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Food Pantry Needs List

Our Food Pantry inventory is low or out of many items, and we need your help!

Covid has forced us to make some changes to how we operate so that our clients can still receive the great service they always have from the Pantry. Shoppers now have to make an appointment so they can still hand-select the food they know their family will enjoy – we have also limited the total number of people allowed in the store at one time as a safety precaution. For those that are ill or that choose to not wear a mask, they are welcome to receive an emergency food box in the “drive through” portion of the pantry. The GRACE Community Pantry is committed to serving our shoppers no matter what obstacles are put in front of us! Finally, we would like to extend a warm GRACE Family welcome to our new Pantry Manager, Marcus Miranda – in the short time he’s been here he’s made a big impact, we are so excited to have him!

View, share and print our most current Pantry Needs List here and make an impact today.

Register for GRACE Gala 2020!

The GRACE Gala 2020 Virtual Event is rapidly approaching and we want you to participate!

This year’s Gala is going to be a truly original event. Concerns over COVID made us reconsider our traditional Gala plans, moving us into the virtual realm for our first ever online Gala.

All the things you love about Gala are going to be presented in a new format. We are working with our event technology specialists Alford Media to create a Virtual Event worthy of the GRACE Gala name.

Auction items are being collected and the secret Gala Boxes are being filled with tons of high quality goodies, sure to help you celebrate GRACE in style.

The money we raise is going to straight back to the organization to help us build a stronger community. The funds raised will go to programs like Feed Our Kids which has gotten more popular each year, our Community Clinic that has had to work extra hard this year to help patients deal with COVID concerns, and our Food Pantry that helps keep our client families healthy and full!

We are excited to spend the evening with you and those that you love.

Log onto GRACEgala.com today, register and be a part this special event happening November 7 at 7pm.

Volunteer at Donation Station!

Donation Station (DS) is often the first volunteer experience many people have at GRACE. Church and youth groups, families, companies, and many others donate their time to receive and sort donations. The heart of DS is truly its volunteers.

We’ve been extraordinarily busy at Donation Station (DS)… with people at home—working or quarantining—lots of closets, attics, and garages are getting cleaned. There is a lot of work to be done so we are making one of our favorite incentives available to potential DS helpers.

During certain times of the year, and depending on the type of volunteer work needed, GRACE offers double hours those completing volunteer service. That means that volunteers will receive credit for two hours of service for every one hour completed. As you may have noticed throughout this year, the GRACE Donation Station has had to close intermittently to catch up on sorting donations. This is due to the fact that we have had some OUTSTANDING donors who have graciously given their gently used items to help those in need. However, due to the circumstances surrounding COVID, and local mandates, GRACE Donation Station has struggled with getting enough hands on deck to sort the donations. Volunteer work at the donation center can be strenuous, but is vital to the GRACE mission.

Donation Station is a hub where the generosity of our community is truly directed to those in need.

Just like with our GRACEful Buys shopping centers, masking and spacing protocols are being followed to protect volunteers, staff, and donors. So please, sign up today and help the community!

Sign up for a shift HERE!

Donated Cars Find New Owners

Reliable transportation makes a huge impact on a person’s ability to live. Jumping in the car and being able to go to work, take the kids to school, visit the doctor, or even go to the store is something that is often taken for granted. If the ability to drive is taken away, or not even available to begin with, an avalanche of problems are created that are nearly impossible to dig out of.

GRACE is proud to announce that the final two donated cars in our possession have been given to very deserving members of our Transitional Housing program.

The vast majority of GRACE clients are termed the “working poor”. Their wages cover most of their essentials, and for the most part their vehicles get them around. But, unlike the rest of us who can roll our cars into a repair shop when something goes wrong, to our clients a massive car repair or an accident immediately becomes a major crisis. For the folks in Transitional Housing, the safety nets for these types of crises are very thin. Being able to give the gift of reliable transportation immediately transforms the lives of families and serves as a perfect example of the services and outcomes we work so hard to achieve.

The car titles transferred this week were to a single mother and a woman who was using Uber as her only means of transportation. Saving the money that she was using on a ride-share service can now go to more important needs and help her achieve critical goals for her success as a member of Transitional Housing.

One of the donated vehicles, a little red Saturn, has a manual transmission and the person receiving the car hadn’t driven one since she was a teenager… our Chief Program Officer Stacy Pacholick took her out for a driving lesson in a local parking lot. The client quickly got comfortable driving it and now she has more control over her schedule, her pocket book, and her future.

Helping the community is a lot like learning how to drive stick…you’re going to stall but with a little patience and a guiding hand – you’ll be off on your own in no time.

If you have a good working vehicle to donate to GRACE, a full fair market valuation of the car will be set, and a receipt for the tax-deductible gift will be issued. If you have a car donation, please contact Teresa Williamson, GRACE Chief Operating Officer, or call 817-305-4661.

Welcome Nick!

GRACE is honored to welcome Nick Carissimi as the new Marketing and Communications Manager. He has quickly taken his place on staff as a leader and guide on the arts and creativity.

As with most true artists, Nick suffered early in his career. He survived four years at a small technological college clinging to the edge of a high plains plateau on the Llano Estacado in a gritty West Texas town best known as home to the Lubbock Cotton Kings of the non-defunct Western Professional Hockey League.

Still, he would not let this indignity keep him down. He knew his great-grandfather didn’t flee fascist Italy so his grandson could be stuck reporting on dust storms his entire career.

Nick joined Entercom Radio in 2008 and worked as a broadcaster, generated live programming, newscasts, and paid programming for the largest radio newsroom in the region, working with well-known local luminaries like fitness authority Larry North, and the legendary Texas gardening and horticulture expert Neil Sperry.

In 2012, Nick moved into the newsroom as a Producer for 1080-KRLD AM, reaching a weekly audience of more than 3 million listeners. He also served as a journalist and newscast anchor for the Texas State Network.

Entercom chiefs valued his talents so much in working with area media, public information officers, and PR firms, that Nick was promoted to the post of Public Affairs Director for the broadcasting giant.

It was while serving as Entercom’s Public Affairs Director that Nick’s calling came to serve those in need. He had worked with more than 300 charities and non-profit group throughout North Texas, and his concern for the hundreds of thousands of people served by these organizations grew tremendously. Nick vowed to bring his experiences and talents to bear on their struggles.

Recently, he teamed with British author and lecturer Andy Puddicombe and helped bring meditation training and mindfulness to millions on Radio Headspace, which rose to be in the Top 25 podcasts on ITunes.

Nick’s experience in journalism, public relations, content marketing, presentation design, and a mastery of social media platforms, website design, SEO practices, and all things communications, will help GRACE move to the next level of communications.

You can welcome Nick by email or call 817-305-4652.

GRACE is Hiring!

GRACE is looking to grow our family! If you or someone you love is looking to utilize their skill set to advance the GRACE mission, there are several open positions to meet the growing needs of our clients.

Bilingual Administrative Assistant/Client Services Coordinator

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Answering incoming phone calls, screening program inquiries & answering basic program services questions;
  • Handles initial steps in assisting clients during intake;
  • Maintains client files & purges as policies indicate;
  • Prepare documents, schedule meetings and assist in registering participants in support of Client Services special events;
  • Work with manager to review outcomes & evaluations for Client Services department and assist in data integrity maintenance, proofing & thorough client dashboard reviews;
  • Review check requests in preparation for approval & maintain spreadsheets that track program expenditures;
  • Collect/process invoices for program;
  • Collect, sort & distribute mail;
  • Administrative support to all departments;
  • Work with Operations Manager to maintain phone system;
  • Assist with production of materials for Board of Directors, committee & other department meetings;
  • Ensure common areas kept clean and in order;
  • Other administrative tasks as assigned.

Please note: Qualifications and requirements listed are not exclusive. All offers of employment are contingent upon the results of reference checks, a criminal background check, drug screen and lift test. Submit minimum salary requirement and resume to hr@gracegrapevine.org

Warehouse Associate/Driver

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • committed to providing excellent customer service;
  • ability and willingness to move with purpose and a strong sense of urgency;
  • accuracy and attention to detail;
  • ability to organize and prioritize a variety of tasks/projects;
  • donation acceptance and processing for resale store; working outside;
  • driving company donation pickup truck;
  • requires ability to lift 75 lbs. repeatedly and stand for extended periods of time;
  • must work weekends and some holidays;
  • Previous warehouse and/or nonprofit experience preferred;
  • Previous experience as a mover or with furniture delivery preferred.

Please note: position requires working outside in the heat/cold. Qualifications and requirements listed are not exclusive. All offers of employment are contingent upon the results of reference checks, a criminal background check, drug screen and lift test. Submit minimum salary requirement and resume to hr@gracegrapevine.org

Sorter/Production Associate

Competitive Pay!
Opportunities for increase in pay as soon as 90 days!
Summer Seasonal Bonuses!
Free daily lunches!

GRACE is seeking an organized, mission-minded individual for the position of Sorter/Production Associate.

**PLEASE NOTE: position requires some work outside in the heat/cold.

**PLEASE NOTE: $11/hr is firm; HOWEVER, there is opportunity for increase in pay as soon as 90 days should you choose to pursue it.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Process, sort, tag and price donations received (household items, toys, clothing, linens and miscellaneous items);
  • Requires the ability to lift up to 40 pounds and stand for extended periods of time;
  • Constant moving around;
  • Must be able to work Saturdays and some holiday work required;
  • Previous non-profit experience preferred.

Qualifications and requirements listed are not exclusive.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the results of reference checks, a criminal background check, drug screen and lift test. Submit resume to hr@gracegrapevine.org

Warehouse Associate/Donation Intake/Driver

GRACE is seeking an organized, mission-minded individual for Driver/Donation Intake Associate position.

**PLEASE NOTE: Position requires working outside in the heat/cold.

**PLEASE NOTE: $12/hr is firm; HOWEVER, there is opportunity for increase in pay as soon as 90 days should you choose to pursue it.

**PLEASE NOTE: Must have valid/current driver license and be 21 years of age or older due to insurance requirements

Duties include but not limited to:

· Committed to providing excellent customer service

· Ability and willingness to move with purpose and a strong sense of urgency

· Ability to multitask

· Accuracy and attention to detail

· Ability to organize and prioritize a variety of tasks/projects

· Donation acceptance and processing for resale store

· Unloading donations from donor vehicles

· Loading trailers/trucks for deliveries

· Driving box truck, loading/unloading donations and making deliveries

· Equipment maintenance checks

· Some warehouse work

Requirements/Qualifications:

· Requires ability to lift up to 50 lbs. repeatedly and stand for extended periods of time

· Must work weekends and some holidays

· Must be able to work outside in hot/cold temperatures

· Must have current/valid Driver License and good driving record; CDL not required, but applicants must be 21 years of age or older due to insurance requirements

· Previous warehouse and/or nonprofit experience preferred

· Previous experience as a mover or with furniture delivery preferred.

Qualifications and requirements listed are not exclusive.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the results of reference checks, a criminal background check, drug screen and lift test.

Submit resume to hr@gracegrapevine.org

Donation Intake/Warehouse Associate (Saturdays Only)

GRACE is seeking an organized, mission-minded individual for our Donation Intake/Warehouse Associate position to work Saturdays only.

**PLEASE NOTE: Position requires working outside in the heat/cold.

**PLEASE NOTE: $10/hr is firm; Saturdays only

Duties include but not limited to:

· Committed to providing excellent customer service

· Ability and willingness to move with purpose and a strong sense of urgency

· Ability to multitask

· Accuracy and attention to detail

· Ability to organize and prioritize a variety of tasks/projects

· Donation acceptance and processing for resale store

· Unloading donations from donor vehicles

· Loading trailers/trucks for deliveries

· Equipment maintenance checks

· Some warehouse work

· Requires ability to lift up to 50 lbs. repeatedly and stand for extended periods of time

· Must work some holidays that fall on Saturdays

· Must be able to work outside in hot/cold temperatures

Qualifications and requirements listed are not exclusive.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the results of reference checks, a criminal background check, drug screen and lift test.

Submit resume to hr@gracegrapevine.org

Get a job, make friends, make a difference! Join GRACE today!

Another North Texas Giving Day Success!

The results are in, and we are – yet again – stunned by your generosity. 

The 154 donations made by you, the GRACE Family, smashed our projected goal yet again and we couldn’t be more grateful. 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.

“As a staff member here at GRACE, it’s always an overwhelming honor to witness the generous outpouring of support from our community towards the GRACE Mission. In a year where we all have faced the unprecedented, events like North Texas Giving Day serve as an encouraging reminder of just how large our GRACE Family truly is,” Kristina Davis, GRACE Grant Writer.

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.

Thank You, North Texas Orthopedics & Spine

The GRACE Community Clinic has many wonderful partners which is why we are able to deliver such a high level of care for our clients. One of those proud community partners is North Texas Orthopedics & Spine. Their expertise, professionalism, and commitment to the community is something that we as an organization greatly value – as do the patients who receive their care. We thought it would be nice to celebrate their first year with the Clinic by learning a little more about the practice and the services that they provide; longtime GRACE supporter Laura Redman with Reflections Marketing was kind enough to do that for us…

North Texas Orthopedics & Spine Center (NTO) is exclusively focused on individual orthopedic needs, with doctors and staff that are devoted to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. NTO is a comprehensive orthopedic and spine center for healing where collaboration is commonplace, passion runs deep and an undeniable culture of caring extends into the community. The practice has 2 locations in Grapevine and the Keller/Alliance area with 13 doctors and many other providers from physician assistants, nurse practitioners and physical therapists. They also opened a new Urgent Care at their Grapevine location with no appointments necessary earlier this year.

“There are such strong ethics within our practice; a desire to always do what is right, to embrace change, and to collaborate together for the best decisions. As a result, we are blessed with an extremely high percentage of word of mouth referrals from our patients, which is the greatest compliment we could receive.” -Lora Fulmer, CEO with NTO for 23 years.

NTO has been serving North Texas for over 30-years and has developed a culture of compassion and a commitment to excellence and is proud to be a community partner with GRACE. Whether that is serving with the Feed Our Kids program or the physicians volunteering in the medical clinic once a month.

“They’re an amazing organization. NTO does a lot of interesting procedures for pain management with our clients,” Shirley Roberts, GRACE Community Clinic Nurse Manager. “The staff is great… and big – I never seem to see the same doctor twice when they’re volunteering, it’s wonderful,” she added laughing.

NTO believes that there is no greater reward than making a difference is someone else’s life. It’s important to give back and it’s an honor to serve the communities. For many years now, NTO has had an outreach committee within the practice that focuses on community needs and looking for ways to serve. This includes food drives, serving the children at Christ’s Haven in Keller, providing meals to families at the Ronald McDonald House in Fort Worth and working with several churches that feed the homeless. NTO also supports the Humane Society and works on various recycling efforts. Several of the physicians travel to South America on mission trips as well each year. Giving back to the local schools is just as important too. NTO provides free bi-annual sports physicals at the 8 schools the physicians are team doctors for and the practice is an active participant and sponsor with the Southlake Carroll Education Foundation.

Services

• Comprehensive Orthopedics: foot, ankle,
    knee, hip, spine, back, neck, hand, wrist,
    elbow, shoulder
• Pain Management
• Sports Medicine
• Joint Replacement
• Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
• Therapeutic and Diagnostic Injections
• General Orthopedics
• Digital X-Ray
• Diagnostic Ultrasound
• C-Arm Fluoroscopy
• Durable Medical Equipment (DME)
• Orthopedic Telemedicine
• Occupational Therapy
• Physical Therapy
• Workers’ Compensation
• Orthopedic Urgent Care

If you’re interested in learning more about NTO give them a call at
(817) 481-2121 or visit their website NTXORTHO.COM

Thank you North Texas Orthopedics & Spine Center for all that you do!

Volunteers Needed

We are in need of high energy and FUN volunteers to help us out at GRACE Donation Station! This location is essential to GRACE programs as it is the primary location where all incoming donations from the community are processed. Volunteers are needed in many capacities, which may include unloading donations, sorting and hanging clothing, electronic testing, and much more!

Due to the nature of work at Donation Station, we are asking for volunteers to be 14 years of age and older. In order to volunteer at GRACE, you must first attend orientation and complete the general volunteer form before beginning your shift. Orientation dates can be found by clicking HERE.

To sign up to volunteer at Donation Station, please visit our sign up page HERE.

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