Goldies Care Homes: Independent Living at its Best

Nina Christian Growing up in the streets of San Francisco, all Nina Christian knew was how to survive day-to-day. Raised by a single alcoholic mother with no role model to look up to, she says, “I had to grow up quickly.” Growing up too fast was not easy and came with a price – by the age of 14, Christian was pregnant with a baby girl and living on $30 a month through government assistance. In 1991, she lost her mother, increasing the pressure to work harder to provide for her family. “The death of my mother sent me into a downward spiral,” says Christian, the executive director of Goldies Care Homes in Hayward. She began selling drugs for a man who took her under his wing as a “drug mule.” Through endless nights of suffering mental, physical, and emotional abuse, Christian started to get deeper in the street business; but she began to make plans to escape that lifestyle. After running away from that life, Christian met and later married the love of her life. As cruel as life can be, her husband was gunned down in San Francisco in 2000 and she was left with five children and many years of depression. After enduring the trauma of losing her mother and husband, Christian turned her life over to God and enrolled at Chabot College to complete classes in Early Childhood Development. After completing her classes at Chabot, Christian became a foster parent. Christian says that, from her life experiences, she believes in helping the less privileged and reducing homelessness city by city. Christian opened her first independent living facility in Hayward in 2006 and, over the past seven years, Goldies Care Homes has expanded to seven houses. “Our goal is to provide homes to adults with mental disabilities, history of incarceration and to reduce homelessness in our society,” Christian says of her facility, which provides clothing to adults looking for gainful employment through the “Goldie Closet” program. Goldies Care Homes is achieving this through partnerships with hospitals, mental health programs, non-profits and criminal justice institutions. For more information, visit www.goldiescarehomes.org or call 1-866-246-1457.
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    • lawanda

      Thank you for your support it sad this lady is a good person when people do her wrong she still bless them I just don’t understand her she I wish it was mire people like her I have saw her take her shoes off her feet and give to people and coats I can go on and on but I will be all day talking about her please support her in the community she do alot for kids she send kids to college go to schoolgirl family in need she really do alot and don’tsay nothing about it at all I know she don’t brag she don’t say nothing at all about what she do for kids she was a foster mother she have had over 45 children in her home I LOVE HER if you knew her you would love her thanks for your support

    • lawanda

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  8. Larry Parker

    once again more negative comments about a black owned business that’s striving to help any and everyone that wants help, I not to long ago once said some negative things about Ms.Nina out of anger but I have since recanted all those negative statements. In my opinion a lot of times negative comments could be a positive tool for us to look at ourselves and we may correct what a lot of times we don’t see. But some negative statements are just plain disrespectful especially when it’s someone that you would not expect. As I commented before Ms. Nina has helped me personally not to mention the local community, and is a dedicated Christian still trying to get me inside a church. God willing one day I take her up on her offer. But Ms.Nina don’t let this bother you remember they talked about Jesus so embrace the hatters cause your on there mind all the time. Just continue doing what your doing love you and God bless.

    • ladonnns

      Thank you Mr parker for being a stand up person and taking back those bad things that you said about nina you know just as ell as e how she is you have been around her

  9. beatrice moreland

    my name is Phyllis Moreland I known Nina as Ninaboo from the age of (14) I have always look up to her shes has always been a role model i have know her to be a up standing person i don’t understand why people be HATEING on her and saying bad thing about her trying to down grade A BLACK WOMAN we all have short coming but we get up from them this is so sad that a person feel this way i bet if you were to call on her she will be right there for you but who every this is you are so so so so so so so so wrong for all your lies

  10. ricky washington

    my name is Mr Rick Washington I have known Miss Nina Christian for many years. I was shock to find .MY Name was mention in a negative new article about Goldie Care home I have known Nina Christian to be a great help to the community ,with her kind heart and mentoring Foster Children as well homeless I am really appalled that someone would say thing about her behind a key board but that’s what HATER DO

  11. sarah robinson

    i think its very sad that some one would try to dis credit Nina Christian and Goldie Care homes when she has a caring heart and will take any one client in from any agency she has had from the best to the worse client ,and has giving them love food clothing she also taken clients off the street. it sadden my heart to know that she is being judge on her. Christianity GOD IS THE JUDGE In Reference to her sister that’s her personal family Business that has nothing to do with Goldie Care Homes and that the report that was made in this article are not true you can come bye. Goldie care Homes Any time to see how clean they are.

  12. June Simmons

    She should be shut down, EDEN hospital was contacted last week, due to 10 of their clients complained 2 weeks of NO ELECTRICITY & NO FOOD…..her staff Jerome house & rick’s house….. Who is in business running around praying claiming Christianity & taking church members to expensive restaurants while the clients & staff are trying to figure out how to eat other than the free bread they get from the church. Very sad then dosnt really pay her staff. Adult Protective Services stepped in & removed two seniors that was abandoned & left for dead she shouldve been shut down, she has changed her little business name twice because of IRS as well as reputation, she’s a criminal from the past I don’t understand how the state has over looked this her sister was,all over the news this year 2014 in San Francisco for arm robbery & she should be next I know alot of people who has gone through so much living here especially the lies lies lies this woman promises and never happens. What’s also funny she throws fancy parties invites county case managers and people to give away expensive gifts every end of the year, but from the start of the year to end of year clients are hungry and left to starve she packs bunk beds in every house as if these people are animals have old people climbing n falling off these beds she should be viewed asap….

    • Amanda

      It’s so strange that you have so much to say about Nina’s personal life. You must know her very well. You’re speaking on things that has absolutely nothing to do with the way she conducts business. Sounds to me like you’re a hater and jealous. She has multiple businesses and I haven’t seen anyone of them shut down. I think it’s safe to say that you’re hidding behind a keyboard and I bet that you will not say this to Ms. Ninas face personally. Also if she seen this she would be highly upset. Watch what you say about others and make sure your life is in order before you go judging others. Thanks. Have a blessed evening.

    • monique miller

      This negative comment is very mean and malicious and this is so not true, I have known Ms. Christian for years and I have never known her to let anyone go hungry I have been at her facilities a number of times and not once have I experienced any thing negative there is always case managers going in and out she has reliable staff that the clients know and respect well, facility always clean. if these places were shut down where would that leave these clients, because right now I see these people in a comfortable, clean, safe environment, and I personally feel that there should be more places and people like Ms. Christian because of the hard work, passion, dedication, and the love she has for the work that she does.

    • missy

      everything that said it is so far from the truth you ne help cant show who you are what kind of person are you can come forth have to be a snake behind a key board you are so angry that you cant do like her and make it happen

    • lawanda

      ITS SAD WHEN A SINGLE MOM WENT THROW SO MUCH IN HER LIFE FOR A PERSON THAT HIDDEN BEHIND A KEYBOARD SAYING THINGS AOUT HER ITS SO UNFAIR A PERSON TO SAY THINGS THAT ARE NOT TRUE IT REALLY HURT ME FOR A PERSON TO DO SUCH EVIIL THING BUT YOU REMBER GOD SIT HIGH AND LOOK LOW YOU ARE GOING TO BE EXPOSED BY GOD HIM SELF

  13. E

    Nina Christian is doing amazing work in the Hayward community helping those with dual diagnoses and grave emotional difficulties. She is a beautifully giving person of resources and her time. I strongly recommend Goldies Care Homes to persons working to turn their lives around.

  14. monique miller

    The negative stuff needs to stop please this lady is a very passionate, hard working, giving person, I have known her for years she gives back to the community, with backpack give aways, things for the children on Christmas she does lots of positive things, I also had a uncle there for years, so I know how she stays on top of her staff about the honesty and safety of the clients, she treats and cares about everyone like family, I would use her services in a heart beat keep up the good work ms nina the community needs more people who cares like you do.

  15. Larry Parker

    Hello my name is Larry D. Parker and I’ve lived at the Goldies Care Home facilities for a little over a year now, and believe me it’s a life changing experience. Coming from a life of drug abuse & homelessness, I’m blessed to have met Ms Nina at the time a stranger that extended her hands to me, but being immature about her decision that I should admit myself into a drug program I had a difference of opinion and posted some troubling things about Ms Nina’s Company that I should not have said. I do apologize to Ms Nina and family for those unfair and hurtful remarks. Over time I’ve come to see the good deeds that Ms Nina’s Organization does for the community and beyond. I would like to personally thank Me Nina for the moral support she continually gives me no matter what I’ve done and said she’s still there, & I thank and love her for being her. Thank you. Mr Larry D Parker.

  16. Marilyn French-Speller

    I have known Nina Christian for at least 20 years and she is an honest hardworking person. I noticed that she was very honest about life prior to her turning it around to give back to the community. We all have a skeleton or two in our lives and have all made mistakes, but her running a shoddy business is not one of them. It appears we can always find a hater or two while we are trying to save a few souls. To the person who noticed the bathrooms was out-of order; did you think to call and tell Nina so that it might be repaired? Or is it easier to bad-mouth the organization in hopes that it will fail. Nina is obviously doing something right as her business has grown from one house to seven. To Anonymous, maybe you can ask her for a job and get the organization on the right track as you see it. In any case, Nina, your cause is great, you are making a difference in your community. If there is anything that I can do to help you continue the dream, please, just call me and let me know. I know you will take the appropriate steps to ensure that your organization is flourishing and thriving…seven down; more to go. Keep the faith, keep looking up and continue doing a good job. If you need help, you know where I am.

  17. Larry Parker

    I’ve lived at Goldies for a little over a year now its more than just a place to live, its more like therapy for me once I’ve met the clients I understood more about mental illness and those that suffer from it, and the toll that it takes on there families and loved ones.Living here has taught me patients truly!! . I’ve said some troubling things in the past but over time I now recant those past negative remarks., being immature at the time because me and Ms. Christian had differences of opinions when she advised me to go into a drug program which by the way I didn’t think I’ve had. Coming from a life of drug abuse and homelessness Ms. Nina extended her hands to me. I’ve personally stated that I wouldn’t leave a deceased relative there. This was an inappropriate statement that negatively effected Ms. Nina the company CEO that by the way has helped me over the past year you know keeping busy. I feel terrible about the comments and apologize to Ms Nina and the organization which helps the community with all sorts of needs throughout the seasons.

  18. kesha thomas

    My mother been living in goldies care home for well over 6 years ,we have never had one problem from the owner nor the staff .its a very well kept and clean envoiroment i can go in and out as i please to visit my mom !!Love goldies care home ,thanks to the owner and staff for making my life easy by taking care of my mom

  19. Anonymous

    Quite a story, this woman is not an upstanding and honest proprietor………please investigate before placing any loved ones here, she is greedy and is not honest in business.

    • Fatima

      People always saying things about Ms. Nina but she is always helping others. She gives back to the community. She gives backpacks, clothes, food,etc. I don’t understand why people are so negative. People don’t want to give credit to an African American women handling her business. I know Ms. Nina very well and she is an upstanding woman. You could come visit her places anytime and talk to her personally to see what I’m talking about. I had plenty of clients placed there and I show up unannounced. Some people are jealous. Have a blessed day!

      • amanda

        Hi my name is Amanda. Nina has help me tremendously. she paved the way for me to want to go to college and major in business management. I am in my second year in college and I have a 3.0 gpa. She helps me with all my business classes. She inspires me to want to help and give back to my community because she does. She gives events to give back to the kids and help them with school supplies or if they are less fortunate to get anything for Christmas. To say these negative things that is not true is very uncalled for. I would recommend that if anyone needs anything you should go to her. She is an African American strong woman just trying to give back. Support her!

  20. Tae Hawk

    that is a place I wouldn’t even keep my deceased relatives. At least they are resting in peace.

  21. Annette

    I just visited one of Ms. Nina Christens homes, the one off Marin Ave. in Hayward, Ca. I was very surprised to see that there wasn’t a working bathroom and it has not been working for 3 weeks. the clients roam the streets and use drugs in the home. there was no food and no one working there was certified in the field of mental health. I have worked in the field for over 10 years and I have never seen a care home in such disarray. someone really needs to do something about this organization, they are clearly not living up to the basic responsibilities of treating people w/life’s challenges in a more dignified manner. I truly hope that Ms. Christian reads this and DO SOMETHING!!!!!!!

    • Annonymous

      Annette, thank you so much for your post. You don’t know how relieved I was to see it and know that we are not the only ones. I wish there was a way we could connect to share our experiences. So many things that are terribly wrong with this place. Without saying things that would make it obvious who I am I can say that I stumbled upon your post with this article about a month ago when I went back to read it. At the same time, the Goldie’s Care Homes website was taken down and the main # for the business that is in this article is no longer receiving calls, but instead just rings like a fax machine line. Odd and very cruel to be cut off from communicating with our loved one. I can’t say things were any better before the phone stopped working. I hope things get better soon for all of us.

      • angry neighbor...

        I don’t know why these people are saying me. Christian is a loving person…you know what..you come stay in these facilities and watch these clients every single day..they roam the streets..they are hungry because she only gave one package of chicken…and a ground turkey for the clients to eat..for a week…now there’s ten clients in the house..they are not little people..they are big people…for a week..on her advertisement flier…she said three meals a day..now you people tell me can ten people eat one package of chicken for a week…Ridiculous….also one client had a stroke..the next two days he had to walk 3 miles to buy something to cook for them..now tell me again people…25$ is that enough for ten people for three days dinner…she makes me sick..I feel like beating the craps out of this lady..if you say your a Christian…then talk..walk…like a Christian..cause what your doing is not Christianity…that’s no polar and Satanism…

        she needs to shut down..let the real good care homes take over…

        • FATIMA

          HONEY YOU NEED PRAYER I KNOW THIS WOMAN SHE HAS A HEART OF GOLD AND WILL GIVE YOU HER LAST PEOPLE LIKE YOU GOD GOING TO TAKE CARE OF WE DONT FIGHT BACK BAD WITH BAD JUST PRAY FOR YOU

          • lawanda

            I know one thing that your kids might be in line for her give away that she is giving on 12/20/14 with her church that is so cold of you to lie like that on her but god going to take care of you

        • Amir

          Please do a soul check on your self to make sure that your back yard clean starting with your house that means your body and soul I was going to say may god bless but I don’t speak blessing on your life you need to stop being behind a keyboard but don’t forget the bible says do no touch anointed and do my prophets no harm you should really leave this lady along you are going to block your blessing

          • nie

            this person is really crazy and don’t have nothing to do with there self but hide behind a key board and lie you need help want you tell miss nina your self you cant no why cause she has help you before as well please stop trying to down this woman and help her if you have something wrong go to her and talk to her she has a nice understand even when a person dog her out she still nice to the I could not do that at all so ending this just pray and stop talking about people and pray for them

        • acie

          i put my life i beat if you have kids thay will be in the line for the free toy Drive and guess what nina going to bless them still that a stand up woman all this Drama need to stop now lier lier and like the other post said clean your own back yard up and your house to that means check your self and don’t forget every body gets a turn at this someone going to say thing about you as well we LOVE MISS NINA TO THE END

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