Shepherd’s Gate Locations
1660 Portola Avenue
Livermore, CA 94551
605 Sycamore Ave
Brentwood, CA 94513
At Shepherd’s Gate, we know it takes more than a few nights of food and shelter to truly change a life. In order to help women and children escape cycles of addiction, homelessness, and abuse, and to find lasting change, we must care for the whole person. The residential program offers a comprehensive approach to addressing the physical, spiritual, emotional, educational, and social needs of the woman so that she can learn the skills needed to live independently in the community.
The Shepherd’s Gate program is for women (single or with children) who are seeking a Christ-centered program to heal from the hurts of the past and gain the services they need on the road towards recovery. Women are required to attend classes and work on case management goals. Women travel to Shepherd’s Gate from everywhere – the local community, the San Francisco Bay Area, the state of California, and across the United States.
This is a free program for women and children. We are financially supported by individual donors, companies, churches, and private foundations. We utilize no government funds.
The participating woman must complete the intake process. It should not be other concerned parties. We are not an emergency shelter. If you are inquiring about an emergency shelter call 211 on your mobile phone or call toll-free (800) 543-7709.
We meet the essential needs of the resident 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 you will sleep tonight. All your physical needs will be met when you enter the program. Some women come with just the clothes on their backs.
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 toward them, amazing things start to happen 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.
Case Managers help coordinate individual and family care. This may include medical, legal, future housing, or financial referral services.
Many of our women and children have endured unspeakable trauma in their life. To aid their healing, Case Managers will refer women and children to receive professional counseling in a group or individual setting.
Our classes support women as they learn how to face life’s challenges in a healthy way. Women who participate in our long-term program work their way through a 12-step course designed to help them break free of the destructive cycles from their past, and find healing and restoration.
We also offer classes on basic life skills such as anger management, fitness, conflict resolution, personal boundaries, finances, nutrition, cooking, computer skills, household management — and the list goes on!
We are unique because we allow women to bring their children with them to Shepherd’s Gate. We have a full program for the children on-site to provide a safe and loving environment while moms are able to focus on their own healing, learning, and recovery.
We teach parenting classes for moms to learn how to build a Christ-centered family environment. Keeping moms and their kids together provide stability for the children and allow mothers to learn how to balance their individual recovery with managing their household.
Our home-like environment helps newborn babies and moms get off to a healthy, loving start. Our Case Managers help coordinate prenatal care for our expecting mothers. When the baby arrives, we provide newborn care assistance, diapers, clothing, blankets, cribs, strollers, and support for the new family. Babies are well-loved here!
The children at Shepherd’s Gate are provided trauma-informed care from ages newborn up to 18 years old. Our children receive individualized case management services, referrals, and education. Our facility is equipped with a children’s play therapy room, computer stations, and outdoor play structures.
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.
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 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.
Our goal is for women to have the skills and support they need in order to be self-sufficient when they leave Shepherd’s Gate.
We provide the opportunity for women to receive education and job training to enhance their skill set. Whether it’s earning a GED, attending community or technical college, resume writing workshops, or preparing for their first real job interview — women gain access to a wide variety of practical tools and support from caring staff and supportive community in our Learning and Career Center.
Our hope is that women leave Shepherd’s Gate equipped to reach out to others in need through shared testimony, ministry, and volunteering in their local community. Each woman will make a plan to volunteer in the community before graduation. Because this is a free program, we want women to develop a heart of gratitude to give back.