Ernestine Winfrey, Executive Director
an inspirational guiding force, Ernestine fosters a therapeutic and loving community at the Good News Home. Her broad scope of initiatives comes from her excellence in leadership, clinical experience, educational
background, and her unwavering faith and hope. The Home takes great pride in
its executive director as she relentlessly and tirelessly serves to help others on both a personal and professional level.
Ernestine brings recognition and merit to the quality of the treatment program offered at the Good News Home.
Ernestine has served on the New Jersey Governor's Task Force for establishing treatment standards for the alcohol
and drug treatment continuum of services.
She is also a standing member of the Governor's Professional Addiction Council.
The Council works directly with the assistant commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services' Division
of Drugs and Alcohol.
As a volunteer recovery mission team member of GOAL (Global Outreach for Addiction
Leadership and Learning), in April of 2005 and in July of 2006, Ernestine embarked on a two-week journey to Nairobi,
Kenya in Africa. Her team's vital training of clergy, health care providers and teachers in Kenya focused on the
prevention of substance abuse to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS.*
is an active and working partner of the government sponsored Workforce Investment Board (WIB) serving residents of New Jersey’s Hunterdon,
Somerset and Middlesex counties. Representatives of WIB determine whether the local workforce readiness system, which includes “One-Stop
Career Centers,” is meeting the needs of the labor market and customers. WIBs
engage in a process of program coordination; they set priorities, recommend resource utilization, and ensure that services,
such as job, training, education and housing opportunities, are accessible to all those in need.
is an accredited member in good standing with the National Association of Social Workers and the National Association of Christian
and teaches the Real Life Issue course series, which focuses on teens and adults in such concerns as building healthy
relationships, spiritual sexuality, forgiveness, depression and loving oneself as God loves you.
At Robert Wood
Johnson University Hospital, where she successfully completed the clinical pastoral education program, Ernestine served for
many years as a respected chaplain. She is also a licensed minister.
In response to our nation’s tragedy of September
11th Ernestine served as a certified victim chaplain through the
Chaplin Training Academy.
After she retired from AT&T in 1989, Ernestine sought
to complete her undergraduate degree program and went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree and a Fellows in Pastoral
Leadership from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers Graduate School of Social
At Rutgers University, Division of Addiction Studies, she has completed all course
work and clinical hours required for eligibility as a New Jersey licensed certified alcohol and drug counselor.
Before coming to the Good News Home Ernestine provided clinical counseling and care as a social worker at the East
Orange Veterans Hospital to patients plagued with addictive disorders and HIV/AIDS.
Through an extensive search by the former
director and founder of the Good News Home, the late Grace Tracy Ginsburg, Ernestine became executive director in 1997. Her dedication and stewardship continues to exemplify her belief in the Word of God
as she is highly respected by the board of
trustees, the staff and the residents of the Good News Home for Women.
Ernestine is a widow and mother of 10 children, three of
whom are adopted. She has been blessed with 33 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.