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​Recovery Works—When You Work

Gwendolyn Jones

Lead Facilitator

With a corporate background in Training-Methods & Procedures, I began facilitating my first Shelter from the Storm© support group in September 2008.

For six years (2008-2014) I was the lead facilitator at my local church and was dedicated in facilitating three support groups per week.

Since sexual violence is a part of my personal history I have the insight, compassion, understanding, knowledge of its impact and the process of recovery to overcome the effects of sexual abuse.

I have invested significant time and energy in continuing to educate myself by taking advantage of training opportunities, certifications, webinars and advocacy training to become an effective facilitator. 

Letter from the Facilitator  


  • 2008 - Sexual Assault Advocacy Training -Parkland-Victim Intervention Program (VIP)
  • 2009 - Certified Belief Therapist, CBT -Therapon Institute
  • 2009 - Sexual Assault Team (SAT) - Denton County Friends of the Family
  • 2009 - Training and Development Certificate Series - CCCCD
  • 2010 - Sexual Assault-Hospital Advocacy - Turning Point Rape Crisis Agency
  • 2011 - Sexual Assault Advocacy Training - Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center
  • 2014 - Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist - Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals
  • 2021 - NonProfit Management Certificate Series (Collin College) 
  • 2023 - Trauma Informed Care and Coaching by Light University American Association of Christian Counselors 


Leadership Training & Seminars

  • 2009 - Christian Women Leadership & Development Program (CWLDP) - Heartfelt International Ministries (HIM)

Awards & Recognition 

  • 2024 Courage Award - Annie's Gifts of Love Foundation, Inc
  • 2022 Voices of Sexual Abuse Survivors (VOSAS) Magazine
  • 2021 Esther Award - Leadership Through Action - Genesis Women's Shelter & Support 
  • 2021 Superb Woman of the Day  - Texas Metro News  
  • 2021 Fearless Series for Women - Documentary Contributor - Dr. James Reeves
  • 2019 Life and Work - Voyage Dallas 
  • 2018 EMERGE Award - Helping Women Overcome and Become the Best Version of Themselves - Rachel L. Proctor, Mayor Pro Tem, DeSoto, TX
  • 2014 Ombudswoman Award - Outstanding Service to the Community Beyond the Call of Duty - South Dallas Business and Professional Women's Club



  • American Association of Christian Counselors   
  • Toastmasters International
  • Greater Southwest Black Chamber of Commerce (GSWBCC)
  • Texas Association of Sexual Assault (TAASA)  (2021-2024)
  • DeSoto Chamber of Commerce
  • Lancaster Police & Outreach Community 

“Support That Makes A Difference.”

LaKeshia Grant, LPC


Professionally, Lakeshia Grant has over 8 years experience in working in the mental health field. Since becoming fully licensed in 2014 she has continued to work in psychiatric hospital settings helping those in crisis, from providing individual therapy, leading group therapy or helping families by offering referrals and resources for continued outpatient and community care from ages 10-100.

LaKeshia is currently making strides to open her own counseling practice, focused more at helping women, age 20+ looking for help in dealing with anxiety, depression, trust, rejection & relationship issues, crisis of identity, and trauma just to name a few.


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