Our Mission is to serve as a temporary emergency shelter for children and families in crisis by providing a loving and safe environment for children.


Our vision is to provide a place of respite for families. Grace's Place envisions a community where child abuse and neglect does not exist and families have the resources they need to navigate a crisis, feel supported and keep their children safe.

Grace's Place is committed to the belief that if parents or guardians are offered safe alternatives-- Children Win!

Grace's Place is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that protects our community's greatest natural resource-- Our Children.



Crisis Care provides support to families that are encountering a situation that could lead to loss of employment, loss of shelter or a child's basic needs going unmet - in addition to any situation that could potentially lead to a child being abused and/or neglected. 

Crisis circumstances could include:
  • Parental/Sibling Illness or Death
  • Disruption in shelter due to utilities or rent being unpaid
  • Current domestic violence in the home
  • Imminent undue abuse and/or neglect


Respite Care provides short-term support to families who  are encountering high levels of parental stress. Respite circumstances could include:

  • ​Stress from caring for own children or children which you have guardianship over
  • High level of stress due to caring for a child suffering from developmental delays, mood disorders, and/or physical disability
  • Financial stress due to starting a new job without immediate funds for child care
  • Familial stress due to a single parent home


Grace's Place offers personalized case management services for families.  We offer applicable resources for their current situation and future referrals that will strengthen their safety net as they transition out of operating in a crisis state.


We offer the families we serve many essential need items which may include clothes, bedding, shoes, toiletries, diapers, cleaning products, etc.


Grace's Place Crisis Nursery was established in December 2010 by sisters, Suzette Monda and Suzanne Highley. Suzette and Suzanne saw a need for a specific population in our community that was essentially "slipping through the cracks." Suzette and Suzanne knew of families who were in need of a safe and reliable resource to turn to when they needed help caring for their children when they, themselves, were unable to do so due to a crisis or an emergency, but no place such as this existed in the community. After securing our current facility in Washington, MO (a house leased to us by the City of Washington) and applying for a pilot grant from the Franklin County Children and Families Community Resource Board, Grace's Place began serving the families of our community in December 2011. Since opening our doors, Grace's Place has served over 250 children and has provided a helping hand to over 100 families in need.

Grace's Place Crisis Nursery 

Keeping Kids Safe in Times of Crisis

Case Management

Essential Needs



Crisis Care

Respite Care