|Gracewood's Spring Branch campus.
|Gracewood's campus in Southwest Houston.
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.
Children At Heart Ministries purchased a three-acre parcel on Wanda Lane in Southwest Houston in 2000, including an existing 5,000 square foot residence and an additional 3,000 square foot residence. After remodeling, Gracewood opened to client families in March 2001. After acquiring additional property on in the Spring Branch area of West Houston, a second campus was opened in 2009. Through a partnership with HomeAid Houston, the charitable arm of the Greater Houston Builders Association, 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 on the Southwest location 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. The new Patty's Place boutique opened on the Spring Branch campus in 2013 provides clothing and other resources for mother's and children in residence and Aftercare families.
The Seed That Grew Into Gracewood
Gracewood rescues single moms and their children across the Greater Houston area 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.
Faith — Responding to God’s love offers eternal life and hope that transcends circumstances
Accountability — Stewardship of resources
Mercy — Empathizing and meeting the needs of those in distress
Integrity — Integration of faith and practice
Leadership — Christian mentoring to families
Involvement — Community collaboration to respond to client needs
Encouragement — Assisting families in identifying and meeting their individual goals
Support — Building on existing family strengths