Frequently Asked Questions

What is Gracewood?
Gracewood, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization, is an independent, Christian-based ministry that assists single-parent mothers and their children through residential group care, mentoring, financial planning, teaching, counseling and referral to valuable community resources.

How does someone apply for admission?
Contact Gracewood at 713-988-9757 or email Tracy Chiari, LCSW. Please click here for an admission application form in a PDF format.

What are the criteria for admission?

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. Please click here for more detailed information about Admissions.

Where is Gracewood located?

Gracewood is located at 1617 Elmview in the Spring Branch area of Northwest Houston.  

What is the average length of stay for families in residence?
The average stay is one year. When the mother moves in, the mother signs a three-month Plan of Service developed with the help of Gracewood staff. At the end of that time, staff will evaluate the progress of the family and make a decision regarding extending the length of stay.

What is the average age of clients?
The average age of mothers in residence at Gracewood is 32 years old. The average age of children in residence is eight years old. Gracewood serves children from birth through age 17.

Does a mother need to have a child living with her to move in?
Yes, the mother must have custody of at least one child who is living with her.

How much does the program cost?
There is a required fee of $50 a month. This fee can be waived for the first month if necessary.

What are some of Gracewood’s ongoing needs?
Ongoing needs include paper goods, toiletries, food and clothing. These can be donated to the Gracewood commissary. Please see the Needs List for more information.

What is Gracewood’s vision for the future?

Future plans for Gracewood include opening additional campuses in the Houston area, expanding services for families not in residence on campus, and increasing the programs available to the families in residential care.

For more information, please contact Director of Programs Tracy Chiari, LCSW or call 713-988-9757.