This week GRACE hosted a special ceremony to acknowledge the Albertsons’ fierce dedication to meet the needs of those at-risk for hunger. The Colleyville Albertsons received the GRACE Outstanding Community Partner Award for going far and above the call to provide meals to families on a local level.
Since 2013, the store has given over 55,000 pounds of food through the GRACE Food Pantry, which serves over 7,660 at-risk family members on average each year. 2016 is projected to be an unprecedented year of giving through their Souper Bowl of Caring, going on now through Super Bowl Sunday. The campaign offers pre-filled bags of food to purchase on behalf of families in need at GRACE.
According to the Tarrant Area Food Bank, which helps to facilitate the Souper Bowl of Caring program, the local store has given enough food to provide over 32,000 meals since the campaign began.
“It’s exceptionally rare to find the type of dedication this store location has for its neighborhood and surrounding community,” said GRACE Executive Director Shonda Schaefer of the Albertsons Colleyville management team, “the decision to choose a local benefactor when most corporations opt for a national charity is an amazing testament to [the store’s] local philosophy when it comes to serving the very community from which you live and work.”
We weren’t surprised to find out that the Colleyville Albertsons ranks No 1 in local partnerships all across the nation. The store partners with GRACE to provide food to the Pantry on a weekly basis in addition the Souper Bowl of Caring campaign.
We applaud Jeff Sparks and his team for upholding an ethical business model that impacts the very families surrounding its store. Congratulations, Albertsons!
GRACE has long responded to those in need by providing emergency relief to lessen the risk of poverty. Providing short-term relief is only part of what we do, and we understand that guidance toward self-sufficiency is the best way to serve families and individuals long-term.
Families And Individuals Towards Hope (FAITH) is a GRACE service model that navigates families toward a promising path of stability through measurable steps and regular accountability.
Those enrolled in FAITH collaborate with their advocate for a minimum of 90-days. Each intensive plan is carefully monitored and requires weekly accountability and ample oversight. Small, reasonable steps are set in place to accomplish major goals, such as finding employment, paying off debt or financing medical bills.
One example of meeting feasible needs is from Dylan, a single male who went through FAITH after a swift decline in his health cost him the only line of work he had ever known. Since his jobs were normally labor intensive, Dylan had to regroup and think of ways to stay in his industry that didn’t require overexertion. Dylan worked with an employment coach through GRACE and took advantage of free training to receive his forklift operation certification to increase his earning potential.
Meg is a single mother of three who works long hours to support her family. Meg only lacked a few college credits to complete her undergraduate degree, but she didn’t see how she could possibly keep things afloat and conquer her last year of college. The GRACE caseworkers were able to find a scholarship program to satisfy her credits, and she was able to finish her last semester at university knowing her Bachelor’s degree meant a brighter future for her and her children!
Nadine, David and their children were a family of four. After a sudden job loss and recent move to the area, the family had no support system and felt hopeless. Nadine quickly found a job, but the time between then and her first paycheck wouldn’t be enough to cover rent. In this case, the short-term support and collaboration was enough for them to find gainful employment and provide for their family without the downward spiral of outstanding credit card debt or unpaid utility bills.
We wouldn’t be able to focus on individualized care without the care and support of this great community. On behalf of those who have come through the FAITH program and those yet to come, thank you for helping them overcome hardships by believing in our clients!
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
There’s a unique energy in the night air at our annual Drive Into the Night glowing golf tournament, which offers nine holes of golf under the starry sky. Even more than the afterglow of a fun evening is the knowing that 100% of the event proceeds fund GRACE programs. This year’s event will take place at the Grapevine Golf Course on Friday, April 22, 2016.
Although no golfing prowess is needed, avid golfers and beginners alike love this event. It’s an ideal morale building evening for business teams, civic groups or a small group of friends looking to have fun while giving back to their community.
Players can register as individuals, pairs, or part of a team. Dinner is included, along with contests prizes and great auction items.
The best way to ensure your participation is through sponsoring a team. The various sponsorship levels allow for tailored options, ranging from $300-$10,000. Sponsorship packages may include promotional materials, website listing, stage recognition, signage and dinner and drink tickets.
Our friends at Compassion International have hit the road to present their acclaimed, “Rock & Worship Roadshow” featuring the nation’s best contemporary Christian artists. GRACE has accepted the invitation to be one of their local ministry partners to share the GRACE story before thousands at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Music headliners include the Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Mandisa, and Phil Wickam, with many other fabulous artists (list below). Needless to say, GRACE feels extremely honored to have our programs highlighted before the most respected Christian game-changers of our time, including Compassion International, which advocates for children facing poverty in developing countries.
Members of the GRACE family are encouraged to purchase tickets at $20 each (reserved seating) or receive a complimentary volunteer pass through their website. This family-friendly event will be held on Friday, February 12 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
This is an unprecedented platform to share with fellow believers that they can either utilize their resources to meet the needs of families, or receive services for those who are facing hardship due to job loss, sudden illness or other recent emergency.
We hope you realize what an incredible impact you have on the lives of those who come through our Transitional Housing program. To be offered individualized care and encouragement in a safe, loving environment is a rare experience for most of our clients, who set out to utilize every opportunity before them.
Clients come to GRACE with diverse situations and backgrounds, but each Transitional Housing client has the same fundamental goal of achieving self-sufficiency for a healthy home.
By far their greatest desire when asked about goals involves continued education. For some, it’s obtaining their GED, and for others it’s completing their undergraduate program, attending a trade school or getting a specific certification.
Two Transitional Housing Clients Receive Scholarship
For the last three years, the Kathee Livengood Scholarship Fund has memorialized Livengood’s legacy of benevolence by opening doors to amazing possibilities for deserving women.
The Kathee Livengood Scholarship afforded *Donna the opportunity to complete her Laser Hair Removal certification through the Texas Department of State Health Services. Donna’s passion for a thriving field motivated her to pursue her Senior Laser Technician and Microneedling License, which will increase her revenue stream for her family.
According to *Kim, receiving the Kathee Livengood Scholarship was an answer to her prayers. Kim is completing her last year of school to become a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselor. Kim has a heart for breaking the cycle of addiction that plagues so many families, and wants to set a new standard for parents in the home.
Thanks to the philanthropy through the Kathee Livengood Foundation, women like Donna and Kim have the tools and confidence to pursue lasting life goals that will bless their family and others.
Transitional Housing Celebrates Youngest Donor
Speaking of children, another huge blessing came to GRACE through a pint-sized four year old named Evie. After learning that some women struggle with basic supplies, Evie hosted a drive in lieu of birthday gifts. The family and friends collected 534 liners, 214 tampons, 300 band aids and extra essentials including clothes, first aid supplies, toothpaste and baby formula!
CWS Corporate Housing Goes Above and Beyond (Again) to Serve Families in Need
We are indebted to CWS Corporate Housing, who, after completely revitalizing the Transitional Housing property and furnishing our apartments last year collected an additional donation of $3,100 to go to the Transitional Housing program! The funds were pledged by the corporation for the number of volunteer hours given by the staff. We sincerely cherish their partnership for meeting the need to make an apartment feel like a home.
GRACE Collaborates with Clients To Achieve Their Dreams
One last highlight we wanted to share with our GRACE family is the lasting difference they make after our clients have left.
As mentioned before, every client has different dreams and for Felicia, that dream was building equity in a home. Since her beginning at GRACE, Felicia worked with staff to weigh the obstacles with home ownership and determine a wise course of action.
GRACE worked with Felicia to manage her own finances, pay off old debt and trickle money into savings. The hard work paid off just over a year later, when she increased her credit score by 113 points! Felicia just received approval for a FHA loan. Felicia’s new lease on life after a season of struggle gives a whole new meaning to the term, “starter home.” Thanks for your support, Felicia will soon have the first set of keys to her very own home!
A special thanks to Evie and the Darr family, CWS Corporate Housing, the Kathee Livengood Foundation and the community for supporting and encouraging our Transitional Housing clients!
*Names were changed to preserve the privacy of the Transitional Housing clients
Each year the team at Style & GRACE launch a meticulous search for the most distinguished Silent Auction items. The Annual Auction happens near each Valentine’s Day, just in time for the doting couple.
The package, which is valued at $1,000, includes:
2016 Valentine’s Day Silent Auction Package
Womens Diamond Pendant
Leopard Wine Purse
2 Lenox Champagne Flutes
Mens ICE-TEK Wristwatch
The winner will be notified by 6:00 p.m. on February 10, 2016, and has 24 hours to claim. The bidding starts at $250 on-site at Style & GRACE, located at 2030 Glade Rd.
GRACE was honored to take part in nominating key leaders for the 40th Annual Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce at their Awards Luncheon on January 21.
GCISD Employee of the Year- Jamie Halliburton
Youth of the Year- Jenny Foster
Citizen of the Year- Kay Allen
Leadership Award- Compass Christian Church, Drew Sherman, Pastor
Member of the Year- John Fletcher
Outstanding Service Organization- National Charity League (NCL) DFW Metroport Chapter
GCISD leader Jamie Halliburton was selected as GCISD Employee of the Year for her compassion for others and commitment to excellence among her students. Jamie’s contagious joy resounds with children and faculty alike, and cultivates unyielding support from students, parents, teachers, administrators and stakeholders.
As the wife of GRACE Board member Cory Halliburton, the family never passes up a learning opportunity with their expansive community through food drives, holiday giving and GRACE benefit functions. Having completed two Master’s Degrees, Jamie is in the final year of her educational doctorate program. Without question, Jamie’s character and academic vigor make her a shining example of what it means to truly be a treasured member of the community.
As the President and Founder of Grapevine High School Young Feminists, Jenny Foster is well beyond her years in advancing causes that impact women in a local and national level, including her engagement with GRACE. Foster came up with an idea to create welcome baskets for the incoming Transitional Housing clients that comprised of toiletries, household items and gift cards. Jenny also personally crafts goody bags for the children in the program. In 2015, Jenny partnered with local restaurants and businesses to raise $1,000 for charities that seek to eradicate human trafficking, breast cancer fatalities and domestic violence.
The Citizen of the Year nominee goes to an individual who for outstanding service and exceptional voluntary contributions to the community. As a Colleyville resident and Financial Planner at Aspen Wealth Management, Allen selflessly lends her time and expertise to support various causes, including GRACE, the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation and the Colleyville Rotary Club, where she helped in raising $2,500 for families in crisis through GRACE.
Compass Christian Church Pastor Drew Sherman is a longtime advocate of GRACE. Compass is an extremely valued partner which facilitates one of our emergency assistance programs on site and goes above and beyond with every endeavor. The GRACE Holiday Food campaign, for instance, brought $7,500 in cash donations and over 10,000 pounds of food to the Food Pantry. This huge endeavor would not be possible if not for the Godly direction and inspiration of Senior Pastor Drew Sherman. Sherman commits to various causes, including Mission Arlington, The Gatehouse, and Serve West Dallas. Their missional outreach includes work in Mexico, Uganda and Thailand, and a domestic mission in Boston, MA.
GRACE Board member John Fletcher was nominated as the Chamber’s Member of the Year for his unmatched involvement in Chamber programs, volunteerism and compassion to help other Chamber members succeed. Fletcher is a model citizen who utilizes his professional abilities to contribute to the community. Not only is John known for his excellent customer service and professionalism, John looks to strengthen the GRACE message and enrich community engagement as part of a branding task force.
The DFW Metroport chapter of the National Charity League is an extraordinary group of mothers and daughters who dedicate countless amounts of volunteer time and resources to their philanthropic charities and non-profit organizations.
The chapter has been a steadfast volunteer group and welcomed part of the GRACE family. Volunteers give of their time in virtually every program, including resale operations, special events, seasonal campaigns and holiday drives.
Congratulations to all the worthy winners and nominees!
People often ask us how they can help GRACE, and we are happy to share that virtually everyone has something to offer to ultimately uplift families in distress.
One (perhaps overlooked) and lively way to support GRACE is to support our resale efforts. There are three store locations in the area: GRACEful Buys, our two upscale resale locations in Euless and Grapevine that house great deals on furniture, clothing and housewares, and Style & GRACE, an upscale resale boutique in Grapevine that caters to shoppers with ‘couture’ taste looking for great deals.
Providing continual care rests much on the success of our resale operations. All the proceeds generated from the stores go directly to programs, which provide food, clothing, education, health care and support to families in the midst of a financial crisis.
Supporting our resale efforts through volunteering and shopping elevates the level of advocacy and broadens our reach within the community. We want the mid cities area to know about the great deals at our GRACEful Buys Euless location, and we need your help spreading the word!
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 Lara Hohweiler.
GRACE Board member and former Mayor of Southlake accepted the 2015 Community Impact Award at Southlake Style magazine’s annual ‘Best of’ gala at The Marq Southlake (the venue itself being one of Terrell’s hallmark achievements).
Southlake Style’s Community Impact Award has recognized the city’s most significant contributors to its outstanding quality of life, including men and women in the commerce, arts and education sector.
For an event that highlights businesses and individuals that have enriched the place in which we live and work, no one could be more aptly named for bringing out the best in Southlake.
Terrell left a flourishing legacy that continues to make Southlake one of the most desirable communities in the nation. His unmatched tenure of zoning and development experience seems to pale in comparison from those who laud Terrell’s poised spirit and moral courage.
It’s also made readily apparent by close friend and Mayor Laura Hill’s introduction that John’s longtime love for his community ignited his role as Mayor, not the other way around.
We are tremendously blessed to have such a seasoned member of the community as part of the GRACE family, and congratulate him for his well-deserved recognition!