No one ever said that giving a home to desperate young mothers would be easy. It takes long days, endless nights, and there’s the constant struggle to pay the bills and keep the doors open. But once you’ve seen a mother rock her newborn baby gently in her arms, you know you’d face all these again — if you could save just one more mother and one more child.
In 2012, through Good Counsel, friends like you provided a safe haven to 115 mothers and 106 children, including 45 babies born from mothers in our homes. If not for your support, many of these precious children might never have been born! But that was only the beginning. Through your generosity, Good Counsel gave each mother a chance to build a future for her baby.
With your help, Good Counsel helps a mom finish her education and get a good job so that she can give her child a stable home in a place of their own. We teach her practical skills, like how to cook and how to manage a budget.
Listen to Chris Bell as he talks about Good Counsel's mission on "The Catholic Doctors Show", St. Gabriel Catholic Radio.
Judy’s boyfriend nearly beat her to death when he found out she was pregnant.
Battered and bruised, she woke up in the hospital. Alone. And scared.
That terrible, dark Christmas could easily have been her last. It wasn’t safe to go home, but where else could she go?
Judy probably thought we’d turn her away. That’s what everyone else had done. She found temporary shelter when she got out of the hospital, but they didn’t take children.
Because we knew it was what you would have done, Good Counsel took her in.
Thanks to friends like you, Judy and her baby were safe at last.
This Christmas will be so different for them. “I don’t have to worry about anything no more,” Judy says — not whether her baby will be hungry, not whether she’ll have a place to sleep. . . and especially not that anyone will hurt them.
With a little good counsel from friends who care, Judy is turning out to be a great mom.
She’s gone back to school and she’s working part time, because she wants to give her son the future he deserves. Her story is a miracle. And you made it possible. But there’s another young mother like Judy who needs you right now.
If you could have just seen the fear in her eyes, I know you would understand.
LeAnne’s own mother had turned her away. So had the father of her child. She had nowhere to lay her head that night — and for a moment, she thought that even Good Counsel might shut the door in her face.
But because of you, LeAnne has a home. For now. For Thanksgiving. For as long as it takes to get her back on her feet.
When even those closest to LeAnne abandoned her, you helped take her in.
It’s because of you that LeAnne will be at our table this Thanksgiving, giving thanks for the life that is growing inside her. Her friends told her she was crazy for not having an abortion, but you encouraged her to stand firm.
“It was the first time someone said to me, ‘You’re going to be okay,’” she told me.
I knew right then that you had been part of another miracle.
You would think I’d get used to it. But somehow, what your love accomplishes never ceases to amaze me. Because you give desperate mothers another option . . . innocent children are alive today.
But somewhere in our city tonight, there’s another frightened and lonely LeAnne who has no one else left to turn to. And for her sake, I’m asking you to do one thing today:
Please make a donation of any amount, and help us to save another homeless mother and unborn child this Thanksgiving!
That’s what you helped us do for more than 115 moms and their little ones this past year alone. And I can tell you, it makes all the difference. You see, at Good Counsel, a mom like LeAnne finds far more than just a place where she and her child will be safe —
She finds a home. And friends who understand the struggles she’s up against.
Because we want to help her become the best mother she can be, we make sure she gets great medical care. We help her master the basics of caring for her newborn and show her what to expect as her child grows older. If she’s in school, like LeAnne is, we’ll help arrange childcare — so she can finish her education and become a good provider.
And when she’s ready to take the next step — a full-time job and a place of her own — our staff will still be there for her . . . to pray with her, to hold her hand, and to ensure that she succeeds at regaining her independence.
This is the miracle you make possible through your support — a miracle of lives saved and lives changed, often two of them at a time.
But so many others still need us. That’s why your gift today is critical!
More often than not, a woman who turns to us has been rejected by everyone else. Good Counsel is the one place where she knows she will be welcomed with unconditional love.
Yet it is only because of you that we can extend that welcome. Only because you care.
Because we know the Lord will provide and that friends like you will stand with us, we always find a way to assist mothers in need. I’m inviting you to help us love another mother and another child this Thanksgiving, because I can’t think of a better way to thank our loving heavenly Father for the gift of life He has given to us.
Please help today, and please be generous. I look forward to hearing from you, and I know the Lord will bless you for your kindness to our moms and their children.
Good Counsel's South Jersey home was recently featured in the Catholic Star Herald. During the past twelve months, this home has helped welcome twelve babies into the world, including Carter (shown to the left with his mother, Mocha).
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Chris Bell appeared Friday Dec 16th on WFJS, a Catholic radio station in Trenton NJ. Chris is pictured with Cheryl Manfredonia during their interview which is being archived on Domestichchurchmedia.org
Chris and Good Counsel's Joe Quattrocchi also appeared with Jim Manfredonia, who hosts "Friday With Jim & Cheryl" on WFJS. WFJS is a Catholic radio station in Trenton NJ and can be heard through central NJ and part of eastern Pennsylvania at 1260 AM & 89.3 FM.
Chris was able to share an Advent/Christmas message as well as speak about Good Counsel's newest home in Riverside, New Jersey which opened in April. Jim and Cheryl Manfredonia started WFJS and transmit some EWTN programming as well as some locally produced radio shows.
Msgr. Edward J. Weber, Vicar of Rockland and Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi in West Nyack, was honored Nov. 20 for his pro-life work at the annual Concert for Life, held for the benefit of Good Counsel’s Home for expecting and parenting moms in Spring Valley.
Fr. Jim McKenna, SDB, Director the the Marian Shrine and Don Bosco Retreat Center in Stony Point, welcomed the audience to the shrine chapel “to celebrate life, to celebrate music, and to celebrate Msgr. Weber, who has pooled his strength and determination to make us in Rockland a ‘people of life.’ (READ MORE)
I must admit, sometimes in this abortion debate I feel like I am floating on the periphery, looking on, while the world dissects and argues about abortion, and concerning the unborn and the women who have them.
For me, as a post-abortive mother, it is much more personal. It is about reclaiming my child.
It is about relationships, family, and my son, who is now “living in the Lord” (Gospel of Life, JPII).
At seventeen years old, I hid my pregnancy from my parents for over four months. When I finally told them, I was asked to leave the house and forget that I was their daughter. Coming from a Catholic family, it was the one scenario I had not played out in my head.
Staying temporarily at a friend’s, the pressures to abort began: I fought with the baby’s father, and my own father began having my sister call me telling me to have an abortion. With no job, no money and no place go, in the end, I gave in to his demands — like many other women, it was not because of free choice, it was because I felt I had no choice. .Read More