Ashley and Joe Garecht
Ashley and Joe Garecht

Registration is open for a Sept. 26 fundraising banquet to support the Good Counsel Home-South Jersey which is located in Riverside. The banquet is planned for 6 to 9 p.m. in Lucien’s Manor, 81 W. White Horse Pike, Berlin.

A nationally recognized nonprofit, Good Counsel Homes assists with prenatal care and housing for pregnant mothers in crisis, as well as educational programs on budgeting, parenting, nutrition, health, spirituality and chastity, and post-abortive healing.  Pregnant and expectant mothers, including mothers with mental health or addiction challenges, are able to receive help in a Good Counsel Home.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at various giving levels before Sept. 13, and will include an ad in the banquet program. Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has committed Gold Sponsorship from the Diocese of Trenton for $1,000.

Keynote speakers for the evening are Joe and Ashley Garecht, whose motto is “standing up for life, one baby, one mother, one clinic at a time.” The Garecht family recently made local and national news after Ashley Garecht, her two daughters and friend were harassed by a state representative while praying outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Center City Philadelphia.

In response to this incident, Joe Garecht, a professional fundraising consultant, launched a crowdfunding campaign that raised more than $125,000 to support the Pro-Life Union of Philadelphia, the sponsors of the sidewalk prayer team at that Planned Parenthood location.

Joe and Ashley Garecht live in the Philadelphia suburbs with their four children. Ashley Garecht, a former White House aide and graduate of Duke University, homeschools their children. Joe Garecht, a former Capitol Hill staffer and Rutgers University graduate, is a nationally known nonprofit fundraising consultant and author.

Good Counsel Homes was founded in Hoboken in 1985 by Christopher Bell and the late Franciscan Father Benedict Groschel. Bell was inspired by his work with Covenant House in Times Square, a ministry for homeless youth. The first Good Counsel Home was started in a former convent in Hoboken; the organization now has a total of five homes, and a national 24/7 helpline to assist pregnant women.