• Mission: House of Grace empowers women, especially single women and/or women with children, dealing with chemical addiction.
The residency program gives women life skills, social skills and work experience to help them adjust to sober life in Santa Clara County. It also helps connect the women to employment and housing opportunities after completion of the program through internships.
• 2017 update: In 2017, House of Grace has served 53 women and children. Through its Life Transformation Program, women have the opportunity to overcome homelessness, poverty, abuse and addiction by focusing on their physical, emotional and spiritual needs, according to case manager Melody Alvarado.
“Cityteam’s (House of Grace) program helps women transform their lives while preparing a better future for their children,” she said.
After graduation, the women in the program will have secured housing and a high school diploma, if they don’t already have one. Many also will have secured jobs or go on to attend college. They will implement a sustainable budget and attend regular Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to live and maintain a sober lifestyle. According to Alvarado, 12 women have graduated from the program this year thus far.
• Why the Town Crier Holiday Fund is needed: House of Grace needs resources to help care for women and children in crisis. Housing for a mother and child for one year in its home costs approximately $12,000, Alvarado said.
House of Grace
Location: San Jose
Annual budget: $380,000
Staff: 3 full-time employees; postgraduate interns