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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment

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

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.