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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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been blessed to know the founders Fr. Benedict & Chris Bell for over 20 years. I have worked with Fr. B and met Mr. Bell several times. Meet them for yourself and you will see that Good Counsel is a true charity. If you want to make sure that your money helps a mom & child in need, give to Good Counsel. As God is my witness, this organization will use your funds to love your neighbor.

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I know the founders and have seen their work for decades.

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Have them grow nationally. The need is way beyond their neighborhood and their expertise is rare.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My comely bride once opened the first pregnancy counseling center in Manhattan, almost a quarter century ago. She had a lot of volunteer help, including even me on occasion, and the stories I learned from her then were often often fairly terrifying, but more often deeply moving.

Most all of these latter didn’t include many fireworks, but were steady and simple things; the small ways that people would go out of their way to help somebody else, like the woman who went after midnight to what was then a pretty scary Harlem, to bring a mother there some diapers for her newborn.

I don’t recall exactly when Good Counsel came into the picture, though I do remember that it did so soon, and, soon enough, regularly. I still know Good Counsel’s work only in the most general way, which is that it provides a haven to live for women with children, and pregnant women, when they have no place to go.

But I have tried to imagine what it would be like to be pregnant with no place to go, and no one willing to help except the abortion provider, which then wouldn’t mean much of a choice. Since Good Counsel has been around for a long time now, it has been able to provide such a choice for surely hundreds and maybe even thousands of women and their children; but though that reads as a fine statistic, I keep coming back to that one woman, feeling helpless and alone, maybe wanting to love her child, but – well, having no choice. And then, because of Good Counsel, discovering as though it were a miracle that she has a choice after all, and hope too.

Due to the warm and focused environment at the Good Counsel homes, it’s probably not a surprise that the miracle these women experience there has also helped most of them to get their lives back on track. Helped many even to become happy I expect, maybe not least because of the children they now love, that almost didn’t make it.

All this stands on its own it seems fair to propose. But also fair to suggest it worthy of recognition in the non-profit world, and the world at large.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am amazed to witness the impact that Good Counsel Homes, Inc. is making in our area. They are making such a positive change in the lives of pregnant women who have no place to go and have no support. Not only does Good Counsel help them with shelter, but with educating them about their choices. I am a proud supporter of Good Counsel Homes and I believe in their cause.

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Donors and supporters of Good Counsel receive frequent updates about women and their babies that have been helped.

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

Help even more women if they could. There isn't another organization out there doing what Good Counsel is doing, so funding is very much needed to expand their program.

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?

Brenda Quinn making announcements at our church

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  

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.

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Spirituality.

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Give them money so that they could grow.

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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.

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

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tell more people about their good works !!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known Chris Bell since before he began Good Counsel 25 years ago, and he is one of the most committed, sincere, and trustworthy persons I know. In helping Good Council with their video communication needs, I have come to appreciate even more the essential service Good Counsel does for young mothers and babies, and the quality, professionalism and dedication of the staff. They truly provide a healthy and home-like setting for those they serve.

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

spending a day at two of the Good Counsel Homes and interviewing mothers served by them.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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Rating: 3 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I called good counsel because I needed to do a college paper on a place that deals with crisis. I really didn't know exactly what they dealt with, but they came up in my google search. When I got there, I was a little nervous because I didn't know how I would be receieved. I have heard some horror stories. Well I must say they were great. The staff were very polite and they made me feel very comfortable. I talked to them about good counsel for almost 2 hours. I was also able to speak to one of the women that live there and to my surprise we had a very similar situation and felt a lot of the same pain and confusion. Good counsel is a very needed service. If you read their site, don't think it is theory or what they would like to accomplish. Good counsel is making a very big difference in the lives of a forgotten group of women. I loved the atmosphere, it was very homely. The resources they provide not only helps the women, but teaches the women how to help themselves. Being that the program is not restricted to a particular time frame, the women can stay there and continue to better themselves until they can successfully go out on their own. I think this place is amazing. I will be volunteering my time at this agency in the near future and hopefully for years to come.

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Although I have never needed the services of good counsel, I have researched the benefits of these practices. I strongly believe providing these services to a person that wants to better themself, could only bring a successful outcome.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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