I had grown up in a loving Christian family and was very “sheltered,” but when I saw poverty and brokenness up close and personal and the devastation it caused in the lives of precious men, women and children. . . . . it wrecked me, and I couldn’t go back to being “normal”! I kept telling God, “I can’t do this,” and He would always say to me, “That is why I chose you!” He instructed me to just love the one in front of me. I said, “There are too many in need!” He said, “I would rearrange your entire life for just one!”
I moved to Monroe, LA in September 2001 and started Grace Place Ministries in an 18 room abandoned and badly neglected house in the “hood”. I had very little support, but my pastor, church, family and friends encouraged me on and we prayed in every gallon of paint and plaster to renovate. The house was transformed from wrecked to elegant. At God’s instruction I took in “needy” women, but on the outside they didn’t look needy. They were educated and well dressed, but struggling with hidden addictions and the ravages of abuse. They needed a safe and confidential place to heal up from life’s traumas and disappointments.
ABOUT RHONDA GRACE
*Called at age 15 to work with alcohol & drug addictions.
*2000 to 2001 – Trained on the streets of New Orleans as the director of a women’s half-way house, specifically ministering to prostitutes and hard-core addicts
*October 1, 2001 to present – Opened up and directed Grace Place Ministries, Inc. (Soup Kitchen & Clothes Closet) .
*2002 – Certificate of completion – Caring for People God’s Way.
*April 3, 2003 – Ordained as a minister by Mercy Ministries International, New Orleans, LA.
*2002 – Member of American Association of Christian Counselors.
*2012 – Awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award by the City of Monroe.
*2015 – Certified Responder/Chaplain by Crisis Response International.