Compass Church is in the business of navigating people to God, and that begins with showing His love to families during their time of need.
This integral partner has been a faithful ally to GRACE since the agency first began. Since 1995, Compass Church has devoted $241,000 to further GRACE programs.
While we thought it was hard to outdo the love they have shown to families these many years, the congregation has gone above and beyond in generosity and service for local families.
Compass Church made a surprise visit during GRACE’s monthly staff meeting, with a check for $50,000 to advance GRACE services to more families. The first installment of their charitable giving initiative, the generosity was inspired by their Uncharted 50 campaign, celebrating 50 years of ministry by the Compass Church family.
The movement encourages members with three noble charges: go beyond borders to navigate thousands of unreached people across the globe, beyond their walls to prepare for new ministry opportunities, and beyond themselves by serving the local community.
This defining season at Compass spurred discipleship groups organically into action at GRACE. Those who participated in Rooted, intimate discipleship groups that completed a 10-week curriculum designed to evaluate biblical applications, were inspired to serve in creative ways.
Groups greeted donors and sorted items at Donation Station, pulled weeds outside the homes of isolated seniors, painted fences, collected canned goods, hosted collection drives and benefit events, and even sang Christmas carols to encourage families facing hardship.
Not only have members given of their financial resources, we are moved that they would employ their talents and devote time and energy into making our community a more beautiful one.
“Many wonders and miraculous signs were happening through the apostles, and everyone felt great respect for God. All the believers stayed together and shared everything. They sold their land and the things they owned. Then they divided the money and gave it to those who needed it. The believers shared a common purpose, and every day they spent much of their time together in the Temple area. They also ate together in their homes. They were happy to share their food and ate with joyful hearts. The believers praised God and were respected by all the people. More and more people were being saved every day, and the Lord was adding them to their group.” Acts 2:43
This month the team at Sabre collected the many articles of clothing, electronics, and household items given by the rest of the Sabre staff.
It is no surprise to us that Sabre is filled with compassionate employees. The combined divisions at Sabre have given 3,600 volunteer hours and have been volunteering since 2001, making Sabre one of our most faithful partners. Throughout the years, Sabre employees have taken advantage of their employee giving matching campaign, and have served at virtually every GRACE program.
In less than a workweek, Sabre collected ten overflowing boxes of donated goods. Items collected will be reserved for GRACE families in need, our Transitional Housing clients, and to our resale stores, where the proceeds go directly back to GRACE programs.
Hundreds of volunteers with the company have served since in various capacities, including their “Give Time Together” and special projects. A special thanks to Sabre for their longstanding partnership.
LOOKING TO MEET A TANGIBLE NEED AT GRACE?
If your company would like to respond to real-time program needs by taking a collection, contact Special Events Coordinator Chelsea Rose for ideas and resources.
The life-changing services that are provided at GRACE throughout the year are largely made possible because of the dedicated work of business leaders behind the scenes.
GRACE is tremendously honored to have the oversight of vibrant community leaders DeWayne Smart, Founder of Smart Realty, Community Impact General Manager for Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake, Ana Erwin, and Corporate Sales Manager at The Laurel Allison Domanic.
The Auction and Sponsorship Chairs are led by Gala Chairs Stephanie and Mike Hays. You can read more about this wonderful family here.
The Sponsor Chair is responsible for garnering support from corporate and individual sponsors at the Gala, which provides ample exposure and encourages patronage to businesses with a kindred desire to advance the GRACE mission for local families.
DeWayne Smart, founder of the aptly-named Smart Realty, is known for his dynamism and contagious energy. The Dallas/Fort Worth native has over a decade of experience as a broker and agent, quickly approaching $100M in career sales.
DeWayne leads by example and believes that an important element of a good business leader is to invest back into the community. DeWayne currently serves on the Boards of the Cowtown Executive Association, a non-profit networking organization and the Colleyville Chamber of Commerce.
The Auction Co-Chairs lead a team that acquire in-kind gifts, unique experiences and vacations from local and international contacts. Proceeds from the sales of these gifts provide “everyday funds” for GRACE services throughout the year, and are a critical part of the GRACE Gala.
Community Impact General Manager Ana Erwin’s infectious, effervescent quality has made Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake Community Impact one of the fastest-growing publications in the Metroplex.
Ana comes from the Frisco region with a genuine love for this community. Ana confesses she’s the ‘unofficial cheerleader’ for GRACE wherever she goes, and looks forward to forging new relationships that benefits GRACE programs.
Ana’s first impression of GRACE was when she brought her team to last year’s Feed Our Kids, when the magazine adopted a site.
“The Auction Committee is already brainstorming and actively working together to make this year’s Gala one to remember for its success in raising significant funds for families who will turn to GRACE in the coming year,” says Ana.
Allison Domanic has mastered the art of service as a Corporate Sales Manager with The Laurel, an event venue nestled next to the Cottonwood Creek belt in Grapevine. Both students of Leadership Grapevine, Allison was particularly moved when she toured GRACE facilities and knew she wanted to get involved. When Ana recruited her to help, she knew it would be a perfect fit to use her talents.
We applaud these community leaders for sacrificing their schedules to make 2017 GRACE Gala a special one.
As GRACE’s largest fund raising event of the year, the funds raised support the GRACE mission to provide relief to families struggling from paycheck to paycheck or after a recent job loss or other major life event. 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. Contact Chelsea Rose for tailored sponsorship options.
Nearly 200 Easter baskets of all colors, shapes and sizes were purchased or assembled from members of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and White’s Chapel United Methodist Church for local children.
White’s Chapel crafted homemade Easter baskets for the adults and children of the Transitional Housing program to enjoy and feel loved. Good Shepherd has donated baskets each year for families who come through our Client Services area, and we are happy to announce that each and every Easter basket is spoken for just in time for the big Sunday.
GRACE would not be able to operate without the support of local church congregations with a kindred desire to share God’s love with those in need. We are tremendously blessed to have the family at Good Shepherd Catholic Community and White’s Chapel United Methodist Church who are wholly invested extending grace to others.
Looking to get involved?
If you are part of a church congregation in the area, we encourage you to see how your congregation or small group can get involved through volunteering or hosting a drive. Start by contacting your administration offices to see if there are any ongoing projects, or suggest a collection drive on behalf of your congregants. For collection drive ideas and resources, contact Chelsea Rose.
A note from the Executive Director, Shonda Schaefer
The Psalmist wrote that the Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and rescues those who are crushed in spirit. On Good Friday, our community of faith reflects on the day Jesus himself was brokenhearted, crushed and forsaken.
It’s the display of Jesus’ humility to go to the cross, and His majesty to overcome it that is a template for how we serve one another; leaning on His power and serving out of abundant love.
At GRACE, we get to see Christ’s humility imitated on a daily basis as volunteers work behind the curtain to fold clothes for packets, tend to the Community Garden or sort through donated goods at Donation Station.
It’s because of their hard work that we also see miracles—transformations that happen when a father finds employment or a single mother achieves her GED. We marvel at God’s provision through His people, providing just what we need when we need it. I think that’s a miracle in its own right.
Without your example, your resources and your talents, we would have no services to offer families who seek refuge at GRACE. As you and your family celebrate the empty tomb, we hope you’ll keep our clients in your prayers, and look for ways God can use your gifts at GRACE or another cause in the community.
This Easter we remember that the Cross is the ultimate intersection where God takes our deepest wounds as His own to redeem a broken world. May He work through this agency to “bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom and set the captives free.”
On behalf of the GRACE family, thank you for being part of the daily miracles at GRACE.
Businesses and corporations have choices where they want to invest their hard-earned dollars, whether it’s in third party advertising or another cause. We are appreciative to the following families and businesses who invest their dollars to underwrite an event that gives back to families in their own neighborhoods.
All proceeds from Drive into the Night advance the mission of GRACE to extent compassionate care to families throughout the year. We wholeheartedly encourage patronage to these like-minded companies below:
Summit Electric Supply
Texas Health Southlake
Aviall, A Boeing Company
Tee Box Sponsors
Audrey, Ella & Lora Simpkins
Chick-fil-A Grapevine Mills
City of Grapevine
Esparza’s Restaurante Mexicano
Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau
Grapevine Golf Cars
Hall’s Fine Wine & Spirits
Noble Rey Brewing Company (2)
Wise Guys Pizzeria
91 Design, Noble Rey Brewing Company, Esparza’s Restaurante Mexicano, TH City of Grapevine, Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau, Hall’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Wise Guys Pizza, Chick-fil-A Grapevine Mills, Hilton DFW Lakes, The TShirt Guys, and Grapevine Cigar Tobacco.
If you have volunteered with GRACE at any capacity, we hope you’ll join us on May 5, 2017 at Hilton DFW Lakes in Grapevine for the 2017 GRACE Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Landing on Cinco de Mayo, this fiesta will be complete with a photo booth, craft stand, and of course, delicious Tex-Mex.
The event comes on the heels of National Volunteer Week, a special time when GRACE Program Managers find creative was to honor their volunteer team each weekday from April 25-29th.
In 2016, volunteers invested over 51,553 hours at the Community Clinic, Food Pantry, Clothing Room, Resale stores, Donation Station, Friends & Family, special event planning.
We look forward to celebrating with you on Cinco de Mayo. Be sure to RSVP to Chelsea Rose.
Looking to volunteer? Check out our Volunteer Page on our website for the latest orientation dates and service ideas!