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ALL STATE HOSTS SERVICE DAY

If you dropped off items at Donation Station this month, chances are your donations were in “good hands”. Over the course of April nearly 100 All State employees rolled up their sleeves to sort goods at Donation Station, manage stock at the Food Pantry and assist operations at our resale sites.

The offices spanned the metroplex from Operations to Branding, Claims and Causality, but the mission was the same: prepare the food, clothing and assorted items for families who come to GRACE after a recent job loss, illness or other emergency.

Behind-the-scenes volunteerism is instrumental to providing quality care and material assistance to families facing hardship, and we are extremely grateful for corporate partners and local businesses who make it their business to serve families in need.

If your company hosts a service day or is looking for a way to get involved in the community, GRACE has some great volunteer options and service project ideas. Contact Lara Hohweiler for resources today. If you are interested in hosting a collection drive, contact Chelsea Rose for tools and resources.

A special thanks to the hardworking team at All State!

UNEXPECTED GIFT BRINGS UNEXPECTED BLESSINGS

It’s not unusual to receive surprise gifts around the holidays, but Eileen Fritsche never expected to find what was waiting on her doorstep as she walked outside to unplug her Christmas lights. A simple note was attached to large jar of change and bills that read, “Merry Christmas. Keep it or pay it forward.” Eileen looked around to see if anyone was watching, but all was quiet.

Eileen looked at the jar thoughtfully as months went by as she pondered how to use the mystery amount. To Eileen and her sister JoAnn’s surprise, the jar contained nearly $200 in bills and coins. They had always given item donations to GRACE, so the sisters decided the best way to pay it forward was to help families facing hardship throughout the year.

Not only is this a reflection of the generous citizens of our community, Eileen’s gift is a prime example of giving the resource we have been blessed with to bless the lives of others.

Thanks to women like Eileen and JoAnn who give their resources, GRACE can remain a centralized refuge for families in the midst of adversity can turn to for support.

 

FIVE THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT STYLE & GRACE

We asked Style & GRACE Manager Jana McGlone to share a few insights about their shop around the corner. Here are five things you might be surprised to learn about your local upscale resale boutique.

  1. The VIP Treatment

Often times a bond is created at the register because to the volunteers and staff give this boutique an infectious quality that makes customers want to come back. Volunteers are known by name and often know the names of the regular customers.

“We take great personal pride in customer experience. First time shoppers are often surprised that we carry resale because our shop is so clean and organized,” says Style & GRACE Manager Jana McGlone.

  1. Many designer items still have tags

Style & GRACE’s biggest seller is their fantastic jewelry selection. The store keeps a running inventory of Brighton, Chico’s and James Avery, along with vintage pieces and jewelry sets for every occasion.

The boutique has been known to receive designer handbags with the tags still on them, often retailing from $100 to $500.

  1. Style & GRACE takes special requests

The store manages a running wish lists for special requests and brand names. The volunteer and staff will be on the lookout for a particular item or handbag and call the customer when just the right piece comes in.

“It brings us great joy to meet a need that makes a customer feel special, notes Jana, “I even have men on the list for Robert Graham, Bugatchi, and Tommy Bahama. Everyone loves a great deal! It’s like having a personal shopper without the high price tag.”

  1. Insider deals in your inbox

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  1. All proceeds go back to families in need

Just like our GRACEful Buys locations, all resale proceeds go directly back to supporting families in the midst of hardship in our community.

“It’s a win-win situation and a special feeling when you can get something and gives something at the same time,” says Jana.

Get store details at Style-and-GRACE.com

Facebook: FB.com/StyleandGRACEBoutique

Twitter: Twitter.com/StyleandGRACEb

 

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING HOSTS ‘WHAT NOT TO WEAR’

Our Transition Housing program hosted their own version of “What Not to Wear” to empower women in the workforce during their latest monthly gathering.

The heart behind meetings is to impart important life skills, promote unity and provide emotional encouragement.

The Transitional Housing staff works hard to bring in community leaders to present topics that clients can incorporate in their everyday life at home, work, and applied to their educational goals. Clients also have the opportunity to voice barriers and find solutions in an intimate setting.

The purpose for this particular evening was to show the clients in a fun way how to dress appropriately to land that perfect job that leads to a promising career.

Past topics have included:

  • Resume Development
  • Professional Networking
  • Financial Planning: Developing Budgets and Savings
  • Improving Credit
  • Fun Tips to Save Money: Couponing
  • Goal Setting: Creating Vision Boards
  • Developing Healthy Boundaries in Relationships
  • Healthy Eating and Diets
  • Improving Self-Esteem
  • Career Goals-Strong’s Assessment
  • Personal Safety and Self Defense

“When our clients are wholly confident in their abilities and armed with the tools to succeed, there is simply no stopping them,” says LaDondra Wilson, Transitional Housing Manager, “It’s amazing how encouragement can lift the spirit to conquer what might have felt impossible without it.”

If you have a desire to help these families thrive with your resources or expertise, we’d love to chat with you. Contact Transitional Housing Manager LaDondra Wilson for more information about our program.

READY, SET, GLOW!

Today is the day! Many of you will be joining us for our annual Glow Golf Tournament to support children’s programs throughout the year!

Be sure to sport any accessories if you want some extra glow in your step. We’ll bring the golf carts, BBQ, craft beer, and contest prizes!

It seems fitting that on this night the globe will celebrate the Full Pink Moon: the first full moon in April that’s said to give off a blush hue. Coincidentally, it’s also been called Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon and Fish Moon—how about we settle on Drive into the Night Glow Moon?

Please note alternative route to allow ample time for dinner and tee off! :

The Army Corps of Engineers will close a portion of Fairway Drive over the Grapevine Lake Dam.

The Grapevine Golf Course will remain open, and Drive Into the Night will go as scheduled. The Golf Course can ONLY be accessed via the north end of the spillway (through Flower Mound).

Take FM 2499 to Lakeside Village Blvd. through the roundabout to Fairway Drive, and down across the spillway. Entrance to the Grapevine Golf Course will be on the left as you drive up from the spillway.

If you have any questions, please call Mark Woolverton at 972-743-8556.

Event Details

Date
Friday, April 22,2016

Location
Grapevine Golf Course, 3800 Fairway Dr., Grapevine Map it!

5:30pm – Check-In/Dinner

6:00pm – Putting Contest/Driving Range Open

7:30pm – Shotgun Start

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ANOTHER SUPERHERO SPOTTING IN GRAPEVINE

Volunteers flew in to serve those in need like they do every shift, only this week GRACE staff wanted to show these humble servants just how super they are.

Each site hosted different activities to show their appreciation for Volunteer Week, including picnics, popcorn bars, ice cream sundaes and plenty of costume changes (for which every hero needs to practice, after all.)

See the photos on our Facebook page!

ART IN THE SQUARE PROCEEDS FURTHER GRACE PROGRAMMING

Be on the lookout for GRACE tees this weekend as we volunteer to support Southlake Women’s Club’s Art in the Square, which begins today and runs through April 24.

Art in the Square will showcase 150 of some of the nation’s top artists to benefit select charities, including funding GRACE programs.

This fine art jubilee and entertainment lineup isn’t without your favorite festival food and beverages, and if quality family fun doesn’t get your attention—free admission might!

Southlake Women’s Club has been a pillar in the Southlake and surrounding community for three decades and raises funds for scholarships, grants and school supplies throughout the year.

Since launching in 2000 the event proceeds have generated over $2M in vital funding to local charities. GRACE is honored to be among the beneficiaries for providing relief to families in crisis by providing food, clothing, housing and education to those struggling in the community.

The 2016 Art in the Square will take place on April 22-24. For a complete event details and the full entertainment lineup visit ArtintheSquare.com.

SHARE THE LEGACY OF YOUR MOM THIS MOTHER’S DAY

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the men’s group at Good Shepherd Community Church decided to pay it forward in honor of the mother figures who made a profound impact on their lives.

Proceeds from the group’s annual Casino Night went to support causes that were meaningful to the group, including a $1,000 donation support our Friends & Family program.

At any given time, our Friends & Family network is comprised of approximately 85% women; often grandmothers and widows whose children live out of state or are unable to properly care for them.

Showing compassion to the elderly population locally provides commodities, medical attention and companionship to seniors who are isolated, immobile and struggling with a very limited income.

Many volunteers and supporters whose loved ones live far away feel assurance that someone is tending to their family members the way they are caring for others where they live.

If you would like to make a Friends & Family online gift in honor of your mother or a mother figure, GRACE will send a card showing that a gift has been made in her honor.

The giving page will prompt you to enter the name and address of the individual you wish to recognize. All Mother’s Day gifts must be submitted by April 29 to ensure a card is received by Mother’s Day.

A special thanks to the men’s group at Good Shepherd Catholic Community Church and Friends & Family volunteers for showing God’s love with our elderly population!

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27

FIVE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT OUR RESALE STORES

1. There are few places where it can pay to shop

Shoppers have been known to find items that far exceed their value. Just last week a shopper purchased a German silver belt buckle for $3.99 at GRACEful Buys in Euless. Out of curiosity the customer checked Ebay, and to his delight the belt buckle was listed at prices up to $300!

Whether he decided to don his new buckle with his wranglers or sell was up to him, but one customer walked away with a find of great personal value.

2. It’s adventurous

You can’t put a price on the thrill of the hunt. With our inventory constantly changing, each store boasts variety of styles and designs from clothing to home décor to children’s toys, books, games and electronics.

Many people donate clothing that is in season, in style and in mint condition.  People often donate items after cleaning out their closet or simply because they want to support a good cause.

That hardback book you’ve been hearing about that currently retails at Barnes and Noble for $24.95? How about $1.00?

Simply put, everyone loves to find a great bargain and we love being a part of that.

3. It’s Nostalgic

That CD that takes you back to 1995? Reminisce for less than the cost of a soda. Not only can you stumble upon some heartwarming items that you wouldn’t find at any store today, you can also get great deals on items that showcase your individuality in ways a big box department store won’t afford you.

4. We are the best furniture destinations in town

Whether you’re looking for a new end table, night stand, coffee table, or sofa set, both GRACEful Buys locations have a vast selection of furniture for every room in your home. With DIY projects on the rise, it doesn’t take more than a Saturday afternoon to completely transform and underappreciated coffee table into a high-end work of art.

resale2.jpgMany people would be surprised to know that our furniture inventory often has like-new items in near-perfect condition. This photo of a reclining chair was recently purchased for $60 that would have easily retailed for over $400 at a furniture store. There were no signs of wear, snags or stains. The biggest difference? The number of zeros on the price tag.

5. Your purchase makes a lasting impact

Perhaps most rewarding about your purchase is that it allows GRACE to meet tangible needs for families facing hardship. The colorful lampshade or new scarf you purchased at Style & GRACE or either of our GRACEful Buys locations funds the mission of GRACE at our Community Clinic, Food Pantry, Transitional Housing, Clothing Room and Children’s programs.

Every dollar generated from our resale store supports emergency relief to families in the midst of a difficult financial season due to job loss, unexpected illness or other recent emergency.

It may seem too good to be true that a great find at GRACEful Buys or Style & GRACE translates to warm meals, life-changing medical care, education and hope for the future. But it really is that simple.

The next time you have an hour in your schedule, take your family to one of our three wonderful resale stores to meet the GRACE staff, shop for bargains and make a tangible difference in the lives of families in our community!

Store Information

GRACEful Buys Grapevine 
418 East Northwest Hwy
Grapevine, TX 76051
817-251-3939
817-481-6254

GRACEful Buys Euless 
700 W. Euless Blvd.
Euless, TX 76040
817-283-0977

Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

http://www.GRACEfulBuys.com

Twitter: @GRACEfulBuys    Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/GRACEfulBuys

 

Style & GRACE 
Vineyard Marketplace
2030 Glade Road, Ste. 238
Grapevine, TX 76051
817-416-0917
Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

http://www.Style-and-GRACE.com

Twitter: @StyleandGRACEb   Facebook: www.Facebook.com/StyleandGRACEboutique

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