The Vision, Mission, and Values of Grace Haven Retreat (GHR)


“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm You but to give you hope and a future.”

(Jeremiah 29:11).

GHR Ministry Model F.R.E.E


Collaborating and partnering with other organizations to facilitate and provide resources that challenge at risk youth and young women to eliminate violence in their new path to healthy relationships


Focus on radical transformations physically and spiritually by bringing services and programs to those at risk for increase public awareness and support.


Elevate thinking by equipping and training individuals for level of learning through childcare, life-skills workshops, and mentorship programs


Promote healthy family relationship by providing families with the support, encouragement and empathy they need

GHR Expansion Goals


-Open a Daycare in the Fall 2020 to create a sustainable revenue stream and provide afterschool care for at-risk students.

-Increase intern/volunteer part-time positions in conjunction with student expansion in mentorship and tutoring programs.

-Expand our services to house 12 families.

Board of Directors

Maria Manson -Executive Director

Maria Manson, Founder recalls the day she came home from a New Year's Party. AS soon as I walked in the bedroom my ex-husband slapped me so hard that I had blood shots in both eyes. As I try to get my balance and look at him, his fist went past my face and went in the wall. All I could do is look at the hole and by the time I turned back to face him, a gun was in my face. Then, I heard him say the next time it will be this.

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President of Grace Haven Inc

Gertrude West

Special EducationTeacher/Dept Chair @ Peachtree MS

Team Leader of Special Needs Ministry

Board Member

Adelai Brown

At 18 years old, Adelai Brown was a mother, living out on her own, and entangled in an abusive relationship. Because of this, she now uses her early life experiences and business skills to help individuals, families, and organizations create purposeful solutions that help them effectively and efficiently overcome internal and external conflict.
Through her transformational speaking and coaching abilities, Adelai, known as The Heart Coach, has written four books, created multiple emotional wellness courses, and empowered more than 100,000 leaders live and online with companies such as Amazon, ESSENCE magazine, and The 700 Club. Her company has also served numerous for profit and nonprofit organizations, and mentored over 100 youth with a focus on mental/emotional health, wellness and conflict resolution.

She’s also a licensed REALTOR®️ in South Carolina

Adelai lives in Charleston, SC with her husband Kevin. They have 4 children and 2 cats.

Board Member

Adrienne Chisolm Cox, M. ED

-BA in Communications, Johnson C. Smith University
-MA in Education, Cambridge College
-Founder of BE E, Inc.
-Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
-Board Member Friends of McLeod
-Board Member New Horizons