Moms, a Mission & an Alabama Anchor

Thanks to Devon Walsh, award-winning anchor for WKRG TV in Mobile, Alabama. I appreciated your receptivity to the story of hope that my colleagues and I with the Good Counsel network of maternity homes figured you would want to tell!

I invite all my friends to take a look at this uplifting report Ms. Walsh, a University of Notre Dame graduate, recently produced for her viewers throughout the region stretching from Mobile to the Florida panhandle.

The home, called Good Counsel Mary’s Shelter Gulf Coast, is the only place of its kind in the region where expectant moms who have been homeless–and too often victims of domestic violence or drug abuse–can take up residence and prepare not only for childbirth but for a career. Thanks to lots of people standing by to help as part of a welcoming community with other moms and kids, this home can be their turning point toward a sustainable, independent family life after a baby has come along.

It’s my privilege to help spread the word about Good Counsel’s long-standing mission to media folks and others. Good Counsel was co-founded many years ago by my friend from Long Island, Christopher Bell. Keep up the great work of meeting these needs, Chris. And, Devon, it was a pleasure reaching out to you, and we’re grateful for your news reporting that’s bound to help lots of other families.

I invite you to learn more about the Chris Bell’s organization at May women in need, especially those in the Diocese of Mobile and the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, continue to receive help and hope from skilled and caring folks who believe that where there’s life, there’s hope.

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