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Southlake Women’s Club Grant

Southlake Women’s Club foundation chose GRACE as a 2019 beneficiary of their event Art in the Square.  The committee directed our grant monies are to be used to help clients in Northeast Tarrant County.  SWL is hosting an official announcement and presentation of all of their 2019 beneficiaries this Sunday, February 17th at Southlake Town Hall from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

The Southlake Women’s Club is a highly respected nonprofit organization with more than 150 members from Southlake and many of its neighboring cities.  To date, they have donated over $2.9M to local charities benefiting women, children & families in Northeast Tarrant County.

They are committed to providing community support and involvement through active participation and service, charitable contributions, grants, and special events, as well as to cultivating friendship and fellowship through social, educational and business gatherings.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you, Southlake Women’s Club, for being a part of our mission to help others.

The Men with the Muscle Behind GRACEful Buys Grapevine

Our GRACEful Buys Grapevine warehouse team

 

Fernando Trevino

GRACEful Buys Warehouse Manager – Grapevine

Meet our warehouse manager, Fernando, who has been with GRACE for 11 years and lived in the DFW area his entire life.  He has a lovely wife of 12 years and four little girls (whom he jokes are the cause of a few gray hairs).  He is truly passionate about giving his all for our customers.

I enjoy helping customers and watching them experience relief as they receive smiles and much needed assistance.  I am happy to be the best steward I can be.

Barney Humphrey

GRACEful Buys Warehouse Associate – Grapevine

This guy with the smile that lights up the room is originally from New Orleans.  His wife, Pamela, is a Production Associate at Donation Station, and together they have worked for GRACE for 17 years.  Barney and Pamela have been married for 44 years, and have three children, eleven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.  Be sure to wish him a happy birthday if you run into him – he will be 63 on February 19th!

I love GRACE.  I love everything about working for this great company.  All of the employees are friendly and get along like a family.  We treat our customers as family as well – one great big family.

Kyle Buchanan

GRACEful Buys Warehouse Associate – Grapevine

Our youngest, most strapping young man of the team is Kyle.  He was born in Michigan but has lived in Lewisville for most of his life.  Kyle has a two year old terrier mix named Hamilton that he adopted as a pup.  GRACE has had the pleasure of him being on our team for six and a half months.  His GRACE friends over at Donation Station keep an eye out on drop-offs for items he is needing, which he explains is a huge perk.  And ladies, he is single!

 

Richard Russell

GRACEful Buys Warehouse Associate – Grapevine

Having lived in Grapevine for a number of years, Richard calls himself a “Grapevine Lifer.”  He remembers the very beginning of GRACE, and was employed at one of our stores back in 2005.  Always willing to help out in any way, Richard recalls pushing shopping carts across our parking lots those several years ago, humbly exemplifying that no task is too small.

I always like helping people and being right in the middle of it all. I like what I see, and am glad to be here and be a part of the team.

We cannot begin to explain how much we appreciate this team.  Come on out to GRACEful Buys Grapevine to meet these helpful and hardworking men, and to see for yourself the fantastic job they did organizing the backlot.  Speaking of backlot, be on the lookout for incoming storms as the store will hold a Backlot Sale with items priced at ten dollars and less!

 

Dine To Donate: Where Taste Meets GRACE

 

We are privileged to launch our second annual Dine to Donate initiative that brings foodies, restaurateurs, the media, and community resources together to make a profound impact on local families in need through GRACE programs.

 

HOW Dine to Donate WORKS                                            

Dine to Donate is a newly-launched Restaurant Week meant to showcase local cuisine with a prix-fixed menu with price points ranging $39-$49 from March 22nd through the 31st. A portion of proceeds furthers the mission of GRACE.

WHO GRACE IS                                                          

GRACE is a faith-based social service agency that provides food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care to families in the midst of job loss, low income or other recent emergency. Each year GRACE serves an average of 5,000 family members in Greater Northeast Tarrant County.

WHERE YOU COME IN                                                     

Dine to Donate is looking for top-tier restaurant in the local community with a kindred desire to see families thrive in the community. Participants listed in the culinary passport will consider:

  • Providing prix fixe menu options of $39, or $49 with up to $8 in donation to GRACE
  • Offer a chef experience or culinary package (valued up to $5,000) as part of a raffle prize

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES                                   

Each of the sponsorship levels will offer you the benefits of positive brand exposure, valued networking and new customer loyalty with like-minded members of the community.

We promise to be wise stewards of your resources to provide compassionate care to as many families as possible through this joint initiative. Together we can make a lasting, tangible difference in the lives of those struggling in our midst. Please contact Melissa Maraki at Events@GRACEGrapevine.org if you would like to be a sponsor, and visit our Facebook.com/DinetoDonateGrapevine page for more info.

Golfing “Fore” a Good Cause: Sponsor or Sign Your Team Up Today for Drive Into The Night

 

Whether you’re an avid golfer or play par to nine holes of putt-putt, this fan-favorite moonlight event generates one of GRACE’s largest event proceeds to help families in distress.

The 2019 Drive Into the Night event is set to tee off on Friday, April 5th at the Grapevine Golf Course.

All event revenue sustains GRACE children’s programs like Christmas Cottage, which provides 2,700 family members with new, unwrapped Christmas toys. Feed Our Kids provides an average of 38,000 meals to at-risk children during the summer months.

The glow golf tournament is a fan favorite because it lends itself to a unique experience company employees, friends or civic groups can enjoy,” says GRACE Executive Director Shonda Schaefer. “Along with sponsorship exposure, companies and groups know it’s a fun night out that allows for friendly competition that doesn’t take itself too seriously.”

Players can register as individuals, pairs, or part of a team. Dinner is included, along with contests, specialty drinks and raffle prizes.

Participation is limited and usually sells out. Check out sponsorship options or contact to find a tailored package for your group or business.

Event Details

Date
Friday, April 5, 2019

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

Cost
$1,000 to register a foursome which includes dinner, golf cart, glow equipment & beverages. Price for dinner only is $50. Register here

5:30pm – Check-In/Dinner

6:00pm – Putting Contest/Driving Range Open

7:30pm – Shotgun Start

Prizes
Prizes will be award to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams for the best in Putting, Closest to the Pin, & Longest Drive!

Sponsorships
Sponsorships from $300-$10,000 are available.

Questions? Visit our website here or email events@GRACEGrapevine.org.

 

A Sweetheart Named Pippy

Pippy Bech (right) pictured with Terri Haun, GRACEful Buys Manager – Grapevine.

 

Miss Priscilla Bech, an eight year old home-school student nicknamed “Pippy,” stopped by GRACEful Buys Grapevine on Wednesday with a very special gift for GRACE. Enthusiastic with the Dallas Cowboys’ win at the NFC Wild Card Game, Brett Bech, a strength and conditioning coach for the Cowboys, felt compelled to give back and came to his four daughters with a generous propostition. He would allow the girls to each make a donation of $200 to the charity of their choice.

Pippy was eager to seal the deal following the Cowboys’ victory and deliver her contribution to her favorite nonprofit. The budding philanthropist new right away GRACE was to be her fortunate recipient; she and her mother often explore our store for older, out of print books. We were touched and delighted upon her arrival. Not only did she come to us with a check, but a beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully messaged card which reads:

Hello!! My name is Pippy. I am eight years old. My Papa told me to pick someone to give $200 to. I chose y’all. May God bless y’all and use it well.

In Christ,

Pippy Bech

 

In her mother, Cheri Bech’s, words, “We are extremely grateful for Grace in our beautiful town and for all of their wonderful workers! Thank you all for making Pippy feel so good about giving. I’m quite certain Pippy will remember this and how she enjoyed “helping”. We will pray for God to multiply this gift and bless everyone involved in Grace.”

Keep up the amazing work, Pippy and Bech Family! We are touched and impressed with your act of kindness in lending a loving hand to families who very much need your help. We thank the Lord for your sweet, giving heart, and thank you for choosing to partner with GRACE.

It’s The Year of Shirley

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(l-r) Shirley Roberts, RN, receives her President’s Award from Bree Vopelak, former President of the GRACE Board of Directors.

Shirley Roberts claimed the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce 2018 Ambassador of the Year award on January 24th at the Annual Awards held at DFW HIlton Lakes Executive Conference Center. This is following her GRACE President’s Award distinction at the August meeting of our Board of Directors, and leading up to her February 20th awarding as the Fort Worth Business Press 2019 Health Care Hero. This annual award recognizes excellence among health care professionals, administrators and volunteers in our community.

Her title is Nurse Manager of the GRACE Community Clinic, but that is only the beginning of her story and her work for GRACE. As manager of the GRACE Community Clinic, she oversees all of the staff and volunteer activities—duties that include nearly 4,000 patient visits every year and more than 650 clinic sessions.

Shirley holds a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management from Dallas Baptist University, and received her licensure in nursing from El Centro College. She has been a registered nurse since 1981, and has held various positions in healthcare organizations, including several management roles.

A vibrant GRACE ambassador, Shirley is a lead recruiter for the Clinic’s medical professionals, seeking and on-boarding volunteer physicians, nurses and other health providers. Her volunteers serve nearly 3,500 hours every year. She also assumes the role of head caregiver for GRACE staff, providing OSHA-required training and regularly lecturing on safe office practices.

With all of these accomplishments, it would seem she would be a shoe-in for the President’s Award, an honor for the GRACE employee of the year, and the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce 2018 Ambassador of the Year award, and the 2019 Health Care Hero. Yet, 2018 threw one huge challenge in Shirley’s direction—in April the GRACE Clinic experienced a catastrophic fire. Shirley rushed to the site as soon as she learned about the fire and stayed until she secured a new space for a temporary clinic to take place the following morning.

I am so blessed to serve at GRACE Community Clinic and in our community with the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce! I am so honored to receive the Ambassador of the Year Award! So proud to be a part of our awesome city! It doesn’t get any better than this!

-Shirley Roberts

Through the move to the temporary location, and to the current location at the former Police and Municipal Courts Building in Grapevine, Shirley directed volunteers in the set-up of equipment, replacement supplies, donated materials, and the medical volunteers in order to maintain operational capacity.

“Shirley has always been one to go ‘over and above’,” said Bree Vopelak, president of the GRACE Board of Directors. “This year in particular she rose to the occasion and clearly exhibited our core values.”

In addition to her many GRACE responsibilities, Shirley is active in the Grapevine Chamber and a member of last year’s Leadership Grapevine program. She leads a happy life with a devoted husband, three grown children, many grandchildren, a church family and a rewarding career. Shirley Roberts is a true advocate for the people GRACE serves, and is a valued leader among the GRACE staff. Click here for more information about the GRACE Community Clinic, or to congratulate her for her President’s Award.

“Chip” In for a Great Cause by Reserving Your Golf Team for Drive Into the Night

 

Participating in Drive Into the Night is an ideal way for businesses, civic groups, and family members to get away from the office and have some fun on the field. The event includes a barbeque dinner, swag bag, discounts at the Drive Into the Night Glow Mart, drink tickets, prizes and more.

Players can be paired with a team or register for teams of four.

EVENT DETAILS

Twilight Tee Off

Glow Golf Tournament Benefiting GRACE

WHEN

Friday, April 5, 2019

WHERE

Grapevine Golf Course

3800 Fairway Drive in Grapevine

PROGRAM

Check in 5:30 PM

Putting Contest/Driving Range Open: 6:00 PM

Shotgun Start

REGISTER HERE

Help us make a difference!

Not only is Drive Into the Night unique night golf experience for your friends or colleagues, 100% of the event proceeds fund programs that give hope to at-risk children in our community.

GRACE 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 GRACE programs and volunteer opportunities at GRACEGrapevine.org.

The money raised will support programs like Christmas Cottage, which supplies over 2,700 family members with new Christmas gifts and Feed Our Kids, which provides 37,500 meals to at-risk children on average each summer. Your participation as a Player or Sponsor ensures that these programs reach as many in need as possible!

Register a Team or Player or become a Sponsor at DriveIntotheNight.com.

Sponsorship sales are underway now, and player spots are limited. The only way to make sure your team is playing is by purchasing one of several levels of sponsorship packages available. Special “naming sponsorships” are also available for a tailored sponsorship and increased exposure within the local community.

Sponsorships begin at the Putter Level ($1,000). It includes a player foursome, two carts, dinner for four, 8 drink tickets, and other benefits, including glow equipment for play and for decorating your cart.

Individual entries are $250 each, and a team of four for $1,000.

Say Hello to Lucy And Joanne!

 

 

A MUCH DESERVED SPOTLIGHT ON LUCY AND JOANNE

 

If you have not already, meet JoAnne Quintero and Lucy Tadrous, GRACE Family! Both ladies joined the GRACE Team in 2018 – Lucy as our Accounting Associate and JoAnne as our Accounting Assistant. Our staff and volunteers could not love and appreciate these tremendous women more. Humble, diligent, talented, kind and fun are just a few of the qualities these personalities bring to mind, and they are each crucial to just about everything that goes on at GRACE.

 

JoAnne Quintero (pictured above) and her family moved to Dallas in the summer of 2015. She is grateful to be the mother of three amazing son – Austin, Dylan, and Eron – who she describes as each so very unique in their own ways. Her eldest, Austin, joined the United States Marine Corps and is currently serving in Japan. Pet lovers at heart, the family is constantly entertained by their dog and cat.

Her professional life has also been equally blessed, and previously enjoyed a lifelong career in Automotive Dealership accounting. Let’s hear in her own words:

I believe my walk with God led me on the journey to find GRACE.  That alone has fulfilled me and my cup has “runneth over.” I was initially fearful and anxious in deciding to leave a career from which I have been part of even in my childhood. With my faith strong, though, I entered the doors of GRACE knowing my God was here and calling me to come to him. I was immediately set at ease by Teresa, Melissa, Pam, and Shonda’s kindness, graciousness, and gratefulness. Being here has fulfilled me in more ways than I could have ever imagined. I am at a place where I can give 100+% of myself and know it is being given to God’s stewards for his plans.  Any aspect of this place where I can, even in a small way, help someone else would have to be my favorite thing about GRACE. I love that GRACE gives me the opportunity to help in all areas, even if only in small ways, and that this work helps someone else in ways even I cannot imagine. Allowing me to help others even if it is just sweeping the floor or cleaning up the kitchen after an event to allowing me to be creative with writing a Thank You letter. Those things allow and encourage me to be humble while also exploring the creative aspect of my personality. You can see the goodness in others from those that selflessly and tirelessly work to help a client coming in for food, clothing, shelter, and medical care, to those that work to explain GRACE and share our passions with potential donors, to the people that coordinate the events and make them special, and to those that do all the various tasks to make GRACE and our clients successful. These are my favorite things….thank you to everyone at GRACE and to everyone who generously donates to GRACE; Your acts of kindness have inspired me every day to walk in a deeper relationship with God and to be the best version of myself I can be!

Lucy Tadrous was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. Her family moved from Egypt to Qatar, then finally moved to Colleyville in 2013. She and her beloved husband have precious twins, a son, George, and a daughter, Meray. They are currently sophomores in High School. Lucy enjoys watching her son play soccer and listening to her daughter play the guitar.

I love what I do as an accountant. I spent over 13 years of my life with this career. So proud to be a member in the GRACE family because of the way it effects people’s life.

Lucy Tadrous

 

 

 

 

GRACE Federal Employee Assistance Update

Since the middle of January when GRACE sent out its Red Letter about the government shutdown, the GRACE front desk has fielded close to 100 calls from individuals affected by furloughs and office shutdowns. Each of these calls came from concerned individuals who, at the onset, thought they would be able to carry on, hoping for a quick response by the government to reopen their positions and offices.

As time wore on, sadly, their needs became more pressing, and concern began to spread to larger bills and responsibilities. The initial families we saw at GRACE assumed they might need assistance only with groceries in order to cover the gap they hoped would be a short one. Those same families came back, however, as they began to realize they would not have funds available to cover rent and utility bills. As a result of the response from our community, GRACE was able to offer support at every step of the way.

Most of these individuals previously had yet to navigate a system of public support, and therefore needed guidance in securing assistance during this uncertain time. GRACE had a list of resources available to help these families and individuals through government and private programs. Most importantly, as they sought out solutions, they could do so knowing GRACE would be there to secure their most basic needs: food, clothing, gas, medicine, rent and utilities.

Currently, most people seem optimistic that their paychecks will resume. And, though many will receive “back pay,” some are not guaranteed any payment for the time their positions were not officially open. There is also a looming fear that another shut down could occur in the very near future if our elected officials are unable to find some common ground on which to stand and end the detrimental quarreling. Vigilantly, GRACE will be here – ready and willing – to again step forward.

 

 

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