At Good Counsel we often say we are much more than a shelter, we are a home. But, what does that mean exactly? The City of New York Department of Homeless Services (“DHS”) has a wide network of homeless shelters and limitless resources to help the homeless.
“As an agency comprised of 2,000 employees, with an annual operating budget of approximately $1 billion, DHS is one of the largest organizations of its kind committed to preventing and addressing homelessness in New York City. As it engages in this mission, DHS employs a variety of innovative strategies to help families and individuals successfully exit shelter and return to self-sufficiency as quickly as possible.”
But, even with countless resources and a taxpayer supplied billion dollar budget, DHS still turns people away after finding them “ineligible” for help. We pray that the homeless, pregnant mothers who are denied by DHS find their way to our door – which is always open and we never, ever turn anyone away.
Our intake staff is the best resource for understanding why a homeless, pregnant mother is denied assistance by DHS as they hear from the women themselves when they come to us. Let’s compare…
|Criteria||DHS||Good Counsel Homes|
|Non U.S. Resident||Denied/Ineligible||Come on in, and we will help you obtain the documentation that you need to secure employment and residency.|
|“Proof of Need” (including two continuous years of homelessness)||Denied/Ineligible||Welcome to Good Counsel, let us help you. We don’t turn you away because a month ago you spent the night on a relative’s couch.|
|Able to stay at a previous residence||Denied/Ineligible||Very often, women are living in unstable, violent, or abusive situations that they are afraid to go back to. Yes, they might be able to stay there – but it may cost them their life and the life of their baby.|
|Adequate space at a previous residence||Denied/Ineligible||We don’t provide our moms with “adequate space,” we give them a room, with a bed and crib for their baby, supplies, clothing, and anything else that they need.|
|Beds available at DHS or contracted shelters||Denied/Ineligible||We will make room wherever we can, the chapel, an office, a meeting space – all can be quickly converted into a room for a mother in need.|
Do you feel moved to assist the moms and babies of Good Counsel? There are many ways to help! Visit our website to find more information on how to donate, volunteer, spread the word, and pray for the moms, babies, and staff of Good Counsel Homes.