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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. Tae Hawk

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

  9. 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.

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