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​​​A Diamond in the Ruff, Incorporated

About Us

​Tracey Nails-Bell
The Founder of A Diamond in the Ruff, Inc.

My desire is to help those that are most vulnerable in our communities, those whose lives have been riddled with life-lived circumstances that lead to ( PTSD) or Trauma. By teaching, giving guidance, giving them a sense of direction and motivation, helps by empowering women. My desire to help change and heal broken hearts and helping women to open their minds to change.

​ I give these women the tools on how to persevere through their adversities. I stress the importance of “Sisterhood”. My insurmountable love for change, allows me to build relationships with women, while helping them connect with their Core Essence. 
​I am truly a prodigy of my own vision “A Diamond in the Ruff”.  

Our Vision

What Sets Us Apart

Our vision is to up lift women from every walk of life. We want all women to experience the knowledge of their inner beauty, their self-worth, Creating wholeness and uncovering and polishing up the outer part that has been​ hidden beneath the layers.

A Diamond in the Ruff (ADITR) was founded in 2009 by Tracey Nails-Bell, and became a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization in 2010.

The founder had developed a series of workshops and self empowerment classes called; “A Heart to Heart” working with women in different facilities; such as Chrysalis House, Serenity House, Harrison House and inside San Francisco County Jail, through the Women’s Reentry Center and inside Santa Rita County Jail, through The Mom’s Program.

In 2011, A Diamond in the Ruff, opened its first eighteen-month Independent Sober Living Home and Program, serving eight women at a time, with a culturally and linguistically appropriate curriculum to promote social and emotional wellness.

The organization serves single women and women with children in Alameda County and other nearby counties, that are at-risk from being homeless, victims of domestic violence, recovering from drugs/alcohol, those being released from prison/incarceration and those who may have one or more barriers due to mental health.

Within the last 10-years A Diamond in the Ruff has served 120 women and 50% of those women, have graduated from our program pursuing various degrees. In fields such as psychiatry, social service, drug and alcohol certification and many securing employment and securing permanent housing.

A Diamond in the Ruff, Inc expanded there services last ten years. Now operating two transitional houses and clients may stay up to 36-months.

  • Harvest Community House for Women and Children

  • A Diamond in the Ruff, Independent Living for single women

In 2019, A Diamond in the Ruff, Inc. partnered with ROOTS Community Health Center, offering three years of our housing program services and utilizing their continuum of wraparound of services for our clients. Within that same year, A Diamond in the Ruff, partnered with The City of Oakland, along with the Oakland Community Land Trust for the acquisition, rehabilitation, and purchase of the property at Transitional house called; Harvest House Community for women with children.

In 2019, A Diamond in the Ruff, Inc. then opened an Independent Living For Adult Women. Our focus is single women that have been dis-placed and experiencing extreme poverty, alongside with homelessness in Alameda County, A Diamond in the Ruff, Inc maintains partnerships with a number of community organization’s to ensure the client’s needs are met during and after the program.


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