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Classic: A Class Act

One of the most crucial essentials to financial security is reliable transportation.  For many individuals, lack of transportation is the first, and often final straw, in crises that cause job insecurity, housing loss, hunger, and increasing difficulty.

Car donations are crucial for GRACE in ensuring individuals and families have reliable transportation to work and school, so they are able to increase their earning potential, make their rent or take their children to day care.

One of our hardworking Transitional Housing Program participants, Alexus, had one of the best weeks ever last week!  She is grateful for the opportunities and assistance coming her way.  And now this – her very own vehicle!

GRACE is continually grateful for the generous partnership we have have with The Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet Grapevine.  The Thompson group does a great job of helping to select good cars, puts them under warranty, and, in this case, actually did a “dealer” loan – which means that Ken Thompson personally vouched for Alexus.

 

 

We always know that because of Ken’s personal commitment to our clients, we get a good deal, with a great dealership, and they will stand beside our clients!

Do you have a car to donate?

If you are able to provide a mode of transportation, or have any resources available to help our clients, please contact GRACE Chief Program Officer, Stacy Pacholick. All car donations will benefit GRACE families based on need.

Stories of GRACE

In our line of work, there is no shortage of stories – sweet, encouraging, tragic, triumphant.  Stories of loss.  Stories of picking up the pieces.  Stories of sharing the one sandwich you have with another, turning that one sandwich into two.  Stories of lifting up others.  Stories of overcoming the gloomiest of days.

As a GRACE family, we love sharing these stories with one another.  We never take for granted the awesome ways we see, hear, and are able ourselves to impart some of the grace we receive into the lives of others.  There is always so much to give even when it appears there is none left to give.  And there is always an abundance to receive at GRACE where others are standing-by, ready to lift each other up in deed, spirit and prayer.

Our story today is short but oh so sweet.  Last week we received a receipt from an online donation, which is, of course, a common occurrence.  What touched our hearts was the subject line “My donation is in honor of.”  This donation was made in honor of “the sweet woman who paid for my gas today.”

Now that is paying it forward!  We are so blessed to live among such kind people in our community.  It is a privilege to serve alongside you, GRACE Family.  Thank you for showing us how you serve in love for one another!

If you would like to share a touching, uplifting or praiseworthy GRACE experience with your GRACE family, please do not hesitate to share.  We love to hear them all!  Please contact our Marketing and Communications Manager, Lindsay Williford.

Save the Date for Christmas Cottage 2019

It’s hard to believe that we are drawing close to the most wonderful time of the year—Christmas Cottage!  We are proud to announce the 2019 location, 1250 William D. Tate in Grapevine, between Petco and Joann Fabrics. If this location sounds familiar, it’s because it is.  Last year’s generous location donor again offered this wonderful space.

For the Christmas Cottage to happen, GRACE counts on the community to help us provide for the anticipated 150 daily family members who need a little help this season. Parents essentially ‘shop’ among the new, unwrapped toys, so they can choose what would excite their children most, and wrap them under the tree.

The vision is to allow children to share the same excitement on Christmas morning as any child regardless of privilege, and for parents to feel at ease knowing that despite the hardships they are facing, treasured holiday traditions can stay intact for their family.

Gifts for teens and tweens are needed. Gift cards of $5 or $10 to Subway, Sonic and other similar restaurants are great! Wrapping paper, small appliances for family gifts and batteries are also an ongoing need.

Inspired to serve this holiday season? Reach out to Seasonal Manager, Lori Stevens for ways to get involved.

A Great Giving Day!

The results are in, and as usual we are both humbled and blown away!

Thank you for making time in your busy day to log onto the North Texas Giving Day website and make a gift, or to visit one of the many North Texas Giving Day events throughout the region and make your voice heard.

This year, GRACE Family, you gave above and beyond our  goal.  That. Is. Amazing!

GRACE joins dozens of other agencies in thanking all of the donors who came together for North Texas Giving Day. Your gifts make a tremendous impact on so many missions.

In addition to raising funds for area charities, North Texas Giving Day also promotes volunteerism. For all of you who volunteer, give and pray for GRACE any other day of the year, your support truly guides this agency.

GRACE is only the channel through which your generosity helps those in need. On behalf of the clients you allow us to serve, thank you for making a lasting difference in the community.

A Most Gracious Yogi

You have TWO chances to come get your flow on with Shannon at Inspire Yoga Grapevine this weekend – Saturday, September 14 from 11:15 am to 12:15 and Sunday, September 15 from 6:00 pm to 7:00pm!

Not only will you get a fantastic workout and time to zen, you’ll be supporting GRACE!

Just $10 gets you a spot in a class and all proceeds will go to support GRACE Programs!  Here’s even better news — if these classes garner a good following, Inspire Yoga will extend the event on through the fall!

Inspire Yoga is located at 400 E. Dallas Rd. suite 400 in Grapevine at the Aura Four44 building across from Hop and Sting Brewing Company.  Head East on Dallas Road from Main Street – turn South at Jean Street.  Free garage parking for studio patrons.

Inspire Yoga® is a health and wellness company specializing in Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Classes.  Studio locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex include Denton, Highland Village and Grapevine.  Inspire Yoga has been honored with the ‘Best of Denton County Award’ for best yoga instructors, best studio, and best training program eight years in a row.  License opportunities are now available for additional studio locations and corporate wellness programs.

More about Shannon

Shannon Ford started her career as a licensed social worker in the state of Michigan.  Her social work career gave her opportunities to work with middle school-aged children, survivors of domestic violence, aging adults and adults with chronic mental health concerns.

She discovered yoga shortly into her career while living in California working as a Bereavement Coordinator with a hospice agency.  Shannon found the health and wellness benefits of yoga to parallel that of her social work career. As a result, Shannon continued to deepen her practice after moving back to Michigan and having two children.

A year after moving to Texas with her young family, Shannon decided to pursue the 200 hour yoga teacher training through Inspire Yoga in Grapevine in order to learn more about the history and philosophy of yoga, as well as embark on an opportunity to share the practice with others. She hopes to someday connect her Social Work career with yoga. In the meantime, Shannon is a new graduate of the teacher training program and recently started teaching at Inspire Yoga, Grapevine.

 

GRACE Welcomes Four New Board Members

GRACE’s ability to offer a high degree of accountability and integrity is largely due to the tenure of the GRACE Board of Directors.

The collective expertise of the GRACE Board is second to none, and GRACE is pleased to welcome four new community leaders to the slate: Kindal Wright Kreamer, Sara E. Suttle, DPM, FACFAS, Tony Pack and Chris York.

Kindal Wright Kreamer

Kindal Wright Kreamer holds the position of General Counsel with Wright Construction Co., Inc., a proven leader in underground utility Construction in the Metroplex since 1963.

She received her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

She was one of five students of the Class of 2010 at Dedman School of Law selected to receive a full scholarship plus stipend in recognition of academic achievement, commitment to civil duty, and leadership

She is a proud Grapevine resident and a dedicated family woman.  Her family members are all deeply involved supporters of GRACE, and we are certain she will be an incredible asset to our Board!

Sara E. Suttle, DPM, FACFAS

Originally from Oklahoma, Dr. Sara Suttle moved to Texas as young a child in 1989.  Upon graduating high school, Dr  Suttle enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserve where she was trained as a surgical technician, providing her with invaluable experience  during her collegiate and medical training.

The U.S. Air Force took her to San Antonio, TX, where she studied at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  There she graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in Biology.

After completing her undergraduate work and finishing her career in the military, she attended the Scholl College of Podiatric  Medicine in North Chicago, IL, on an academic scholarship and obtained her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine  degree.  Sara then completed a three-­‐year surgical residency at Kingwood Medical Center in Kingwood, TX, where she served as Chief Resident during her final year.

 

Tony Pack

Tony Pack has been the Vice President of Sam Pack Automotive Group for over 36 years.  He earned his undergraduate degree in political science and government from Texas Tech University, and also attended the National Automobile Dealer Academy.

The Sam Pack Auto Group has a customer-experience approach rooted in culture.  It’s clear how important the customer relationship is to their team, but when talking to Pack, it’s also evident that to him, building and growing relationships includes everyone – family, employees, community – and of course, the customer.  “Our customers have great experiences because we focus first on making sure our employees love their jobs. When employees love their jobs, customers love their experience.”

He is bilingual in Spanish, and has been heavily involved with the Lions Club, Youth Direct Ministries, Ford Dealer Advertising Fund and Ford Dealer Council.  Tony lives with his wife, Louisa, and their two daughters, Carly and Macy, in the DFW area.

Chris York

Chris has been serving hospitals and healthcare systems for more than 25 years.  His leadership experience in the healthcare industry has been marked by progressively increasing responsibilities and consistently improved performance.

Chris originally joined Baylor Scott & White Health in 2007.  He currently serves as the President of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine.  Chris was the President of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie from July 2013 until December 2018.

As President of BSW – Waxahachie, Chris oversaw the opening of the replacement facility in 2014.  During his tenure, BSW – Waxahachie experienced unprecedented growth and performance.  Chris is passionate about driving excellence through a culture based upon: 1) love for one another, 2) receiving feedback as a gift, and 3) courageously leading change that drives continuous improvement.

Prior to making the move to Waxahachie, Chris served as Chief Operating Officer for Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine and oversaw the day-to-day operations and the construction of a $100M bed tower expansion project.  He originally joined BSWH as Vice President for Surgical Services at Baylor University Medical Center.

In addition to BSWH, Chris spent time in the Atlanta market serving as Vice President of Hospital Operations with the WellStar Health System.  He served two different four-year stints with Mountain States Health Alliance in positions ranging from Management Engineer to Vice President. Between the two periods with MSHA, he spent six years with VHA Performance Consulting traveling the country working with healthcare systems on a variety of strategic and operational improvement initiatives.

Chris is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  He also serves on a number of community boards.  During the first 15 years of his career, Chris was bi-vocational – serving as a youth pastor in the evening and on weekends.

He received a football scholarship to attend East Tennessee State University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration. He later received his MBA, with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration, from ETSU.

Chris has been married to Jackie York, MD, Neonatologist, for 25 years.  They have one son, Jack, who is currently a sophomore at Stephen F. Austin University, and is also a member of their football team.

GRACE is tremendously honored that these four individuals would invest in GRACE by lending their time, insight and talents.  Welcome to the Family!

 

Capture GRACE

We are looking for photographers for the GRACE Gala on October 26th!  Spend the evening at our premiere event of the year while doing what you love – not to mention it helps a lot of people in a big, BIG way!

Contact Melissa Maraki at events@gracegrapevine.org if you are interested in donating your services.

Nurse Shirley: Saving GRACE

 

GRACE Community Clinic Nurse Manager, Shirley Roberts, hit the big time in medical supplies thanks to our Clinic’s relationship with Direct Relief, our international non-profit partner, with a value and savings of $33,895 for GRACE!

Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries.  Their mission is to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay.  GRACE is a member of Direct Relief through which we order medications and medical supplies as available and needed for our clients.

A few weeks ago we were offered Tresiba, a long-acting insulin, for our clients, of which we were in great need.  Nurse Roberts was able to obtain 100 vials of the medication last week – a retail value of $33,895!  53% of our active clients are diagnosed as pre-diabetic or diabetic.  Out of our current active diabetic clients, 29% of them are on insulin.

This week we were immediately able to put our new insulin supply to use.

Our client, a 56 year old female with a diabetes diagnosis, returned to our Clinic this week after being out of the country for six months.  She had run completely out of all of her medications, and lost her glucometer, leaving her unable to check her blood sugars.

We were able to send her to lab and schedule an appointment with one of our providers.  During her Clinic visit, our provider ordered insulin refills to her other oral medications and provided her with a new glucometer and supplies.  We were very blessed that the needed insulin had arrived, allowing us to immediately provide insulin and also educational information during her Clinic visit.

“God always knows what we need and provides it on a daily basis in order for us to continue to service our clients.”

Clinic Nurse Manager, Shirley Roberts

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