About us


Love A Child Missions

is a ministry started in 1984 that was quickly turned into a homeless shelter for women and children with an inspiration from GOD to, as Jerome Knott stated, “use him as HE wished”. A weekly children’s ministry was started then, with mostly fatherless children that were being raised by single mothers. Weekly events included swimming, hiking, camping and good clean fun outside of the drug infested neighborhoods they were living in. 

Love A Child’s signet scripture is found in James 1:27 “Pure Religion and undefiled before GOD the Father is this, helping the fatherless and the widows in their afflictions.” We have been successful in meeting this need for the last 32 years consecutively. 

In the last 25 years, we have been able to successfully provide emergency recovery shelter for approximately 9,500 homeless women and children of the Bay Area. 

For over 30 years, Love A Child Missions has been providing women and children with services they need to ease and end their crisis of homelessness and substance abuse.

Today we are one of the largest homeless recovery shelters for women and children in Contra Costa County, serving over 300 women and children annually.

Our strategy focuses on healing the whole person by providing emergency housing, nutrition, clothing, recovery services (from substance abuse and battery), parent education classes and counseling with daily personal growth classes.We work to resolve the issues that have caused homelessness through providing stability, structure, and safety.

Love A Child Missions seeks to bring together the County Court System, local churches, educational institutions, and health care providers in our holistic approach for recovery.

Through this partnership with the community, our hope is to build self-sufficiency, promote healthy living and restore the confidence and dignity of all the women of Love A Child Missions.

Here is a summary of the services we offer:

  • Emergency homeless shelter (75 beds)
  • Food and clothing for shelter residents and alumni 
  • Emergency referral services to the homeless
  • Family reunification support
  • Legal/Court assistance
  • Personal Growth classes and Christian counseling
  • Parenting/Pregnancy education and support
  • Children's educational assistance
  • Children's recreational activities
  • Smoking Cessation/Prevention Education
  • Help with transportation to work or school
  • On-site AA and NA meetings