A visit to the First United Methodist Church’s gym last week might have given you the impression that its members were preparing a picnic for the entire city.

Dozens of congregations gathered to assemble sack lunches, pen encouraging notes and ready the crafting supplies for another week of Feed Our Kids, GRACE’s summer lunch program.

“Serving lunches at all six sites for the entire week is no easy task,” says GRACE Seasonal Programs Coordinator Lori Stevens, “the members of First United Methodist Church in Grapevine takes on this logistical feat with joy and zeal. It’s nothing short of amazing.”

At week’s end, the group served lunches to 3,244 children. To give you perspective on that amount, you could line a sack lunch from end to end and make your way around the entire Grapevine High School track. Twice.

A special thanks to the First United Methodist Church in Grapevine for pressing on to answer the need of children in our community!

View their album below

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

-Philippians 3:12-14


As the only Community Clinic in the immediate area GRACE is committed to providing holistic, preventative care that helps families overcome financial and physical hardship.

Your investment in GRACE programs spurs exciting changes for families in our community, including the 835 individuals who consider the GRACE Community Clinic their medical home.


Thanks to our partnership with the Grapevine REC and the H.E.R.O (Helping Everyone Enjoy Recreational Opportunities) program, clients who wouldn’t otherwise be able to participate due to financial hardship are making tangible progress.

Patients are challenged to reach a benchmark of a 10% health progress rate each quarter. Nearly three-fourths of our diabetes patients were able to decrease their hemoglobin A1C levels and reach their goal. More than half also increased their blood pressure to the target range, and nearly half decreased their BMI by at least 10%.


The Community Clinic was able to locate prosthetic services for a new client who recently had a below the knee amputation due to old injury and severe diabetes. This client has taken advantage of the Clinic’s Diabetes Classes, and has graduated from the Clinic’s Cooking Matters nutrition course.

In only three months, this patient has decreased his HgAIC from an 11 to 6.8, which is incredible. Thanks for your support, he has enjoyed renewed energy and sustained health.


GRACE welcomed two physicians to its team of volunteers: Prasuna Dubagunta, M.D., Internal Medicine, and Tammy Polit, D.O., Family Practice.

“God has truly blessed our clinic and continues to guide us every day in the care and services that we provide for our clients,” says Nurse Manager Shirley Roberts, “We could not do anything without our wonderful community support and the awesome volunteers that provide their time on a daily basis.”



GRACE’s longtime Executive Director was recognized among Society Life magazine’s Top 10 Most Successful, Influential and Beautiful Women in Northeast Tarrant County.

Society Life readers were asked to nominate women whose admirable characteristics compelled them to invest in their community, donate their resources and inspire others to achieve great things.

A dynamic mentality and compassionate spirit is often a delicate balance for a leader, and Shonda embodies both with poise and clarity. It’s not difficult for members of the community to see what her staff already know of her: her deep commitment to families in need, and genuine appreciation for all who work alongside her.

“When I heard that Shonda had been nominated for this wonderful honor, I was so incredibly proud of her and for her.  I have worked with a number of executives in my career and Shonda is by far one of the best. She is extremely intelligent and passionate about the GRACE mission. Shonda is a true servant leader- she does not and would not ask anyone to do anything she herself would not step up to do.  Shonda cares tremendously about her staff, her community and the mission of our agency. She truly personifies ‘successful, influential and beautiful’ and there is nobody more deserving of this honor!”

-Melissa Simpkins, GRACE Executive Assistant

It also comes as no surprise that many of these distinguished recipients are longtime supporters and advocates for GRACE. Their accomplishments and community involvement are too many to do justice in this post, and we know you’ll be inspired by the wisdom and insight of these local women in the original story, which can be found here.

Here is a complete list of winners in alphabetical order:

Traci Bernard– President, Texas Health Southlake Hospital-GRACE Board Member

Cindy J. Campbell-President/CEO, First National Bank

Judi McQueary-President/CEO, The Corinthian Companies- Chief Visionary Officer/ Owner, Corinthian Wellness Spa

Adreienne Menichini-Owner, Southlake Jazzercise Franchise

Debbie Morris-Executive Pastor of Gateway Women at Gateway Church

Pamela Muller-Southlake Visionary/Supporter

Tammy Nakamura-Owner/Marketing and PR Director, Accent on You Cosmetic Surgery Center & Medispa- President, Natico Management Company-Colleyville City Council, Place 1-GRACE Gala Advisory Board

Shonda Schaefer-Executive Director/ CEO, GRACE

Esther Spina-National Consultant, Ambit Energy-Founder, Ambitious Women Conference-Co-Founder, Ambitious Women Success Club-Owner, UFC Gym Franchises DFW

Patty Turner-Owner and Founder, Grayson Allen Fine Jewelers



Our sorting facility Donation Station will be extending operating hours from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. effective Monday, July 25.

The additional operating hour will make it easier for the community to drop off their items after work. The decision is also a safety measure to prevent donation theft from items left in the evening.

Donation Station houses donated goods such as clothing, housewares, linens, toys and books given by the community to provide assistance to those in the midst of job loss, illness or other emergency.

Your item donation gives hope when families wonder how they’ll be able to afford back-to-school clothes, work boots or interview attire. The items also supply our Transitional Housing program with goods on hand for those seeking shelter.

Many donations are funneled into our resale operations, which generate revenue to continue GRACE programming. The multitudes of items we receive require stewardship, strategy, and elbow grease to ensure the products are directed where they will be most useful.

Businesses, Church congregations and civic groups find great satisfaction after volunteering at Donation Station, and many individuals are needed to support our resale staff on a weekly or part time basis.

No retail experience is required to volunteer, and all volunteers will receive ample training. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Volunteer Manager Lara Hohweiler.

For a list of items that Donation Station accepts, visit our webpage here.

2015 Annual Report



When it comes to the dinner menu for the GRACE Gala on October 22, guests can expect a delectable cuisine with a European flair. The four-course meal is provided by the aptly-named, Savor, the venue’s in-house catering company.

As GRACE’s largest fund raising event of the year proceeds from the Gala allow GRACE to give hope to families facing crisis.

The 2016 GRACE Gala will take place on Saturday, October 22 at the Irving Convention Center. Sponsorships range from $2,000 to $20,000. Individual tickets are $325, and a table of ten is $3,000. Auction item sponsorships are also available.

For details how your business can be showcased at the GRACE Gala as an event or auction sponsor, visit

View the 2016 menu below



The heart of our nation broke after the recent attack on Dallas police force left the families of five fallen police officers without a father or husband.

In show of solidarity and support, GRACE staff, volunteers and members of the community were invited to participate in an impromptu prayer circle in front of the Grapevine Police Department last Friday.

The prayer walk began at the 200 block on Nash Street and ended at the entrance of the Grapevine Police Department. Cards of encouragement and condolences were placed near the entrance, along with blue roses.

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.

There are so many internal examples that these men and women have gone above and beyond to respond to the needs of this agency, and we wholeheartedly support them, pray for them and respect them.

After the brief ceremony, those in attendance were encouraged to continue praying for our law enforcement and for those who run toward danger to ensure our safety.

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GRACE is looking for volunteers to assist us during the GCISD Back to School Fair on Friday, August 5 and the following Saturday. Families or other groups are needed to load and unload school supplies in the truck and assist clients who register for the school supplies.

This service day does have age restrictions and might require lifting up to 40 pounds. Get complete details and sign up for a shift here.

Whether or not you are able to volunteer, there are still ways you can help with our Back to School needs.

Provide Back to School Boxes

GRACE specifically needs boxes with dimensions, 18″ x 16″ or 18″ x 18″ x 16″. These are the standard dimensions of most medium-sized boxes at hardware or moving supply stores. This particular size is requested because it fits well with our clothing packs and the uniform size allows GRACE to haul multiple boxes at once.

Host a Back to School Drive

We’ve generated a list of needs that cover children from elementary school through high school, along with many ideas that you and your group and can collect the goods with plenty of summer days by the pool to spare.

Click here for this year’s Back to School Supply Drive list

Click here for Back to School Drive Ideas


Not to brag, but have you seen our new Gala website? The creative geniuses at i5 web works have worked diligently to present the many amenities of the Gala in a compelling and beautiful way on

Get event details about our biggest night of the year, happening Saturday, October 22 at the Irving Convention Center. The website has details how your group or business can partner with GRACE by purchasing tickets or becoming a monetary or in-kind sponsor.

You’ll also get the scoop on our 2016 Gala Chairs, Ashley and Andy Cunningham, as well as this year’s new Gala Emcee, NBC 5’s Bianca Castro. View all your sponsorship options on a convenient grid to discover the best type of exposure to your brand.

Learn about our three fabulous prize packages for this year’s raffle, including a staycation fit for royalty with an impressive YETI package, a diamond necklace and brand new Kubota. The best part about our raffle is that anyone can enter and the winner doesn’t have to attend the Gala to win. Tickets are $50 or a bundle of five for $200.

A special thanks to the team at i5 web works for employing their talents to design a beautiful online stage for the GRACE Gala.

Be sure to share our Facebook event with your friends and tag all things Gala with #GRACEGala.

Raffle Information

Tickets are $50 each or 5 for $200.



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