Good Counsel, Inc.

Rating: 4.89 stars   45 reviews

Issues: Job Training, Homeless & Housing

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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Since Chris Bell was inspired by Father Benedict Groeschel to put his considerable talents and energies to this task, the program has continued to grow and thrive. It is one of the very few charities which consistently uses donor funds to the maximum advantage through the use of volunteer and community resources. When you feel the urge to give and share your bounty with others, I strongly recommend you put Good Counsel at the top of your list.

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

contact with young women Chris's services have helped.

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

ask more people to donate more to allow Good Counsel to offer more and improved services.

What is unique about this organization?

The dream upon which it was founded truly affects the quality of life of every person and every family the world over.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Have known Chris and Father for decades since before they began Good Counsel homes, and this is, bar none, the best of all the wonderfully good programs providing services to unwed mothers and struggling families. Donate if you possibly can!

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

seeing their success stories firsthand.

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

increase publicity!

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I have counseled young pregnant women and those who choose abortion because they thought they had no other option. Many were afraid they would be trown out of their homes or abused by the father and were told that abortion was their only optioned. This started a downward spiral in their lives. All they wanted was support and a different option which Good Counsel home could have provided for them if only it was open in South Jersey. Please Support this alternative for women facing an unplanned pregnancy. Mary Anne B. Serra RN, ADN, BA

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

I saw the need for this organization from the pain and suffering of those who were in need of these services.

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

I would open it ASAP.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

If the Good Counsel homes didn´t take the pregnant women who are homeless, both lives are endangered. The comprehensive care of Good Counsel Homes doesn´t just rescue, it provides a network of support and hope the the mother and child´s futures--both of them. What a blessing in our risk-filled world, and a wonder to behold in action. I invite all to visit a Good Counsel home in operation and witness the work. I may not give any names, but you will see the happiness and hope.

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

shared stories by the founder and witness of my sister to his dedication and perseverance in helping save women´s lives, as well as his wife´s.

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

spend more on advertising.

 
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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 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.

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

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

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.

 
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