McHenry House Tracy Family Shelter

A Lasting Legacy

Built sometime around 1910 and renovated around 1974 as a single family home the home now known as The McHenry House for the Homeless has a long history. Originally, it was built with six bedrooms, each containing it's own washbasin and one bathroom. The house had two parlors, a dining room , a kitchen, a sun porch, front and back porch and a balcony.

In 1915, the home was purchased by Major Rice and his wife from back east. Under the ownership of the couple, the home served as a rooming house for the railroad people of Tracy. In 1918 the Rices' moved the structure to a larger lot facing the street. They then constructed "Douglas Arms" apartments with eight units on the other half of the lot. Along with these units the Rices' also owned ten garages and a small house situated to the south of the apartments.

In 1974 the property was sold to Burton and Barbara Fizpatrick. They opened their home to many people throughout the years.

Barbara assisted numerous women who were abused to learn to survive if they just put their mind to the task. Barbara nurtured and encouraged these women to get an education and move forward. Many have gone on to become prominent and productive citizens. In turn, these women have been able to guide their children to be successful.

The Fizpatricks lived in this Victorian house for 14 years, then they sold it to the non-profit and it became the McHenry House Tracy Family Shelter. Since that time they have been strong supporters of the shelter.


1988—YEAR 1


2018—YEAR 31


Since 1987 McHenry House Tracy Family Shelter has responded to the needs of families in crisis from Tracy and surrounding areas. Head of households, who are suddenly homeless or need help to recover their ability to provide a home for their children, come to us.

Our mission is to empower families to self-sufficiency. This means that we hope McHenry House Tracy Family Shelter is the last shelter of temporary housing program that the families we serve will need. We offer counseling, guidance, referrals of employment and housing.

Our main house, located at 757 A Street is a Victorian style home large enough to accommodate up to six families per day. Homeless families share in household chores and the head of household meets daily with the Case Manager to review problems and issues facing the family. A course of action is agreed upon and time is established for each family. The head of household reports each day to the Case Manager on progress being made toward completion of the goals set forth.