The Gilchrist House Transitional Program
The Gilchrist House is owned and operated by Family Assistance Ministries and offers transitional shelter for single women and women with children under 12 years of age. Residents may stay at the shelter for up to a year as they progress through the program. Residents must be clean and sober and must be employable.
The Gilchrist House is a four-unit complex with 26-bed capacity. Residents are required to be clean and sober for 120 days prior to admission. Our program begins with a 30 day trial and can be extended up to 12 months. The program offers case management, life skills classes, budget counseling and referrals to job counseling and training, as well as debt counseling. The program is geared toward helping women without housing due to emergency situations such as loss of a job, spouse/partner, illness, death in family, past substance abuse, etc. become stabilized, return to work, and eventually enter permanent housing. Fees depend on ability to pay and length of stay.
The Gilchrist House was established in 2003. Originally, the property was rented by Family Assistance Ministries. However, with a generous $800,000 grant provided by the City of San Clemente, Family Assistance Ministries was able to purchase the facility in 2009. Over the next couple of years, an additional $200,000 was raised for renovations.
The project was approved in July 2010, and a contractor began the work in November, putting in new paint, tile floors, new cabinets in the bathrooms and kitchens and upgrading electrical wiring. Workers also completed parts of a roof that was unfinished since the structure was built. FAM program director Lucy Stafford-Lewis said volunteers from the Seapointe Women’s Association, Community Presbyterian Church of San Juan Capistrano and a Girl Scout troop from Mission Viejo helped paint. Renovations were completed in February 2011.
If you or someone you know is interested in the Gilchrist House Transitional Program, please contact us using our Contact Page.
Gilchrist House Photos