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Big DoG Countdown: Acres of Hope

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Dozens of local organizations will be participating on May 6th in Placer County's Big Day of Giving. Each day we will be featuring one of the many participating organizations. Follow our daily series highlighting these great local organizations.

Acres of Hope

Mission Statement
The vision of Acres of Hope is to provide a safe family environment and a healthy living program for women with children that sets the foundation of change and breaks the cycle of homelessness.

Our mission is to improve the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual quality of life for homeless women and their children.  We accomplish this by identifying and replacing faulty belief systems that drive destructive behaviors with biblically based truths and the implementation of healthy life skills.
Acres of Hope values the following:

  • The unique purpose that God has planned for every person.
  • Healthy relationships with God, self and others.
  • Relationships that provide mutual support and accountability without judgment.
  • A safe environment that promotes personal authenticity.
  • Continued growth in all stages of life.

Background Statement
Acres of Hope is a long-term, faith-based residential renewal center for homeless women with children. It was formed in 2005 in response to statistics within Placer County regarding the growing number of homeless women with children. With start-up funding from generous donors, Acres leased and renovated an old motel in Applegate, CA and welcomed our first families in May, 2006. In May, 2012 we purchased 3.7 acres in Auburn, CA and relocated, replacing the old motel with new family cottages.

Our program is structured as:

Level 1: Orientation Introduces the women to our program and gives them an opportunity to understand program expectations. Individual Family Plans (IFPs) are prepared, which guide their learning goals.

Level 2: Curriculum Teaches the women new life skills such as how to respond vs. react, regulating thoughts and emotions, and conflict resolution. The women attend weekly AA meetings, gain a sponsor, and begin case management to work toward achieving their IFP goals.

Level 3: Preparation The women prepare to sustain their lives by going back to school and/or gaining employment. A relapse prevention program is included. The women begin developing healthy outside relationships so they have a network of support when they leave Acres.

Level 4: Continuation In the last months of living at Acres the women spend more time in the community at work and at school to practice their life skills with the safety net of returning home to Acres each day. After graduation, women can receive six months of after-care case management.

Acres has served more than 79 women and over 216 children. One of our goals is to reunify mothers and children that have been separated due to factors such as substance abuse. We have an 85% success rate in facilitating the return of children from foster care to their mothers at Acres.

Primary Organization Category
Human Services / Homeless Services/Centers

Geographic Area Served
Sacramento County
Placer County
Yolo County
El Dorado County
Sutter County
San Joaquin

We serve people from all California counties and all states in the United States.

Complete Profile and Financial Information may be viewed online at Giving Edge

Join us on May 6th and take part in the 24 hour giving challenge to support the many nonprofits in our region.

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