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Women’s Division: Partners With GRACE

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(l-r) GRACE Director of Community Engagement Lara Hohweiler and GRACE Chief Executive Officer Shonda Schaefer accept a generous gift from Alisa Runge, 2018 Chair of the Women’s Division of the Grapevine Chamber.

GRACE is privileged to have had a long-standing relationship with members of the Women’s Division of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce. A shared mission of service to the community, and compassion for those in need forged this partnership many years ago.

The Women’s Division is a generous collaborator with GRACE in the community, awarding scholarships to women in the GRACE Transitional Housing program that gives them the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

During the holidays, the group spearheads the Christmas Spirit outreach, which fulfills the wish lists of over 100 seniors in the GRACE Friends & Family program, many who are alone and home bound. The Women’s Division assures they are cared for, and that the season of love includes them, too.

Members of the Women’s Division buy and package backpacks and school supplies for hundreds of children in the GCISD who would otherwise start a new school year without needed essentials.

Members of the Women’s Division have served on the GRACE Board of Directors, and volunteered for many GRACE functions and programs. Several GRACE staff members have been honored to be among the membership of the organization.

This past week, the Women’s Division presented a gift of $7,800 to meet the continuing needs of the Back To School program at GRACE.

Thank you, Women’s Division, for all that you do. Find out more: Women’s Division.

Capture the Gala

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Stacey Brooks brings her wonderful smile and sharp photographer’s eye to the GRACE Gala on October 6.

Stacey Brooks, owner and president of Simple Moments Photography, has signed on as the official photographer of the 2018 GRACE Gala. As she has for 16 years in her own business, Stacey will capture the perfect moments of the Gala on Saturday, October 6 at the Gaylord Texan Resort.

When she is not behind the camera for GRACE, Stacey serves in the Clothing Room, helping Manager Dena Pesina make sure that children, men and women receive the clothing, shoes, coats and bedding they need.

Stacey has been volunteering at GRACE six years and has dedicated nearly 400 hours of service sorting, organizing and packaging gently used clothing and shoes for those who would otherwise go without.

With an endearing smile on her face, always a kind word, and with the upmost courtesy and respect, Stacey greets and serves families who come to the Clothing Room seeking one of the most essentials of life: clothing.

At the Gala you can be sure that Stacey will greet you with that famous smile and bubbly persona that will make you feel instantly at ease for your tux and ball gown red-carpet moment!

Here is more info about her: Simple Moments. Secure your place at the GRACE Gala.

 

 

BoomerJack’s “Lucky 13” Benefits GRACE

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BoomerJack’s promises the “coldest beers in town”.

Your chance to witness a 16-foot video wall come to life is fast approaching! Boomerjack’s Grill & Bar is planning a massive celebration to launch their newest location on Wednesday, August 29. The grand opening, scheduled 7-10 p.m. will raise funds to support GRACE services, and reward guests with Dallas Cowboys tickets, Dallas Stars tickets, and tons of other swag.

BoomerJack’s revels in its laid-back atmosphere, wall-to-wall TVs, mouth-watering food, cold drinks and value pricing. The Grapevine location, the 13th BoomerJack’s to open in the D-FW area, is in the former location of Joe’s Crab Shack at Main Street and the114 access road.

“We put together a special night to celebrate our teams, our opening, and one awesome local organization—GRACE,” said Catherine Adcock, BoomerJack’s event planner.

In addition to the 16-foot video wall, guests can choose from more than 1,000 feet of TV screens airing all manner of sports, and lounge in the massive all-season backyard-style patio, 3,700 sf with covered space, fire pits, cooling system, a toll-up garage door bar and, of course, TVs.

Catherine Adcock promises the coldest beers in town: “Our taps serve at 29 degrees cold through a state-of-the-art gycol-cooled system.” She also touts the innovative American grill dishes prepared fresh with every order.

Other sights to see include a recycled shipping container bar, vintage retro automotive-inspired art, and industrial-themed décor.

BoomerJack’s has been honored twice by the Dallas Morning News as a Top 100 Places to work in the Metroplex, and its owner/ founder, Brent Tipps, was named the 2017 Entrepreneur of Excellence by Fort Worth Magazine.

RSVP to the Grand Opening Event and check out more BoomerJack’s info.

PS: The Leyard TVF Series LED Video Wall from Leyard and Planar is 16-feet long, 9-feet-high in an 8×8 configuration, and is one of the biggest screens in Texas. Enjoy!!

GRACE Patients Voice Their Needs

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GRACE Community Clinic patients and researcher meet to discuss health care needs.

The United Way of Tarrant County wants to better understand the need for- and offerings provided by local community health centers.

As one of the few, and most accredited, community health programs in Tarrant County, the GRACE Community Clinic was host, and its patients were asked to provide their insights for a needs assessment session conducted earlier this week.

The satisfaction rate among GRACE Community Clinic patients is outstanding, yet many GRACE patients have been served at other health centers throughout the D-FW Metroplex, and are in a unique position to compare and contrast the services provided by area clinics.

Danielle Rohr, MS, a senior evaluation and assessment manager with the School of Public Health at UNT’s Health Science Center selected the GRACE Community Clinic and conducted the focus group session.

“The United Way wants information to understand what is working well [with community health centers] and what barriers and/or gaps exist,” said Shirley Roberts, RN, BAS, CCM, Grace Community Clinic nurse manager.

“We appreciate our clients and feel so thankful that United Way included GRACE because of our standing in the community,” said Roberts.

Data from the needs assessment will be complied, analyzed and distributed throughout Tarrant County by the United Way, and be available to other health centers across the country.

For more information: GRACE Community Clinic, or email Shirley Roberts. For information: United Way of Tarrant County.

Rain Dampens Back-To-School Fair

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The backpacks were stuffed and ready. Packages of bright crayons, new pencils, folders, rulers, composition books and erasers, were organized and arranged for the annual Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Back-To-School Fair at Grapevine High School.

Last Saturday morning, volunteers from GRACE and the Women’s Division of the Grapevine Chamber, were lined up and prepared to hand out more than a thousand bundles of school supplies and backpacks to families in our area who are unable to afford supplies for their little ones.

The weather had different ideas.

While a good number families braved the rain, estimates are over 1,200 elementary, middle school and high school students will have new school supplies to start the school year next week.

This week, GRACE caseworkers are busy continuing to help families with their school supplies and back-to-school clothing as well.

Typically, GRACE plans to serve around 350 additional students each year whose families were unable to attend the fair for various reasons.

“We will see families who couldn’t attend the fair,” said Stacy Pacholick, GRACE Chief Program Officer. “And school counselors will refer a number of students to us who transferred into the district, or who have little ones in Pre-K or Kindergarten who may not have known about the fair.”

GRACE wants to thanks all those volunteered to serve at the fair, and all those many donors, church groups, civic and social clubs, individuals  and local businesses that collected and provided supplies for the fair.

For more information, contact Marcela Melendez at mmelendez@gracegrapevine.org.

Eagle Scout Dylan Tong Paints Parking Lot at GRACE Main

GRACE is extremely grateful to the young men who have invested their energy, skill set, weekends and evenings to build an Eagle Project that serves the GRACE community

The Eagle Scout rank is not one that is easily attained. Boys Scouts must live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law (which places high value on service and honor) and earn a total of 21 merit badges that range from first aid to the “Citizenship in the Nation” badge, which encourages scouts to be grateful for their liberties and rights.

Among other requirements is an individual service project deemed helpful to a religious institution, school or community, otherwise known as the Eagle Scout Project. A project proposal must be thought up by the Boy Scout, approved by the Boy Scout Council, and executed.

Dylan Tong began his Eagle Project by taking on the responsibility of repainting the GRACE Main Parking Lot. This was no easy task with the late July heat beating down on the Scout and his troop. With all hands on deck, the project was completed over the course of two weekends.

Thank you so much to Dylan and his group for painting our parking lot and making it much easier and safer for our clients and volunteers!

We currently have no Eagle Projects available at this time. For general volunteer opportunities please email Sarah Armand at volunteer@gracegrapevine.org.

Farewell Fran

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Longtime Donation Station staffer Fran Butterfield has moved to Florida with her daughter Tanya and her family.

Fran Butterfield celebrated her 13th anniversary at GRACE last month. Long a familiar soul to those who volunteered at Donation Station, Franny was generous with her knowledge, her advice, and her helpfulness especially with young volunteers. She was always giving of her friendship and her joy.

This may seem like an “insider story” to some, and not fully appropriate for a public forum like this blog. But since most of its readers are deeply acquainted with GRACE, and many of you have volunteered at Donation Station, this bittersweet story of Miss Fran’s leaving is entirely suitable.

We talk a lot about “the GRACE family” here. Some of you, especially our long-time volunteers, have experienced the feeling of togetherness that comes with being a part of the GRACE mission. Through the good times, and bad, through tragedy and joy, we rely on our small staff and large cadre of dedicated volunteers to keep us moving forward.

Being a member of the GRACE family is to know the compassion we have for all those who come to us for help. It is knowing we respect the courage it takes for someone to walk through our doors and admit they need help to make rent, or feed their family.

It’s knowing that we are committed to giving our very best to those in need regardless of the budget, shortages, economic downturns, or any of the hundreds of risks nonprofits like GRACE face every day.

Franny faced her share over her thirteen years. And she is not alone. Every month at our full staff meeting we celebrate anniversaries. Most are two or three years. But there are a few seven years, eight years, ten years. And like Franny, 13 years—some staff members have served even longer. With all the good we do at GRACE, members of the GRACE family tend to stay together.

The GRACE family cares about one another. We pray together when sickness strikes. We grieve together when the Lord calls a loved one home. We celebrate together when accomplishments are made. We pull together to keep serving those in need.

Our strength is diminished by one—one Frances Ann Butterfield. Yet, as sad as we are to say “goodbye”, we so much admire her reasoning. She is moving to Florida to live with her daughter, Tanya, and her family. Another thing us GRACE insiders know: family always comes first.

Fare thee well dear Fran. Take our very best wishes, and our prayers for a wonderful, fulfilling life with you.

Transitional Housing Family Tours Grapevine Police Station

Last week the Grapevine Police department had the chance to give a tour to *Lauren and her three boys.  What the family thought would be a quick walk through of the building turned into  a two hour tour of the new Grapevine Public Safety Building.

The three middle school age sons were able to visit every department including investigations, forensics and the juvenile facility. The highlight of their tour was riding in the car with the sirens and climbing into the swat truck. Youngest son *Justin was thrilled the most, as he aspires to be a Police Officer himself one day.

The Grapevine Police Department has long been strong allies with GRACE to protect our families from high-risk situations over the years. The department’s close proximity to our Transitional Housing program not only gives the residents and enhanced sense of safety, the police officers have made it their priority to get to know these families on a personal level and extend their professionalism wherever it is needed.

GRACE Transitional Housing program has proven to be an effective model for moving families in domestic violence situations toward safety and self-sufficiency.  The program provides safe, clean, and stable housing for up to two years with in-depth case management that is tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual client.  It is our greatest hope to guide each individual toward independence as efficiently and effectively as possible.

We are so grateful to the Grapevine Police Department for showing our clients the Public Safety Building and also for showing them that they are well protected.

 

 

 

*Name changed to preserve identity 

Rumor Has It: The Gala Live Auction will be Fantastic

When veteran auctioneer Mike Jones takes the stage for the GRACE Gala Live Auction on Saturday, October 6, he will have a slate of rare, exciting and fabulous items to call.

While the full Live Auction offering is a closely kept secret, only to be divulged at the Gala itself, rumor has it that about a dozen great items will be on the block this year.

For example, perhaps Corinthian Wellness Spa will again offer a luxury package with a personal massage, custom facial, pedicures and manicures.

Maybe there will be a custom family vacation package to an exotic resort, and just maybe airfare will be included.

There are whispers about a grand suite for a Texas Rangers baseball, which may include great ballpark food and beverages.

There is hearsay of a unique and captivating experience in the Western Wilderness— where a couple can enjoy 3 nights of sights, scents, and tastes of rustic food and culture.

Scuttlebutt is a group that will enjoy a dinner served in their home by a well-renowned chef. The same rumor mill is buzzing about the private wine selection.

Finally, word on the street is a GRACE Gala favorite may be returning this year with the first chance at a table for the 2019 GRACE Gala.

These stellar packages—and other even more astounding—sound like a dream come true, but remember, it’s all a matter of conjecture. One will just have to come to the GRACE Gala to see for sure—and to have a chance at being the top bidder when Mike lowers the gavel.

Thank you to Auction Co-Chairs Jackie Meyer and Daveen Miller for creating these wonderful Auction items.

Tables and seats to the GRACE Gala are now on sale. Individual seats are $350 and tables of ten are $3,000. Call Mark Woolverton at 817-305-4653 to reserve yours now.

This is bonafide and categorically undeniable: tables are going fast! Get yours now!

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