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GROUPS LIGHTEN THE LOAD FOR NEW STUDENTS

When we asked the community to help us provide backpacks to at-risk children, we were overwhelmed by backpacks filled with school supplies!

TriNet and Fellowship Church donated over 250 filled backpacks for elementary to high school students. That’s an estimated 14 classrooms filled with children equipped for the new schoolyear!

Studies reveal that the cost for school supplies and activities for students has risen up to 85% over the past ten years. A modest estimate for each elementary age child is $100 in supply expenses and up to $1,000 for a high school student when you weigh in supplies, gym clothes, field trip fees, musical instruments and other costs throughout the year.

For a family living at or just above the poverty level sending multiple children to school, the $100 bill needed for each child may never come.

To those who participated in collection drives, assembled bags and volunteered hours at the Back to School Fair, your investment is appreciated. You have alleviated the burden for so many families and given a fresh start to hundreds of children.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

– Matthew 11: 28

JOIN US FOR A GRACE TOUR!

Anyone who has ever wondered what the operations look like from the inside at our Community Clinic, Food Pantry, Clothing Room and resale stores should attend GRACE’s next community GRACE tour, happening Thursday, September 8 at 4:00 p.m.

The group will meet at GRACEful Buys in Grapevine (418 E. Northwest Highway) for a behind-the-scenes look at GRACE programs. Following the tour, guests are invited to attend a reception at GRACEful Buys Grapevine with drinks and refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

This is an excellent opportunity for your group to engage at a personal level with the efforts behind our operations. Guests will have the opportunity to meet GRACE staff and have their questions answered about specific ways they can use their individual talents to serve families in need.

Space is limited, so please RSVP your family or group soon by emailing Executive Assistant Melissa Simpkins or by calling 817-305-4660.

PARTNER WITH THE GRAPEVINE REC

The summer might be over but Grapevine Parks & Rec is still making sure you have a day at the pool while helping families in need.

The REC is accepting Back to School supplies through August 31. All new donations to The REC will receive a free pool pass or a limited edition t-shirt.

The additional supplies remedy situations for displaced or newly-located families in the midst of crisis, or those who were unable to attend the Back to School fair due to stringent work schedules.

For this reason school supplies are needed throughout the year, and all the extra donations will be housed by GRACE to have on hand for the upcoming school year.

The REC (1175 Municipal Way in Grapevine) is asking for new packages of socks, backpacks and lunch bags/boxes.

Thanks in advance to helping GRACE meet the needs of every family throughout the year!

LETTUCE MEET AT THE GARDENS

The harvest of the GRACE Community Garden is a beautiful illustration of the GRACE mission: sowing and tending to those in need so families can thrive in good soil.

The GRACE Community Gardens provide an average of 2,000 pounds of fresh, organic produce to families each year thanks to community members who roll up their sleeves and put on their gardening gloves.

Garden workdays are rewarding, feasible opportunities families and groups have to help local families in a tangible way.

The community is invited to GRACE’s early Fall Planting Date, happening Saturday, September 10 at 8:00 a.m. Volunteers will be preparing the soil and weeding and mulching fruit trees, so that next month volunteers are able to plant cabbage and other fall favorites.

In addition, the GRACE Community Gardens are in need of fresh, untreated grass clippings (void of pesticides) to supplement the compost bin. When you’re cutting the lawn after a summer shower, keep the gardens in mind!

Volunteers should RSVP to Caryn Hutchinson and contact her if you have grass clippings to donate.

A special thanks to our volunteer workers at the Community Garden, the Grapevine Garden Club and AMES tools for investing in another fruitful season.

 

 

SUMMER PROGRAMS SIGN OFF AFTER TREMENDOUS SUCCESS!

In 11 weeks’ time, your families, local businesses, civic groups and church congregations served 36,574 lunches to at-risk children every weekday this summer!

That’s over $180,000 worth of donated food invested in the fight to end hunger in our community. To put it in perspective, if you were to line 36,574 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches end to end, they would extend nearly three miles!

What’s more, GRACE has been able to provide supplemental food in conjunction with Feed Our Kids with our Mobile Food Pantry Program, GRACE Grocery Giveaway.

Food donated toward the end of the week is taken to vulnerable neighborhoods so that the groceries can be enjoyed over the weekend at the peak of freshness. This allows us to be the best stewards of our donations by ensuring it reaches families when and where they need it most.

GRACE Grocery Giveaway, which began in 2015, has met overwhelming success, providing nearly 700 households with $31,978 worth of food in 2016! Volunteers dedicated 286 hours to the summer program by setting up a farmer’s market with the kitchen staples at a selected at-risk neighborhood each Friday afternoon.

On behalf of the 3,200 family members and thousands of children you were able to serve through Feed Our Kids, THANK YOU for giving your time and resources to nourishing families this summer!

Psst—Summer may be over, but there is still plenty of ways to get involved at our Food Pantry. Download the latest Food Pantry Needs List the next time you shop for groceries, and stay posted for our Holiday Food Drive Needs!

 

Join us for the 2016 GRACE Gala

For Immediate Release:

Premier Black-Tie Event on October 22 Funds Community Programs                                    

Press Contact: Heather Ortner, Marketing & Communications Manager                              

817-305-4652 info@GRACEGrapevine.org      


Join us for the 13th Annual GRACE Gala on Saturday, October 22 at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas. The black-tie event boasts gourmet food and spirits, Silent and Live Auctions and dancing to the music of renowned Mars Hill Band. Event proceeds allow GRACE to give food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care and other types of emergency assistance to families facing crisis.

For nearly three decades, GRACE has been a haven for families facing crisis in Greater Northeast Tarrant County. In the midst of their hardship, GRACE guides families through long-term solutions designed to strengthen the community at large.

The GRACE Gala was conceptualized in 2004 by a dynamic Advisory Board made up of prominent community members from Grapevine, Southlake and Colleyville. Six months before the first Gala, the event sold out.

Individuals and corporate partners in the community rose to the challenge by sponsoring tables, donating auction items and attending an event that had quickly become the most-anticipated event of the year.

As the agency’s largest singular fund-raising event, the GRACE Gala has since become known as the premier black-tie event in Northeast Tarrant County.

“The GRACE Gala is my favorite night of the year, “says Executive Director Shonda Schaefer, “there’s a vibrant, infectious energy when the community rallies together with a kindred desire to see families thrive again. The event is a spectacular night, but to see how it changes the stories of families to hope from despair; there is no greater reward than that.”

The event revenue equips GRACE  to provide various programs such as:

  • Feed Our Kids, a lunch initiative that provides over 38,500 meals to at-risk children during the summer months, and Christmas Cottage, which provides new, unwrapped toys to over 1,600 children each holiday season.
  • GRACE Food Pantry supplies at-risk families with an estimated $500,000 in food staples each year. Our annual food drives provide holiday meals for over 750 families each season.
  • GRACE Community Garden produces 3,000 pounds of fresh, organic produce annually for families at risk for malnourishment.
  • GRACE Community Clinic offers medical care, vital screenings, immunizations and preventative healthcare.
  • GRACE Friends & Family meets the emotional and physical needs of approximately 120 isolated and immobile seniors in the community.
  • GRACE Transitional Housing provides shelter and holistic case management to displaced families, including those fleeing domestic violence.

On Saturday, October 22 at the Irving Convention Center, the community will celebrate what has been accomplished, and look ahead with great anticipation. With each passing year, the funds raised at the GRACE Gala allow GRACE to advance the mission to provide assistance to families that need it most. 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 ticket and sponsorship details for the GRACE Gala, visit GRACEGala.org.

GRACE Grapevine is a faith-based, social service agency that provides emergency assistance to an average of 5,100 families and individuals each year. For nearly three decades, GRACE has partnered with the community provide food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care to guide families and individuals toward self-sufficiency. Learn about our programs and volunteer opportunities at GRACEGrapevine.org.

NAVIGATING PEOPLE TO GOD

It’s hard to believe that we are finishing the final week of Feed Our Kids. We can’t wait to share the total count of meals you helped us share to children in need this summer.

In the meantime we’d like to give a shout out to one of our incredible church partners, Compass Church, who works closely with GRACE to ensure every family in the community has the opportunity to receive food, clothing, medical care and spiritual support during difficult times.

Compass Church has given more than $150,000 to program support and over 1,000 collective volunteer hours since partnering with GRACE. That’s over 40 days of nonstop sorting, cleaning, serving and sharing God’s love at the GRACE sites!

Compass Church also played an integral role in providing temporary shelter to families after 20 homes were destroyed in Grapevine apartment fire last May. Congregants came together to pray for and care for those in need by donating goods to GRACE and offering assistance when the need was greatest.

Each year members of Compass also organize GRACE’s largest annual food drive during the holiday season. Families fill a 45-foot trailer with holiday goods, and reinforcements are almost always called just to contain the amount of donations.

GRACE is sincerely grateful to local congregations like Compass Church, who understand the necessity of engaging with their community through service.

“All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”  -Acts 2:44-47

FEATURE HIGHLIGHT: BNSF

As the Official Décor Sponsor for the GRACE Gala, BNSF could not be more aptly recognized for their hard work to make GRACE sites both beautiful and functional over the years.

GRACE’s relationship with BNSF was forged with United Way’s historical “Day of Caring”, an initiative that motivates corporate partners to pursue service projects with local charities. Their investment has since evolved into various projects throughout the year.

The dedicated team at BNSF have cleaned, sorted, hauled and beautified virtually every GRACE site—from decorating the Christmas Cottage, to landscaping, painting and even taking on construction projects like entrance ramps and roof and concrete repairs.

In 2014 the BNSF Railway Foundation’s Officer Retirement Charitable Award made a $25,000 contribution to GRACE to honor the retirement of Tom Hund for his formative role in BNSF’s vision as the Executive Vice President and CEO. Since retiring, Judy and Tom Hund have made it their career to serve families in need at GRACE.

The support of BNSF as a Gala Feature Sponsor sets the stage for the annual theme, which embodies the heart of GRACE’s mission. This year’s “Light in the Darkness” theme speaks to the illuminating power one group has for families in the midst of a gloomy season.

Thanks to BNSF for making the GRACE Gala beautiful, and most importantly—recognizing the beauty in each client we serve.

BNSF Railway is one of the leading freight transportation companies in North America. The BNSF Foundation supports various causes, including grants, scholarships and a vigorous employee matching program.

The 2016 GRACE Gala will take place on Saturday, October 22 at the Irving Convention Center. As GRACE’s largest fund raising event of the year, the event revenue provides foundational support to further the GRACE mission. 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 GRACEGala.org or contact Mark Woolverton.

CHURCH PUTS HEART AND ‘SOLE’ IN CHILDREN’S FUTURES

When we relayed our need for underwear and shoes for school age children, we knew the community would respond with abundance.

Not only did St. Laurence Church host a collection drive that amassed 600 new packages of underwear for children, the congregation also raised enough funds to purchase 86 new pairs of shoes for Back to School!

That’s 86 children who will walk into their respective school with confidence and pride, and dozens of grateful families who are able to see their children sport new, unused shoes they can utilize the whole school year.

All parents know that children are hard on their shoes, and a pair of sneakers is a hearty investment for any family, especially those who have multiple children. You’ve helped alleviate the burden for families, and created a sense of pride for children whose parents are facing a difficult season.

For all gifts in all packages, we are continually humbled by the community’s zeal to share their blessings with others. Thank you St. Laurence Church!

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