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Wright Construction Co. Present the 2021 GRACE Poker Tournament

GRACE is excited to announce the Wright Family and Wright Construction Company as the presenting sponsor of the 2021 GRACE Poker Tournament!

This annual event raises funds for our life-changing programs and has been a huge success since we introduced it two years ago.

”This is such a fun event and it’s exciting to watch everyone compete, we just love GRACE and want to support any way we can,” said Kindal Wright Kreamer, Wright Construction Co. General Council and GRACE Board Member.

“We’re all about helping our neighbors and the families in our community and that’s why we partner with GRACE. Whether it’s thru the Food Pantry, Transitional Housing, or the Clinic, GRACE is such a great resource for so many people.”

Park Place Jaguar Land Rover DFW is eager to host our 2021 GRACE Poker Tournament at their cutting edge facility Saturday, May 22nd, 2021. This year’s prize package includes a trip to Las Vegas provided by the Travel Purveyor with miles through American Airlines. The event wouldn’t be complete without a superb selection of wine, beverages, and food courtesy of Scratch Kitchen Southlake and Classic Wine Southlake!

“The Wright Family has been making a positive impact on the Grapevine community since 1963. Since their first gift in 1998, the Wright’s have generously supported the mission of GRACE and so many other agencies and organizations. Our community is a better place because of them!” GRACE CEO Shonda Schaefer.

Buy-In is $1,000 with limited seats available. Sponsorships start at $2,500. You may secure your seat at the table by contacting Events@GRACEGrapevine.org. This is the first in person event GRACE is hosting since all our lives were changed by the pandemic. Although we are excited to see you all there, there will be protocols in place to ensure a safe, fun, and successful event.

The annual GRACE Poker Tournament is rapidly approaching, sign up today and be a part of the fun!

LaMon Walker, First Quarter 2021 GRACE MVP Award Winner

The First Quarter 2021 GRACE MVP Award winner received multiple nominations based on Exceptional Customer Service, Outstanding Attitude, Interdepartmental Relations/Teamwork and Excellence in Mission.

This person resides in one of the most unique positions here at GRACE. One nominator stated they cannot count how many times they have reached out to this person to help out with the success of their department and every single time the answers are polite in manner as well as polite in person. This person is dependable and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. This person has been pivotal in the daily operations of Transitional Housing and it was stated “I don’t know what we would do without him.”  He does a great job supporting all departments, but did especially great work by jumping in to help the Christmas Cottage with all of the deliveries while never missing a beat taking care of his own daily duties. His kindness & diligence are greatly appreciated.

The First Quarter 2021 GRACE MVP Winner is: LaMon Walker, GRACE Assistant Operations Manager.

LaMon grew up in Amory, Mississippi and after getting a degree in Marketing from Mississippi State University he moved to Texas to be closer to his girlfriend Bali, who was attending Nursing school.

“I’ve had a bunch of very different jobs. I’ve worked in sales, I worked as a branch manager for a loan company, a trucking company, a car dealership, I even did door to door sales when I first moved here,” LaMon said.

“I’ve never had a job where I felt like I was helping people. I applied at GRACE for two main reasons, it’s a Christian company and they’re actually helping the community. In my previous jobs…I knew I wasn’t actually helping anyone, I was just doing what was best for the company. At GRACE, I feel like everything I do actually helps people so that drives me to do even more.”

As Assistant Operations Manager of GRACE, every day is different, which LaMon say he prefers. Mr. Walker wears far too many hats to count but examples of his contributions include overseeing maintenance for our trucks and buildings, IT support, he pitches in on handy-man duties, truly anything that our staff or volunteers need, LaMon makes sure they get it.

“I read a description on the website and I thought I had an idea of what GRACE did but once I got here and saw everything, it blew my mind. Transitional Housing is my favorite program, the amount of work that the volunteers and staff do, the way it helps the lives of those families – it’s unbelievable.”

A true motorhead, LaMon loves working with his brother on race cars and engines, he is also working on his pilot’s license with hour’s currently logged flying a Cessna 172.

When asked if he was surprised by the MVP award, LaMon had this to say.

“I was surprised, but I don’t focus on awards, I’m not doing this for recognition. I like helping people – anytime someone asks me for help, I’ll drop what I’m doing and help you. I’ve always wanted to be a servant, I feel like that’s what I get to do here at GRACE and that’s why I love it.”

Thank you for all that you do LaMon, congratulations on a well-deserved award!

Celebrate National Volunteer Week with GRACE!

We hope that you are all safe and healthy. We feel extremely fortunate to be able to be back in person working and volunteering together. And in honor of National Volunteer Week, we have a few in person events to celebrate YOU!

Food Pantry, FREE Lunch April 21, 11:30 to 3:30PM, located at the community garden. We will fire up the grill for hotdogs and play games.

Donation Station, FREE Lunch April 20, 12-1:30PM, snacks served all week with gift bags for the students, a gift table and a photo area.

If you volunteer at the Medical Clinic, Client Services, or Transitional Housing, those sites will be in touch with you!

Our main event, Virtual Volunteer Vacation will be held on Friday, April 23, at 3 PM. Register here now!

We could not do our work without the volunteer force that helps make up the GRACE Family we often refer to. The individuals, groups, and families that donate their time and expertise to our community are our heroes. If you’re interested in volunteering, visit this site and see where you fit in!

HAPPY NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK!

GRACE Pantry Manager joins Lions Club

GRACE has a new Lion in the house! GRACE Pantry Manager, Lion Marcus Miranda, has recently joined the Colleyville Lions Club allowing him to be more involved in the community like so many of the GRACE family members. GRACE thrives on the countless hours of service from volunteers and community partners and we too believe in being invested in the community through civic groups like the Lions Club.

A young, diverse, and international club, the Lions Club boasts over 1 million members across the globe who serve worldwide. GRACE has a long standing relationship with the Colleyville Lions Club.

 “Colleyville Lions Club is an amazing organization made up of people who care about our community. They assist so many families with a variety of services and support GRACE monetarily as well as with donations of food, tickets to events, and more. For Marcus to be a member of this group is an honor.  We are happy to have a “Lion” in our organization!” GRACE Chief Program Officer Stacy Pacholick

Membership in a Lions club is by invitation from a local club. If you are interested in membership, contact Membership Chair, Lion David Phelps, at membership@colleyvillelions.com

GRACEful-e Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

Our online retail store GRACEful-e is celebrating its first year of business! The store lives on eBay and serves as our organization’s first venture into digital commerce, allowing us to spread our sales footprint across the globe.

The site is run by our Internet Sales Manager Dorcas Holloway.

“We started off with only 300 items and we’ve grown now to over 1,400 items,” said Dorcas.

“It’s full of cool and unique items – I love it.”

Our eBay store is full of fun and unique items ranging from collectibles to truly one of a kind vintage items.

“The range is what makes it so special in my opinion,” Dorcas added. “We just sold a vintage Armani suit but we have cool watches, KISS collectable items, expensive handbags, games, books, china patterns and crystal, we even have a vintage shovel…I could go on and on!”

Dorcas started her work with another popular online store years ago, managing stores in 4 different states and came to GRACE in February of last year, specifically to work on our online retail presence.

The birth of the store happened to coincide with COVID and provided a great way for us as an organization to stay relevant and keep money flowing back into our programs which is the sole purpose of our stores.

GRACE Director of Resale & Operations, Jennifer Rawls is excited about the potential GRACEful-e has.

“We’ve learned a lot this year and are excited to watch this store continue to grow,” Jennifer said. “It’s also exciting because Dorcas will move her office into our new Texan Trail Donation Station location which is opening at the end of the summer. That will really help us make sure the best items get online fast.”

So much has been accomplished over the last year but the future of our virtual store could be the most exciting thing about it.

“Over the next year I want us to double in size so we can compete with other big name non-profit e-commerce stores,” Dorcas said. “We have the products and I think we can do it – GRACEful-e is great for both the customers and the community. I’m very excited.”

If you haven’t shopped at GRACEful-e before stop by today and find something you love!

Join the 2021 GRACE Gala Committee

Our annual Gala is the single largest fundraising event for GRACE and revenues from the event are used to fund the many programs and services offered to GRACE clients throughout the year. This year we are proud to announce that the Gala will return to the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas., November 6th.

This year’s Gala is co-chaired by General Manager of Community Impact Newspaper and GRACE board member Ana Erwin and Jessica Cruz owner of the Texas General Store and planning has begun!

We have a fierce and dedicated Gala committee that helps solicit funding and we are in need of volunteers to join this amazing group! If you’re interested, join us for a Gala Meeting here at GRACE headquarters (837 E Walnut St. in Grapevine) April 21st at 3pm.

We can’t make Gala happen without you so join us on this amazing journey!

For details please contact events@gracegrapevine.org

Donor Spotlight: The Avondale Group

Donor Spotlight: The Avondale Group

We are so encouraged by the outpouring of support for the GRACE mission these past few weeks. In addition to numerous volunteers reaching out to come and assist across all service areas, we’ve had some wonderful donors show support with financial gifts.

On March 31, the entire The Avondale Group team arrived at the GRACE pantry parking lot with a massive amount of food delivered inside a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van. The Mercedes Sprinter was accompanied by a Porsche, Mercedes- Benz and an Aston-Martin. It was a sight to see.

The Avondale Group, located at 1300 Texan Trail, Grapevine, continues to offer the best, most luxurious vehicles from around the world. Owner Neil Grossman was joined by General Managers Jordan Mizrach, Zachary Gilbert, and Avondale Marketing Director Dave Evans.

The entire truckload of food was promptly unloaded, sorted and distributed in our pantry store to serve what can be as many as 700 visits a month.

In addition to the massive food donation, Grossman and team presented GRACE CEO Shonda Schaefer with a check for ten thousand dollars.

“We will put your generous gifts to work immediately to help those in need. Your gifts—both the great amount of food, and the cash donations—will touch the lives of many families in our area,” said Development Director Mark Woolverton.

If you are interested in supporting GRACE and the community, there are three ways to do so.

A financial contribution gives GRACE a chance to provide critically-needed programs and services like the Community Clinic, Food Pantry and Transitional Housing. A one-time gift is needed and appreciated. PLUS a monthly recurring gift will give needed revenues and a 12-month pledge helps GRACE plan for future needs.

Volunteering at GRACE expands the reach and capabilities of GRACE. Volunteers serve in nearly all facets of the GRACE mission from intake volunteers on the Donation Station drive-through to professional medical providers in the Community Clinic. Your time and talents drive the GRACE mission.

The long-term future of GRACE depends on the social enterprise activities of the Resale Department, beginning with Donation Station. A new Donation Station is under construction on Texan Trail and requires significant gifts for completion. Contributions to the Donation Station Fund will secure to strength and expansion of GRACE over the next ten years.

When a company, like Avondale, wants to give back in a way that will benefit local families and strengthen the bond they have with one another, GRACE is an ideal fit for volunteer opportunities, collection drives and monetary gifts.

Thanks to Avondale for their generosity and servant hearts.

Get Free Tax Help!

The free income tax service VITA is continuing until June 15 so if you still need help filing your taxes make an appointment today.

This amazing program has given local families over $324,000 in tax refunds and over $90,000 in Child Tax Credits this year alone. These amazing returns and help with the often confusing world of taxes can be a huge blessing for families.

Last year’s taxes can also be completed so if you didn’t file last year, this is a great opportunity to get both last years and this years completed by professionals who know how to maximize your returns!

This year marks the 11th anniversary of the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. GRACE has partnered with the City of Fort Worth and United Way of Tarrant County to provide free tax preparation to individuals and families who qualify for this program.

This year VITA is targeting individuals and families who made roughly $60,000 last year but the program is accepting those that meet extraordinary circumstances.

We are updating our hours for this program as well:

From now until April 30, tax pros will be here working on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 2:00pm to 7:00pm.

Then from May 1 thru June 15 they will be on location at GRACE on Mondays and Fridays 2:00pm to 7:00pm.

If you’re interested in being a part of this program please visit this link or call 817-392-5698

Register now for the Annual GRACE Poker Tournament!

Save the date for GRACE’s top-notch gaming extravaganza, the 2021 GRACE Poker Tournament! This annual event raises funds for our life-changing programs.

Park Place Jaguar Land Rover DFW is eager to host our 2021 GRACE Poker Tournament at their cutting edge facility Saturday, May 22nd, 2021. This year’s prize package includes a trip to Las Vegas provided by the Travel Purveyor with miles through American Airlines. The event wouldn’t be complete without a superb selection of wine, beverages, and food courtesy of Scratch Kitchen Southlake and Classic Wine Southlake!

Buy-In is $1,000 with limited seats available. Sponsorships start at $2,500. You may secure your seat at the table by contacting Events@GRACEGrapevine.org. This is the first in person event GRACE is hosting since all our lives were changed by the pandemic. Although we are excited to see you all there, there will be protocols in place to ensure a safe, fun, and successful event.

Full details to come but register now before all the seats at the table are taken!

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