The Gatehouse Program

a program for permanent change.

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
If you are only looking for temporary or long-term housing, click here for a list of North Texas agencies that provide housing. The resource list also includes other community assistance organizations. 


There’s nothing quite like The Gatehouse. While we provide housing to those who are enrolled in The Gatehouse Program, housing is not our purpose.

Our mission is to help women overcoming crisis like abuse or underemployment who want to achieve permanent self-sustainability without the need for government assistance. Self-sustainability starts with building a stable income through a full-time career, tackling debt and building emergency savings.

We know it’s not easy to do this on your own so that’s where The Gatehouse comes in.

We give a hand up to women and children overcoming a crisis so they can achieve the dignity of earned success through a career-based income, financial stability and the skills to manage their emotional, spiritual and physical health.

During enrollment in The Gatehouse Program women:

  • Work full-time in career building jobs that will build the foundation for long-term income stability
  • Implement career-focused strategies to earn a family-sustainable wage
  • Learn lifelong budgeting and financial decision-making skills
  • Begin paying off debt and develop strategies to live without short-term debt
  • Start a savings account and set lifelong savings goals
  • Take steps to resolve legal issues when needed, such as child custody
  • Work on emotional well-being and self-awareness through required counseling and group meetings
  • Learn skills to manage physical and spiritual health
  • Develop planning and problem-solving skills
  • Establish lifelong friendships in The Gatehouse community while building a new life in the local community

For women with children, while the mom is completing the Program their children will participate in the Youth Development Program, which includes fun and meaningful extracurricular activities to build a foundation for their educational, social and emotional success.

The Program empowers women to take responsibility for their life and choices while building resiliency and capacity to thrive on their own.

With the help of Advisors and a nurturing climate, women are encouraged to take charge of their success through individualized member-guided goals and accountability.

Enrollment in the Program requires Members to live on campus, so they are surrounded by a team of experts who love and lead them through their journey to permanent change.

Is this the right place for you?


We’ve found that those who are most successful in The Gatehouse Program are committed to healing, embarking on a full-time career path, and fully engaging in this rewarding but challenging Program.

Requirements while in the Program:

  • Work full-time
  • Attend weekly advising and counseling sessions and other required appointments
  • Participate in all Program requirements including empowerment/life skills classes and other groups
  • If you have children living with you, ensure they are fully engaged in the Youth Development Program, including attending weekly counseling sessions 
  • Follow Community Safety Rules

How to be considered for The Gatehouse Program


Step 1:

To be considered for admissions, you must meet ALL of these basic qualifications:

  • A woman at least 21 years old, single or in the process of becoming single
  • A U.S. citizen, fluent in English
  • Have the minimum of a GED or high school diploma
  • Ready, willing and able to work full-time with uninterrupted ability to work
  • All dependent children are between 12 months old and a senior in high school
  • Eligible to live in Tarrant County, Texas
  • Have a valid Texas driver’s license
  • No active addictions with sustained sobriety for at least the last 3 years

Step 2:

If you meet ALL of the basic qualifications outlined above and believe you are a great candidate for the Program, click on the button below to complete the referral form to begin the application process.

Please note that the admissions process is thorough (can take 4 to 8 weeks) and not everyone who applies is admitted.

A few last things to know:

  • A Referral Form or application does not guarantee an interview or admissions.
  • Applicants will receive a response within 2 to 3 weeks of submitting a referral form.
  • The entire application process can take up to 8 weeks, depending on how completely and quickly the applicant returns required information. (The application process for The Gatehouse Program includes a Referral Form, application, background check, drug test, and an interview.)
  • If a Referral Form or application is denied, we do not discuss reasons for the denial with the applicant or their representative.
  • Click here for a list of frequently asked questions.
If you are in immediate danger, call 911. If you are only looking for temporary or long-term housing, click here for a list of North Texas agencies that provide housing or other types of assistance. 
The gatehouse program advisor talk


The Gatehouse gives a hand up to women and their children overcoming crisis by empowering them to become permanently self-sustainable.

“I came that you may have life and have it abundantly.”
John 10:10


“The Gatehouse equipped me with the tools I was missing in order to complete my goals and successfully manage my finances. My time at The Gatehouse was a learning experience that I will take with me for the rest of my life.

It was spiritually enriching, mentally strengthening, and offered more support than I expected. The staff were caring and always had time to lend a listening ear when I needed sound advice.

Thank you to my Gatehouse family and a special thank you to my Advisor who was my saving grace.”

Gatehouse Graduate