Through the prayers and support from friends like you, Shepherd’s Gate helps women and children overcome abuse, addiction and homelessness.
Partners like you help provide Christ-centered programs that help women and children overcome the trauma of abuse, addiction and homelessness and change their lives.
Whether reading to children or building a picnic table, there are so many ways to volunteer at Shepherd’s Gate.
The work we do is only possible because of friends like you. Your support is changing lives in the Bay Area.
Women and children enter our program often with nothing but the clothes on their back. See how you can help.
Proceeds from the New Life Thrift Store, go directly towards our program! The store also provides clothing and household items for our current women and children plus our alumni.
When you become a GateKeeper, your monthly gift helps provide life-changing care for women and children year round.
We meet the essential needs of each women and children so that they can focus on their recovery without having to worry about where your next meal will come from, or where they will sleep tonight. All their physical needs will be met when they enter the program. Some women come with just the clothes on their backs.
This program is 100% free to those we serve. Individual donors, foundation, churches, and companies support this vital program so we can freely provide our services to those in critical need.
Our campuses in Livermore and Brentwood both reflect our belief that a welcoming, home-like environment helps women and children feel loved and secure as they heal.
Shepherd’s Gate is a Biblically-based program that incorporates Biblical principles into daily living. When women begin to understand God’s love and grace towards them, amazing things start to happen in their lives. Many women come to us with no faith or religious background at all but want to take those first steps towards discovering who God is in their lives.
We believe in the life-transforming power of the love of Jesus Christ. Bible studies, devotionals, prayer, and worship are the foundation of the program.
In the later state of the program, women will focus on the Learning & Career Center to help them build a future. Each woman has identified goals for their live – achieving a GED, going to college, obtaining job related certificates, computer skills, and employment researching.
In the Learning & Career center they will achieve certificates in computer skills, Microsoft Office, Google Suites and Office Communications. These certificates will prepare them to advance in their careers.
Volunteers from multiple backgrounds help teach courses what will assist our women in their careers. Some volunteers provide individual tutoring to help women that need additional help in reading and math skills.
The children at Shepherd’s Gate are provided trauma-informed care from ages newborn up to 18 years old. (up to 18 years old for girls and 12 years old for boys). Our children receive individualized case management services, referrals, and education. Our facility is equipped with a children’s play therapy room, computer stations, and age approiate outdoor & indoor play areas (different setup at each campus).
When children arrive at Shepherd’s Gate, our primary focus is to help them feel safe and address their basic needs. Many of our children have not had a bed to sleep in, clean clothes, showers, three meals a day, or medical, eye and dental appointments. With the help of donors and volunteers, we are able to meet these needs on a daily basis.
The onsite nursery provides a safe and structured environment for our little ones as they learn letters, numbers, Bible stories, identifying their feelings, and how to trust again. When a child feels safe and loved, they can thrive.
Our school-aged kids participate in the Afterschool Program where they receive tutoring, group processing, online education advancement, field trips, and Bible Studies. We also work with professional resources for pet therapy, music therapy, art therapy and play therapy to help children process their personal trauma experiences so they too can find healing. They learn basic life skills and computer education to equip them for a successful future. School-aged children attend the local schools in the area (kindergarten to high school). During COVID, our children have distance learning class time on-campus in the Afterschool Program.
We also partner with the Hazelden Betty Ford Center to provide family support for those affected by addiction. Their specialized children’s counselors provide education and ways to develop coping skills for our children. Recovery is stronger when all family members understand the nature of addiction and are involved in the healing process.
Our staff works closely with Child Protective Services and the family court systems to reunify children with their mothers. On average, 12 children a year are reunified with their mothers through the family court system. For more information regarding legal case management – please visit our legal assistance area of the website.
Our Recovery Programs support women as they learn how to face life’s challenges in a healthy way. With the help of sponsors, women work their way through a 12-Step program designed to help them break free of the destructive cycles from their past, and find healing and restoration. We focus on Bible-based recovery studies and meetings such as: Celebrate Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Relapse Prevention.
Some women are working within the legal court system to regain full or partial custody of their children. Through local legal partners, child protective services, and the court system, we provide an environment of support to reunify mothers with their children. We primarily work with the family court systems & Child Protective Services in Alameda County, San Francisco and Contra Costa County but we also work with any court system in California or out of state.
We also provide a safe living environment where children can come for supervised visits with their mothers on-campus – hours, days, weekends, or summer vacations while they work through legal custody arrangements.
Some women might need legal assistance for other reasons such as DUI, restraining orders, drug court, etc. We work with outside legal assistance to help our women resolve their individual cases.
View current needs for both our campuses through our Amazon Wish Lists below. Items purchased will ship directly to Shepherd’s Gate and will be allocated to the greatest area of need.
You can safely drop off food-related items and things from our urgent needs list at the table outside of our front door on each campus. There is a receipt book or QR Code app for receipts.
Please take all other gentle used clothing and household items to our Thrift Store located at 4014 East Avenue, Livermore, CA. Also on the 1st Saturday of every month, our Thrift Store truck comes to our Brentwood campus to accept donations. Please refer to the Thrift Store’s guidelines outlined on our Thrift Store webpage. The truck arrives at 9 AM and fills up quickly.
Thank you so much!
Will you help keep the gates open all year long? Become a Gatekeeper!
Gatekeepers are Shepherd’s Gate’s group of monthly partners devoted to making sure that when homeless women and children knock on our door, we are able to provide food, safe shelter and life-changing care so that they can escape their past and build a better future.
Because we receive no funding from the state or federal government, this group of partners is crucial in keeping the Gates of our ministry open all year long.
1. Homelessness Doesn’t Know Seasons, Ministry Does
The truth is, there are times when giving to Shepherd’s Gate drops so dramatically that we struggle to get every woman and child what they need. When you become a GateKeeper, your consistent monthly support will help meet the needs of women and children currently in our care all year long.
When you become a GateKeeper and sign up for automatic giving, you’ll know you are making a difference—every day, every month, all year long.
3. More Opportunities
Giving regularly provides more opportunities to reach people in places you may never go. Plus, as a key partner, you’ll get the inside scoop on things going on at Shepherd’s Gate.