ABOUT SHEPHERD’S GATE RECOVERY AND COUNSELING SERVICES
Established in 1984, Shepherd’s Gate is a Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women (and their children) overcome issues of addiction, homelessness and poverty, and abuse. Offering long-term residential treatment, the organization helps women establish themselves anew in its comprehensive curriculum of education, counseling, case management, Bible study, job training, parenting classes, and childcare.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
As noted above, the long-term recovery program at Shepherd’s Gate is designed to help women improve in each aspect of their lives. Throughout their stay, they’ll attend private and group counseling and life skills classes to help them manage their emotions more effectively and become better mothers, chefs, budgeters, and more. Bible study is on schedule seven days a week.
Women also receive support in catching up in their formal education and in acquiring lacking job skills. Many have opportunity to earn their GED, attend local colleges, and prepare for upcoming interviews. Practical, real-world skills is the underlying goal here.
Case managers help new mothers attain all their needs, including care classes, diapers, blankets, formulas, lactation support, childcare, and more.
The organization is led by program directors and operations and administrative professionals.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Home to the organization’s corporate office, the Livermore campus can house as many as 70 women and children at a time across two residence halls and five two-bedroom cottages. Women and children live together while in treatment.
Three warm meals are provided daily as are regular opportunities for cooking classes and exercise.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
In the sole Best-rehabs.com survey to date, an anonymous alum gave the women’s facility a perfect five stars for more than dozen treatment metrics evaluated, including those measuring the accommodations and meals, family programming, the staff’s level of training and experience, and the counseling options available. She claimed the facility wasn’t equipped to address dual diagnoses, but told Best-rehabs.com: “It [opened] my eyes to [what] I was missing out on.”
In addition, six Google reviewers awarded the women’s facility a near-perfect average rating of 4.7 out of five stars, three of whom thanked the facility for helping them start their lives anew. “Life changing…” wrote Sarah. “I am a new women, mother, friend. I have hopes and dreams today. I believe in myself.”
There is currently no information provided by the organization regarding its costs, though the anonymous Best-rehabs.com reviewer found treatment both affordable and cost-worthy.