Gilead House (GH) is a faith-based transitional home for single mothers in need located in Novato, California. Soroptimist International of Novato is a major supporter of this program designed to provide local women with both housing and the skills and support they need to build a sustainable, healthy life for themselves and their families.
In 1977, several members of BayMarin Community Church in Marin County, California were looking for ways to be more involved in the community. Their research found there were more than 1,200 homeless children living in Marin, many of them under the care of a single mother (the number has gone up since then!). Gilead House was formed as a response to this tremendous need. After a great deal of research, planning, and fund-raising, a 4-bedroom house in a quiet neighborhood was leased to serve as the first site of GH. Location was critical, because from the beginning the goal was to place families in an environment that felt like a home rather than a shelter or institution.
The first three families moved into Gilead House in October of 1999. Since that time, GH has served 43 women and 63 children and has been privileged to see dramatic changes in individual lives.
In July, 2011, GH moved into a newly constructed home in downtown Novato built with good will of local supporters. The new house can serve up to six families. Soroptomist International of Novato joined in this effort providing appliances for the new kitchen.
Executive Director Jacque McLaughlin was interviewed on Novato Public Access Television as part of Soroptimist’s Sounding Board program. Please take a moment to view the program.