Gala Pictures are Online!


The 2014 Gala was a delightful success, and we could not be more appreciative for the abundant generosity of our GRACE family!

Now that you have been a part of this epic event, we would love to hear about your experience! The Gala photo album is available on our Facebook page. We encourage you to tag photos, and tell us what your favorite part of the evening in the comment section. Tell your Facebook friends to ‘like’ the GRACE page, so they can be up to date on the wonderful events that take place throughout the year.

A special thank you to Charles Brabham and his team at Skipping Stone for his artistic eye and dedicated service to GRACE.

Be sure to tag your comments with #GRACEGala2014 on Facebook and Twitter!

You can view the pictures on the GRACE Facebook page here.

By: Heather Ortner

Bolech Team Hosts Food Drive


Last week, husband and wife team Lavon and Rick Bolech along with Keller Williams decided to hit the pavement to gather food for the GRACE Food Pantry. Empty bags were delivered to over fifty homes to be picked up with groceries. The team picked up each bag, and soon the stockpile of food filled their truck!

“It was so much fun to deliver!” said Lavon, “We’re already excited about partnering with GRACE next year!”

Keller Williams is also hosting a Thanksgiving Luncheon in November that will gather food for the GRACE pantry.

“We highly encourage civic and church groups to creatively use their talents and resources to give back to the community, “ stated GRACE Volunteer Manager Lara Sundell, “it’s inspiring to see people from all walks of life come together with a collective task to serve those less fortunate, especially during the holiday season, when the need is greatest.”

There are several creative ways to involve your group in a food drive. Some groups have held contests for prizes to motivate giving.  Simple ideas include adding a few cans of food to each grocery store visit between now and Thanksgiving.

Whatever your method, providing food for an extra person or family this holiday season is a valuable gift to families in need, and ensures that all families GRACE comes in contact with will be able to have a meaningful Thanksgiving.

Thanks again to devoted supporters Lavon and Rick Bolech for their servant hearts!

Holiday Food Drive Needs

Green Beans


Sweet Potatoes

Canned Fruit

Instant Potatoes

Cranberry Sauce

Canned Chicken Broth

Canned Mushroom Soup (10.5oz)

Sugar (2 or 4 lb.)

Flour (4lb)



*Cooking Oil

Instant Stuffing Gravy (instant or can)

Pancake Mix Syrup


French Fried Onions (6oz)


By: Heather Ortner



Socks and Underwear Needed

socksDuring the rise of the Google Empire, an Executive was asked what his first order of business would be after acquiring a large sum of money overnight. The cyber tycoon’s response? “I’m going to throw out my old socks and buy new ones.”

Whether one’s lifestyle is extravagant or ordinary, all of us enjoy a fresh pair of clean socks. For most people it’s a basic provision, and for a few it is a luxury.

Though many of us may take these items for granted, clean underwear and socks promote good health and hygiene, and are always needed year round at GRACE.

For a family on a limited income or in the midst of an emergency situation, bags of socks and underwear for their entire family could be one more strained expense. Although these essentials could often be overlooked as trivial items, offering these basic items can alleviate the financial burden for a family in need.

If you, your office, small group, troop or church are looking for a short-term project, a clothing drive is a perfect way to meet immediate needs. Encourage friends and family to purchase an extra bag of socks or underwear the next time they are at the store.   Agree to gather all the items at the end of the month, and designate someone to deliver the items to GRACE Main or Donation Station.

In preparation for the cold winter months ahead, GRACE is also accepting coats and jackets, especially classic fleeces and pullovers for men that can be worn regularly. Throughout the year, the clothing room is also in need of tennis shoes in good condition and in all sizes.


  • Men’s sizes – 6 to 12 (size also serves teen boys)
  • Boy’s sizes – Small, Medium, Large
  • Women’s sizes – 9-10
  • Girl’s sizes – Small, Medium, Large


  • Men’s sizes – 28 to 36 waist (size also serves teen boys)
  • Boy’s sizes – 6 to 16
  • Women’s sizes – 5, 6, 7 (size also serves teen girls)
  • Girl’s sizes – 6 to 16

Please add a package of socks or underwear to your shopping list this week and bring to GRACE Main or Donation Station.  If you have specific question, please email Dina at

By: Heather Ortner

Transitional Housing Hosts Fall Festival


Watching two little boys jumping in the bouncy house Thursday evening, I couldn’t help but consider the heartbreaks that brought these children and their families to the Transitional Housing program at GRACE. These young children have likely seen more tragedy in their past than most will see in a lifetime.

At that moment, however, I saw their faces painted like their favorite superheroes, giggling and bouncing as lively boys should, and I was overwhelmed with gratitude.

The Transitional Housing Fall Festival was a product of Program Manager LaDondra Wilson and Case Manager Tami Mainey’s vision two years ago. Families who have endured an ordeal of brokenness and discord had the opportunity to fellowship with their GRACE family. Over 50 clients, staff and volunteers attended this harvest block party.

Children and adults alike found their youthful side with face painting, a cake walk provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes, and a huge castle-shaped bouncy house. Volunteers decorated their “Trunk or Treat” cars with spider webs, and spooky embellishments as children gathered a ‘candycorn-ucopia’ of sweets.

Officer Husky and Sergeant Roath from the Grapevine Police Department were good sports, even though they were no match to the children’s beanbag tossing skills. Volunteer Mary Lou Barabash drove the children’s Grapevine Police Patrol car, which measured 4 feet long and was quite talkative.

During the closing ceremony, purple balloons were released to commemorate the families’ victory over domestic violence, symbolizing freedom for our clients in starting their lives anew.

GRACE Transitional Housing Manager LaDondra writes, “Our clients have expressed their gratitude for the festival and acknowledging domestic violence awareness touched those clients that have been affected in a special way.”

Hot dogs, candy corn, bouncy houses and laughter not only usher in the autumn season; they pay tribute to something much larger. Last night we celebrated the power of compassion, the potential of stronger families and gifts of hope to the families who enjoy a safe home and a bright future because of your support.

The Transitional Housing Program received over $450 in monetary donations from local businesses to ensure the children enjoyed a festive evening. A special thank you to the Grapevine Police, Nothing Bundt Cakes and the Transitional Housing team for making the 2nd Annual Fall Festival a success!

By: Heather Ortner


Park Place Toy Drive


Mark your calendars for the highly-anticipated Christmas toy drive at Park Place Lexus benefiting GRACE Christmas Cottage, November 20 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Guests are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys that will benefit over 1,600 children this holiday season.

GRACE is thrilled to participate in this charity event that kicks off the GRACE Christmas Cottage.   Last year’s colorful decorations, festive fare and Christmas “spirits” at Park Place Lexus will be hard to match. Above all, the sharp red Lexus “sleigh” stole the show with overflowing presents, a visual picture of the generous outpouring of our community to children in need!

Popular gift ideas for children include dolls, Legos and bicycles, and adults appreciate practical items such as tool sets, cookware or gift certificates home improvement or grocery stores. Restaurant gift cards to Subway, Sonic or other similar restaurants are always a special treat for teens!

The magic of the GRACE Christmas Cottage begins November 1 as “elves” transform donated space into a winter wonderland, and will be open for clients to shop for their children December 8-22.  Various volunteers are still needed for the 2014 Christmas Cottage. Please contact Lori Stevens for details

The Lexus dealership is located at 901 East Highway 114 in Grapevine. To R.S.V.P for this wonderful event, please call 214-224-7296 or email

A special thank you to Park Place General Manager Gary Venner and his staff for what promises to be a jovial evening!

By: Heather Ortner

Classic Tees Off to Benefit GRACE

golfIn the spirit of sport and charity, hundreds of men and women braved the brisk weather earlier Monday to participate in the 3rd Annual Classic Golf Tournament.

The Classic Chevrolet Golf Tournament took place at the esteemed world-class Cowboys Golf Course, designed by the best in the industry and boasting 159 immaculate acres of forest, natural waterways and even wildlife habitats. Players competed in a Florida scramble with 2 putt maximum.

GRACE is one of seven charities to receive proceeds from the Classic Employee Charity Fund, with a matching dollar for dollar gift from Classic owners Tom and Susan Durant.  GRACE is blessed to have the long-standing support of Classic Chevrolet and the Thompson Group who add value to the community by generously giving back.

It was an honor for GRACE to be included once again as a recipient of proceeds from this golf tournament, and a particular honor to participate in this year’s tournament commemorating Steve Thompson’s life.

GRACE was represented on the green by Board members John Elieson, Kevin Chase, Don Johnston, and Mike Mills.  GRACE volunteers passed out refreshments to players and thanked them for participating in a golf tournament that also provides food for the hungry, clothes for the poor, shelter for the wanderer, and medical care for the sick through partner charities like GRACE.

Many thanks to Classic Chevrolet and all who participated in the 2014 Steve Thompson Classic!

golfBy: Jennifer Jayroe



Gala Raises the Roof as Another Roof Crumbles

treeThe falling tree incident took place late Friday night at the Transitional Housing complex on the eve of the Gala. The damaging winds and rain caused the large trunk to nearly uproot, and the sheer weight made the tree crash into the carport just outside of the homes of our GRACE clients.

Had the tree fallen to a slight degree from the carport, it would have crashed through the home where our clients were sleeping. Clients removed their vehicles as the carport began to dilapidate.

Often what draws many clients to GRACE is the pursuit of safety and protection that a stable home environment provides. This hazard not only carried the potential for physical harm, but the emotional trauma would have had a lasting negative impact on our transitional housing clients.

For this very reason, we believe God protected our GRACE clients. The tree has since been removed by GRACE, and the carport is in the process of being repaired. A special thanks to Rusty Thigpen, our Food Pantry Manager, Transitional Housing and GRACE Staff who took swift action to ensure the safety of our residents.

If you have a heart for Transitional Housing, and would like to donate goods or time for Transitional Housing’s upcoming Fall Festival on October 23, you can donate bags of candy to GRACE Main on 610 Shady Brook Dr. in Grapevine, or contact LaDondra Wilson at


By: Heather Ortner