Good Counsel, Inc.

Rating: 4.89 stars   45 reviews

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Location: P. O. Box 6068 Hoboken NJ 07030 USA

Mission: Good Counsel began when Christopher Bell and Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR, saw that there were no homes for single, pregnant women. Young mothers and their babies were literally being abandoned on the streets of New York City. The first home opened in Hoboken, NJ in 1985. By the year 2000, our fifth home specializing in the care of mentally ill pregnant women, was opened.

Today, a national hotline and five homes help pregnant women and women with children regardless of race, creed, age, mental health, drug or alcohol addiction from anywhere. Our 24-hour, national hotline, 800-723-8331, also refers women locally throughout the country for help. We follow-up on families who have stayed in our homes through our Exodus program. Mothers return to school or work while we offer babysitting, in-house Life Skills programs and practical, daily guidance. Good Counsel advocates on behalf of women and their children.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Imagine being a teenage girl--pregnant, not married, scared, confused, but not wanting to have an abortion. Her parents have deserted her, her boyfriend abandoned her. No money, no skills, nowhere to turn. This story plays out hundreds of times every year here in southern New Jersey. Through volunteer work at my church, I have met several girls in such situations. Finally, there is now a place that offers hope to young ladies such as these. Good Counsel Homes of South Jersey. Good Counsel provides homeless pregnant women and their children: food, housing, medical care, parenting and life skills, spiritual nourishment, linkage to other social services, an opportunity to develop family and financial stability. Those who work in Good Counsel Homes are fiscally responsible, committed and compassionate. They have access to added organizational experience and support under the umbrella of Good Counsel Homes based in New York and northern NJ which has operated similar homes for many years in these other northern regions.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In just a few short years, I watched the seed of an idea in the minds of a handful of people with no money but with relentless determination grow into a concrete project and many more helping hands who share in the enthusiasm and believe in the importance of the mission of Good Counsel Homes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of anything that I would change at this point. As with many charitable groups, one always would like to see more stable, predictable funding sources to cover operational expenses.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

There is a great need for a home for pregnant, homeless women in our region.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I have been making donations for the last several years as well as encouraging others to donate and commit their time and talent to help establish a Good Counsel Home here in South Jersey.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Those who are involved with Good Counsel Homes are fiscally responsible, committed and compassionate. The organization fills a great need here in South Jersey. There are no other similar homes anywhere in the region.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

This charity is so wonderful. They help women who are pregnant and find themselves with no place to go. Good Counsel homes helps them to become caring moms and productive members of society. There are several homes in NY and northern NJ. I am so grateful there is now one opening up in southern NJ. !! There is a big need for this.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen women who have been helped.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have one in each county of the state of NJ. There are not enough of them.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Through a friend from church

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

Good Counsel is a save and loving home for homeless unwed moms and their children. I have personally been to the Bronx home and the staff truly care about the women and children. It is a charity I am proud to support.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The girl my wife and I were mentoring is now living on her own and we love her and think of her as our daughter.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Open more homes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I was in a crisis pregnancy as a Senior in High School I felt I had no where to go, no one to help. I was so scared and went to the school psychologist who told the father and I abortion was the right option. I never want anyone to suffer what I have suffered. Everyday for 37 years I ache. I cannot go back in time and save my baby, but I can help a great organization that does what I needed so long ago.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing single Moms become productive members of society and flourish with their children

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Want them to have more than what they have. Finacial problems have impacted all of us. I would give them a better and more beautiful home in a better neighborhood

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a sidewalk counselor at the Cherry Hill Women's Center. Women come to the clinic for abortions because they feel they have no other choice. They are scared and in crisis. Many have been told by a parent or boyfriend that if they continue with the pregnancy they will be kicked out of their homes. Good Counsel Homes is a place these girls can go to be safe. If they choose to keep their babies, they can take advantage of classes that will help them be better prepared to become parents. They are welcomed, not judged. They find acceptance. They learn to stand on their own two feet. Good Counsel Homes also offers post-abortion healing for those who are suffering due to a past abortion.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

happy mothers who are able to choose life and not be coerced into abortion

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They are building one in South Jersey and it is going slowly. They take girls from here to their other homes, but the girls don't want to go so far from the area they're used to. I would have them speed up the building process.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found myself alone and pregnant. Life was extremely difficult. If I only had an organization as wonderful as Good Counsel, all of the worry, fear, and struggling would have been eleviated. May God Bless their work always.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Spirituality.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them money so that they could grow.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great charity, they help women who are pregnant or have a child that have no where to go, They also give emotional support and well has housing goof, and loving environment!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hearing their testomanies at a fundraiser and have seen the differene it can make in a womens life!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make none, they are doing a wonderful job!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

God Bless the Members of Good Council Homes for the work that they do ... giving mothers, babies and families a second chance. Please support this worthwhile cause in all ways ... physically, monetarily and spiritually.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen this group grow large enough to assist women i the South Jersey area. Thank you !

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

tell more people about their good works !!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Good Counsel Homes is a much needed organization of inestimable value in our present culture. I have known pregnant women, young and not-so-young, who have been put out on the streets by parents or significant others because they would not agree to abort their child. Good Counsel Homes provides a safe home and so much more for these desperate mothers-to-be. In addition to shelter and provisions for them and their child(ren), they are given emotional support and the opportunity to learn skills to become good mothers and providers for themselves and their child(ren).

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have found the positive results of the organization quite obvious through extensive conversations with volunteers who have transported those in need, in the absence of a local home, to homes in other areas and by meeting some of the women who have been helped at fund raising events.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

currently not aware of any shortcomings

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

The opportunities to meet other like minded pro life individuals is always a good thing! :)

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 4 stars  

I've had the opportunity to experience the efforts of Good Counsel Homes by assisting with the walk a thon and simply asking associates, friends & family members if they would contribute to this cause. Once they heard of the Good Counsel, they were more than happy to help out. I do what I can to spread the word as hearing the stories... and seeing the results - this should continue moving forward!!! There are so many lost mommy's & mommy's to be out there and don't know where to turn... Here is where you turn !!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hearing about the organizations accomplishments which in turn makes me want to be more of a part of the organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would get them more exposure !!!!

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