About Us

The last program our families will ever need

The Acres of Hope program is one-of-a-kind in the nation for both women and children. It walks families through the process of change, healing, and growth that they need to completely overcome the cycles of homelessness, trauma, addiction, and poverty. We do this using a holistic approach that addresses whole-person, whole-family health. As a result, families graduating Acres of Hope are Mentally Strong, Emotionally Strong, Spiritually Strong, Body Strong, and Relationally Strong. These ‘5 Strengths’ prepare them for a successful life after Acres of Hope.

Some of the tools we use to build strength in our residents include: a structured daily schedule, monitored sobriety, licensed counseling, intensive case management, health initiatives, life skills training, parenting instruction, recovery groups, relapse prevention counseling, emotional regulation coaching, job training and internship opportunities, as well as recreational activities all in a warm, family environment. In our children’s program, our littlest residents participate in social emotional learning themes in a calm, nurturing, sensory-first environment. All of our staff and volunteers are trained to meet the needs of children that have experienced trauma, separation, and adversity.

Our program is based on sound, grace-based biblical principles and the latest in brain science, addiction research and trauma treatment.


Acres of Hope is a faith-based and God-centered organization supported by many different Christian churches. Therefore, when it comes to matters of faith, we strive to live by the principle expressed by St. Augustine: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” We believe the essentials to be:


God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2: 2 Corinthians 13:14.


Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13


The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives all believers a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18


The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5


People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2


Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his/her life by faith.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:2; Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1


People were created to exist forever. We will either exist externally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; John 14:27; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17, 18; Revelation 20:15; 2 Corinthians 2:7-9


Acres of Hope is grateful to the following churches, community service clubs and organizations, businesses and corporations. Each of them has shown their support either through financial donations, sponsorships, grants, material donations, and/or volunteering.


Auburn First Assembly of God
Auburn Grace Community Church
Auburn Presbyterian Church
Bayside Churches (Granite Bay, Adventure, Blue Oaks)
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Bridgeway Christian Church
Catholic Ladies Relief Society
Centerpoint Community Church
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Christian Team Ministries
Church of Glad Tidings
Christian Encounter Ministries
Combie Bible Church
Community Covenant Church
Crossroads North Campus
Crossroads South Campus
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Emmaus Community Church
Faith Lutheran Church
Faith Lutheran Church of Meadow Vista
Pleasant Grove Community Church
Pioneer United Methodist Church
Rolling Hills Church
Redemption Church
St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church
Saint Clare Parish
Sierra Ministries INTL
St. Luke Episcopal Church
Salvation Army Auburn Corp
St Matthew Lutheran Church
St. Paul Lutheran Church
St. Teresa of Avalon
Sierra Grace Fellowship
Sierra Pines United Methodist Church
Sierra Presbyterian of Grass Valley
St. Joseph Parish
Twin Cities
United Methodist Women’s Group
Unity Church of Auburn


Assistance League of Greater Placer
Auburn 49er Lions
Auburn Host Lions Club
Auburn Rotary Club
BLC Women of the ELCA
Boy Scouts of America Troop 13
Child Advocates of Placer County
Colfax High School – Leadership Team
CYT Sacramento Inc.
Feed the Hungry – Auburn
Foothill Employer’s Advisory Council
Forest Lake Christian High School
Gold Country Harley Riders
Italian Catholic Federation
Just Serve
KLOVE and AIR 1 Radio
Knights of Columbus Auburn Council
Lighthouse Family Resource Center
Loomis Basin Charter School
Motherlode Foundation
Native Sons of the Golden West
Placer Community Foundation
Placer Women’s Network
Red Hat Rebels – Roseville
Sierra Passport Rotary
Sierra Pregnancy Center
Social Venture Partners of Sacramento
Soroptimist International of Roseville
Soroptimist International of Colfax
Soroptimist Intl of Auburn
St Matthew Lutheran Church
TelecomPioneers – Golden Bear Chapter #29
The Kingsmen
The Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors Club
Women of Winchester Golf Club
Women’s Council of Realtors, Placer County
Women’s Missionary Union (Auburn, CA)
Word Alive Church


Auburn Toyota
Burleson Consulting, Inc.
C.P. Jacobson Rentals
Cal Delta Plumbing
Capitol City Stucco, Inc.
Ceronix, Inc.
Christian Contracting Inc.
Collision Pro’s
Connected Chiropractic
Country Kids Daycare
Electrical Protection, Inc.
Enterprise Foundation
EyeCenter Optometric
Family Comfort Heating & Cooling
Flyers Energy
Fountains Dental Excellence & Auburn Dental Aesthetics
Gaines Insurance
Gold Rush Chevrolet
Golden 1 Community Foundation
Guaranteed Rate
High Tech Electric
Home Depot
IFC & Insurance Marketing, Inc.
Insight Technology Solutions, Inc.
Interior Wood Design, Inc.
J Ellen Realty
Livingston’s Concrete Service Inc.
Merry Maids of Placer County
Mr. Fire Sprinkler Protection
National Ceramic Tile & Stone Corp.
Northridge Lake of The Pines
Pacific Power Renewables Inc.
Paul R. Bianchi, DDS
Pier 210 Dental
Placer County Association of Realtors
Placer Title Company
Pleasant Grove Dental
Reliable Auto Glass
Richardson’s Concrete Effects
Riverland Homes, Inc.
Sampson Construction Services
Thrivent Choice
Tilton Pacific Construction Inc.
Tory Burch LLC
Wright Celebrations Inc.

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The vision of Acres of Hope is to provide a safe family environment and a healthy living program for women with children that sets the foundation of change and breaks the cycle of homelessness.


The mission of Acres of Hope is to improve the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual quality of life for homeless women and their children. We accomplish this by identifying and replacing faulty belief systems that drive destructive behaviors with biblically based truths and the implementation of healthy life skills.


We value the unique purpose that God has planned for every person. We value healthy relationships with God, self and others. We value relationships that provide mutual support and accountability without judgment. We value a safe environment that promotes personal authenticity. We value continued growth in all stages of life.

Our team

board members

Gregg Hall, Chair
Jeff Davis, Vice Chair
Doug Clifford, Treasurer
Woody Hoffman, Secretary
Marnel Sexton, Executive Director
Gerad Borrego, member
Ken Raskin, member
Deina Wildie-Johnson, member

staff members

Marnel Sexton, Executive Director
Diane Larson, Director of Family Services
Becki Darnell, Director of Retail Operations
Jackie Turner, Minister of Communication & Church Relations

Homelessness facts & statistics

Homeless Mothers

  • 92% have experienced severe physical or sexual assault in their lifetime.
  • 63% of homeless mothers have been violently abused by an intimate male partner. 27% required medical treatment.
  • 44% lived outside their homes at some point during their childhood. Of these women, 20% were placed in foster care.
  • 36% have experienced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a rate three times higher than other women.
  • 66% of homeless women were violently abused by a childhood caretaker or other adult in their household before reaching age 18.
  • 43% of homeless women were sexually molested as children.
  • Homeless mothers have ulcers at four times the rate of other women.

Homeless Children

  • 4% of school-aged children who have been homeless have lived apart from their families.
  • Almost 25% of homeless children have witnessed acts of violence within their family.
  • 62% of formerly homeless, extremely low-income children (ages 8 to 17 years old) have been exposed to violence. For children over 12, the rate of exposure to violence climbs to 83%.
  • Homeless children suffer from emotional or behavioral problems that interfere with learning at almost three times the rate of other children.
  • Homeless children between 6 and 17 years old struggle with high rates of mental health problems. For example, 47% have problems such as anxiety, depression, or withdrawal, compared to 18% of other school-age children.