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Good Counsel is a family for those in need, serving God who is the Father of the orphan, defender of the widow, and who gives the lonely a home to live in (Psalm 68). Our Lord's call to serve the disadvantaged compels us to advocate on behalf of single mothers and their children and to offer love, shelter, and the opportunity to grow in self-respect and independence. We invoke the patronage of Mary, the Lady of Good Counsel, to help us protect mothers in need and to love their children from the moment of conception.
Good Counsel is a non-profit organization which operates five homes in the state of New York, located on Staten Island, in the Bronx, Poughkeepsie, Spring Valley and Harrison. We will soon add another home in Hoboken, New Jersey within a former convent. Our newest home will house approximately 20 mothers and their children.
Good Counsel opened its first home in 1985 when Father Benedict Groeschel and Christopher Bell saw a great need to provide shelter for homeless mothers and their children. Today, 100 mothers and babies receive shelter, food, clothing, and spiritual guidance daily at Good Counsel. This organization stands apart from other, similar-minded agencies because pregnant women at Good Counsel are cared for not only until their babies are born, but for as long as necessary. These mothers are supported until they become both financially stable and emotionally equipped to provide for their families.We help single-parent families who come to our doors or who call us for clothes, food, diapers and other baby needs. Occasionally, Good Counsel social workers and case managers assist people through counseling or advocating on their behalf with other social services agencies for housing and other essential needs.