We Are Not Born With Life Skills.... They Are Learned.

At Gaining  Ground  we provide innovative and comprehensive programs that challenge the Young Adult and Adult populations who are:

- Ex-offenders

- Gang Affiliated

- Labeled “At risk Behavior”

- Drug/Alcohol dependent

- Mental Health Recipients

- In Jeopardy of Recidivism

 Our goal is to help these individuals in Gaining Ground towards a new way to live their life, a New Direction achieved through personal growth socially, emotionally, and professionally so that they become positive and productive members of our society.  

     Gaining Ground is a Non-Profit 501 (C) 3 organization based out of Houston, Texas.  Our services are not fee based and are provided to the Community, Social Services, Department of Corrections, and Other Organizations expenses paid for by donations alone.  At Gaining Ground we are passionate about being the catalyst of change because of our own appreciation for the chances we have been given and the people in our own lives who played that role.

DEDICATION AND TRIBUTE

Sergeant Matthew Douglas Goodin

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Straight From The Source

THE TOLL OF DRUG ADDICTION AND MENTAL ILLNESS

I want to write about a subject that’s close to my heart. I have a daughter that suffers from mental illness her diagnosis is Paranoid Schizophrenia along with a drug addiction to Crack Cocaine. Due to her dual diagnosis it has made it extremely hard to reach her.

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BULLYING
 
 I can remember coming up in San Francisco, California, my younger siblings and I had to walk to school, it was at least 2 miles from our house.It was a group of guys always standing in our way as we trotted along they always stop us and took our lunch money.
They slapped me and my brothers and said you better not tell anybody.
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RESPECTING WOMEN         

I’ve seen so many men out there who have no respect for women, much less for their own wife or girlfriend. I have issues with this especially because I watched my step father beat my mother everyday hitting her even with belts and extension cords. 

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GAINING GROUND THEORY OF ADDICTION
 
Gaining Ground believes that addiction is related to a number of factors that are influenced by psychological, environmental and social factors.  Gaining Ground organization and director, Dale Ray Smith's philosophy is based on the theory that numerous internal and external factors may prompt addiction.
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