The Newsletter of
GOOD COUNSEL MALTA HOUSE of CT
January 2018

Greetings!

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and that the new year brings you and your family health, peace, prosperity and joy.

Here at Good Counsel Malta House, our year has gotten off to a great start with some fresh faces and new opportunities for our moms, and for you!
Empowerment Through the Arts

With a mission to build skills and strengthen under-served communities through the use of participatory photography, Focal Point Project  worked with our mothers to capture and give voice to their journeys in both pictures and words.
Said Samantha, one of our residents, "Focal Point helped me to focus my attention on the things that matter most. For me, that is my children. My favorite picture is the one of me with Kiliana, 'Love from Mom'. It captures the love I have for her, as well as my other two miracles."

What a blessing and a gift to have been able to offer this Life Skills Program to our residents. If you have ideas for unique opportunities to enhance our programming, please contact Darlene McGhee , House Manager, at 203-857-0088.
Giving Back

Our moms continue to be inspired with their work to feed those who are homeless with their "Sandwich Making Project" benefiting the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk, CT. This will continue to be a monthly activity our ladies look forward to with volunteers from the Connecticut Area Order of Malta, and we are grateful to them for this ongoing opportunity to give back.
Meet our New Staff Members!
Darlene McGhee joined Good Counsel Malta House as House Manager in November 2017. Darlene worked for over 25 years as a Senior Paralegal/Trademark Specialist throughout New York and Connecticut with major law firms and corporations. While pursuing her career as a paralegal, she was also the Adult and Youth Director at a Community Center in Port Chester, NY where she led an extensive teen pregnancy/parenting program. Darlene has always demonstrated compassion and empathy for women in need by mentoring teenagers and young adult women in need of guidance and support. She is the founder of Women Networking for Jesus Ministry. Darlene is also a Christian motivational speaker and a radio host of a weekly Christian program on WNLK 1350 am every Friday from 6-7 where she encourages women about the love of Jesus.
Maureen FitzPatrick joined Good Counsel Malta House as Case Manager in December, 2017. Maureen brings a heart for children and a broad base of local experience having worked with several non-profit organizations, including Stamford Hospital and Norwalk Community College. Early in her career she enjoyed working with the International Olympic Organizing Committee in Lake Placid and the US Government in Munich, Germany.

She is a member of St. John Church in Darien, CT and was recently invested as a Dame of the Order of Malta, participating in Eucharistic Ministry at Norwalk Hospital and outreach to St. Catherine’s School for Special Needs in Fairfield, CT. Maureen holds a BA in Sociology from Boston University and an MA in Human and Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University.

Please help us welcome Darlene and Maureen to the Good Counsel Malta House Family!
Come Celebrate with Us!
We have also been busy planning two upcoming events.

Please join us for an inaugural event, For the Love of Babies: A Casual Friday Dinner on February 23rd at 7:00 pm at the St. Ann Club in Norwalk. We are excited to have a wonderful group of hometown "celebrities" who will be our waiters for the evening, including Mayor and First Lady Rilling, Stew Leonard, Jr. , and many more! A full list of waiters can be found here .

Get your tickets today for a fun, casual evening and learn more about our work serving homeless, pregnant mothers and their babies.
Save the Date!
We hope you will save the date for our Good Counsel Malta House Annual Spring Gala on Saturday, May 12th at Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, CT.

2018 marks our 20th anniversary, so to celebrate this special occasion we will be honoring our 5 founders: Christopher Bell, Hope Carter, Father Gerald Devore, Michael O'Rourke, and Reverend Monsignor William Scheyd.

The theme for this year's gala is "A Mother's Love", which is what Good Counsel Malta House is all about. Please join us for a wonderful evening celebrating the mothers in your life, while supporting ours: the more than 300 (and counting!) women who have called 5 Prowitt Street "home" since we opened our doors in 1998.
We are also looking for donations for our live and silent auction, so please consider supporting us in this way as well.
We hope to see you soon!

From all of us at Good Counsel Malta House, we thank you for supporting our mothers and babies!
Good Counsel Malta House of CT | 203.857.0088 | www.maltahouse.org