Corporate finance professional and philanthropist Matt Eitner is the CEO of Laidlaw & Company (UK) Ltd. Outside of his career, Matt Eitner supports organizations such as Good Counsel Homes, a nonprofit that provides pregnant women and mothers with homes and residential care services.
Good Counsel Homes recently hosted its 2019 Ball for Life fundraiser, which featured a jewelry auction. The highlight of the event was a moving speech by Abigail, a young mother whose life was changed for the better by Good Counsel Homes.
A native of Haiti, Abigail was brought to the United States by her abusive husband. She was rescued by a shelter and introduced to Good Counsel Homes by the shelter’s staff after she gave birth.
The Good Counsel Homes staff gave Abigail a temporary home and accompanying residential services. Additional support was extended by accompanying Abigail to court hearings and helping her apply for a green card and work permits.
Good Counsel Homes also connected Abigail with a counselor and enabled her to attend an English-as-a-second-language course. She eventually received an English certificate and a work permit.
Later, Abigail obtained a factory job that enabled her to provide for herself and her daughter. She now has her own place and recently bought her first car.
Stories like this are made possible by the generous support of donors to Good Counsel Homes.