Alumni Program

“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
– Psalm 16:8

Graduation

Is Just the Beginning

The day a woman graduates from our program is a big milestone. It shows that she’s completed the hard work of breaking the chains of addiction and stopping the cycles of abuse and homelessness for her and her family. They can continue to meet with their case manager or attend our Learning & Career Center.

But graduation isn’t where her journey ends. That’s why the Alumni Program was created to give graduates continued support as they navigate their new lives. They meet regularly to encourage each other as they build on the foundations from Shepherd’s Gate and thrive.

Because healing is holistic

The Shepherd's Gate Process

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. It is a 12-16 month program.

Additional programs include: Prenatal program, child reunifcation program and a senior program for women 55+.

All our programs are completely free.

1
Short-Term Program

The Short-Term Program addresses the immediate needs of the woman and introduces her to recovery and life at Shepherd’s Gate through Life Skills and recovery classes. ​(45-60 days)

2
Road to
Recovery

The 2nd Phase of the program is call, "The Road to Freedom" which is designed to help women break free of the destructive cycles from their past and find healing and restoration. (About five months)

3
Graduate Program

The Graduate Program is an additional 3 or more months, focused on equipping women for transitioning into independent living. (Three months)

4
Transitional Housing

Women who have obtained employment or attending college can be eligible for an additional 6-8 months in our transitional cottages on campus. They are attending alumni meetings, church and other support groups.

5
Alumni Community

It’s important that our Alumni continue their life long learning and recovery for themselves and their children. Our Alumni groups meet once a month on campus to support each other and be inspired by guest speakers. ​​

“I know I made the right decision to come to Shepherd’s Gate to change my life.” 
—Shepherd’s Gate Resident

It's Easier to Succeed

When You're Never Alone

Friends like you make it possible for women to change their lives and overcome abuse and addiction. And because of the Alumni Program, when they graduate, they won’t be by themselves.

Women have access to continued job-skills training at our learning and career center, addiction relapse prevention classes, Bible studies, support groups, prayer and encouragement. 

Each month, Shepherd’s Gate hosts alumni meetings where they come together in a safe, supportive environment–with childcare, so it’s as easy as possible to attend. Whether it’s sharing a meal together, reviewing their relapse prevention plan, studying the Bible or talking with a case manager, they use that time to help support each other. We provide food boxes, school supplies, and holiday gifts all year round. 

Support like this is vital in helping them avoid falling back into homelessness or addiction. 

Make a Difference

Turn a story of addiction & abuse into one of hope & freedom for a woman in recovery