The Program

As a Licensed Recovery Residence for women, Good Shepherd Gracenter offers a path to successful recovery and community reintegration by addressing some of the major barriers faced by many substance abusers, such as the lack of a safe home, spirituality, education, social skills or a supportive social network. Without these, it is even more difficult for them to find a job and maintain housing and sobriety.

We at Good Shepherd Gracenter understand that recovery is a process that is unique to each woman. We provide an innovative program of a positive peer community with clean and sober housing, promotion of health and wellness practices, individual recovery mentoring, monthly life-skills classes and referrals to a variety of services. The large, home-like residence is located in San Francisco near public transportation.

Generally, participants stay about six-months to work on their personal recovery goals and may be granted an extension(s) depending on circumstances. Occasionally, participants may stay up to twenty-four months, to continue their progress. During their stay, participants work, go to school, or do volunteer work in the wider community. They pay an Admission Fee when entering the program and a Monthly Fee on a sliding scale on an ongoing basis.

To be considered for participation in the program, women must:

  • Have completed a recovery program and been clean and sober for at least 30 days.
  • Be willing to join a community of women in residence to support each other in maintaining sobriety and other common goals.
  • Be committed to making a lifestyle change to develop skills that promote sobriety, overall health and wellness, employment or other income generating activities.
  • Be willing to commit to a formal agreement, program policies, and house expectations that clearly state responsibilities and goals.