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GRACE Community Clinic Update

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Setting up GRACE’s first Telehealth clinic.

With all the changes taking place in the world, GRACE is doing what we can to help ensure the agency is still able to serve clients who do not have access to traditional health care.

When news of COVID-19 started to arise, Shirley Roberts, RN, BAS, CCM, our GRACE Clinic Nurse Manager, was quick to respond!  She implemented over-the-phone health screenings, disinfection techniques routinely throughout the day, distributed supplies and educational materials to all GRACE sites, and referral information for callers who were concerned about symptoms. As information and mandates became more encompassing, Shirley and her team modified processes and moved almost all patient visits to a new Telehealth program.
On March 27, 2020, the GRACE Community Clinic provided its first full Telehealth clinic. Doxy.me, the platform that is being utilized, is HIPAA compliant and extremely user friendly. With the help of volunteers, GRACE was able to serve nine clients in the first virtual clinic.
It was amazing how well the clients were able to check into our virtual waiting room and had their provider visit online. There were tons of smiles when clients were able to see familiar faces still serving them in this time of need.
Going forward into April, we will be doing most visits through this platform. The providers will decide if they need to see anyone onsite. If clients need to be seen, it would be a rare situation, and they would go through pre-screening before the visit as well as upon their arrival.
GRACE is grateful for a community of clients, volunteer providers, and translators, who have been so positive and patient during this time of transition.

GRACE Community Clinic Needs

20200402_130239The GRACE Community Clinic is a Medical Home for uninsured families that do not have access to traditional health care. A dedicated staff of volunteer Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Pharmacists, translators, and clerical personnel provide services to our patients.

With the effects of COVID-19, spreading, we have noticed a high demand for certain items. To continue to serve our clients, the Community Clinic is looking for some help. We are in need of the following medicines to help treat those in need:

  • Fish Oil/ Omega 3
  • Iron/ Ferrous Sulfate 325 MG/65
  • Claritin
  • Zyrtec
  • Foot Cream Athlete (Lotrim)
  • Hemorrhoidal Cream
  • Miralax
  • Excedrin Migraine
  • Naproxen 220MG.
  • Tinactin
  • Abreva
  • Vitamin C
  • Multivitamins
  • Neosporin Cream
  • Afrin
  • Flonase Spray

Items can be dropped off or shipped to the following location. In order to protect your safety and our staff, please remain in your car and we’ll be happy to unload for you.

GRACE Food Pantry
837 E Walnut Street, Grapevine, TX 76051
Monday – Friday
9am – 5pm

GRACE Board Guides GRACE Through Unknown Waters

 

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GRACE Board interacting in a new way. 

It was enough to cause whiplash. In the very short time from the February meeting of the GRACE Board of Directors to the March meeting, the world was changed by COVID-19. And the GRACE Board of Directors were faced with a completely new landscape of service provision, staffing, and funding.

Led by Paul Bischler, the vice president of finance, treasurer, and chief sourcing officer for BNSF Railway, serving as its president, the GRACE Board took unprecedented steps to ensure the social service agency’s mission was served and its clients continued to receive services and assistance.

Keep in mind this occurred at the same time as many Board members were struggling within their own organizations to combat the onset of the coronavirus outbreak. Among the 24-person board are three hospital presidents, and representatives of three banking firms, two church partners, a school board, an energy company, a hotel conference center, the police department, and all others who were impacted by COVID-19.
Even with the Stock Market on a frightening roller coast, many Board members stepped forward with personal and corporate financial gifts. Once the impact on GRACE was projected, many Board members were first with contributions to fund GRACE caregivers and help hasten the recovery.

Frost Bank’s Susie Howell helped guide a substantial donation from the bank to the GRACE. Likewise, Vic De Vincenzo, with Atmos Energy directed a major gift to help fund the GRACE Food Pantry.
Others have encouraged members of their churches to make contributions. Still, others have made personal gifts and directed their companies to match their donations. Many are calling on members of the GRACE extended family and asking if there is anything GRCE can do to help.

Navigating through the uncharted waters of the coronavirus epidemic takes strength, know-how, and confidence, all strong qualities of GRACE Board members. The distant shore is not yet in sight, but know skilled and determined hands are firmly at the helm.

GRACE Food Pantry Update

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The GRACE Food Pantry is combating the COVID-19 outbreak with ample provisions of food, hygiene supplies, infant needs, and pet food for GRACE clients.
In order to lessen face-to-face contacts as much as possible, early last week the Food Pantry began disbursing provisions by drive-thru. Clients are directed to pull through the Food Pantry parking lot and receive a week’s worth of groceries.
Dietary restrictions and food preferences are served by request. Additional cleaning supplies, hygiene materials, and other needs are provided as needed.
Food Drives, usually a reliable mainstay for gathering food and supplies for the Food Pantry, are being discouraged for the time being to honor social distancing recommendations. However, grocery store donations are still being made, and Food Pantry staff members continue to fulfill pick-up arrangements.
The Food Pantry is working closely with the Tarrant Area Food Bank and other resources to supplement food inventory, as needed. Senior Food Commodities, a service directed through the Food Pantry to deliver grocery supplies to the homes of elderly patients, is continuing with the added responsibility to observe and ask about the health and well-being of our older clients as food is being delivered.
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The Take One Leave One (TOLO) boxes located at GRACE sites on East Walnut Street and on Shady Brook Drive are being promoted for neighborhood use. The Food Pantry monitors the volume of food stuff available in the TOLO boxes and refills the boxes as needed.
GRACE is continuing to seek sources to help fight back against COVID-19. Here’s how others can help:
  • Inspire others to join you. Share this email or share our Facebook post with a personal note about helping out in this disaster. I think you’ll find others are anxious just like you to do something to help. Those new to GRACE can sign up automatically to receive GRACE e-news here.
  • Pray for our clients, their families, and others who are struggling with disease, or the financial impact the illness is causing. Pray for each other, and an end to the suffering and fear.
For information about GRACE, or the GRACE Food Pantry, contact Keith Hills at 817-305-4677

 

Introducing: GRACEful Buys ONLINE!

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GRACE is jumping on Online Sales with GRACEful-E, a new way to shop for great one-of-a-kind merchandise and support GRACE too.

If social distancing has you missing the terrific GRACEful Buys experience, we have a solution. GRACE is bringing GRACEful Buys to you with a new online shopping experience we are calling GRACEful-E.

GRACEful-E online will feature the same one-of-a-kind treasures you’ll find in our stores at great GRACE prices. As with all GRACE merchandise, nearly all are one-of-a-kind offerings. All items are available with “Buy It Now” pricing, and shipping is free for most.

Resale revenues are extremely important to the GRACE budget. “Our resale stores account for more than one-quarter of our annual budget for programs and services,” said GRACE CEO Shonda Schaefer. “[With the COVID-19 outbreak] many of our shoppers are staying home right now.”

Online sales will help with GRACE’s COVID-19 response and recovery, but more than that, GRACEful-E opens up the burgeoning online industry to support the GRACE mission.

GRACEful-E will offer the same mix of rarities, décor, antiques and collectibles, fine jewelry, designer label clothing, shoes and accessories, and more found at GRACEful Buys stores in Grapevine and Euless, and the Style & GRACE store in the Hobby Lobby shopping plaza.

“We have beta-tested with DVDs,” said Dorcas Holloway, the GRACE Resale Internet Sales Manager. “We have our posting, purchasing, and fulfillment process down and ready to go.”

While only DVD’s are available today, next week a full range of merchandise will begin to appear on the site. For the record, the first-ever item purchased on GRACEful-E was a DVD copy of “Ray”, featuring Jamie Foxx’s Oscar-winning performance as Ray Charles.

Shoppers can find GRACEful-E on eBay under eBay Stores—search on gracefuleonline, or simply use this link: GRACEful-E. Check back often. There are new offerings every day.

For more information contact Dorcas Holloway at 817-305-4683.

 

“O-19” Halts Bingo

DBBA shouted call of “O-19” brought Designer Bags & Bingo to a sudden halt.

Of course, bingo aficionados know there is no such thing as “O-19”. The number 19 is in the “I” section and the “O” section is numbered 61 through 75. And this is just a weak attempt at making light of the tragic circumstances controlling our lives at the moment.

The horrible Outbreak of COVID-19 has cancelled or postponed nearly all activities and social events. Our prayers are with all those suffering with the coronavirus, or on the frontlines with our medical heroes fighting the disease.

Now, you can add the GRACE Designer Bags & Bingo (DB&B) to that long, long list of rescheduled events. DB&B was originally planned for Thursday, April 23. It will now take place on Thursday, July 16.

“We are so sorry for the inconvenience this has caused,” said GRACE CEO Shonda Schaefer. “Hopefully, by mid-July this [pandemic] will be over and Designer Bags & Bingo will give us a good way to celebrate.”

The managers at Park Place Jaguar Land Rover DFW in Grapevine have reworked their schedules to accommodate DB&B in their beautiful showroom, and caterer extraordinaire Ted Bilsky at Scratch Kitchen has cleared his calendar to serve that evening.

“Our thanks for sticking with us,” said Shonda. “Making a schedule change like this is a hardship, I know.”

Shonda also thanked the many sponsors, guests, and volunteers who were planning to attend this sold-out event. She hopes that everyone who had intended to come at the original time will be able to join us for the rescheduled date.

All attendees, and those who signed onto the DB&B wait list will be immediately informed of developing plans as the rescheduled date nears. For current information, contact Lara Hohweiler, GRACE Community Engagement Director, at 817-305-4653.

Kendra Scott ONLINE

floralKendra Scott is celebrating Springtime by hosting a Kendra Gives Back event for GRACE. Those familiar with past “Gives Back” events for GRACE can remember flocks of shoppers crowding their Southlake Town Square location seeking special pieces of their stunning jewelry.

This “Gives Back” event has a unique twist: It benefits GRACE’s emergency response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Kendra will donate 20% of all jewelry sales to the GRACE emergency response.

Even more unique, with “social distancing” in mind, Kendra Scott will conduct this “Gives Back” online only, and shoppers will have a full 48 hours to place their orders and support the GRACE efforts to help people overcome the effects of the coronavirus.

Starting tonight at midnight, Saturday, March 21, go online to Kendra Gives Back and be sure to use the promo code: GRACE when checking out to support the GRACE response to the pandemic.

GRACE has been blessed to have Kendra Scott as a Gala partner since 2015. For the past five years gala guests have looked forward to an exclusive jewelry pull with hundreds of wonderful pieces of jewelry. The jewelry pull has sold out every year.

Ms. Scott, a Texas-based designer, has become a nationwide sensation, partly due to placing charity at the heart of her business model. Since she started in 2002, Ms. Scott has worked with charities in communities close to her store locations, supporting over 100 charities nationwide and donating more than $1M last year.

For more information contact Lara Hohweiler, GRACE Community Engagement Director, 817-305-4653.

 

CEO’s Corner-Fighting COVID-19

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Shonda Schaefer, GRACE Chief Executive Officer

Dear Friends,

Here at GRACE, like everywhere, we are working to ease the grip of COVID-19. The tragic sickness is horrible enough, but for us the tragedy extends to the impact it has on our clients.

Threat of infection is one thing, but many of our clients are also suffering from the many closings and cancellations in our area.

Most of our clients are employed. These folks work in the service industry at the hotels and large corporations. They are the concessionaires at the airport, clerks at the mall, mom-and-pop shopkeepers, and many others.

Conventions are being cancelled. High-traffic areas at the airport are being restricted. Shopping and dining at the mall and in the city are dropping off. There are dozens of other actions impacting our clients as they struggle to make better lives for themselves and their families.

These are very uncertain times. But there is no time like the present to combat the misery of COVID-19. Here’s how:

 

  1. Help us get out ahead of the coronavirus outbreak by making a tax deductible donation now.
  2. Inspire others to join you. Share this email or share our Facebook post with a personal note about helping out in this disaster. I think you’ll find others are anxious just like you to do something to help. Those new to GRACE can sign up automatically to receive GRACE e-news
  3. Post this video on your social media: GRACE COVID-19 Emergency Needs
  4. Pray for our clients, their families, and others who are struggling with disease, or the financial impact the illness is causing. And pray for each other, and an end to the suffering and fear.

Daycare is the leading crisis today. In normal times, GRACE helps with rent and utilities, food, medical care, clothing, and other essentials should a crisis occur. The very high cost of daycare is draining meager budgets.

School is out of session for the next two weeks—some officials are even projecting much longer. These expenses are crushing the hopes of so many of our families, many single mothers, striving to remain self-sufficient.

Others, people who just a few weeks ago were confident they’d never need help from a place like GRACE, now find themselves out of work. Some relief may come from the government eventually, but rent, utilities, food costs, and other necessities of life can’t wait.

Our senior clients, the most vulnerable, are in jeopardy from isolation and neglect. Our volunteers and staff are alert to the health status and serving the special needs of our older neighbors.

A growing concern is finding the added funds to serve the rapidly increasing needs and swelling ranks of our clients. With the stock market so volatile, our concerns are multiplied—many of our donors will simply wait for the markets to climb before giving again.

I know I am asking for a sacrifice, but please give. A gift now during these troubled times means even more. It is a broad leap of faith, and we are prayerfully hoping you will come alongside us to prevent this crisis from deepening to unrecoverable levels.

Right now, as exploitive as it may sound, cash gifts are so needed to assist with the current daycare needs we are witnessing, and the future increase in client services we are anticipating.

I so appreciate your past support of GRACE and the concern you have shown for those we serve. Anything. Anything you can do to help would be appreciated. I hope to report back to you soon with much better news! Many thanks!

Very truly yours,
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Shonda Schaefer
Chief Executive Officer
GRACE

 

 

 

GRACE Emergency Box & Clinic Needs

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GRACE Emergency Box & Clinic Needs

In order to provide emergency support to our community in response to COVID-19, please consider donating some of the options listed below for GRACE’s Food Pantry Emergency Box and for use within our clinic.  For financial contributions, please donate here.  Thank you for your continuous support!

Staple Items

  • Jelly (any flavor)
  • Mac & Cheese (boxed)
  • Chunky Soup
  • Tuna (canned or in pouches)
  • Tuna Helper
  • Canned Chicken
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Dry Pasta (any kind)
  • Rice (dry or packaged)
  • Beans (dry or canned)
  • Spaghetti-O’s (canned)
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal or any other hot cereal
  • Saltine Crackers or snack crackers

Other Items

  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby Formula
  • Tissue & paper towels
  • Hand Sanitizer

Clinic Items

  • Fish Oil/ Omega 3
  • Iron/ Ferrous Sulfate 325 MG/65
  • Claritin
  • Zyrtec
  • Foot Cream Athlete (Lotrim)
  • Hemorrhoidal Cream
  • Miralax
  • Excedrin Migraine
  • Naproxen 220MG.
  • Tinactin
  • Abreva
  • Vitamin C
  • Multivitamins
  • Neosporin Cream
  • Afrin
  • Flonase Spray

Items can be dropped off or shipped to the following location. In order to protect your safety and our staff, please remain in your car and we’ll be happy to unload for you.

GRACE Food Pantry
837 E Walnut Street, Grapevine, TX 76051
Monday – Friday
9am – 5pm

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