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Good Shepherd Grace Center is a sober living residence that offers support to women in recovery aged 18 to 35. Owned and operated by the Sisters of Good Shepherd, a variety of substance abuse programs are offered through the US. Located in San Francisco, Grace Center is a state-licensed drug and alcohol treatment facility that serves clients living in the entire Bay Area.

Accommodations and Amenities

The 13-bed residence is on a quarter-acre lot set on a secluded street, but near to public transportation. The nearest neighbor is the Sisters of Good Shepherd convent, which shields the home-like facility from street-view. Clients sleep in shared rooms, and while there is ample room for clothing and a few personal belongings, there is limited space for unnecessary items. As is to be expected in a residential home, living areas are shared, and the yard and common areas provide places for private reflection.

A live-in house manager prepares dinner on weekdays, while clients cook together on weekends. Breakfasts and lunches are to be prepared independently, as many work or school schedules need to be accommodated. All food is provided, and clients may request special items.

Rules and Regulations

As openings are infrequent at Grace Center, clients must be interviewed to assess how well they fit in with the group. Upon admission, clients must have at least 30 days clean and sober, with a commitment to lifestyle change and development of skills that promote sobriety and employment. Clients are asked to commit to a six-month stay, but are able to stay for up to two years. Participants have typically already completed a residential treatment program, and are seeking transitional support as they re-enter independent living.

Clients are required to be actively seeking or participating in part-time or full-time volunteer work, study or employment. Regular work hours are encouraged, as much of the support Grace Center offers occurs on evenings and weekends. The center is community-based and peer-driven, with support groups and activities organized frequently. A 12-step approach is implemented through in-house meetings and active work with a sponsor.

The goal after their stay at Grace Center is to move into long-term, independent housing and full-time work. They must also be willing to sign a formal agreement acknowledging the house rules, and adhere to these with the consequence of eviction if they are broken.


Grace Center provides a structured and loving environment with supervision and a variety of educational, healthcare and professional resources. Each client has a case manager with which they can discuss issues and needs.

In Summary

Grace Center provides a supportive and community-centered transitional home for clients not yet ready to return to independent living. What makes Grace Center valuable and unusual is the focus on peer-driven activities and responsibilities. Clients are requested to work within regular business hours, so as to be able to take full advantage of the group activities. A $200 admission fee is charged from all, but the monthly fee is on a sliding scale, varying from $300 to $1,000 monthly, based on income. Grace Center is an excellent support for women in San Francisco.

Grace Center Location

Grace Center
1310 Bacon St
San Francisco CA 94134

Grace Center Cost

Sliding scale (30 days). Reach Grace Center by phone at (415) 337-1938 or by email at [email protected]. Find Grace Center on Facebook

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