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GRACE Wins Gold From the American Heart Association

GRACE Community Clinic has partnered with the American Heart Association for the past two years in their efforts to improve clients’ health by lowering their blood pressure through the AHA/AMA Target:BP™ Program.    The first year GRACE Community Clinic received Gold Status Recognition in reaching and, even exceeded the Target BP goal, which was 70% of clients with a diagnosis of hypertension are under control (B/P less than 140/90).  This year we have once again exceeded the Target: B/P™ goal and have reached 76% control with clients with a diagnosis of hypertension.

 

A huge thank you to all our volunteer providers and clinical staff for helping us achieve this goal for our GRACE clients.   Hypertension is the first in a “domino effect: chain leading to devastating consequences, like:  Stroke, Heart Failure, Vision Loss, Heart Attack, Kidney Disease/Failure.  85.7 Million adults (1-3) in U.S. have hypertension and 45.9% of those with hypertension are not controlled (36.7 million people.  It cost $48.6 billion each year (healthcare services, medications and missed days of work according to the American Heart Association.

 

What changes have we made in our practice:

  • Increased education and collaboration with our providers
  • Implemented the new 2017 Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults.
  • Increased Educational and Assessment Efforts with Clients
    • Nutritional Classes
    • Hypertension Classes
    • Provider Visits
    • Nurse Visits
  • Staff and Clinical Volunteer Education on the 7 Simple Tips to Get Accurate Blood Pressure Readings
  • Providing B/P machines to hypertensive clients with proper education on taking BPs and using BP log

We are very excited to see positive outcomes for our clients with these efforts, and hopefully, will be able to prevent some of these co-morbidities.   We are projecting even better results with our next submission of data to the AMA.

 

By Shirley Roberts

Gala Co-Chairs Go Above and Beyond With Hard-hat Tours

Kendra Gives Back

Join GRACE for an evening of stunning jewelry and charitable giving! Kendra Scott’s Southlake location is celebrating the season of giving by hosting a Kendra Gives Back event.

This wonderful event will take place on Sunday, November 4th from 4-6:00 p.m. at Southlake Townsquare, 321 Grand Ave. W, located in the piazza across from Brio Tuscan Grille.

GRACE has been blessed to have Kendra Scott as a Gala partner since 2015. For the past three years guests have enjoyed an exclusive jewelry pull that guarantees a unique piece of jewelry valued up to $200 with a $75 donation. The event has sold out every year.

The Texas-based designer has become a nationwide sensation, partly due to placing benevolence at the heart of her business model. Since the company was established in 2002, it has worked closely with their surrounding communities, collaborating with over 100 charities nationwide and donating over $1M in the last year. Scott also has a signature line of charms in which a portion of the profits directly benefit charitable causes.

We are tremendously thankful that such an esteemed company would grand us a valued forum to share the message of GRACE: that all families in distress should be able to receive food, clothing, shelter and support to rebuild their lives and enjoy a stronger community.

Fall into GRACE

And so begins the most wonderful time of the year! No we aren’t referring to Christmas—yet! GRACE is releasing our Holiday Food List. Food drives are a staple for the GRACE Food Pantry, that serve so many families during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

If not for drives mounted by churches, companies, civic clubs, scout groups and many, many others, GRACE would not have enough to feed those who come to us for help.

We are so thankful for our community’s support, who give warmth, comfort, and security during a holiday season that could otherwise be cold and lonely.

If your family, civic group, church, or neighborhood would like to plan a collection drive or holiday meal for a family in need, please let us know. You can help us make this the most generous holiday season yet by brainstorming ideas to get your business, congregation or loved ones involved.

Along with food and perishable goods, a cash donation allows us to cover the purchase of milk, eggs, butter and a holiday turkey. GRACE has strong relationships with local food banks that help multiply the purchasing power of donated funds.

Food donations are gratefully accepted at the GRACE Food Pantry, 307 W Dallas in Grapevine. Hours are 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 1:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Download the Holiday Food Needs List 

2018 Need List

About the GRACE Food Pantry:

The Client Choice Food Pantry provides perishable and non-perishable food to individuals and families in need. The Food Pantry utilizes a voucher system for GRACE clients to shop and select the food items that meet the cultural and dietary needs of their households.

Food Pantry Needs List

Our Food Pantry inventory is low or out on many items, and we need your help! Download the latest shopping list for our Food Pantry below:

October 2018 Needs List

Peace Together: A Walk For Peace

Peace Together shares the spirit of compassion with GRACE and those in the community. They are looking forward to collaborating and supporting our programs with this wonderful walk. Peace Together would like to invite GRACE supporters to join Peace Together Walk, on Saturday, November 3rd, starting at 2:30pm at the Islamic Center of Mid Cities.

The team is taking their mission to a new level and hope with this walk to show there is no room in our community for discrimination, racism, hatred, bigotry and intolerance. The City of Colleyville is showing its support for this important work in the form of police escort and other assistance.

No monetary donations are requested; rather the Peace Together team asks that each person consider bringing new children’s socks or new or gently used children’s shoes to benefit GRACE.

Please note that all walkers are asked not to park at the Islamic Center, but rather to park at Good Shepherd Catholic Community, Congregation Beth Israel or First United Methodist Church of Colleyville (all relatively close to each other in Colleyville). Transportation will then be provided to the Islamic Center. You can walk the whole distance (approx. 3.2 miles to Congregation Beth Israel) or there will be several intermediate stopping points with transportation back to the parking areas. If you don’t feel a walk is for you, still please come and support this important mission.

If you would like to learn more about this, please contact Howard L. Rosenthal at Howard.Rosenthal@kellyhart.com

 

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors!!!

On behalf of over 5,000 family members GRACE serves each year, thank you for providing support that allows us provide food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care and hope to the downtrodden among us.

Thanks to the Following Event Sponsors


Presenting Sponsor

The Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet

 Platinum Plus Sponsor

Berkeys Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical

BNSF Railway

Lynda and Robert Warner

VIP Sponsor

SIMMONS ESTATE HOMES

Gold Sponsor

Exencial Wealth Advisors

Silver Sponsors

Marylee and Carl Alford

ARI – Holman Enterprises

Atmos Energy Corporation

EY

Good Shepherd Catholic Community

Methodist Southlake Hospital

Pegasus Logistics

Trinity Private Equity Group

TXU Energy

Bronze Sponsors

Associate Time & Parking Controls

Bank of the West

Traci and Bryan Bernard

Classic Tile & Plastering, Inc.

Hugh M. Cunningham Companies

Freedom Title

Grapevine Rotary Club

Elizabeth and John Huffman

Judy and Tom Hund

Sheila and Mark Moyer

Park Place Motorcars and Lexus Grapevine

Premier Bank Texas

Rotary Club of Colleyville

Ty Shafer, DDS

SPC Construction and Roofing

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake

Tommy Pennington Realty Group, Inc

Dina & Felix Vasquez

Wells Fargo Private Bank, Karen and David Parrish

Patron Sponsor

Frost Bank

Special Thanks

Stacy Brooks- Simple Moments Photography

Ponce Duran

First Financial Bank

Dr. Sara Suttle

All the selfless volunteers who dedicated their energy and hours of service toward generating event proceeds

In Kind Donors

Gala is a Wrap!

Thank you to our wonderful Gala Co-Chairs Lynda and Robert Warner for making the 15th annual Gala one we will not forget. From the unforgettable opening song of ‘Amazing GRACE’ by Ken Nelson, to the beautiful rose wall that so many posed in front of; we are so thankful to you and everyone who made this night so meaningful.

A special thanks to Jackie Meyer, Daveen Miller, Leslie Casey, Roni Townson, Krystle and Kris Gutierrez, Roxann Taylor, Leah Wambsganss, Tammy Nakamura, Duff O’Dell, Dr. Sara Suttle, Pastor John McKellar, everyone who bid on an auction package, donated to Fund-A-Need, or to those who have kept our clients in your prayers. We thank YOU!

Now it’s time to start planning for next year!

Click Here to view our Facebook photo album!

 

OPEN TOUR FOR NEW GRACE OFFICE

GRACE Gala Co-Chairs Lynda and Robert Warner have an exclusive invitation for YOU!

At last week’s GRACE Gala, the couple extended an invite for a tour of the new GRACE Main Office on East Walnut Street in the historic district of Grapevine. From noon until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, Lynda and Robert will give everyone the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the new GRACE facility.

“We want everyone—any person, church, civic group or business—interested in learning how we meet the tangible needs of families on a day-to-day basis,” said Lynda.

Renovations are nearing completion, and the restoration of the building—the Community Clinic and Pantry—that sustained serious fire damage, is underway. Full completion and occupancy is expected by December.

Project took two buildings on the property and connected to each with a new third building. The result places all of GRACE assistance services under one roof, including emergency services, rent and utilities assistance, clothing room, community clinic, and food pantry.

All are welcome to come for the hard hat tour and visit the first step into the future for GRACE. For more information contact Melissa Maraki or call 817-305-4672.

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