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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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!
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.
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.
Good Counsel is a save and loving home for homeless unwed moms and their children. I have personally been to the Bronx home and the staff truly care about the women and children. It is a charity I am proud to support.
When I was in a crisis pregnancy as a Senior in High School I felt I had no where to go, no one to help. I was so scared and went to the school psychologist who told the father and I abortion was the right option. I never want anyone to suffer what I have suffered. Everyday for 37 years I ache. I cannot go back in time and save my baby, but I can help a great organization that does what I needed so long ago.
This is a great charity, they help women who are pregnant or have a child that have no where to go, They also give emotional support and well has housing goof, and loving environment!
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
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.