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
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!
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Best non profit in Jax. They "walk the talk". They work 24 by 7., have the most patience, compassion and love for humanity.
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!
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.
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.
The ladies of Grace are compassionate, and amazingly unselfish as they give endless hours to help women in need!
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
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!
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! ���
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.
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.
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
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
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!
I can not say enough about this organization. I have been able to witness first hand the miracles that have happened in the lives of many women thanks to the tireless work of the co-founders. I have seen women who were living on the streets completely turn their lives around with Grace's help. Kathleen and Jan are outstanding examples of what it means to love unconditionally.. with no strings attached.
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
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.