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We are a hunger and homeless prevention agency providing a hand up in time of need. Among the services we offer:

     • Case Management
     • Budgeting & financial counsel
     • Food pantry
     • USDA food
     • As funds are available:
             rent, motel, utility, medical &
             prescription, bus & gas vouchers
     • Transitional Housing for homeless
             women & women with children
     • Work force development
     • Free income tax prep
     • Mail service
     • Adopt-a-Family for the holidays
     • Thanksgiving, Christmas, & Easter
             distribution events


FAM's Gilchrist House Transitional Program











History of Gilchrist House 

FAM's Gilchrist House was established in 2003. Gilchrist House is named after late FAM founder Ellen Gilchrist who established Family Assistance Ministries in 1999. 

The Gilchrist House is owned and operated by Family Assistance Ministries and offers transitional shelter for single women and women with children under 12 years of age. Residents may stay at the shelter for up to a year as they progress through the program. Residents must be clean and sober and must be employable.The Gilchrist House is a four-unit complex with 26-bed capacity. Residents are required to be clean and sober for 120 days prior to admission. Our program begins with a 30 day trial and extended up to 12 months.

FAM's Gilchrist House Transitional Program offers:

  • Case management
  • Life skills classes
  • Budget counseling
  • Referrals to job counseling and training
  • Debt counseling

The program is geared toward helping women without housing due to emergency situations such as loss of a job, spouse/partner, illness, death in family, past substance abuse, etc. become stabilized, return to work, and eventually enter permanent housing. Fees depend on ability to pay and length of stay.

Want to Help?

If you or someone you know is interested in the Gilchrist House Transitional Program, please contact us using our Contact Page.


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