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Giving a Voice to the Voice We Silenced

Posted by | Sep 30, 2014 | No Comments

October marks the beginning of Respect Life Month.  For many who are post abortive, this can be a particularly difficult time if they have not addressed their own healing and are still living in silence and shame.  It can also even be difficult for those who have begun the healing journey, as abortion will be in the forefront of many activities for the coming month.

There are many people (including ourselves many times) who may not think the post abortive have the right to speak for the unborn.  For whatever reason we aborted, whether we were coerced or freely chose to have an abortion, we participated in the death of our children, so, why should we be a voice for the voice we silenced? Read More

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Urgent Need – Our Cupboards Are Almost Empty!

Posted by | Sep 19, 2014 | No Comments

My worst nightmare is turning a homeless, pregnant mother away or having to sit down across the table from a woman and her children at a Good Counsel home and think, “I just can’t feed them!”

Of course, friends like you help Our Lord as you help care for our mothers and babies before and after birth, but as we meet their urgent needs this month, our pantry is literally being stripped bare!

Imagine having to tell a young pregnant mother or a young mom holding her newborn, “I’m sorry, we’re all out—of everything!” Read More

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Success on Staten Island

Posted by | Sep 19, 2014 | No Comments

The day a child heads out the door for the first day of kindergarten is a monumental event for any parent. It’s a huge step for both parent and child and marks the beginning of a new chapter in the life of the family. The first day of kindergarten for a child who was born at a Good Counsel Home is a celebration of everything that we strive to do each and every day as we carry out our mission. Just this month we were so happy to hear from a former Good Counsel mom, Molly, whose daughter started kindergarten this year. Molly is shining example of what can happen when we all work together, with His Grace, to promote a culture of life and love. Read More

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Back to Work and School!

Posted by | Sep 17, 2014 | No Comments

September is back-to-school time and by the time we start to feel that autumn crisp in the air, students settle into a routine as they prepare for their future success. Here at Good Counsel we are also adjusting to the back-to-school routine as quite a few of our moms are pursuing educational endeavors either working toward a GED or furthering their education toward obtaining a stable, career position to provide independence and stability for themselves and their babies. At the same time, most of our moms are actively working or searching for employment.  Read More

Touching the Lives of Postabortive Siblings

Posted by | Sep 5, 2014 | 2 Comments

I do not know for sure, but if I had to bet, I would pretty safely guess that in addition to being a mom who has had an abortion that I also have aborted siblings. Of course, there is no way for me to confirm that since my father has passed away, but I always felt that this was probably true.

Sib6My dad was the one who pressured me to abort as a teen, and I also learned that he paid for an abortion when my cousin’s girlfriend became pregnant. Adding that to the fact that I know he was unfaithful to my mom, I have just always had a sense that there are probably siblings missing from my life.

As a society, we have just begun to address the millions and millions of siblings suffering because of the knowledge (or lack thereof ) an aborted sibling. Read More

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Baby, You Rock!

Posted by | Aug 27, 2014 | No Comments

The landscaping around our Riverside Home is looking especially bright these days thanks to one of our very special Resident Assistants, Clare Kirk. Clare has been with Good Counsel since even before we opened the doors in South Jersey. She is also a member of our overnight staff and has spent many hours caring for both moms and babies. She is affectionately known as “Grandmom Clare.” Read More

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Loving What You Do

Posted by | Aug 26, 2014 | No Comments

It would be an understatement to say that everyone at Good Counsel works hard because our mission lends itself to attracting the type of person who goes above and beyond in their work, doing more than what’s expected, always willing to help out in any way possible. Perhaps some of the hardest working people at Good Counsel are our Resident Advisors. Our “RA’s” as they are affectionately known are our “forces on the ground,” literally the hands and feet of Christ working in our homes every day. Think of them as being a “mom” to all the resident moms and their babies and other children. Our RA’s work in shifts covering each home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Read More

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Please Help Us Re-Open Our Staten Island Home

Posted by | Aug 25, 2014 | No Comments

The day Molly arrived at the front door of our Good Counsel home on Staten Island was a rainy Wednesday afternoon in February. She was 26 years old and pregnant — not a good day to be homeless and out on the street.  Molly had been in an abusive relationship with her child’s father and he was demanding an abortion. Fearful for the safety of both herself and her unborn child, she fled to her parents’ home.

In an unusual entrance to our program, Molly was accompanied by both of her parents, who are disabled. Molly was born and raised on Staten Island, and her family was familiar with our services. Her parents pleaded for Molly to be placed into our program and specifically our Staten Island Home. They could not house their daughter and her baby in their one bedroom apartment and had limited income and resources. Read More

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Reserve Your Seat Now! Don’t Miss Out!

Posted by | Aug 19, 2014 | No Comments

On Sunday, October 26, 2014, at 4:00 pm, Good Counsel Riverside will host its annual banquet to benefit our home in South Jersey. We have so much wonderful news to share! Come and meet some of the moms and babies who benefit from your support every day. Come and hear from one of our moms whose life was completely changed because of your generosity. Come and speak with Christopher Bell, Executive Director of Good Counsel, about our accomplishments and our exciting plans for the future. Read More

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Pope Francis, Defender of Life!

Posted by | Aug 12, 2014 | No Comments

In case you missed it, Good Counsel was featured on EWTN when Chris Bell joined Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., on Sunday Night Prime to discuss Pope Francis’s teaching on life as well as Chris’s work in the pro-life movement. Fr. Andrew and Chris covered a lot of topics emphasizing the mercy of God and the masterpiece of life. They also talked about the many ways in which Good Counsel advances the culture of life, helping homeless, pregnant moms and babies in crisis. They also talked about our post abortion ministry, Lumina, which offers hope and healing for all those suffering from a past abortion. Read More