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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Religion

Mission: To be God's hands and feet as we show His love to hurting women on the streets of Jacksonville, FL

Results: We have had several success stories-check our web page to see what we do

Target demographics: Jacksonville, FL , women on the street who have no hope

Programs: teach Bible lessons, GED training, job skills, healthy cooking, resume writing, interview skills, etc.

Community Stories

116 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Grace ministries has helped me so much over the last month. Ms. Kathleen keeps encouraging me with her kind words and inspiration. She didnt give up on me and neither did my mentor Tina she set me up with who is helping me learn about god and the bible for the first time. When I wanted to give up Ms. Kathleen made me realize because of fear in my own head I thought I had to run, the devil didnt get me this time. I went to church for the first time in 25 years and the pastor asked if there was anyone new and ready to let go and let god. I raised my hand so high. Then a miracle happened because of god and these 2 wise women. I know how to pray, I didnt know before. I know that God is with me today and every day. I wanted what these ladies had, now I have it!

jen443564

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful way to give back two women that are going into a recovery program.
Grace ministry of helping hands strives forward with Jan Miller in our hearts lives and her spirit lives on

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful nonprofit organization that helps many girls throughout Jacksonville ...I am so grateful to be a part help with this service. The women truly grow in the sunlight of the spirit . By becoming sober women and productive in society .

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Kathleen R.5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of working with the ladies of Grace Ministry over the past eighteen months in my position as a case manager in one of Jacksonville's halfway houses. They are tirelessly dedicated to helping the homeless women of our community find housing and programs that can turn their lives around and put them on the road to recovery from drug abuse and alcoholism. They put a firm but loving net of caring over these women, making sure they find jobs and meetings, clothes and meals, sponsors and friends. As I said, it's been a privilege, and I myself have found lifelong friends in the community, women of strength and conviction that I know I can count on.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The team at Grace Ministry are passionate followers of Jesus and spreading the love of God through their ministry to help women and men off the streets. The lives they are changing is a testament to the work and service they continue to do in the community. It's been a blessing to provide their messaging and updates to their supporters and reaching new followers.

AHI2018

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5


Awakenings House has the pleasure to have an amazing partnership with Grace Ministry of Helping Hands ❣ The Grace, Unconditional Love, Compassion, Light and Hope that they spread throughout the community is a true form of being the hands and feet of Jesus! No one woman left in the darkness

Client Served

Rating: 5


Grace Ministry and all the people who help women get off the streets or get in to sober living environments are amazing. Such caring sincere women who want to help. They do so much for our community. They helped me start a better way of living and I truly can't thank them enough. Love you all

Theresa P.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are so many wonderful things that I can say about Grace Ministries but one of the reasons that I am sober today is because of the woman that have helped me in this program. I came from another state with no help or support and no where to go and in less than 24 hours they began to help me on my journey. I secured a safe place to live, a strong network of woman, spiritual guidance, hope and integrity back in my life. I now have the support of life-long relationships from these women who continue to keep intouch with me. God has his hand on this program and I am a better human being for being a part of it. They have also inspired me to become a servant as I continued to do service work in the community and help other young woman just like me. I can't thank them enough. I am truly grateful and love them all!

Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Kathleen and I am one of the co-founders of Grace Ministry. In memory of my ministry partner, Jan Miller who went home to be with the Lord on June 9, 2018 (Pentecost Sunday), I just want to say that God has been so gracious to she and I both during the last 12 years of serving side by side. The memories of what we have done through Christ Jesus is priceless and has truly left a Kingdom Imprint here on earth. May God continue to do what He has planned for Grace Ministry one day at a time.

1 diana1987

Client Served

Rating: 5

Grace ministries has help me on so many levels! I love you all. I’m clean now 2 1/2 years only because you loved me until I learned to love my self! Thank you so much for all your hard work and believing I am worth more

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They have helped me start a new life. SOBER AND DOING Positive things today !! Thanks I love you. You believed in me when I could not see
That there was a different path

Donor

Rating: 5

"Accept the desire of our hearts, O Lord, our God, to lavish care and concern on the weary and suffering members of your body this day. May we anoint them with a compassion that wells up from hearts made joyful by the release you have gained for us from debts and trespasses. We ask this through Christ our Lord."

Roy, this prayer today on the Notre Dame site reminds me so much of Jan and her dedication to her ministry. She picked up those who trespassed against the laws of God and showed love and compassion. She took them to stores and bought them clothing when they had nothing but the clothing on their backs. She fed them when they had nothing to eat. Jan lavished care and concern on the weary and suffering and exposed them to the comfort of Christ’s Words, while also giving them shelter and a new purpose to their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Grace Ministry for 7 years and have witnessed first hand countless lives that have been totally changed because of what they do. This is a ministry that the Founders have dedicated their lives to and do it solely out of love for God and others. They have never paid themselves a penny, but instead have given their time and self sacrificing efforts to help those that have no where else to turn.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Grace for over 6 years and have watched God perform miracles in the lives of countless women because of the work they do. The Founders, Kathleen and Jan are the real deal. They work tirelessly and without pay, to reach those that are hurting with no where else to go. Everything they do, day in and day out, makes a huge difference in the lives of not only the women they help, but the children and families that are also impacted. I have seen it first hand and it's amazing!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Grace Ministries is being modest proclaiming only “several” success stories. I can attest the ministry has 100s of SUCCESS stories: Ladies who have made the transition from the streets and addictions back into the mainstream.

I believe it is important to note that no one gets paid even a penny. They are all volunteers or more honestly called to this ministry so every dollar received by this ministry is used to further the mission. They work hard, very hard, to BE the hands and feet of our Lord.

You cannot go wrong giving of your dollars or even more importantly your time AND prayers

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Donor

Rating: 5

Grace Ministries has restored hope to many men and women who have found themselves lost to addictions and have therefore resorted to prostitution and crime to make it from one day to the next. The mentors of Grace have helped these ladies and gentlemen seek new beginnings, to find their way back into lives of self esteem by showing them LOVE and offering guidance in life skills they had forgotten or never had the opportunity to learn.

Grace works with people most of us do not want to be around. Somehow God has given the Grace ministers compassion and Love for these seemingly not so easy to love people.

Importantly, all the work is volunteer. No one is paid. No one does this for the money.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The Earth angels at Grace Ministries have truly help me transition into a healthy life. They truly care, with each person they help; it's a personalized plan put together with love. My son would not have his mother in his life today if helping hands wouldn't have lend me their helping hand. I have honestly been touch by angles. Earth angels at Grace Ministries of helping hands.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The folks with Grace are courageous, faithful, inspiring and radically committed to showing each woman how much God loves her and what value she brings to the world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a result of the work of Grace Ministry. I was homeless, addicted to heavy drugs and living day by day in one of the worst neighborhoods in Jacksonville, FL. My family and the world had written me off as a lost cause. I was hopeless and felt I no longer had anything to live for. I had nothing. That's when Kathleen McDaniel came to me and let me know that God had a different plan for my life. She met me on the block I was buying drugs from and prayed for me. I instantly broke down in tears stunned by the unconditional love shown to me. She convicted my spirit. She told me I had options. I was just a lost soul with a heart so broken that I often felt suicide through overdose was one of my only options left. Because of them intervening into my life about four years ago, I am able to tell a different ending than the despair I felt the day we met. They helped me get into a long-term treatment program where I learned coping skills I didn't have from growing up in dysfunction and was able to get healing from tragic events in my life. They then paid half of my rent at a half-way house so I was able to start paying off my tickets to obtain my license. They even got me a job at Rethreaded, where I regained lost job skills, and made lifetime friendships with women who were also survivors of the sex-trade. I will be 27 in two weeks. I own a nice car and I have a career as a Kitchen Designer. I am building my credit to be able to purchase a house next year. I am in a healthy relationship. But most of all I know God loves me, and has a plan for my life because that one hot summer day, they met me and loved me where I was at. Without them, I know for a fact I would not be alive. So if you are wondering about making a financial contribution to this ministry.. I assure you, every penny goes to tranforming women's lives!! I don't like to talk about my past much, but Grace Ministry will forever have a place in my heart and I forever will feel led to share my testimony to help other women stuck in bondage get helped through this miraculous ministry!!

Review from Guidestar

Alex M.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi! Grace Ministry of Helping Hands is a first-class grassroots organization that does invaluable work in the Jacksonville community and surrounding areas. Kathleen and Jan's purity of heart and desire to do good bleeds through the culture of the organization and affects every aspect of its operations and dedicated volunteers, top-down. The work these two women do to intimately touch and transform the lives of addicts and victims of the sex trade cannot be replaced. I admire them and only hope this organization grows in size and magnitude. Jacksonville needs Grace Ministry of Helping Hands!

LuceChange

Donor

Rating: 5

A unique mission to an underserved population. Kudos to Kathleen and Jan for seeing the need to be God's love in action to these women.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Giving the grace of God to girls and women who might never have experienced His Divine Love is a special mission. Each success story that comes from this mission empowers women.

Writer

Donor

Rating: 5

I support the mission of Grace Ministry if helping women escape human trafficking, get off the streets and actively recover from issues of drug and alcohol addiction. I have seen first hand and personally the results of their untiring grass roots work with these women and their willingness to go to any length to provide help - from picking women up off the street or exiting jail to let caring safe housing, free of drugs and alcohol, to providing clean clothes, Grace Ministry walks the walk and gets results. It is my honor to support them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Grace Ministry of Helping Hands provides a unique and invaluable service to the city of Jacksonville. Their outreach to victims of human trafficking includes helping the women get into 12 step recovery programs along with sober life bing environments. To my knowledge this wonderful Ministry is unique in helping these trafficking victims achieve freedom from the horrible bondage of drugs and alcohol, a key component to their successful return to society. It has been my honor to know the women who are part of this wonderful Ministry.

Laura C. S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The unconditional love , prayers & help that Jan, Kathleen & their volunteers offer to the sick & suffering is beyond amazing! They are truly Jesus's hands & feet!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have watched Kathleen & Jan help countless women through Grace Ministry. Our broken need more help than our city can provide. Grace provides the love, support , mentoring that so many require to beat the lure of the demons of alcohol, drugs & prostitution!we as Christians are called to help & serve the broken , Grace fills the much needed shoes our city needs! Please vote , donate & let's unite to help our city!

patlon

Donor

Rating: 5

Seeing is believing. I have personally witnessed the hard work of this non profit. Jan. Kathleen and their small but mighty force of volunteers have changed the lives of women who have been in bondage. The positive outcomes from the work of Grace Ministries is remarkable.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best non profit in Jax. They "walk the talk". They work 24 by 7., have the most patience, compassion and love for humanity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Stephanie Patton reviewed Grace Ministry of Helping Hands — 5 star
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There is a multitude of things that I love about this ministry. The willingness they have to answer the call of action to any young woman in need of help is astounding! But it doesn't just stop at the housing for them.. It bleeds into all areas of that woman's life. They counsel these women, support them every step of the way, job training and treatment, helping them to achieve permanent stability. It's amazing and just a great resource to have in your pocket!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2015 I came back to Jacksonville after spending 11 months in jail. Grace Ministries supported me not only financially until I could find employment; they bought my work pants and shoes for that first job, provided a spiritual mentor, prayed for me, and allowed me in return to be of service in the ministry. I will forever be grateful for their love and guidance.

Stevie S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I know first hand as a member of a letter writing ministry that Grace Ministries of Helping Hands is in the battlefield fighting addictions and turning lives around. Nurturing women with unconditional care and love is the heart of this ministry and I commend Jan and Kathleen whose hearts are Christ centered and who never give up hope on possibilities.

Donna S.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The ladies of Grace are compassionate, and amazingly unselfish as they give endless hours to help women in need!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Melissa Marie Dye reviewed Grace Ministry of Helping Hands — 5 star
July 13 at 5:22 PM ·
Grace Ministry saved my life I don't know what I would do without them. They gave me hope and finding a place that I can start a new life without having to go back to my old ways of life. Grace Ministries is full of God and love and I'm grateful for ever

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love you All. Thanks for believing in me, until I started believing IN MYSELF!!!! I LOVE YOU
Diana

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Jessica Baker and my experience with grace ministry is totally awesome . They have really played a big part in my life of recovery. These women are extremely a blessing from God.
If they had not come into my life when they did I don't know where I would have been.
Thanking Jesus each and every day for Grace Ministry!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jerica Motley reviewed Grace Ministry of Helping Hands — 5 star
July 13 at 6:23 PM ·
I am truly blessed to have worked and still work with these amazing ladies! They are so genuine, would give you the shirt off their back. They give people the chance they need when no one else would and guide them onto the better path they need. Im lucky I've got these ladies in my life I wouldn't be where I am today without them! ���

Kathleen85

Board Member

Rating: 5

As the co-founder of Grace Ministry, it never ceases to amaze me how God continues to use us as His vessels to help these beautiftul women that we have been given the honor and privilege to help. Not only does He give us the grace, supernatural energy and provision to do what He has called us to do, but I personally get to be showered with His love, mercy and peace. There is nothing, absolutely nothing that compares to Him who has ALL POWER!!! He is a Good, Good Father.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As co-founder of Grace Ministry of Helping Hands, the call from God to fulfill this mission has completely changed my life and has definately given me purpose. In short, I was in the vicious cycle of addiction and alcoholism and through God's amazing grace, He set me free and has now called me to be His hands, feet and voice to carry the message of freedom and hope to other women who are in the dark. Once we begin establishing a relationship with a woman through street ministry, jail/rehab visitation or letter writing, we then walk the entire process with her if she makes a decision to surrender. We become her new family in Christ through recovery, transformation and God's amazing grace and love.

Jennifer Bailey L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for Miss Kathleen and Grace Ministries I've been a prostitute and a drug addict since the age of 13 and if it wasn't for Miss Kathleen and Grace Ministries following me around and trying to reach out for me for the past two years I wouldn't be sitting here where I am today she suggested I go to recovery live in a halfway house and and do everything that was suggested to me I have my family back in my life if wonderful blessings in 47 days clean this is a wonderful wonderful program and I've never felt so much love I'm so grateful it's program saved my life

Linsey A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Grace ministry is exactly what it's called a ministry that extends the Grace of God to lost hurting women. I was one of those women and through them showing me this undeserving kindness, love and support I found self worth and most importantly a relationship with God.. My life is so much different today (for the better) and I thank God and Grace Ministry for that

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in jail so worried I would be back on the streets again homeless when I got put. They picked me up from jail let me go to church with them and then took me to a safe structured environment where they paid my rent for 3 months.. I'm just one of the very many lost girls they do this for !!! True women of God who devote there entire lives to helping others.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have not been a "beneficiary" of this amazing organization but I know the work they are doing. I've donated in the past and I know Kathleen. She has worked tirelessly and given her ALL to make the ministry what it has become. Regardless of whether I was a beneficiary of the services and/or charity, we should all be thankful this organization is here, in our community. Bless you all and a special

alice321

Donor

Rating: 5

Although I am the CEO of a much larger non-profit in another state, I love supporting Grace Ministries on a regular basis! This grassroots organization takes its ministry to the streets & to those who need them most! They are helping women (probably some men also) find help, find God, and get off the streets! An amazing organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi! God is awesome! Grace Ministries of Helping Hands has most definitely made a major impact on my life. The women of this organization go far and beyond to help women who were once lost in the grip of addiction. What I truly admire the most is how they connect the women they help with Spiritual Advisors. Thanks Grace Ministries for all the support you give me! This organization is a blessing to many.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Grace Ministries is the best organization that helped me turn my life around and made me the person I am today. Years ago when I was all messed up, Grace Ministries stepped in and showed me more love than I could have imagined. They told me how much God loved me and that they will be by my side every step of the way. Till this day, their word remains the same. I've started at the bottom with them and I'm rising up to the top. Everytime I felt like giving up, Grace showed their helping hand. It wasn't easy giving up a lifestyle that I thought I could get use too, but Grace words always remind me of who I am now, then what I was back then. I love each and everyone of Grace Ministries Helping Hands. May God bless them to keep this organization going. Their word alone can change many lives and I'm a living witness.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Grace Ministries has been there for me when I had no one, on more than one occasion. They continue to be a source of love, compassion, understanding, and support for me. I learned through the support I receive through Grace Ministries that there are people who care about others and want them to heal from their past and move forward and succeed in their future. They have truly blessed me. I am forever grateful for Grace Ministries and dont know where I would be without these ladies who mean so much to me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Grace ministry was sent truely from God into my life to rescue me. I was a prostitute and crack addict, homeless on Philips Highway. After they have met me, I am clean off drugs and a retail manager for Rethreaded. They even got me the connection to work at the nonprofit! They loved me through every relapse unconditionally and are still my best support. Kathleen and Jan are like Mamas to me. I love them and still to this day praise Jesus for sending them to me.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working with this ministry over the past couple of months and I have to say these people are the real deal. I've never met a more selfless group of people whose only purpose is to serve those who are trapped and hurting. It was truly amazing watching them work. They are incredibly compassionate and fearless.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This unique ministry has helped so many women in a variety of ways. Giving women back their dignity is providing them a better future. It also is a vehicle for women volunteering to help other women. Kathleen and Jan are dynamos.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This ministry is a selfless charity that truly preaches the Good News of Jesus Christ to the lost and forgotten.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This wonderful group reached out to my daughter when she was at her lowest point in a female prison. They wrote letters to her and helped her with a bus ticket upon her release and with housing/job assistance once she arrived into town. Today my daughter is a productive member of the community, working in a law office, playing sports such as softball and kickball in her spare time. Most importantly Grace Ministry helped my husband and I as much as our daughter by lifting her up and helping her to mature and become the beautiful person that we thought we had lost.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This Ministry truly cares about the whole individual and getting them to a point in life that assists them in learning what life is all. Aiding and guiding the individual in all facets of life and giving them a new beginning. Assisting them step by step, and helping them understand their worth in being the person they were born to be, all with a faith based ministry.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These folks are out there doing difficult direct work with our community's most forgotten members bringing hope!! The best part is- they really have a true love for others and for God.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing ministry, helping those who are often forgotten. To be able to help these women become productive members of society is a challenge and yet Grace Ministries continues their mission and perseverance to give these women another chance at life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to attend a few fundraisers and meet the Directors and see their genuine works in action. I've met and looked into the eyes of some of the women changed by Grace! Also I've had them step in w Priority a loved one who needed Grace when others could not reach her. Such a wonderful ministry, calling and follow through....diligence and hearts overflowing!!!! They are in it for the long haul!

1 Lisa499

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great group that works tirelessly to assist those with a variety of needs. Totally servant hearted and devoted to strengthening the communities around them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do the work that everyone talks about but never gets done. They do it with love, grace and warm hearts. I cannot say enough about their outreach to a community that needs them so very much. The resources that they share and the networks they have built are unparalleled throughout Jacksonville.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe deeply in the work Grace Ministry is doing in our city! I have seen the love, prayers & commitment Jan & Kathleen have for the women! Many of Kathleen's days are full until bedtime, since she works full time beside Grace Ministry! The human trafficking of the children & women of our city is astonishing! I challenge everyone to ride down Phillips Highway , the majority of folks you will see are possible clients....

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand what this wonderful does on a daily basis. Ministry in the streets, jail, churches and even in their workplace. To see and hear the testimony of the men and women set free is beyond words. Kathleen and Jan are wonderful women of God who love unconditionally. Bless this Ministry!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping Hand is a great minister of hope to people in need.. Giving an opportunity on a brand new start ♡ to the ones that needed the most.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

♡Truly amazing organization, helping people in need. ♡

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A beautiful example of changing women's lives by offering them hope and a new life. Truly making a difference in our community. A story of Love, Sacrifice, Deliverance and God's grace!

1 Billie H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Grace Ministry of Helping Hands is truly a God send! Feel confident that your dollars are directly impacting the women they serve!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

These folks go into the dark places that not many are willing to go! I suppose them whole heatedly and support their efforts.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit!!! Their service to the community saves lives and brings people out from the darkness into recovery!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful ladies helping others through the love and strength of Christ

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kathleen McDaniel is a beautiful person and woman. This charity has changed so many people's lives.

Katy D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A ministry dedicated to helping women overcome adversity and find lasting success and peace with God as their foundation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Grace Ministries does wonderful work and has helped so many women recover from drugs and alcohol and gain a new life.

Jessica248

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have struggled with addiction for years...when I was ready to change Grace was there for me. Someone wrote me the whole time I was incarcerated and when I got our they helped me get clothes and other things I needed to start working. Now I still have my job, I'm clean and sober and I know that if I need anything their hand will be there.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

They do wonderful work loving the unlovable in Jacksonville. Kathleens love for God shows through in her love for others.

Kathy225

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kathleen McDaniel is a longtime friend and she serves this ministry with God's love. She is a beacon of hope for many in need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing and heart felt ministry that provides opportunities for women to heal and release the grasp that drugs, alcohol and sex trade has on their life. Kathleen McDaniel is a true inspiration and pure Amazing Grace to so many ladies. She is truly making a difference in our community.

Writer

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have helped me find myself again and become a productive citizen

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Grace Ministry will make a difference in a woman's life and may save her from a lifetime of sorrow and despair. Please join in supporting this group!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have great love and respect for this ministry and the life-saving work they do. My organization has proudly partnered with GMoHH on several occasions and we look forward to opportunities to do so again in the future. What a passion and love for those who others would likely look past or not view as worthy of genuine love. Thank you Grace Ministry for your awesome labor of love!! - George Davis, Sr. Pastor of Impact Church

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Donor

Rating: 5

I met jan and Kathleen hearing testimony upon testimony from different ladies who thru their personal intervention are no longer in prostitution off the streets some have even been sent to them from the local police department they even have a lady who now has finished her degree . This is one ministry that continues to produce great results in human trafficking .