Janay was 24-years-old, pregnant, and trying to care for her two older daughters on her own. Because she was also homeless, she went to the Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (“PATH”) office. To be accepted into a shelter or receive services, a person has to apply, meet a long list of criteria, prove that they have no one else who can help them including family members or friends who might have room but also pose a danger to a pregnant woman with two small children. On its website PATH describes the process in part… Read More
Abigail and her 1-month-old daughter Arianah entered the Good Counsel Riverside home in the summer of July 2017. Abandoned by her abusive husband, Abigal was left to fend for herself and her baby girl with no money, no shelter, and no hope for the future. When she was welcomed into the home, Abigal expressed that she was especially grateful for a room of her own. A space for herself and Arianah made her feel safe and cared for after the horrors she had faced with her husband. Read More
Since Good Counsel opened in 1985 for homeless, pregnant mothers in need, over 7,800 women have found their way to us. Each mother has a story. Most are sad, some heartwrenching, but every so often the divine providence that brings a mother to us is revealed in a way that reminds all of us why we do what we do and that there is always… always, hope.
At the 2019 From the Heart Ball, a mother from one of our homes held the attention of every person in a swanky NYC ballroom as she stood at the podium and told her story. Before she found Good Counsel, Katrina told the audience she was “hopeless enough to think that no life for my baby would be better than a life with me.” Read More
Please join us in welcoming Baby Girl Kalana, the 1,168th baby we’ve welcomed since opening our doors in 1985. Kalana was born on March 10, 2019 which also happens to be the Anniversary Date of Good Counsel opening! This year marks 34 years of helping homeless, pregnant mothers! Beautiful Kalana was 6 pounds, 10 ounces. She and her mom are doing very well! If you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to our emails so you don’t miss out on any breaking baby news in 2019! Read More
A Sunday in Lent for Roman Catholics is considered a Resurrection Day, a break from fasting. That’s not been easy for me to embrace.
“Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’” Jesus said, “For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:13).
Those words first struck me days before I moved onto 8th Avenue in Manhattan to work with homeless kids. That’s where I first met a homeless young mother. I’m still trying to learn the meaning of those words. Read More
Please join us in welcoming Baby Girl Avery, the newest member of the Good Counsel family and the 1,167th baby we’ve welcomed since opening our doors in 1985. Avery was born on Saturday, February 23, 2019 weighing 7 pounds, 13 ouces. She and her mom are doing very well! If you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to our emails so you don’t miss out on any breaking baby news in 2019! Read More
On Monday, February 18, 2019, Cardinal Dolan held a press conference to spread a message of hope for any pregnant woman in New York. Cardinal Dolan said, “we are here to do all in our power to assist you so that you never feel that abortion is your only option. We are here to help.”
Women like Francoise who arrived at Good Counsel just in time!
Francoise was born in Rwanda and raised in Belgium. She came to the United States a few years ago to visit her sister. She came back a second time to begin a new life here in New York. She had found a job but keeping a job was difficult, and at one point she was working three jobs. Read More
Join Us as We Strive to Give Our Hearts to Jesus During this Lenten Season
Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Good Counsel will once again offer a free Lenten series called, “The Journey to Infinite Mercy.” Sign up today, and each day of Lent we’ll email you a message that contains the readings of the day, an inspiring reflection, and a short prayer in preparation for Our Lord’s Easter Resurrection.
Along with these reflections, we’ll also invite you each day to send us your prayer requests. Your prayer requests can be made anonymously if you wish so that we can pray for you.
Sign up now and don’t miss a day of His abundant graces this Lent. Allow His merciful invitation to change your heart!
Angela and her daughter, Maite, beautifully exemplify the mission of Good Counsel! Angela has been a resident of Good Counsel for about a year and a half. It is a bit longer than the average stay of most of the mothers we serve, but Angela came to us under dire circumstances at just 19-years-old with her newborn baby girl, Maite.
On December 10, 2018, at the Father Benedict Groeschel Annual Award Dinner, there was dining and dancing and celebration. One very special guest was at the dinner for an important reason. Leah Marquis, along with her daughter Skylar, was there to bravely speak to the roomful of people about what Good Counsel has meant to her. Standing right by her side were Tatyana & Dominque, two of the staff members who had been with her since she arrived at Good Counsel.
Leah began by telling how she found out she was pregnant and what happened next. “I didn’t tell my parents at first out of fear. At the end of February, I was at school and I called my parents to tell them I didn’t feel well. My mom suddenly asked me ‘are you pregnant?’ My answer was ‘yes.’ When I got home, I was told I either had to have an abortion or get out.” Those were Leah’s options – abortion or being homeless… Read More