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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

114 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

1 jen443564

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beautiful women reaching out to help other women see their potential and walk in GODS Light

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!