“Father of the Orphan, defender of the widow, such is God in his Holy Place. The Lord gives the lonely a home to dwell in,” (Psalm 68) I prayed and felt the Lord asking me to help mothers and babies. You and I will be able to continue this mission now at Good Counsel Mary’s Shelter Gulf Coast.
God bless you for your generosity who started and maintained Mary’s Shelter on the Gulf Coast.
In the past year the Board of Mary’s Shelter asked Good Counsel, Inc., homes for mothers and babies, to come to Baldwin County.
You see I was born in New York City. For the past 31 years through the grace of God, with the help of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, a Catholic Franciscan priest who always worked with the poor, and many others, we began Good Counsel, homes helping pregnant and parenting mothers and babies. Good Counsel, mothers have said, “It’s not a shelter, it’s a loving home.”
Pregnant moms running from domestic violence, some abandoned by family and so-called friends found concrete help and real help at Good Counsel.
That’s what Mary’s Shelter is all about too, offering real help and hope for pregnant moms in need today.
“Just grow,” was Fr. Benedict’s last instruction to a Board member. Fr. Benedict who was Good Counsel’s co-founder and chairman of the Board from the beginning until he died Oct. 3, 2014.
While I never imagined our first venture outside of New York and New Jersey would be in Alabama, Fr. Benedict also taught me to “Just say ‘Yes’ to God.”
Now, you and I will be able to continue this mission at Good Counsel Mary’s Shelter Gulf . Obviously, the mothers and babies on the Gulf Coast are just as precious to God as every mother and every baby.
Now, today, you and I have an opportunity to save more babies’ lives. Unborn babies targeted for abortion, because young mothers are in crisis and don’t see any possible way to care for a baby.
I want to tell you so much more about this need, this opportunity, but I almost don’t know how to express my heart today. Mothers constantly call our hotline from all over the country. I actually brought one mom from Florida to our Good Counsel home in New York, because she was at such extreme risk last year.
There is a terrible shortage of homes like Good Counsel across our country. Please help me today to do something now in the Gulf Coast.
The Lord has given you and me a way to do something. Something real. Something effective. Something life-changing. Lifesaving.
Today, more than anything, I covet your prayers. Pray God blesses with such abundance that together – you and I – will help many more mothers in need . . . never should a pregnant woman be turned away.
God bless you!
Good Counsel President