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Baby Girl Le’ani is Good Counsel’s 1,050th Baby!

Posted by | Mar 14, 2017 | One Comment

Baby girl Le’ani arrived on Monday, March 11, 2017.  Her arrival marks an important milestone  as she is the 1,050th baby born into the Good Counsel family.

Le’ani was born at 9:36 a.m. weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 19 1/2 inches long.  Her mom, Amanda, expressed how grateful she was to have Staten Island House Manager, Omayra Rivera, with her for the labor and delivery.  Good Counsel mothers are never alone in their journey. They are continually surrounded by love and support while they carry their child and when the time comes to give birth.  Afterwards, the new mothers and their babies stay sometimes for up to a year at Good Counsel to make sure that when they leave, they are well prepared, strong, and confident for what comes next. Read More

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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The Best Basket Bonanza Ever!

Posted by | Mar 9, 2017 | No Comments

St. Margaret’s Gym at Infant Jesus Parish was buzzing with excitement on February 4th. At 6:00 p.m. the doors opened and over 200 people excitedly filled the room ready for a night of dinner and dancing, but the highlight would be the fast-paced basket raffle. There were many, many happy winners of bountiful and unique baskets filled with rounds of golf, theater tickets, spa days, weekend getaways, gift cards, and more! Many thanks to Good Counsel Volunteer Lois Rishko for her tireless efforts in creating the basket displays.

Hosted by St. Margaret’s Knights of Columbus Council #13259, the Basket Bonanza has grown each year since it began and we hope and pray the growth will continue next year. The Knights from St. Margaret’s were indispensable and worked non-stop setting up the venue, the dinner buffet, and ensuring that the evening ran smoothly and efficiently from beginning to end. Read More

It’s a girl & a girl & a boy & another girl!

Posted by | Mar 8, 2017 | 3 Comments

Life is celebrated every day at Good Counsel, but the last week or so has really been cause for celebration as it seems there has been a baby boom!

Babies 1045, 1046, 1047, and 1048 all decided to arrive within days of each other and all at different homes.  Good Counsel is blessed to support these mothers as they carried their precious children and will continue to love and support these special women as they return back home to bond and learn to care for their tiny bundle of joy. Read More

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Highlights from our House Managers

Posted by | Feb 22, 2017 | No Comments

Each week, House Managers from our homes gather together on a teleconference to share what’s going on in their home, with their moms, and babies.  Some may have the misconception that Good Counsel is a shelter for homeless, pregnant woman, but it’s so, so much more.  It’s truly a home, providing love, support, encouragement, and resources so each woman gets what she needs to make a better life for herself and her family.  The circumstances that lead them to our door are sometimes hard to hear… and sometimes miraculous, getting to us just in time.

Just a little bit of what’s going on at Good Counsel homes this week… Read More

Celebrate Life from the Heart

Posted by | Feb 22, 2017 | No Comments

Don’t miss this year’s From the Heart Dinner Dance!

From the Heart will give you an opportunity to celebrate Life with a loved one and best of all, support the life-saving work of Good Counsel homes as we enter our 31st year serving homeless pregnant women and their children. Read More

Happy Birthday Isabella!

Posted by | Feb 22, 2017 | No Comments

Happy Birthday Isabella!

On Sunday, February 12th, baby Isabella made her entrance into the world.  Isbaella is the 1,044th baby born into the Good Counsel family.  She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces.  Mom and baby are home and doing well at the moment, getting to know one another.  Please pray for Isabella and her mom. Read More

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Journey Through Lent with Good Counsel

Posted by | Feb 18, 2017 | No Comments

Please join us as we strive to give our hearts to Jesus during this Lenten Season.

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 1st, Good Counsel will offer a free Lenten devotional series entitled, Come Back to Me with All Your Heart.

Each day you will receive an email that contains a free daily devotion, spiritual reflection, or short prayer to accompany you as you prepare for Our Lord’s Easter Resurrection.
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Abortion was her only option until…

Posted by | Feb 16, 2017 | No Comments

Lent is a time of compassion, mercy, and serving. Our Lord calls us to a ministry of “bringing the afflicted and the homeless into your house” (Isaiah 58:7 NAB).  And I have committed Good Counsel to that!

Here, a mother in need will find a warm and safe place, nutritious meals, and the tools and support she needs to become a great mother. Any time. Day or night.  Right now, in the dead of winter, there is a mother alone on the streets. No family. No friends. No support. No place to live. And she’s pregnant.

She thinks she only has one option: abortion. Read More

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