About Gracenter

Good Shepherd Gracenter, owned and operated by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, is a residential addiction recovery facility for women between the ages of 18 to 35 and is licensed by the State of California. It is a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The Sisters of the Good Shepherd operate over 700 homes in 71 countries and 70+ programs in 22 states.

Recognizing the Sisters of the Good Shepherd as experts in the treatment and rehabilitation of young women, the United Nations has given them NGO status and provided them with an advisory office within the United Nations headquarters.


We envision a day when women in recovery can live fully, strengthen their families and enrich their communities.


Good Shepherd Gracenter helps women without resources break free from drug and alcohol addiction and create a hopeful future for themselves and others.

We do this by offering:

  • Transitional housing for women that provides a safe, supportive community incorporating the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in order to promote peace and harmony in their lives.
  • Recovery mentoring and the promotion of whole-person wellness.
  • Paths to higher education, skill-building and sustainable employment.
  • Opportunities to practice the principles of Restorative Justice by taking responsibility for one’s actions and making amends that can lead to a transformation of people, relationships and community.

Good Shepherd Gracenter was started in 1987, and while nondenominational, the values of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd – Individual Worth, Reconciliation, Zeal, and Mercy – permeate the center’s program and environment.

Good Shepherd Gracenter is open to women who desire to maintain their sobriety from alcohol and drug addiction. Admission is based on one’s determination to succeed with maintaining sobriety rather than ability to pay because the participant fees are on a sliding scale, based on one’s income.

Good Shepherd Gracenter operates through the generosity of private donors and foundations who understand and share our mission. In addition, a Women’s Guild, devoted to Gracenter, raises money to support the center.