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Gracewood’s residential program provides moms with children the help needed to eventually live on their own. The program offers counseling, job training, positive parenting techniques and other life-skills training needed for successful independent living.

Prospective Gracewood clients include highly motivated single mothers who have at least one child living with them and who are experiencing a temporary crisis. The mothers need to be working, actively looking for employment or enrolled in school. While it is not required for mothers to have English as their primary language, they do need to have a good understanding of the English language in order to interact with the staff and other families.

Families are referred to Gracewood in a variety of ways, including homeless shelters, churches, social service agencies, and family and friends. Following are the steps for Admission to Gracewood's residential family care program.

Initial Contact
The single mother contacts Gracewood by telephone, email or fax and requests an application. Gracewood staff send an application for her to complete. Once the application is returned, the admissions team meets to evaluate the prospective client's application. If it is determined at this point that the family is not a good fit for the Gracewood residential family care program, they will be contacted and given an appropriate referral.

Click here for the Gracewood Application for Admission.

Client Interview with Admissions Team

If the individual meets the primary criteria for admission to the program, an interview is scheduled with the admissions team to discuss the program and to find out more information about the family's circumstances.

Assessment by Admissions Team

Following the interview, the admissions team meets again to evaluate whether the prospective client would be a good fit with the program. If it is determined at this point that the family is not a good fit for the Gracewood residential family care program, they will be contacted and given an appropriate referral.

Placement
If it is determined that the family would be a good fit for the program, the client is contacted and arrangements are made for the family to move into the group residence.

For more information, please contact us at (713) 988-9757 or email Diane Shillings.