceptional stories about our work and mothers over the years.

Please enjoy this short video from the evening:

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Good Counsel for Mother’s Day

Posted by | May 13, 2017 | No Comments

Let’s not forget any mother today, in our thoughts and prayers, even the one who is very much motherly, but has never even conceived a child. In her heart, her love and caring is all as real as Our Mother Mary, who bore just one Son, but is now the New Mother of All The Living.

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The Lord is Risen!

Posted by | Apr 16, 2017 | No Comments

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Who ever saw a dead man come back to life?

Those who were with Jesus when he raised Lazarus did. Those who saw Jesus stop the funeral cortege of the widowed mother’s son did. Those who saw the little girl arise did.  But have you?  I have not.

Yet, I do believe.

I believe on faith, but my faith is also underscored by the sight of the troubled, depressed, rejected pregnant mom who comes into Good Counsel one day, gives birth another day, and finds a new life in Christ a third day. Read More

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Father Benedict’s Good Friday Video Message

Posted by | Apr 14, 2017 | No Comments

Dear Friend,

Several years ago Good Counsel’s Joe Quattrocchi had the opportunity to chat with Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR, about a number of things including one of his favorite days of the year, Good Friday.

Father Benedict spent many years preaching at Good Friday Services but, as his health began to fade he was no longer able to do so.

Here in the last Good Friday reflection Father Benedict would make before his death in 2014, Good Counsel’s co-founder speaks about the importance of this day and how appreciative he is of all who support the work of Good Counsel.  I hope you will enjoy this video. Read More

Daystar, a Home for the Most Vulnerable Mothers & Babies

Posted by | Apr 4, 2017 | No Comments

Let’s create a new springtime for Good Counsel’s Daystar home

Just as spring has sprung, Good Counsel is looking forward to new life – a springtime – for one of our homes called Daystar.

Good Counsel’s Daystar home was started back in 1999 because I saw that many homeless, pregnant women, who suffered from a dual diagnosis, meaning a mental illness and/or an addiction, had nowhere to go.  Most residential programs throughout the country would say no for admission, particularly if a woman’s substance abuse problem was less than 30 days old.

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Please help – Winter Storm Stella Adds Urgency to 2017 Heating Campaign

Posted by | Mar 14, 2017 | No Comments

Dear Friend,

I just wanted to send all of our Good Counsel friends this very important update about our 2017 Winter Heating Appeal.

Winter Storm Stella means even bigger heating bills for Good Counsel homes and the urgency is dire.  You may have seen my important messages about Good Counsel’s 2017 Winter Heating Appeal.  Thankfully, a number of generous donors have already given more than $6,800 to date. However, since our campaign goal is $8,250, we still need to raise around $1,500 more.

Today all of our homes in New York and New Jersey are impacted by Winter Storm Stella. Fortunately, our moms and babies are warm and safe from the blizzard, thanks to all of those who have given to this year’s heating appeal. Read More

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