• Mission: House of Grace supports addicted, abused and homeless women as they rebuild their lives without separating them from their young children. The long-term life transformation program addresses chemical dependency, abusive relationships and other self-destructive behaviors.
Living in CityTeam-owned apartments, women are mentored and taught how to rejoin the mainstream, becoming productive citizens who support themselves as well as their families. The nonprofit organization also has a nursery onsite so that young children (newborn to 5 years old) have a safe and caring environment.
The women who come to House of Grace often have stories of homelessness, addiction, jail, lost jobs and broken families. Upon graduation, their stories are redeemed with reunited families, steady employment, interest in the pursuit of higher education and helping others as well as faith in God’s grace.
• 2019 update: In the past year, House of Grace has served 54 women and children, an increase in growth from 2018. According to program manager Melody Alvarado, retention has also improved.
House of Grace’s Learning and Career Center, also known as CityTeam @ Work, helps women take steps toward finding a career path that will provide financial stability. One woman joined a local carpenter’s union, Alvarado said. At the same time, she is working on reunification with her children; the past year has led to several visitations, overnight visits and children coming to stay permanently.
House of Grace also announced that CityTeam will care for the women in their program even after graduation: Those who move through the program can use the first Women’s Transitional Home to take positive steps in their new lives.
• Why the Holiday Fund is needed: Donations to the Holiday Fund enable House of Grace to continue assisting women and children through the yearlong program, unique for its ability to provide a safe space while moms work on kicking any addictions and gaining life skills that will make them successful when they re-enter the world following graduation or a stay in the Women’s Transitional Home.
House of Grace
Location: 2306 Zanker Road, San Jose
Founded: 1994, as a program of CityTeam
Annual budget: $198,000
Staff: 4 full-time employees; 6 interns