Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Dear Friend,
A recent graduate shares,
"The Gatehouse has been my place of safety in the worst storm of my life.  It literally has been my life's breath.  I now have a solid foundation ... that is helping me excel, physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.  The Gatehouse will always be a partner in my success, and the measuring stick by which I can make healthy choices."
What a Christmas gift! The best gifts really are the ones that have to do with people. At the end of the day, we are the only thing that lasts, and even though we're flawed "sheep," for some reason God chooses people to help people.
During this holiday season as you give physical gifts as well as pray for your family, city and friends...thank you for remembering the current Gatehouse families and the new ones to come in 2018.  They pray for rescue from daily trauma, relief from pain, and restoration inside and out. The question for each of us is: "What if I'm the answer to their prayers?"
We can be.
May your Christmas be a delight as you enjoy your gifts, and also enjoy re-gifting some of your gifts of time, talent and treasure so you can be an answer to someone's prayer. And their lives will be changed forever. 

Adopt a Gatehouse family in 2018
Think of what it takes to run your household for a year and multiply that times the 85 households -- 85 women and 145 kids who The Gatehouse will support in 2018. 

Through your 1 or 2 year commitment to the Adopt a Family Giving Circle, you help provide the annual budget for food, clothing, housing, transportation, child care, legal aid, higher education and other needs for a Gatehouse family. 

When a woman's basic needs are fulfilled, she is freed to heal, set goals, begin a new career and take care of her children. 

For more info on adopting a family, email

Postmark end-of-year gifts by Dec. 30
Thank you for your calls about year-end giving, which will help support current and incoming families in 2018.

Year-end contribution deadlines:
  • Checks must be dated on or before Dec. 31 and postmarked by Dec. 30.
  • Credit Card gifts made online must be completed before midnight, Dec. 31. Credit Card gifts sent by mail must arrive by Saturday, Dec. 30.
  • Gifts of Stock or Wire Transfers must be received by 3 p.m. CST on Friday, Dec. 29. Please check with your brokerage firm or financial institution to ensure transfer to projectHandUp has been successfully completed. For transfer instructions, email
Our offices will be closed from noon on Friday, December 22 through January 1. If you need assistance with your year-end contribution while our offices are closed, please email

If your company has a corporate giving or match program, consider designating projectHandUp/The Gatehouse as one of your charities in 2018. 
Join a circle, invest your time

Women's Giving Circle
Circle 58 is a circle of women who take action to give women leaving a crisis situation a hand up for permanent change. The annual membership fee provides much-needed resources for Gatehouse women. 

In addition to events and opportunities to serve, members receive a sterling silver custom Circle 58 quartz stone stackable bracelet from The Gatehouse Fine Jewelers. Visit for more information. 

Gatehouse Young Professionals
The Gatehouse Young Professionals are leaders 35 and younger in Dallas / Fort Worth who desire to raise awareness and serve passionately women and children in crisis discovering new paths for permanent change. 

The group sponsors and hosts an annual Freedom Bash for Gatehouse families, organizes an annual Trunk-or-Treat event for Gatehouse children, and coordinates seminars and social gatherings for its members.   Contact to join. 

With hundreds of opportunities to serve, our volunteers are an integral part of The Gatehouse. To learn more about opportunities and sign-up for an orientation, visit
Shop to support The Gatehouse
AmazonSmile (
AmazonSmile has the same products, prices, and shopping features (including Amazon Prime) as but when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to The Gatehouse. 

You can also purchase items from our up-to-date registry on  The Gatehouse's wishlist...your purchases are shipped directly to The Gatehouse. 

It's easy to set up The Gatehouse as your preferred charity on Amazon Smile:  a. Go to; b. When prompted, select The Gatehouse / projectHandUp from the list of organizations. 

The Gatehouse Fine Jewelers
With 50 percent of the store's profits going directly to The Gatehouse, when you shop at The Gatehouse Fine Jewelers you'll be making a practical and lasting difference in the lives of women who need a hand up for permanent change. 

Enjoy a relaxed shopping experience with personalized service and a large selection of beautiful and unique jewelry.  Located at  1101 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 420  in Southlake (formerly Grayson Allen).
Thanks to new, continuing partners
Albertsons Colleyville // American Airlines // APEX // Arising to Excellence Ministries // Kay and Todd Armstrong // Beckton, Dickinson and Company // Vicky Birmingham // Claudia and Konner Blight // Brand Agent // Susan Budvitis // Central Market Southlake // Charles Schwab // Charley's Concrete // The Christmas Shoppe // Marci and Walter Copeland //  Dallas Summer Musicals // DAR Captain Molly Corbin Chapter // Christine and Chris Dixson // Edelman // Elevate //  Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church // Grapevine High School // Guckenheimer  // Grace Hage //  Daniel Hagwood // Nicole Harris //  Laura Kapalka // Lone Star Collison // Jennifer Looft // Sandra Martin // Erin Meador // Debi and Mike Meek // Rob and Debbie Meyer // Ming Wang // Michael Nelson // Georgia Shaffer~ Morning Glory Ministries // O'Connors // Kathy Palmer // Diana Patton // Marcia Porterfield // Dana Rector // Terry Rowling // Elizabeth Schowachert // Julie and Mark Schulze // Sewell Automotive // Lisa Smith // Soergel-Brandes Allstate // Texas Mutual Insurance Company // Karen Walsh // Waterside Church // Cheryl and Randy Woodward // Randi Worsham // YSML The Lakes 
ELCA Capital Campaign supporters
Elaine Agather  //  Judy & Paul Andrews // Paul E. Andrews, Jr. Foundation // Ash Grove Cement Company  //  Dan & Krista Borgen // Amon G. Carter Foundation  //  Charley's Concrete // Ron Chase  //  G96 Men  //  John & Nancy Fegan  //  Mark Fisher  //  Gradus  //  Hubbard Family Foundation // John & Marsha Kleinheinz // Jim & Barbara Lentz  //  The J.E. & L.E. Mabee Foundation  //  Judi McQueary  //  The Miles Foundation  //   Clifton H. Morris & Sheridan C. Morris Foundation  //  The Morris Foundation  //   Paticum Foundation  //  Patricia &  Randall  Ptaszinik  //   R4 Foundation  //   The Rees-Jones Foundation  //  Rose Family Foundation  //  Michaela & Bryce Ruiz  //  The Thomas M., Helen McKee & John P. Ryan Foundation  //  Alden Sandler  //  Christine & Jim Snead  //  Tabletops Southlake  //  Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation




The Gatehouse is a supportive living community, located on 61 acres in the D/FW Metroplex, where women and children in crisis receive ample time, safe refuge, practical resources and healthy relationships to break cycles of abuse / poverty and discover new paths for permanent change.