About Us

Celebrating 16 Years of Change

Founded in 2005, Gilgal is a Christ-centered, long-term recovery residence for women experiencing homelessness due to drug and/or alcohol addiction. Through our one-year program, we seek to transition women from crisis and homelessness to a place of stability and independent living.

We provide food, clothing and housing, as well as a full range of recovery services, spiritual nourishment, workforce development, life skills training, and aftercare programming. We are located in Atlanta, and currently serve the metro area, as well as greater Georgia.

Gilgal has a 501(c)(3) designation and relies upon generous donations from individuals, churches, businesses, foundations, and community organizations.

Our Vision

To assist women in breaking the cycle of defeat that lead them to drug and / or alcohol addiction and replace it with a cycle of victorious living through Christ Jesus.

Our Mission

To educate, equip and empower women to embrace a future free of drugs and/or alcohol by utilizing their fullest potential in a God honoring way through day treatment, counseling, and life skills development.

Our Values

Using the Holy Bible as our guide, we will:

  • Exercise integrity and do the right thing at all times
  • Deliver best services/offerings to our clients and employees
  • Treat clients with dignity and worth
  • Exercise sound fiscal accountability for individuals and organizations who invest in us
  • Give back to the community

The Women Who Complete Our Recovery Program Move Through:

  • Healing: The Life Exchange Center

  • Back to Work: Homeward Bound

  • Life In Recovery: Higher Ground

Gilgal operates three residential recovery homes, as well as one administrative building. Each facility is equipped and staffed to aid women in their recovery and transition to independent living.

Gilgal women receive individualized assessments, comprehensive case management, and ongoing programming and support services in a clean, safe environment. We also provide them with the basic essentials (food, clothing and housing), as well as biblical enrichment to suppoirt their spiritual growth.

Get Involved

Want to know how you can become a part of the change that is happening at Gilgal? There are many ways to get engaged. Let us help you find your place among an amazing group of individuals who share their time and talent to help change happen at Gilgal.

To learn more or to register for our next volunteer orientation, please contact Renee Schwarzkopf, Volunteer Coordinator, at 404-305-8007. You may also send an email to Renee@womenofgilgal.org.

Our History

Gilgal was established in 2005 when Val Cater, founder and executive director, answered God’s call to help homeless women struggling with drugs and alcohol addiction.

Driven by a vision to see them break destructive cycles and find victorious living through Jesus Christ, she and her husband Tommy secured property in south Atlanta.

These abandoned buildings, once teeming with drug activity and vagrancy, were reclaimed, renamed and forever changed into what is now a place of healing and hope.

Through our ministry of restoring homeless women with addictions, Gilgal offers clients the chance to embrace a new identity in Christ and become eternally changed through Him.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18

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