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Good Counsel, Inc.
November 25, 2011

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.

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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.

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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.

MY ROLE:
Donor & I am just a donor and I give when I can.

Good Counsel, Inc.
November 24, 2010

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.

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

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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.

MY ROLE:
Donor & I try to donate money when I can.