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A Buyer’s Market at GRACE

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All three of GRACE’s resale stores are now brimming with wonderful clothing, housewares, decorator items, furniture and more—the abundance of a Christmas season and generous people making room for their new treasures.

Brimming stores are a buyer’s market, and the GRACEful Buys stores in Grapevine and Euless and Style & GRACE are pulling back prices to make it even better for shoppers.

Style & GRACE is leading off this weekend with a Fishbowl Sale good through Saturday. Shoppers can draw for up to 75% off their purchase at the register. Beautiful jewelry, wonderful designer fashions, accessories, shoes, scarves, and décor items—everything in the store.

Jana McGlone, the manager of Style & GRACE, is following that up with a series of 40% off sales the next week:

January 16-19: 40% off storewide (except jewelry, you’ll have to wait until January 26 for an amazing sale on jewelry)
January 20-21: 40% off dresses, skirts, two piece suits and formals
January 23-25: 40% off bottoms, jeans and men’s clothing

As promised, the month rounds out with the amazing 50% off  jewelry sale, January 26-28.

GRACEful Buys in Grapevine and Euless are moving libraries this weekend! All books, CD’s and DVD’s are half-price. Same with all electronics, 50% off, and all prices are good through January 15.

Terri Haun and Larry Cervantes, managers of GRACEful Buys Grapevine and Euless, respectively, are playing to the redecorators with a 40% off sale on lamps, lamp shades and linens, January 18-22.

Speaking of redecorators and designers, both GRACEful Buys stores have strong inventories of crystal, ceramic, pottery, stoneware, metal and wood décor items and collectibles, many vintage, and all at great GRACE prices.

GRACEful Buys Euless is at 700 West Euless Boulevard, Euless. GRACEful Buys Grapevine is at 418 East Northwest Highway, Grapevine. Both stores are open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sundays noon – 6 p.m.

Style & GRACE is in Suite 238 at 2030 Glade Road (the Hobby Lobby shopping center).

Go to www.Style-and-GRACE.com and www.GRACEfulbuys.com to learn about upcoming sales, and to sign on to our E-List for email coupons and other discounts. Or click here to sign-up now.

Last Call for GREASE!

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Bring your best Gal or best Guy to the CBI Brotherhood’s “GREASE Is the Word” Casino Night tomorrow.

The time for “boppin’ ‘round the clock” is almost here!

The CBI Brotherhood’s “GREASE Is the Word” Casino opens its doors at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow night, Saturday, January 14, at the Good Shepherd Parish Hall, 1000 Tinker Road in Colleyville.

The sounds of the Fifties will be everywhere as the DJs spin “stacks of wax.” Mac’s on Main will lay on a spread worthy of the Big Bopper. And the tables will be humming with wheels, deals, and squeals. Baby.

[Okay, we can break for a second while everyone googles why vinyl 45 rpm records were once called “wax”. Fascinating, really.]

For sure, there will be great food, great music, great gaming, and now, all the great raffle prizes!

Congregation Beth Israel has devised an amazing raffle with a limited number of tickets that greatly increases the odds of winning. For the very first time, the CBI Brotherhood Special Raffle offers a chance to win 1 of 4 prizes with a maximum of only 200 chances sold. Chances are $30 each or 4 for $100.

The prizes are:
(i) a Mexico Vacation—4 days and 3 nights for two at the five-star El Dorado Royale Resort in Riviera Maya, valued at $2,500;
(ii) a Dallas Mavericks Luxury Suite, valued at $1,800;
(iii) 2 tickets to a Dallas Cowboys regular season game during the 2017-18 season, Section C107, Row 19, with parking, valued at $750; and
(iv) a weekend rental from Park Place Lexus—from 2 p.m. on a Friday to return before 6 p.m. on the following Monday. Park Place Lexus will also detail your own car and fill it with gas. The value of the Park Place package is $650.

If you need to leave the party early, that’s okay too, because you do not have to be present to win one of these great prizes.

Last year’s CBI Brotherhood Casino Night earned enough to provide substantial support to GRACE, Congregation Beth Israel, Jewish Family Services, and The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation. GRACE is proud to again be among these wonderful causes.

Check out their Facebook page here. For questions or more information, call 817-581-5500, or email casinonight@congregationbethisrael.org.

Texas Health Partners with GRACE

 

The GRACE Outreach to Health Community Clinic is now joined each month by the Texas Health Resources Mobile Health Unit.

The Wellness for Life Mobile Health Program of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital provides the service that offers the best-known defense against breast cancer – early detection.

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Texas Health’s Mobile Health Unit now visits the GRACE Outreach to Health Community Clinic every month.

The Mobile Health Unit will see GRACE clients who are in need of mammograms and meet the mammogram screening criteria set by the American Cancer Society.  All appointments are scheduled through the GRACE Community Clinic.

The partnership with Texas Health began in 2013 with quarterly mammogram screenings. With the long waiting list of women who needed screenings, and the growing volume of clients coming to GRACE for all services, the upgrade to monthly visits was an essential and vital resource to the Community Clinic and to the community at-large.

The majority of GRACE clients are women, and women-headed households comprise a large percentage of GRACE client families. Also, for many households, she may be the sole wage earner for the family.

Annual screenings, early detection and treatment of breast cancer help to stabilize many families served by GRACE.

While the screenings at GRACE are for GRACE clients only, the Wellness for Life Program serves to make medical testing as accessible as possible for all people.

Wellness for Life is a prevention and early detection program. It works to increase awareness of cancer prevention, to promote the benefits of cancer screening, and to offer easy accessibility to many types of screening and early detection services.

Wellness for Life offers breast, prostate, skin, colon and other cancer-related screenings that are recommended by the American Cancer Society.

The Mobile Health Unit makes numerous regular stops throughout the area, and the unit can be scheduled to bring screening and early detection services directly to workplaces with a maximum examination time of 20 minutes.

It is staffed by family nurse practitioners, registered nurses and other health professionals. Medical oversight is provided by a board-certified physician member of the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth medical staff.

For more information or to schedule the Mobile Health Unit for business or other locations, call 817-250-1910, or click on Mobile Health Unit.

For more information about the GRACE Outreach to Health Community Clinic, contact Shirley Roberts, RN, BAS, CCM at 817-305-7681, or email sroberts@gracegrapevine.org.

 

 

VITA Welcomes Tax Season

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Trained VITA volunteers help find thousands of extra dollars for families on limited budgets.

In 2016, GRACE provided 287 families with tax assistance, financial coaching and nearly $400,000 in tax refunds, thanks to the resources of volunteers and community supporters, and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, program.

The results were astounding. Each family averaged nearly $2,000 in Earned Income Tax Credit, in their pockets.

Earned Income Tax Credit and other credits, such as the Child and Dependent Care Credit, and many deductions are often left unclaimed or given a fraction of the return with a costly tax service.

For those on limited budgets or fixed incomes, a well-earned return from the Internal Revenue Service has a significant budget impact, and creates a ripple effect that is far reaching, including the intangible support given during tax season for financial stewardship awareness, job coaching, and continued education resources to increase each family’s earning potential.

“The value of this service could not be overstated,” said Stacy Pacholick , GRACE Director of Programs. “Not only are refunds rightfully given back to the people who paid them, the teachable moments are boundless.”

VITA is open to all qualifying families with household incomes of $55,000 or less for the 2016 calendar year. In partnership with United Way of Tarrant County, the service is provided free with no out-of-pocket costs for tax preparations.

VITA volunteers will be at GRACE Main Offices, 610 Shady Brook Drive in Grapevine, beginning January 24, every Tuesday and Wednesday, 2 – 7 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., through April 15. Tax filers are asked to simply drop in for services.

Please bring valid photo identification, a Social Security card or individual Tax Identification Number (TIN) for all family members, all W-2 forms, a copy of the 2016 tax return, if possible, and 1099 forms, if applicable. If filing jointly, both spouses must be present.

The United Way of Tarrant County has eleven other VITA Locations available. “VITA On the Run” offers tax filers the opportunity to drop off tax information. Returns are processed within three days.

The key to the massive outpouring of support for this program is centered in the volunteers who provide the service. Hundreds of tax preparers, including CPAs and financial professionals, intake specialists and interpreters will be working through the April 15 filing deadline to assure all who qualify can take advantage of VITA services.

If you are passionate about helping families overcome hardship through financial education, VITA is still in need of tax help volunteers and financial coaches. No prior qualification is required to be a VITA volunteer. Volunteers will not be liable for accounting errors, and a staff person will be present at all times.

Tax Preparers will assist families with simple tax returns. Intake Specialists are needed to greet families, ensure they have the necessary documents, and explain the VITA packet. Intake Specialists will attend a one-hour training session. Interpreters are also needed.

Email VITA or call 817-258-8062 to get started.

 

 

Transitional Housing Graduation Date Set

 

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GRACE Transitional Housing graduates proudly wait to hear their names called at last year’s graduation ceremony.

With all the pomp and circumstance of a commencement event, six women and one man are completing the GRACE Transitional Housing program, and will celebrate their achievement on Monday, January 30, at the Bessie Mitchell House in Grapevine.

Though Ada A., Camille H., Crystal F., Felicia B., Luther H., Nadia A., and Jessica S. have reached life-changing goals already, the graduation will mark the conclusion of their two-year program with GRACE.

“Each participant has accomplished long and short term goals that lead them to independent and successful lives,” said Shonda Schaefer, GRACE Executive Director. “It is a true celebration, but also a chance to say our ‘goodbyes’ as well.”

The highly-structured two-year program focuses on improving life skills, education, employment and physical, emotional and spiritual health. Strong bonds grow among the participants, many who have created lifelong friends through the experience.

It is also natural that the same type of bonds grow between the program participants and the staff that counsels and oversees their progress.

“We are fortunate to know these courageous people,” said Jamé Scott, GRACE Transitional Housing Manager. “We understand where they’ve come from, and where they are headed. We witness their struggles every day, and we share in their joy when they reach their goals.”

GRACE Board President Don Johnston is scheduled to provide the commencement address—a charge to the graduates—highlighting their achievements in the program and their drive to continue on the path of self-reliance.

One such highlight will be the work of Crystal F. She is the single mother of two young boys. When she entered the Transitional Housing program, she immediately set her sights on finishing school and receiving her GED. She accomplished that in December 2015.

After passing all sections of her GED, she enrolled in a training program for Medical Assistants. She has now completed training and plans to continue her education towards a Registered Nurse degree and certification.

“We are very proud of her accomplishments and her commitment to her young sons,” said Stacy Pacholick, GRACE Director of Programs. “Crystal’s success is an inspiration to others in the [Transitional Housing] program.”

The event also celebrates the vision and value of the GRACE Transitional Housing program. The counseling-focused program provides the training and case management for families to break cycles of poverty, violence, and homelessness.

For more information, email Jamé Scott or call 817-305-4640.

 

SAVE-THE-DATE: Drive Into the Night

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Drive Into the Night supports childrens’ services at GRACE including Feed Our Kids and Christmas Cottage.

There will be laughter and music in the distance. Cart drivers and passengers will share hearty greetings in the dark as they pass. The whir of electric motors will carry players from one shot to another. And the clink of club against ball will send the glowing orb on another trip into the darkness.

Then there’s always that one Whooping Crane who loudly objects to all the hubbub from high in its nest above Number 5 on Pecan.

The annual Drive Into the Night event benefiting GRACE programs for children is scheduled for Friday, April 21. Check-In starts at 5:30 p.m. with the Putting Contest getting underway at 6 p.m.

For the eighth year in a row seventy golf carts will flow onto the grounds of the Grapevine Golf Course at dusk, braving turns and hills in the fading light, directed only by the shimmer of glo-sticks and LED flashlights.

The money raised through Drive Into the Night helps GRACE improve the lives of children in our community. The GRACE Feed Our Kids and Christmas Cottage are just two of many services that supports children and families.

Forty-four percent of all GRACE clients are age 17 and under; more than 31% are 12 and under; and nearly 9% are under the age of 5. Drive Into the Night helps ensure services reach as many children and families as possible.

Information on sponsorship sales, and player spots will be coming shortly. For more information call Chelsea Rose at 817-305-4672 or email crose@gracegrapevine.org.

 

Molly Maid Cleans Up for GRACE

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Molly Maid owner Katrina Keith (l) donates the proceeds of 25,421 home cleanings to GRACE grants manager Patricia Chogugudza.

Katrina Keith’s Molly Maid home-cleaning franchise has generated more than $8,000 to support GRACE services since 2010. Katrina’s staff donates 10 cents from each home cleaning to GRACE. And every year, the donation increases as her business grows in the D-FW area.

Katrina visited GRACE this week with clothing and household goods for GRACE Donation Station, and a contribution of $2,542.10 for GRACE Transitional Housing—that’s 25,421 home cleanings!

Katrina’s service is modeled on providing professional cleaning, and specializing in residential settings where the standards are naturally high. Molly Maid housekeepers guarantee home owners’ satisfaction, and accommodate all personal cleaning preferences. The aim for every home is to create a cleaning plan that respects and saves homeowners’ time, and keeps their homes just the way they like it.

Supporting local charitable causes is part of the Molly Maid philosophy, as well. The Ms. Molly Foundation was established in 1996 to support victims of domestic violence. Their mission is to increase public awareness of domestic violence and to provide support of shelters and agencies, like GRACE, that embrace victims of domestic violence and works with them to restore their lives and futures.

“We believe all people deserve to feel safe in their own homes,” said Katrina. “The tragedy of domestic violence continues to grow, but we hope our work helps to stop the cycle of violence and give victims a second chance at happiness.”

GRACE Transitional Housing shelters individuals and families who have experienced domestic abuse, and others who are homeless or in imminent danger of homelessness. The program provides safe, stable housing and supportive services to develop and enhance self-sufficiency.

Program participants receive services for up to 2 years, including customized counseling and life skills training. Each participant’s length of stay is individualized and based on goal achievement and the continued need for services.

The housing philosophy and practices are based on the belief that people are most likely to thrive in a solution-driven atmosphere where a strengths-based approach is practiced.

“I am so proud of Molly Maid, along with our customers and staff,” said Katrina. “Our work is truly making a difference in the lives of those in our communities who are affected by domestic violence.”

Learn more about the work of Molly Maid throughout the country at mollymaid.com. Click here for more information about GRACE Transitional Housing or call Jamé Scott at 817-305-4641 or email jscott@gracegrapevine.org.

GREASE for GRACE: Bet On It!

What a way to kick off the year: Channel your inner “Happy Days,” “American Graffiti,” and “Grease” for a night of gaming with your best gal or guy!

The fourth annual CBI Brotherhood casino night is set for Saturday, January 14, at the Good Shepherd Parish Hall, 1000 Tinker Road in Colleyville. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

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“Grease is the Word” at this year’s CBI Brotherhood Casino Night on Saturday, January 14.

Leather jackets, sunglasses and pompadours. Poodle skirts, pony tails and saddle shoes. Get ready for some “Fun from the Fifties” with the best charity casino action around!

Even if you don’t know one end of a craps table from another, the Congregation Beth Israel dealers will help with any questions you might have. You’ll be ready for Vegas when the night is done!

The highlight of the evening will be the raffle drawing with extraordinary prizes! Already on the block is a weekend rental from Park Place Lexus—Park Place will also detail your car and fill up your gas tank while you cruise around town in a brand new Lexus! Also, one winner and three of his friends will be cheering on Dirk and the Dallas Mavericks when they take on King LeBron James and his Cavaliers on January 30 at the AAC—Platinum Level tickets with platinum parking and $120 in concessions! Another winner and three guests are going to Sunday River Ski Resort for a week—the “most open terrain in New England,” Sunday River has 120 open trails and is one of Maine’s largest and most visited resorts.

Last year’s Monte Carlo Masquerade-themed casino night was an astounding hit, and gathered a gift of $6,000 each for GRACE, Congregation Beth Israel, Jewish Family Services, and The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation. GRACE is honored to again be among these wonderful causes.

Mac’s on Main has created a customized buffet that, alone, is worth the price of admission!

Sponsorships are still available, and all sponsorship levels come with exceptional amenities: GREASE Sponsors.

General admission tickets are $40 each. Ticket purchases and special limited quantity items for advanced purchase can be found here. Hurry! Tickets are limited and are expected to go quickly.

Check out their Facebook page here. For questions or more information, call 817-581-5500, or email casinonight@congregationbethisrael.org.

Winter Restaurant Week Arrives

We call it “dining” for a reason. The elegance. The polite waitstaff. The tablecloths. Cloth napkins, not paper flicked up like tissues through a slot in the box.

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Winter Restaurant Week, January 9-15, is a perfect time to pamper yourself for a good cause: to support missions that help people in need.

Every other night you can gather in dinner through your driver’s side window, but one night you deserve to “dine”.

360 West magazine’s Winter Restaurant Week, January 9-15, is the perfect time to pamper yourself with the offerings of the most elite restaurants in Tarrant County, while supporting a mission that helps people in need.

Twenty-two fine dining establishments are offering delicious three-course prix fixe dinners for $29, $39 or $49. Guests who visit participating restaurants during the promotion will have a portion of their dinner purchase donated to one of the three charities selected by the restaurant.

Restaurants donate proceeds of $5, $6 or $7 per dinner to one of three local charities, the Fort Worth Dream Park, the Tarrant Area Food Bank, and GRACE.

A variety of menu options are offered with each price point. Restaurants are participating for one, two, or all three weeks. Don’t delay, though, most restaurants require reservations so act now for best available days and times.

Winter Restaurant Week is the focus in this digital issue of 360 West, complete with menu offerings, serving times, reservation lines/links, and their supporting charity.

Restaurants benefiting GRACE include Boi Na Braza, Copeland’s in Southlake, Dino’s Steak & Claw, From Across the Pond in North Richland Hills, Mac’s On Main, Next Wood Fired Bistro in Colleyville, Prime Farm to Table in Flower Mound and The Classic at Roanoke.

For more information on Winter Restaurant Week, email Chelsea Rose or call 817-305-4672.

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