Gracenter online fundraiser focused on recovery

The first ever Gracenter online fundraiser took place throughout the full month of September, in tribute to National Recovery Month. Good Shepherd Sisters thank all of the generous supporters who gave sponsorships, bought raffle tickets, bid on silent auction items and made donations to help the brave women of Good Shepherd Gracenter as they break free from drug and alcohol addiction to create a hopeful future for themselves and others.

We had a hope that the Gracenter online fundraiser would be our best fundraiser yet. That hope became a heart-warming reality, thanks to our generous supporters.

Best fundraiser to date

This year, the 2020 VISION-Focusing on Recovery made a profit of $75,000, an increase of more than $16,000 from last year’s live “in-person” gala luncheon.

Pat Ryan is our Outstanding Volunteer, who in 1961, as a professional carpenter, volunteered to help build Gracenter at the request of the Carpenters’ Union Local #22. He has continued to be a much-valued friend, supporter and very outstanding volunteer for nearly 60 years! He celebrated his 100th birthday on October 10, 2020.

Our Outstanding Graduate is Robin Boyer because of her long-standing and whole-hearted commitment to recovery. She is a role model for her daughters, who are also in recovery, and for all women seeking to break free from drug and alcohol addiction to create a hopeful future for themselves and others.

You can view two videos of the Gracenter online fundraiser at The Videos feature our 2020 Outstanding Volunteer and our 2020 Outstanding Graduate.

We are touched that even in the middle of the COVID crisis and other major challenges, many people shared their resources to help others. May the coming months of 2020 and the New Year of 2021 carry God’s blessings of good health and peace to you and all!

See the sponsors who supported the 2020 online fundraising event and learn more about Good Shepherd Gracenter at

Gracenter recently received a half million dollar grant to build an additional four bedrooms, add another bathroom and widen our narrow driveway. We are grateful for the donors and benefactors who support the women in our ministry.

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Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette is the Communications Coordinator for Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. She is a career photojournalist who has served in various capacities of print, broadcast, and corporate communications. Jeanette is devoted to creation and is particularly focused on saving pollinators and other wildlife species and their habitat. She is an ethical vegan and created the website