Good Shepherd Gracenter

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Human Services

Location: 1310 Bacon St San Francisco CA 94134 USA

Mission: Motivated by a belief in the dignity and worth of each person as a child of God, Good Shepherd Gracenter is committed to helping women who seek recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Through a program based on 12 Step Spirituality and a holistic approach, we help each woman transform and grow toward independence by nurturing an appreciation of her true self and strengthening bonds with her God and community.
Target demographics: low income women recovery from drug and alcohol addiction
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area and Central Valley

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I came to Gracenter, I was having great difficulty staying sober. My life had become incredibly small. I remember the day I interviewed for admittance. The "Gracettes" stood outside the door of the room I was in an cheered me on, asking if I was going to become one of them. Although the prospect of leaving the outside world and going into a 6 month program was scary, the bright faces peeing through the small glass window wanting me to join, made me feel great hope. Hope was not something I had experienced in a while and it was something that I was to learn a great deal about during my time at Gracenter.

Gracenter taught me about myself and my role and responsibilty in my community. I learned how to work through problems and challenges. I also learned how to be still, to not have to react and how to be patient and wait for more information so I could make informed decisions. I learned how to build relationships with women and how to be a better friend, employee and relative. I learned about my feelings, the ones that kept me in my addiction and the ones that would drive me back to it if I did not make changes. All of these tools, the safe environment and the caring support of the Sisters, staff and fellow Gracettes gave me an opportunity that, had I not been fortunate enough to find, I might not still be alive and sober today.

I remember thinking initially that 6 months seemed like a lifetime to commit to a women's program. But what those 6 month gave me was and is just that - a lifetime.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would keep the program as it was when I went there in 1997/98. Changes I might make to the organization? Ongoing Alumni participation as part of exit plan.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1998

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity Spending 6 months at Good Shepherd Gracenter was one of the best things I've ever done in my life. The classes I participated in and the therapy I received made it possible for me to make the positive changes I needed to make in order to live a healthy and productive life. With almost 2 years clean & sober now, I still use the things I learned at the Gracenter in my day to day life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my life everyday.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

My experience at the Gracenter was life changing. Their focus was on treating the whole person, integrating the spirit, mind and physical body. In addition to classes, I received individual and group therapy by a an experienced professional psychologist. As a group, the clients learned how to coexist in a small household and work together to achieve peace and harmony. We attended 12 step meetings regularly and participated in yoga and meditation. The Gracenter saved my life and I would do anything to help support them as an organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My daily life. I have a variety of resources at my disposal to use when I experience stress or cravings.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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