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Good Shepherd Gracenter

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Causes: Health, Health Care, Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment

Mission: The mission of Good Shepherd Gracenter is to help women without resources break free from drug and alcohol addiction and create a hopeful future for themselves and others. We do this by offering: • Transitional housing for women that provides a safe, supportive community incorporating the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in order to promote peace and harmony in their lives • Recovery mentoring and the promotion of whole-person wellness • Paths to higher education, skill-building, and sustainable employment • Opportunities to practice the principles of Restorative Justice by taking responsibility for one’s actions and making amends that can lead to a transformation of people, relationships and community

Results: Measurement and Outcomes Gracenter’s impact is measured through the following six metrics, which are measured when clients enter and exit the program. The primary goal of Gracenter is to provide the women we serve with long-term recovery from addiction, therefore we survey as many of the graduates as we are able to reach at 6 months and 1, 2 and 3 years after they leave Gracenter. Here are some of our most recent cumulative measurements. 6 months after leaving Gracenter: 93% are in recovery 94% are in stable housing 97% have stable income 99% lead a crime-free lifestyle 92% have healthcare 35% have furthered their education 59% volunteer Sample size n=86 1 year after leaving Gracenter: 96% are in recovery 99% are in stable housing 97% have stable income 99% lead a crime-free lifestyle 97% have healthcare 35% have furthered their education 68% volunteer Sample size n=71 2 years after leaving Gracenter: 98% are in recovery 98% are in stable housing 100% have stable income 98% lead a crime-free lifestyle 98% have healthcare 31% have furthered their education 65% volunteer Sample size n=49 3 years after leaving Gracenter: 93% are in recovery 95% are in stable housing 95% have stable income 95% lead a crime-free lifestyle 95% have healthcare 35% have furthered their education 70% volunteer Sample size n=43 From a qualitative perspective, the following comments are samples from client satisfaction surveys: • “Gracenter saved my life.”’ • “I had the time and the money to get major dental work done, go to a primary doctor and obtain a complete good bill of health, started classes at City College of S.F...” • “Gracenter helped me in my search for employment and getting my ID, Social Security card…Thanks to my time here, I got my first real job and was able to see that it is possible for me to live a normal life.”

Target demographics: formerly homeless women and women without resources recover from drug and alcohol addiction

Direct beneficiaries per year: 33 women by providing the above mentioned services, as well as 40 program graduates through continued one-to-one recovery support as needed, and an additional 300 members of the community who contacted Gracenter in need of referral support.

Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area

Programs: Gracenter provides only one program, transitional housing and holistic recovery support services for up to two years. Our thorough recovery approach includes providing each woman with a peaceful, caring and supportive residence; three healthy meals per day; weekly one-to-one recovery case management and mentoring services; in-house financial literacy, nutrition and exercise classes; support finding employment and enrolling in higher education; assistance with enrolling in and utilizing healthcare and mental health services; and help locating and moving into stable, long-term housing.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Advisor

Rating: 5

For over two decades I have run a business that provides strategic planning services to nonprofits. Gracenter has been one of our clients for several years.

As such I have dug deep into the organization -- the financials, the board, the staff, the programs, etc. My continual conclusion is that Gracenter is an outstanding organization: mission-driven, well-run, meeting a critical need, and fiscally very responsible. They deserve my 5-star rating.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For several months I had the privilege of experiencing firsthand the expertise and dedication of the management team of Good Shepherd Gracenter of San Francisco and the courage of the women they serve. I applaud them for maintaining a wholistic program that addresses the health needs of the residents. Statistics support the conclusion that Gracenter benefits the wider San Francisco community.

Mercy de Leon

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love the Gracenter! It is a wonderful organization serving our local community in our backyard. The sisters passionately help women get back on their feet, and their results speak for themselves. We love working alongside the sisters and staff, especially sisters Marguerite and Anne, who dedicate their lives to helping the women at the center.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Gracenter is one of the City's hidden treasures. For over 85 years, the Sisters of the Good Shepherd have been helping women, without resources, rebuild their lives and begin journeys of peace, hard work and sobriety. I've been involved with Gracenter for over seven years and it has been one of the best decisions of my life. After adopting a little girl, whose parents were not able to raise her due to drug and alcohol addiction, I felt that I wanted to somehow help other women facing difficult situations. The Sisters welcomed me and showed me how, with love and gentle guidance, anyone can turn their life around. I'm always inspired by the women of Gracenter with their perseverance, support and honesty about the road to a better and healthier life. I encourage anyone, who wants to help women, who want to help themselves, to come take a tour of Gracenter and see the wonderful work that is being done, everyday, in the Portola District of San Francisco. Honestly, I don't know if there is a better program to support a change in lifestyle. If only we could make it tens times bigger, so we could help ten times more women and families....what do you say? Let's try!!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Good Shepherd Gracenter is such an amazing place. They really care and worry about the wellbeing of the women. This nonprofit truly devotes the mission and vision towards the women trying to recover from addiction. Gracenter has an amazing staff and CEO. The organization participates in the 12 step program and uses different resources to make sure that the women have a balanced life. I feel extremely privileged in being on the board for Gracenter.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked with Gracenter's Executive Director, Sister Marguerite Bartling, for several years and have gotten to know Gracenter well. It is a wonderful organization that cares deeply about each person that they serve. Sister Marguerite and the staff are willing to put in the time, energy and love needed to help women live healthy and meaningful lives. This, I believe, is why they have such a good success rate for helping women recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

1 Elizabeth Veras H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was 25 when I entered the Good Shepherd Gracenter. I had been struggling after a major family loss to get my life on track. Although I did have some issues with substances, my biggest challenges were being self sufficient and managing my severe anxiety and depression. I was a party girl and self medicated to feel good about myself.

The Gracenter completely changed my life. I had an amazing case manager/mentor Sandra who taught me how to manage my finances as well as thinking about what I want for a career and what I like to do for hobbies. It was the first time I was single and I had the foundation to ask myself what I want to do and what I like. I began therapy and talked with other women at Gracenter about my painful life experiences. Gracenter really did offer a gentle environment for me to be able to grow.

Gracenter is a clean and sober environment and you are expected to be completely free of substances while you are there... but if a lifelong rigorous AA program isn't what you are looking for, they encourage you to find a recovery route that works for you and explore other ways. The point of being substance free in the program is to be able to focus entirely on building your life back up and making decisions without an escape.

When you graduate they will continue to support you in your life choices as long as they are healthy for your ongoing recovery! There is no one size fits all at GC. You talk with the case worker about your specific needs.

Sister Marguerite is the director and she is a very welcoming and open minded woman. GC does not discriminate against anyone who identifies as a woman. All are welcome at GC if you are serious about getting your life on track and being clean.

I will be 31 in two months and I have a very beautiful life. I can manage my life which is something I never imagined I would be able to do. It took two years of sacrifice and a lot of support from the Gracenter team but I am finally the independent person I always dreamed of being.

1 Karen Contreras G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Good Shepherd Gracenter helped me change my life! I was in my addiction for over 40 years and needed help reinventing myself. Gracenter helps women like me gain self esteem, and offers support to rebuild lives. I have graduated from CCSF with a counseling certificate in Drug and Alcohol, and am now employed at a Methadone clinic in San Francisco where I can be a productive part of my community. None of this would have been possible without the support of the sisters and staff at Gracenter! I am grateful for this place of healing and recovery.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I moved in to the Good Shepherd Gracenter in December 2015. I stayed there a little over 14 months. With the help of my Case Manager/ Mentor I was able to create a Resume and put together an outfit ( for interview) that helped me to gain full time employment. I opened a bank account as well as payed off all of my debt. Living at the Gracenter helped me to begin the process of reuniting with my son by allowing me to see him on a regular basis. The living environment is extremely well kept and very peaceful. Having dinner together as a group nightly is something that I enjoyed very much. Even though I was only at the Gracenter for a short time it was long enough to leave a lasting impression. I continue to keep in contact with my Mentor. I feel very fortunate to have met her. I feel very blessed to have lived there.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

At Good Shepherd Gracenter I learned how to live all over again. I finally was able to sit with myself and realize that I am worthy. After 25 years of addiction It took Gracenter to show me how to nurture myself and that there is someone else out there thats needs to be lifted up. Its all about one hand helping another. Thank you Gracenter!! So GREATFUL!!

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Client Served

Rating: 3

I love Gracenter& all who are involved with this beautiful place .!!!!!!!!!
My name is Lisa Giannotti I was at Gracenter in 2011.......
I was taught many things here that have helped me become the person I am today.
I was given a second chance at life with no judgement or being stereotyped.
I was taught how to have relationships with not only family but other women that ide not had before. I learned how to be a true friend . I learned to not be afraid . I became a confident women worthy of being in this world.
I learned this with the love & guidance & patients of Gracenter.
I've learned how to forgive others as well as forgive myself.
I learned many life skills such as , how to use s computer, write a resume, how to talk to others, how to dress .
I obtained employment while at Gracenter got my own bank account!!! Something i didn't think I could do because of my past. I was wrong . It was then I was able to pay some debt off get my drivers license back & learn to budget.
You will have fun at Gracenter!!
It was there that I had my first Christmas in many years with healthy loving kind people.
If you want a second chance at life this is the place to be.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Gracenter& all who are involved with this beautiful place .!!!!!!!!!
I was taught many things here that have helped me become the person I am today.
I was given a second chance at life with no judgement or being stereotyped.
I was taught how to have relationships with not only family but other women that ide not had before. I learned how to be a true friend . I learned to not be afraid . I became a confident women worthy of being in this world.
I learned this with the love & guidance & patients of Gracenter.
I've learned how to forgive others as well as forgive myself.
I learned many life skills such as , how to use s computer, write a resume, how to talk to others, how to dress .
I obtained employment while at Gracenter got my own bank account!!! Something i didn't think I could do because of my past. I was wrong . It was then I was able to pay some debt off get my drivers license back & learn to budget.
You will have fun at Gracenter!!
It was there that I had my first Christmas in many years with healthy loving kind people.
If you want a second chance at life this is the place to be.

4

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.

4

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.

4

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.