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Our History.

In 2008, Lisa Rose and a group of women started First Friday, a free once-a-month experience to give women a practical hand up to navigate life’s challenges. Moving from inside church walls to taking the message into the community, they hosted local and national experts at Harkins Theatre in Southlake, Texas, where more than 400 women each month would receive “real talk about real life.”

The First Friday experience transformed into the nonprofit projectHandUp (PHU), through which the founding leaders could create a way to offer women a hand up that would lead to permanent, positive change: a place where women could be healed and receive practical resources as they were empowered to end cycles of abuse and poverty.

In 2011, a program design for an integrated services community for women in crisis was presented to Lisa and Matt Rose, and the second initiative of projectHandUp, The Gatehouse, was created.

In August 2012, projectHandUp purchased 61 acres outside DFW Airport with unanimous Grapevine City Council approval, and the stepping stones were laid for The Gatehouse, a long-term supportive living community where women and children leaving a crisis receive safe refuge, ample time, practical resources and healthy relationships to discover new paths for permanent, positive change. The Gatehouse welcomed their first families in April 2015.


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