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The Gatehouse is an empowerment program for women — whether single or with children — who have experienced a crisis, such as abuse, underemployment or tragic divorce.


“I was a stay at home mom with a son and left an abusive marriage. The Gatehouse program was difficult and there were a lot of rules and appointments to go to but they really kept me accountable to help me reach my goals. I was so ready to leave and get on my own, yet so grateful for the time I had to heal and get on my feet in my career. If you can’t follow rules, The Gatehouse is not for you but if you’re ready to do everything you can to get your life in order this a great place to be.”
– A Gatehouse program graduate

The Gatehouse Program invests in women who are motivated to become completely self-supportive without the need of governmental assistance or returning to toxic relationships.

Our Program is designed for women who are ready to work full-time and commit to a  challenging program that will help them make permanent changes in their life to become empowered and self-supportive. Due to the rigorousness of our program, on-campus housing is provided to accepted applicants while they complete the program.

The Gatehouse is not an emergency shelter or a transitional living/housing program. If you are in immediate danger, call 911. If you need a list of emergency shelters to contact, click here.

The application process includes the referral, application, drug test, background check and an interview. You may refer yourself or another woman to The Gatehouse for consideration.

Minimum eligibility requirements to apply:

  • Must be a woman at least 21 years old, single or in the process of becoming single
  • With or without children (children may be up to 17 years of age)
  • Committed to engaging fully in the Program
  • Can provide proof of custody for children or of engagement in custody process
  • Willing and able to work full-time
  • No active addictions (sober for at least 3 years)
  • No Child Protective Services (CPS) involvement as perpetrator
  • No convictions for violent crimes
  • No level of chronic mental illness that impedes full engagement in the Program
  • Not receiving or eligible for disability benefits
  • Must be a U.S. citizen

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to our program. Due to the limited space available, admission is a selective process. Applicants will receive a response within 2 to 3 weeks.


Please note that Gatehouse staff members do not discuss decisions for denial with the applicant or a representative of the applicant.

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