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  

Great Nonprofits has asked for a follow-up review of GOOD COUNSEL, INC. I continue to receive mail from them and I donate when I can, although my limited funds prevent me from donating as much as I would like.
GOOD COUNSEL HOMES continues to provide HOPE, SECURITY, ENCOURAGEMENT, AFFIRMATION PEACE, food, clothing, shelter, community, education, job training, child care, and WELCOME to women in crisis pregnancies who otherwise might have nowhere else to go and who otherwise might be deceived into thinking that abortion is their only choice.
GOOD COUNSEL doesn't only talk the pro-life talk, but, more importantly, they walk the pro-life walk, because they walk women in crisis pregnancies (and any other children they may have) through their pregnancy and delivery and continue to welcome them and provide for them as long as they need to stay afterwards and help them get on their feet and prepare them to live and care for their child/children independently. They do this in a loving, faith-filled community.

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

I receive their letters about the women and children they have helped--usually each letter tells the story of one woman and her baby--a first name only, and sometimes the first name changed to ensure privacy. This organization first opened its doors on March 10, 1985, the evening on which I was baptized in the Holy Spirit in my Catholic Charismatic prayer group.

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

Arrange for cards with their name and toll free number to be distributed to all groups who pray in front of abortion clinics and/or do sidewalk counseling and to crisis pregnancy centers so that all women who are contemplating abortion will know that they have an alternative and a safe place to go and choose life for their unborn babies.

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GOOD COUNSEL opened the doors of its first home for women in crisis pregnancies on March 10, 1985, which is also the Sunday night on which I was prayed over for Baptism in the Holy Spirit, so I feel a special bond with this organization because of this connection as well as because of their great work. I am strongly pro-life, and I believe that if we are pro-life, not only do we need to lobby for pro-life legislation and candidates (and I support these efforts) but also put our money where our mouths are. It is easy to say "Don't abort"-- a lot harder to be in a crisis pregnancy. What I love about GOOD COUNSEL is that it helps women to choose life and provides them with all kinds of much needed support: a roof over their heads, food on the table, clothing, a sense of community/family, guidance, opportunities for education, child care, etc. Because of organizations like GOOD COUNSEL, women are empowered to make the right choice--the choice for life. I always say that the pro-abortion groups are not truly "pro-choice" but organizations like GOOD COUNSEL are the TRUE "pro-choice" organizations because without people like those in GOOD COUNSEL, many women in crisis pregnancies truly have a "choice" and can choose life for their unborn babies.

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

I read Christopher Bell's letters and the news articles and see the success of these mothers and babies, and they touch my heart.

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

Try to "spread the word" about this organization more. Most people know about the pro-life movement on the political front. Some know about crisis pregnancy centers--some so-called "pro-choice" people these falsely accuse crisis pregnancies of exaggerating the possible bad consequences of abortion. People need to know the extent to which you are actively helping women in crisis pregnancies in very real and practical ways, and I don't think enough people have heard of your organization.

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Good Counsel, Inc. is more than a pregnancy care center; it is a place for a woman in crisis to find a home. When a pregnant mom comes to Good Counsel, she receives more than shelter; she receives medical care, parenting classes and job training assessments. She becomes part of a "family" that longs to see her succeed. When her baby is born, the mom can stay for a year or more, working on the parenting skills, the life skills, and the job skills that she needs to be a contributing part of society. She is helped to find a place to live and a job. Programs continue after she leaves, giving her a lifeline to continue her progress and a safety net to steady her.

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I have read the stories of the women whose lives have been changed and babies have been saved because of the care they received at Good Counsel. In addition to the food, shelter and training, the Good Counsel Homes organization also offers programs that help women heal from sexual trauma and abortion. It is one of a kind in its scope of helping the whole woman.

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

find ways to fund the organization so more time could be spent on working with the moms and less on fundraising.

Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

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?

need to establish a home in this area of the state

Why did you make your donation at this time?

part of their dinner fundraising effort

What would you tell others about this organization?

Solid organization that helps the whole woman deal with pregnancy and a new baby.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

From the moment I first leared about Good Counsel, the organization communicated clearly by word and action who they are and what they do. Good Counsel demonstrates a singularity of purpose and a commitment to the most vulnerable of our society - pregnant, homeless women and their unborn. I was convinced from the very beginning that the endeavors of Good Counsel were badly needed. What impressed me about Good Counsel is that is not only provided for the physical needs of needy women and babies but has a structured program for education, parenting skills and counseling. Clearly, Good Counsel works tirelessly to make life better for homeless women. I have met the co-founder, Chris Bell, whom I came to know as a devoted man who is personally involed on all levels of helping those in need. Good Counsel is an organization to which I want to contribute my time, talent and treasure. Wish I lived closer to one of the Good Counsel Homes so I could be a volunteer.

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

a communication from Chris Bell almost 10 years ago. I was immediately impressed with the work of Good Counsel and the way in which homeless preganant women and mothers were being helped.

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

Build many more Good Counsel Homes - especially in southern New Jersey.

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Good Counsel homes is a family for these scared ,alone young women who make the decision to keep their babies amidst the abortion culture we live in. They give them shelter, schooling babysitting - they are amazing loving people.

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

Hearing and reading the stories and seeing pictures of the babies born and saved by Good Counsel

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

Find more money to let them open more homes

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This is a magical place, full of acceptance, love, compassion and most of all......Good Counsel is a place for women to go when no one else will help them. This is one of the most beautiful ministries in all of America.

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

Seeing hope restored and lives changed.......and lives saved!

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

Expand it to every major city in America!

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I like the fact that Good Counsel South Jersey Home helps single pregnant women and their babies with a place to live as well as providing them with necessary job skills and training after their baby is born.

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

The fact that through their continuous fund raising they will be able to soon open up their home for unwed mothers and babies.

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

Allow them to be able to help more mothers and babies.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have supported this oganization finacially because of the excellent work they have done with women needing shelter, education, life skills training and many other things. Lives are literally being saved because of Good Counsel Homes.

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

I have heard the testamonies of women who have benefitted from this organization and have had their lives changed for the better.

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

I would like to see this organization expand to other locations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Good Counsel Homes is one of the few charities my husband and I have continued to support since having to tighten our belts in this economy. We believe very much in what it has to offer to its clients -- women and their children (born and unborn) who may have nowhere else to turn. They are truly a blessing to the community and we pray that they continue to expand far and wide to help more women in need. God bless Good Counsel Homes!

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

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

fund it ten-fold so that more Good Counsel Homes could be built in the near future.

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This is a great organization, working to help pregnant Mom's, and their children both born and unborn. I know many of the peopl who have worked for years at Good Counsel and their dedication is amazing. Most of the women and their children stay for months at Good Counsel, learning the basics on running a household and raising their children. I couldn't more highly recommend Good counsel.

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

Met many of the women and their children. It's gratifying how much they appreciate the work of Good Counsel.

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

Somehow get them more money!

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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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