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A VITAL RESOURCE FOR THE BAY AREA

Change to come has been providing assistance to single parents in recovery in the Bay Area since 2011. While transitional housing is the main service we provide, the adjunct support services make for a holistic approach to recovery, giving our residents the support they need to become free of addiction and/or abuse and become self-sufficient.

 
 

Our Founder

Tracy Creer, Founder

Tracy Creer, Founder

At 20 years old, Tracy became an alcoholic and eventually became addicted to crack cocaine. Because Tracy’s life was so unmanageable and abusive, she became homeless with her child, drug addicted, and beaten down by the negative images that surrounded her community.

Seeing no future, no hope, and no way out, during this hour of darkness Tracy found Good Shepherd Gracenter, a six month treatment program in San Francisco. The experience at Gracenter was life awakening. The Sisters gave Tracy a new direction and a sense of hope. When Tracy completed the treatment program she had a new life with high standards and goals to complete.

Tracy became involved in a new community where she marched and protested for women’s rights. She took a stand for homelessness and advocated for supportive housing for single parents. Having found a new life of freedom, Tracy became a voice for people who needed to know there was a better way of life.

Tracy gained a career position in a corporate environment as a Financial Analyst. While working and raising a family, Tracy was able to obtain a degree in Business Accounting.

Tracy is now married and has three children. Although Tracy loved her new life, the road to get there was not easy. She still had to face the consequences that her drug addiction had caused. Tracy recognized that her dysfunctional, self-destructive lifestyle affected her oldest child—he repeated the life of abuse she once had. Maintaining sobriety became a challenge while trying to undo the abuse to her son.

Constantly being reminded of women who were in similar situations through stories from co-workers, Tracy was inspired to shift gears in her life. They would tell her about women who lacked support to get clean and sober, so their children were taken from them. However, the cycle of addiction would continue once the children were returned. As the stories increased, her desire to help parents suffering from addiction and the cycle of abuse grew stronger.

In 2011, Tracy opened the doors to her very own non-profit organization to provide an important, sustainable service to the community. Change To Come is a transitional housing community designed to help single parents in recovery create a healthy life with their children. So far she has gotten over 200 people on the path to a healthier life.

 
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Distinguished Supporters

Change to Come is grateful for the generous support of these organizations as well as individuals like you:

 
 

Awards and Affiliations

Change to Come has received recognition from the following people/organizations for our important work in the community:

California Legislature Assembly, Assemblymember David Chiu

State of California Senate Senator Scott Wiener, 11th District  

Good Shepherd Gracenter Certificate of Achievement Executive Director Sr. Marguerite Bartling

City Council, City of Oakland, California, Commendation Hon. Lynette Gibson McElhaney, District 3

 
 

Local Partnerships

We are so grateful for the support these organizations provide to our clients:

Eden I & R 211

East Bay Recovery Project

Berkeley Food and Housing

Cherry Hill

Good Shepherd Gracenter

Ariel Outreach Mission

Men Creating Peace

Options Recovery Services

Highland Hospital

LifeLong Medical Care

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Ways YOU Can Help

Your help makes a difference in the lives of women and men fighting to remain free from addiction and abuse, be healthy parents to their children, and productive self-sufficient members of society. Your financial generosity helps us keep our door open; your donation of goods allows us to use funds for services; and your time helps us serve more people. Give until it feels good.

Fundraising Event Supporters  

The Champion

Stephanie Pascal Janet Thomson Dr. Rosché  Brown candace smith Nadia Stanizai Katie Stuart Patsy Sanders Geneva Fortson Diana Morgan Miriam Vasquez Yvonne Desena carol love Teena Whitehead Janet Louie Tracy Creer Yvette  McKinney  Kamar Gibson Cynthia Jolicoeur Latiya Creer Tracy Creer Keith Carter

The Hero

Maria Galicia

The Supreme

kristy andres Kari Park Heather Christison Jada Roseman Beverly Jarrett April Shoemaker

The Ultimate Supreme

Giovanna CRACCHIOLO David Fields Naomi Jimenez Mary Claire Delgado Latisha Holland Chris Rosenthal Tracey Bell Julie Sanders  Caterina Rando Glen Uhles Alpha Woody Kathyn Ortega

Other

Valerie Valentine Isabel Carrasco  Tracy Creer Sheila Jones Nancy  Wetherholt Lauri  Tanner