Gracewood's ministry is modeled after the Family Care Program started at its sister agency, Texas Baptist Children’s Home, in 1979. The goal of the program has always been to rescue single mothers and children from poverty and the risk of homelessness by providing "home, hope and healing" through residential care and access to career opportunities and education.
Gracewood opened to client families in March 2001. After acquiring additional property, a second campus was opened in 2009. The first cottage opened on the new campus that year, followed by a second home in 2010 and a third in 2012. In 2011, the original office building was converted into a living unit for four additional families and the original cottage underwent a complete remodel.
At Gracewood, single mothers can live on a short-term basis with their children in a group residence where full-time, in-residence Family Life Coordinators support a plan of service tailored to fit their individual needs. The program also provides nonresidential services by connecting families with community resources. Program benefits include: a safe haven in a time of crisis; the family can remain intact during crisis resolution; basic needs of shelter, food, and clothing; personalized case management; life skills modeled by staff in residence; individual, group, and family counseling; connection with community resources; education and training assistance; referral to employment resources; housing assistance; money management program; transportation assistance; recreational opportunities; an aftercare program. Patty's Place boutique opened in 2013 and provides clothing and other resources for mother's and children in residence and Aftercare families.
Gracewood rescues and restores single mothers and their children by providing home, hope, and healing.
Empowering families through Christian ministry designed to provide housing, mentoring, teaching, financial planning, counseling, and access to community resources.