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November 23, 2010

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November 23, 2010

I was at the rectory of St. Mary 23 years ago where Chris Bell met with angry community members filled with fear that this "Group Home" would bring trouble. With the calmness and serenity of St. Francis, Chris assuaged their fears and the anger melted away like butter in the palm of his hand. I have since visited this Staten Island many times helping with door locks and trim, washing machines and other needs as well as annual Masses and have always seen a clean, happy home, that would be the envie of any similar organization. Time and consistency must count for something. Saving the very lives of mothers and babies is the worthiest of causes and no one does it better than Mr. Christopher Bell. Go, Chris, Go! Christopher Pearson Staten Island RTLC

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Observing these young ladies with their babies at various functions over all these years was gratifying and made me proud to have been a small part in their lives.

Ways to make it better...

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

Seek discretionary funds from our Staten Island Borough President.

November 23, 2010

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November 23, 2010

I worked as a House Director in a Transitional Home for Women in Crisis pregnancies. When I learned about Good Counsel and how they operate their homes, their philosophy, and their Christocentric Attitudes I have been an avid supporter ever since. Good Counsel conducts itself as an upstanding community organization while remaining faithful to Christ's Gospel message. They welcome women from all backgrounds and circumstances with open and loving arms. I have also been continually impressed by Good Counsel's various programs to help their client's succeed and establish themselves - both as mothers and in a workplace. Their transitional program that helps women move on to being self sufficient is well planned and executed.

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I have seen the impact that Good Counsel has had on the community and on other Maternity Homes that hope to emulate its methodology.

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

GIve Mr. Bell a paid vacation - he works tirelessly and selflessly. I would also increase awareness - so that more women could be helped and more good samaritans could support them.

November 23, 2010

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November 23, 2010

There is a great need for what the Good Counsel Homes provide today. If we can provide a loving and non-judgemental place for women in crisis pregnancies to go, we are really caring for the woman AND the child, not just counseling them against abortion. I know many women who would NOT have had abortions if they had had one such home to go to during their time of despair. Thank you Fr. Groeshel and Good Counsel Homes for your mission.

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I have seen shows on EWTN about this charity.

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

Fund it to be widespread thoughout the US.

November 23, 2010

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November 23, 2010

This is a great grass roots organization that doesn't have many layers between your contibuted dollar and the mothers and children they help. I have visited the Bronx outreach home and seen first hand what is being done. Anyone considering giving in my opinion should do the same if they are close enough to one of the Homes. I have heard many of the mothers speak that have been helped and it is very moving. Good Counsel is a good investment of your donor dollar.

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The testimonies of the Mothers it has helped.

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I really would need to work in a day to day position with Good Counsel to answer this properly.

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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?

I was raised by a single mother, so I relate to the plight of these mothers.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

My family has supported this cause for about 15 years, on an ongoing basis.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Its very grass roots and the money doesn't just evaporate in expenses and salaries, it gets to people in need.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 23, 2010

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November 23, 2010

We throw a baby shower each year for the women staying at the various homes. They are invited for lunch and some bring their babies. It is so wonderful to hear their stories about how Good Counsel Homes made a difference in their lives. The women are so appreciative of everything we give them. I am so glad that there is a place for these women to go so they and their babies can be safe and warm. God Bless Good Counsel Homes!!

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

speaking with the women and how they feel about Good Counsel Homes.

Ways to make it better...

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

Open more homes so more women and babies could experience having a home.

November 23, 2010

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November 23, 2010

The entire staff, from the Director to the office receptionist, is very knowledgeable of the services of the organization and supportive of both the volunteer staff and the mothers and babies they care for.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in meeting with the mothers and babies they care for.

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I would not make any changes to this organization.

November 23, 2010

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November 23, 2010

As a former consultant and current donor, I know the staff at Good Counsel. They are genuine and all focused on the needs of the mothers and babies in their care. Truly, the main goal of Good Counsel has not changed since they opened their doors---to make expectant and new mothers feel safe with their families as they build their own self-esteem and skills so that they can go out on their own.

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meeting several Moms that told me their stories. They explained how Good Counsel changed their whole outlook about their pregnancy and being a mother.

Ways to make it better...

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

help them find even more beds for the women in need. Good Counsel often operates at more than 100% capacity. They never want to turn away a mother in need.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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

Likely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

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

caring for mothers and babies

Why did you make your donation at this time?

In honor of the mothers in my life on Mother's Day

What would you tell others about this organization?

Funds are truly used for the people and the programs

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 23, 2010

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November 23, 2010

I have made Good Counsel my charity of choice, as the people there truly fulfill the beatitudes in the love they give moms and babies in need. I volunteer and tithe to this organization as they not only save lives, they show women the dignity that God has bestowed on them. The love and works performed by all the staff makes a difference in the lives they serve, as well as generations to come, as it gives skills and confidance to the clients served, so they can go out and be happier, healthier and produce a stable environment for themselves and their children. I've seen moms who have completed the programs at Good Counsel, and are in the Exodus program, speak of the help they receive on everyday things like learning how to cook or budget their money; as well as the love they felt for the first time in their lives. They finally feel part of a family.

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When I take a mom to one of the homes, I see the fear on her face gradually disappear as she feels welcomed into her new home. I've also had the joy of seeing other women who are now living in one of the homes, welcome a new mom and share their experiences to make her feel at ease.

Ways to make it better...

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

Add more homes throughout the whole country.

November 22, 2010

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November 22, 2010

I have been donating to Good Counsel for years and have only found the charity to be an inspiration to one and all. Innovative yet true to its ancient roots in the Catholic Church. Chris Bell and Father Benedict Groeschel (the founders) are each in their own ways profoundly faithful people to the love of God and the love of the poor. Stories abound of formerly homeless mothers arising from poverty to self-sufficient and productive lives. A donation to Good Counsel is leveraged many times over in this life and infinitely more in the world to come.

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

Hearing the mothers speak of their individual experiences of transformation with the help they receive from Good Counsel.

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase staff salaries. They each, to a person, especially Chris Bell, (Father Benedict is a volunteer), work for a fraction of what they would earn in secular charities doing the same work. Their work is so much from the heart.

November 2, 2010

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November 2, 2010

It's one thing to be a homeless person, it's another thing to be homeless and pregnant, and to decide to do the right thing and keep your baby. Unfortunately, that is a choice that is not only very hard to make, it is very hard to do. Good Counsel is a homeless shelter for pregnant women. What I love about the program is it gives the women a new chance at living a normal life and becoming great mothers who not only care for their babies, but contribute to society. The fact that they are a shelter for a woman who is down and out is one thing, but what they do is teach the woman how to be a good mother to their baby. Then they educate them to prepare them to support themselves and their baby in the workforce. Then they help them get an apartment and begin to live life on their own. What a turn around from a life on the streets! This organization astonishes me because it takes a totally helpless woman and turns them into a productive member of society and instills religion in their life as well, which is crucial for maintaining the struggle with everyday problems.

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I see and get to know the women and their babies. It is amazing to see them come to the shelter homeless and pregnant, and then watch the transformation in them as they have their babies and become educated on how to be good mothers and good employees. After months of training, they are totally different from when they first step through the door.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them millions of dollars to help fund their current operations and to expand the number of houses in the tri-state area. This organization transforms lives. And it is greatly needed for giving homeless pregnant women a second chance at life. A rebirth.

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