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GraceToChange

Nonprofit of the Month

After serving for several years as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and personally living daily in recovery since August 2007, I believed there was a better way to assist people desirous of recovery. I originally established GraceToChange in 2012 as a for-profit Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment center. In 2017, GraceToChange applied for and was granted 501(c)3 status by the IRS. We continue to operate as GraceToChange in McKinney.  We are an outpatient treatment center serving adolescent and adult citizens of Collin, Dallas, and Denton counties with Intensive and Supportive Outpatient Programs (IOP/SOP) and individual and family counseling. Since inception, GTC has graduated over 1,100 clients and has an 85% success rate at 9 months.

GTC serves the underserved in Collin and surrounding counties. 90% of our client base is categorized as low- to moderate income (or indigent). For those who do not qualify for Medicaid or the county behavioral health authority, there are no treatment options other than GTC. We rely on grants, donations, and contract services through the state and county funding available for addiction treatment, as well as individual and family therapies for adolescents and adults.  Notably, GTC is the only nonprofit SUD adolescent provider in the area. 

Though the county is considered affluent, we are in a treatment desert for those who, without assistance, could not otherwise afford critical SUD services. This is everyone’s problem, not just those who suffer from the disease. Statistically, one in four families battle addiction. It is in our homes, schools, offices, clubs, churches, and neighborhoods. Addiction does not discriminate and neither should treatment options. We are passionate in our endeavors, wholly committed to offering those who desire it a path to life-long recovery. GraceToChange has never denied services to any client based on their inability to pay.    

Today we are in the fight of our lives! Some 20+ years ago, our region faced a similar crisis with black tar heroin as we are currently facing with Fentanyl, but with a notable difference … users knew when they were ingesting black tar heroin. Today’s issue is more frightening and far deadlier because people are unaware products contain Fentanyl — a highly addictive substance 100 times more potent than morphine. An amount equal to a grain of sand is deadly. Fentanyl overdoses have risen 1300% over the past 36 months and are the leading cause of overdose deaths in Texas. Illicit drug manufacturers are catering to younger people, marketing deadly, colorful pills with seductive names that mimic candy to entice our youth. Sadly, their campaign is effective. We are currently treating the youngest census in our history. To that end, it is more important than ever to offer treatment services to all citizens regardless of their financial means. 

GTC has numerous volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, and corporations, with options to support us with specific drives such as bottled water and snacks for group meetings, supplies, and more. Check out our socials for more details.  

www.gracetochange.org

(972) 542-2900

1216 N. Central Expressway. Ste. 104

McKinney, TX 75070  

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