Good Counsel, Inc.

aka Good Counsel   |   Secaucus, NJ   |  goodcounselhomes.org

Mission

Good Counsel is a nationally recognized nonprofit leader and innovator in creating supportive residential care and community-based services for homeless, expectant, and new mothers and their children in the context of the Catholic social tradition. Pregnant and expectant mothers, with or without other born children, including mothers with mental health or addiction challenges, from any location, are able to receive help in a Good Counsel home.

Ruling year info

1946

Principal Officer

Ms. Sandra Jones

Main address

600 Meadowlands Parkway Suite 251

Secaucus, NJ 07094 USA

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EIN

22-2831271

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

Employment Training (J22)

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Human Services

: Good Counsel operates a 24/7 national crisis pregnancy helpline (1-800-723-8331), established in 1992, for expectant and new mothers seeking shelter, advice and/or to simply discuss concerns and fears. Hospitals, pregnancy care centers and other agencies urge their patients and clients to utilize this service. In the course of the initial interview the mother’s unique needs are identified and when necessary a referral for appropriate service is made. Some 3,000 calls a year are received. 

: Lumina is a program to support and help heal those suffering from post-abortion abortion issues, which includes its own Website (receiving more than 100,000 visits in 2009), conferences, workshops, and supporting electronic and print materials.

: Good Counsel senior staff design and implement required daily Life-Skills instruction for the mothers in each of the homes that includes lessons in nutrition, prenatal care, parenting, financial literacy, career planning, health and AIDS education, spirituality, chastity, social skills, and more. House staff is trained to teach and monitor Life-Skills courses from leading print and online resources. These programs are taught throughout each week and represent a vital component of the overall plan to prepare each family for independent living. The constant presence of the home staff offers residents many opportunities for informal lessons on the skills needed to parent and live independently. Moreover, shared household responsibilities such as cooking, cleaning and other chores give residents a chance to practice these skills.

 

: Each of the four multi-family residences provides its mothers and children with private rooms and typically shared bathrooms. Nursery, kitchen, dining room and recreation rooms are group rooms. Each home has its own Chapel. The cleanliness and maintenance of every resident’s room and of all common areas is the responsibility of each resident and is in the interests of the health and well being of all who live in the home. Laundry facilities are available for use on a scheduled basis. The goal of the residential living program is to develop each woman’s ability to get along with others in a group living situation and to develop the life skills necessary for independent living. The homes are staffed 24/7 by trained professionals who give the mothers the structure, responsibility and skills they need to raise their children with dignity and promise.

 

: On admission, each resident is registered at the appropriate hospital clinic. Regularly scheduled medical appointments for pregnant residents, and mothers and babies are conducted at the hospital. Residents agree to medical treatment at that hospital and they also are asked to sign a release of information form so that our staff has access to the resident’s current medical information. A physician oversees the medical care each resident receives in the adolescent, pediatric, and OB/GYN clinics, consulting with the directors of these clinics as appropriate. Each of our homes has a qualified health care coordinator whose responsibility it is to monitor each resident’s health care.

 

 : Homeless mothers and children have complex needs that involve multiple systems of care. These systems are often fragmented, uncoordinated, and difficult to negotiate. A case manager serves as advocate and service broker, providing the glue to hold the systems together. A case manager develops a treatment plan which is then monitored at weekly progress meetings where ongoing assessments of the resident’s progress toward achieving independent living skills are reviewed.

The treatment model is primarily relationship-based in which the emphasis is placed on building and facilitating mutually respectful, safe and trusting relationships. Most residents have experienced significant loss, difficult transitions, trauma or maltreatment causing them to form unhealthy, insecure attachments in addition to other significant issues. In order for a mother to form a strong and healthy attachment with her baby, she must experience a positive relationship with caring adults.

A therapeutic climate that models and fosters healthy and appropriate relationships sets the stage for mothers to safely work through the issues and challenges they face. Treatment strategies are individualized and strength-based with emphasis on building assets and resiliency. Through intensive individual and group work centered on healthy bonding and attachment in relationships, our mothers prepare to create a safe, healthy and long-term environment and plan for themselves and their babies. : Trained staff meet with every resident upon admission and assists her with enrollment in an educational program (in-house and/or community based) that meets her interests and abilities. More than half of the residents have yet to graduate from high school. All prenatal residents participate in regular academic subjects offered in-house. Help is provided for preparation for high school equivalency exams or pursuit of independent study with a selected curriculum.

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Good Counsel wants women who find themselves pregnant and homeless to have a home that is surrounded by support so they may become productive members of society through education or job skills.

The following strategies are used:

- The women are responsible for chores around the house.
- Child care is provided for those attending school or going to work.
- Women must attend life skill classes.
- Good Counsel staff guide each mother on good spending practices and identify needs versus wants purchasing. As a goal, each mother is encouraged to save one-third of any income she earns. This helps budget for eventual permanent housing.
- Trained staff and volunteers meet with every resident upon admission and assist each mother with enrollment in an assessment program that identifies her interests, abilities, and employment opportunities.
- Resume and job interview counseling, including proper dress code, provide our mothers with a greater opportunity for success.
- Nutrition classes: Eating healthy is not only important to the expectant mother, but after birth as well when her body goes through many changes. Understanding the changing diets of newborns, toddlers and pre-schoolers is addressed in our nutrition classes, and our mothers also learn to prepare healthy meals by taking turns cooking for each other during dinner. Shopping economically is emphasized, and our mothers are encouraged to experiment and try different dishes.
- Health and AIDS education.

- Trained staff members.
- Good Counsel has a national 24 / 7 helpline (800-723-8331) assisting pregnant women.
- Hundreds of volunteers who provide classes, immigration advise, etc.
- Exodus Program for mothers and children leaving the Good Counsel residences, and an outreach assisting those single-parent families who need assistance but not in a home.

- More than 1800 babies have been born to a mom living in a safe, loving home.
- 54% of the woman have accomplished educational advancement.
- 57% of the women living in one of the homes are employed.

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Good Counsel, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mark Swartzberg

Hope Carter

Marion Glennon

J. Anthony San Filippo, MD

Andrew Cash

Michael O'Rourke

James Fitzgerald

Kenneth Craig

Vincent Stemple, Jr., Esq.

Fr. Bernard Murphy, CFR

Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR

No Affiliation

Patrick Randazzo, Esq.

Nivene Young

Patricia Donahoe

Peter Shea

No Affiliation

Mark Swartzberg

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Sean Flanaghan

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Bill Klatt

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