Friday, July 07, 2006

A worthy cause - via email

Every mother and child deserves love and support from the moment of conception.


This is a very difficult time for me, here in New Jersey tonight. I would not normally be staying up this late but I am really, really worried. I have been worried for several months now and the situation is getting worse.

You see, 21 years ago, with the help of Fr. Benedict Groeschel ( Good Counsel Homes - Father Groeschel,) a Franciscan priest and psychologist, I began a small home to care for single mothers and their babies. We wanted to help mothers not only have a safe delivery but to also have a new life after the birth of their child. We knew that early intervention in helping a young mother return to school or find a job would help in the long-term moral and educational life of her child.

We wanted to make a difference for the many women and children whom society has forgotten. That is how Good Counsel Homes began ( .)

A lot has happened in those 21 years. Thousands of mothers and thousands of babies have been saved a life of despair, been given real hope, and have gotten a step up. Mothers like Ann, who turned her life around from abusing drugs to earning a living and caring for herself and her daughter.

Good Counsel Homes now has five homes, helping more than 80 mothers and babies a night in our residences. In addition, we help dozens more women through our national helpline and our Outreach and follow up Exodus programs, each and every week.

What has me really worried tonight, and has for the past several months, is that our income is not keeping pace with our expenses. I have tried very, very hard to budget what we expect to receive from our monthly mailings, numerous speaking engagements at churches, and from businesses and charitable groups. We have some private foundations who give us some sizable grant money but it is not enough.

Not only that, there is so much more to do in order to help the ever increasing amount of expectant mothers who call every day. I cannot do everything, but when a young, single mother calls and says, "I'm pregnant and my boyfriend wants me out of the house," I want to be able to respond quickly and say, "We can help you. Come right over!" We do say that now and I am finding that I am not able to fully cover these expenses.

I need help. I need your financial assistance immediately. The summer is traditionally a difficult time to raise funds but I really, really need your support. I simply have to say that this year we have not been able to keep up with our bills. They are piling high and I can no longer cover our daily operational expenses.

It may very well be that you are in no position to make a sizeable donation. It may very well be that you are in a very similar position to me at this time. My prayers are with you! All I ask is that you provide what you can at Good Counsel Homes - Donate and pass this message along to a friend. If they gave something, and also passed this message along to other friends, I know we could make it through this tough financial period. Please help!

A donation of $65.00 would be enough to feed a mother or child for an entire month. We are able to spread out these dollars because of donated food we receive. If you can support a mother or child each month for $65.00, please let me know so I can plan on this. These donations will prove to be of great help. If you can send something less right now, please do so, because every little bit helps. If you can send more, it will be a tremendous help.

Please, do something now because without your help, I really do not know if Good Counsel Homes can survive. I do not know if I can keep feeding, counseling, and helping more than 80 new or expectant mothers and their babies each night. There are many, many more women and children who need our help. It already breaks my heart to know that we cannot do more.

We can do more, but we need everyone's help in order to get it done.

Please make a sacrificial offering now: Good Counsel Homes - Donate

Please know that you will be in my prayers and the prayers of all of us at Good Counsel Homes. I trust that you will pray for us too.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to learn of this situation.


Christopher Bell
Good Counsel Homes
24/7 Helpline: 1.800.723.8331
P. 201-795-0637
Fax. 201-795-0809
411 Clinton St.

Box 6068
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Good Counsel Homes is a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt charity. Your support is tax deductible. If you wish to find out more about Good Counsel Homes please visit

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