My Nonprofit Reviews
Elizabeth Veras H.
Review for Good Shepherd Gracenter, San Francisco, CA, USA
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.