Education offers new paths on  journey to self-supportiveness

GH student achievements

Recent awards and accomplishments by member children & teens include: 

High school graduate plans to start college classes this fall to become a labor-and-delivery nurse

Student auditioned and was selected for a part in an adaptation of The Jungle Book

High-school junior interested in becoming a marine biologist earned an opportunity to travel to Hawaii for 2 weeks to complete scientific studies, community service and obtain 16 college credit hours

Middle-schooler won her school's inaugural STEM scholarship

We've heard "knowledge is power," but what does that really mean? For a mom struggling to support herself and her family, it means her personal development takes determination and knowledge. Education empowers people to achieve great things.

That is what we teach the women here at The Gatehouse. Many members share how grateful they are for the time afforded here in order to work toward a certification or degree. They're aware this achievement will give them the needed edge to be more competitive in the job market or provide a boost for advancement.

We recently hosted a teacher certification seminar here at The Gatehouse. Seven members, with degrees in various fields, attended with the goal of becoming teachers. They came from different backgrounds but shared similar struggles. The seminar ended with tears of joy. Many of our members never thought becoming a teacher was possible due to financial constraints before coming to live at The Gatehouse. Becoming a full-time teacher would fulfill a dream as well as provide a new career with a comfortable starting salary while becoming self-supportive.

The Gatehouse has provided safe refuge, ample time and practical resources for members to make their dreams a reality. Gatehouse women are continually rediscovering and reinventing themselves through training programs and formal education. They are taught that power doesn't come from physical strength or violence; knowledge and education, coupled with the grace of God, is power.
Vistra, TXU shine a light on energy
   Gatehouse children recently participated in 15 science investigations regarding energy such as " What type of light bulb uses less electrical energy?" and "How do you light up a light bulb using a circuit board?" 
   The Solar Academy was hosted at The Gatehouse campus by 15 volunteers from Vistra Energy and TXU Energy Women's Information Network. 
   Each child received a t-shirt, science notebook and color-changing pencils. Volunteers and children spent 5 minutes completing an investigation before rotating to the next table. Each investigation asked a question and gave instructions on how to answer the question after forming a hypothesis. At the end the facilitator helped the children reflect and discuss what they learned and what surprised them the most . 
   Contact Hilda  to learn more about the Student Enrichment Program at The Gatehouse.
Seats available for July 14 academy groundbreaking ceremony
Seats are still available for The Gatehouse's Early Learning Childcare Academy (ELCA)
groundbreaking ceremony at 9am Friday, July 14. If you'd like to attend RSVP here by Monday, July 10.

Construction will begin this month on The Gatehouse's ELCA to ensure 300 Gatehouse and local children can start Kindergarten on-level with their peers.  As owners of the building and land, The Gatehouse will contract with Premier Academy to operate the facility, which is scheduled to start enrolling for fall 2018. Currently, $2.8 million has been raised of the $4.5 million needed to construct the 15,000-square-foot facility and gym.  Read more  about the academy. Contact Mary Parker about naming and giving opportunities. 
ELCA Capital Campaign Supporters
Ron Chase  //  Amon G. Carter Foundation  //  G96 Men  //  John & Nancy Fegan  //  Gradus  //   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  //  Christine & Jim Snead  //  Tabletops Southlake  //  Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation
Dress for success: Back to School

New clothes allow GH children to return to school with confidence and dignity. Help support our 100 boys and girls, ages 4 to 18, so they can use gift cards to buy shirts, pants, dresses, uniforms and shoes for their back-to-school wardrobes.  Donate before Aug. 1  - $75 helps our pre-K & elementary kids //  $125 helps our middle & high schoolers.
Need a place to plug-in? Volunteer!

Get involved this summer and come help with: 
  • landscaping 
  • food donation pick up 
  • apartment inspections 
  • being a prayer warrior
If you'd like to update your volunteer profile, email Kim and Tyler at To learn how to volunteer or complete an orientation, find out more here.
Sept. 14 is North Texas Giving Day

Mark your calendar to give between 6am and midnight Thursday, Sept. 14 during the ninth-annual North Texas Giving Day or -- new this year -- schedule your gift starting Sept. 7 until Sept. 13.  The Gatehouse was one of 272 North Texas non-profits that helped generate $5.7 million last year. Stretch your dollar through our giving page  on the North Texas Giving Day portal where 
gifts $25+ will be multiplied by bonus funds and prizes via the Communities Foundation of Texas.
Get in the Game luncheon set for Oct. 23

Gatehouse's third-annual  Get in the Game event is set for Monday, Oct. 23 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Underwritten by the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation, past events have featured top-notch speakers such as Jason Witten (2015) and Coach Jason Garrett with Ret. Admiral William H. McRaven (2016). Help support Gatehouse through this powerful, fun event.   Sponsorship opportunities  available now.
Ways you can help today
  • Wal-Mart gift cards
  • New: 
    • 13-gallon wastebaskets
    • Swiffer starter sets, wet pad
    • broom & dustpan sets
    • whiteboards
    • corkboards
    • bean bags chairs
    • kid-sized table & chair sets
  • Lightly used
    • decor for child and teen bedrooms, girls & boys
Student Enrichment
  • New: tempura paint & baby wipes
  • Lightly used: kids ride-on cars (not battery operated)
General Store
  • New: 
    • Hamburger Helper
    • 13-gallon kitchen trash bags
    • liquid laundry detergent 
    • toothpaste
    • toothbrushes 
Drop donations between 10am and 4pm, Monday through Friday, at The Gatehouse Community Center, 670 Westport Pkwy. in Grapevine. 
Thanks to new, continuing partners
Accenture  //  American Airlines Engineers  //  Charles Schwab  //  Fellowship United Methodist Church Grapevine  //  Ford Motor Company  //  Fort Worth Foundation  //  Honda Targetbase  //  HR Circle Advisory Committee  //  Humana Pharmacy  //  Hyer Girl Scout Troop 7718  //  JCPenney  //  Isabel Malin  //  MUSE  //  Oliver Dental Implants -  Dr. W. Laurence Oliver  //  Tarrant County Volunteer Attorney Services  //   Texas Rangers - Commissioner's Community Initiative  //  Terry and Bob Rowling  //  Vistra Energy & TXU Energy - Women's Information Network  //  USMD




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.