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, 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. Depending on the program you enter, women are required to attend classes and work on case management goals.

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.

Here is just a partial list of our services


Covering the Basics

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 their next meal will come from, or where you will sleep tonight. All your physical needs are meet 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.


Bible Study

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 Management

Case Managers help coordinate individual and family care. This may include medical, legal, 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.


Recovery & Life Skills Training

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 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 provides stability for the children, and allows 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 and support for the new family.  Babies are well-loved here!


Children’s Program

The children at Shepherd’s Gate are provided trauma-informed care from ages new born 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. 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).


Education, Job Training, Job Placement

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, job skills training at our Thrift Store, 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.


Giving Back

Our hope is that women leave Shepherd’s Gate equipped to reach out to others in need through shared testimony, ministry, and volunteer opportunities in their local community.


Are you looking to participate in a program at Shepherd’s Gate? Our Intake Team can answer all your questions. Please see our Program Intake Page.

Shepherd’s Gate Locations

1660 Portola Avenue
Livermore, CA 94551
United States
(925) 443-4283

605 Sycamore Ave
Brentwood, CA 94513
United States
(925) 308-7507