The mission of the Good News Home is to provide a Christian, long-term residential treatment program for women to overcome chemical dependencies of alcohol and other drugs by offering a holistic, non-denominational approach in healing the mind, body and spirit. Spiritual birth and growth are stressed, along with the Christian 12-Step process.
Underlying our mission is the basic philosophy that faith in God can do for us that we cannot do for ourselves.
The purpose of our program is to rehabilitate women who have life-destroying problems associated with substance abuse. The Good News Home endeavors to help its clients become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well and spiritually alive.
Located on 56-acres of farmland in Flemington, New Jersey, the Good News Home is a Christian, long-term residential treatment center where women seek refuge, healing and deliverance from their addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Founded in 1983 by the late G. Tracy Ginsburg, the Good News Home opened its doors as a residential facility in 1987. The Home offers its services to women, 18 years of age and older, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, or the ability to pay.
No one is immune to the disease of addiction and the heartache it brings not only to the afflicted, but to family and friends as well. As the nations number one health problem, addiction strains the health care system, the economy, harms family life and threatens public safety. Nationally more than 9-million children live with a parent dependent on alcohol and/or illicit drugs; hundreds of thousand of children are seriously maltreated every year by an alcoholic or drug-abusing caretaker.
Recovery is not a one time event; it is an ongoing process. The Home provides a comprehensive 9 to 18 month treatment program. Within this time frame the length of stay depends upon each woman's needs, personal growth and her response to treatment.
The treatment program includes addiction counseling, spiritual counseling, life skills and job training, vocational school, college and GED opportunities, clinical services, AA/NA meetings, legal assistance, community service with emphasis on drug prevention and awareness for youth, health awareness, exercise and nutritional guidance, creative arts therapy, parenting classes, and a family program which is open to the community.
Recovery is not merely abstinence; it involves a change in thinking. As recovery grows stronger for a woman in treatment at the Good News Home, she begins to think differently about herself and others through faith and spiritual growth. This change in thinking supports a positive attitude and a healthy self-image, honesty with self, and the desire to help others.
Our graduates gain the ability to identify and use available resources, and to choose appropriate people, places and things; all of which support relapse prevention. Of our residents who completed their individually planned program of treatment during the years 2001 to 2005, today 93% remain drug-free!
As the chains of addiction are broken, our graduates personify the very spirit, essence and importance of the Home's mission. Faith is renewed, lives are saved and women return to society hoping to make the world a better place to live.
Ernestine Winfrey, Executive Director
MSW, LCSW, ACSW, MDIV