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. 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.

  2. Tae Hawk

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

  3. 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.

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