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Journey of Grace, guided to new horizons
Our fundraiser and friend raiser luncheon, held on September 17th at Patio Español, was a wonderful success in raising both! The theme, “Journey of Grace—guided to new horizons” was chosen to celebrate the Good Shepherd Sisters’ journey through 85 years of service to San Francisco, as well as the partnership and companionship of their Women’s Guild, which was established shortly after the Sisters’ arrival. The theme also honored the personal journey of each woman who has come through our doors to find her own new horizons of a healthy and productive future.
A silent auction of 110 items—as well as our raffle—drew great interest from our guests.
Our “Amazing Grace” awardees were truly amazing! Dr. Mary Ann Jones, CEO of Westside Services, has truly had her own amazing journey of grace which gives her a unique understanding of those she serves as well as the commitment to making their lives better. We have been especially grateful for her assistance to our residents. Sandra Munoz, our program manager, also has a special insight into the challenges facing each of our residents and has a strong, supportive relationship with each one. Two of our graduates exemplified the results of the care and support they received from Gracenter. The entire room, decorated to depict personal journeys in life, was a fitting background for the stories told from the podium.
The Sisters too, received a certificate of recognition for their 85 years of service to the city and Sr. Madeleine, in turn, presented a certificate to our Women’s Guild for their 85 years as well. Each awardee received additional awards from the offices of Senator Scott Weiner and Assemblyman David Chiu.
We are incredibly grateful to so many for the wonderfully generous support of the strong and determined women we serve. You are an important part of their success and you remain in our grateful prayers. Our generous corporate sponsors are listed under “Giving”.
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Gracenter is a recovery residence that offers a supportive and gently challenging program for women who wish to strengthen their early sobriety. Typically, participants have completed a primary recovery program and are seeking to re-establish employment, healthy relationships, and deepen their spirituality through participation in 12 Step programs. We are committed to be a healing presence in the lives of women.
Located in San Francisco, and proudly serving the entire San Francisco Bay Area, Gracenter provides a stable and supportive living environment with a healthy balance of structure and independence where women can develop sober living skills as well as offering a network of professional, lay, and peer guidance support. A full-time case manager links them with the educational, employment, health care, child care and other social services they need and helps them navigate these systems to maintain their sobriety.
During their stay, the women of Gracenter learn to develop positive coping skills, as well as build healthy relationships and forge new ones that support their sobriety.