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How We Help.


The Gatehouse at Grapevine provides long-term solutions to deep-rooted problems so that permanent, positive change becomes possible. We’ve seen that it takes women in crisis generally three to six months to feel safe and confident enough to make life-changing decisions. In short-term programs, women may make decisions for change, but here at The Gatehouse, we give them enough time to learn how to live it out.

After experiencing domestic violence, women flee to shelters an average of 7-8 times before leaving for good. In addition, they seek refuge at a friend’s or family members house an average of 8-10 times between the shelter stays. When women are ready to end this cycle, The Gatehouse offers safe refuge, practical resources and healing relationships. This is true for women facing other problems as well, such as underemployment, a devastating divorce, incarceration or poverty. New paths of opportunity are created for women in crisis to seek freedom from the past and hope for the future.

Suggested reading list:

  • “Breaking Night,” Liz Murray
  • “A Framework for Understanding Poverty,” Ruby K. Payne
  • “Nickel & Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America,” Barbara Ehrenreich
  • “The Working Poor,” David K. Shipler
  • “The Emotionally Abused Women: Overcoming Destructive Patterns & Reclaiming Yourself,” Beverly Engel
  • “Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry & Controlling Men,” Lundy Bancroft
  • “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” Lunday Bancroft
  • “Fear of the Abyss,” Aleta Edwards
  • “Visible Darkness,” William Styron
  • “When Quietness Came: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey with Schizophrenia,” Erin L. Hawkes
  • “Diagnosis Schizophrenia: A Comprehensive Resource,” Rachel Miller & Susan E. Mason
  • “An Unquiet Mind: Memoir of Mood & Madness,” Kay Redfield Jamison
  • “I Hate You—Don’t Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality” (Jerold J. Kreisman & Hal Straus
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