Celebrate the holidays with GRACE and help us collect toys for families in need this season.

You are cordially invited to attend the Christmas Cottage Open House on Wednesday, November 30 at 815 S. Main Street in Grapevine. This is an ideal holiday event for your family, church, civic group or business to attend.

Refreshments and Christmas cheer will be provided! Holiday goodies will be served for the children at 4:00 p.m., with wine and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped gifts to children and families in need.

Click here to download a list of toy ideas and volunteer information.



There is free parking behind the cottage off of Dallas. There is a lot across from the police station on Dallas as well and they are also allowed to park in the parking at Grapevine vintage Railroad.

For those who haven’t experienced the magic of Christmas Cottage in the community, Christmas Cottage is a GRACE program that provides new, unwrapped gifts to families facing financial hardship due to limited income or recent emergency.  Each qualified family is given a hypothetical “budget” that allows the parents to “purchase” donated toys, home goods and appliances in a private, store-like setting. This unique approach allows families to budget their resources and select unique presents while preserving the family’s dignity. Over 2,700 individuals and families are served each holiday season.

Providing warmth and comfort this season not only allows families facing hardship to uphold cherished traditions; Christmas Cottage is designed to continue a legacy of giving and instill new traditions for your family, community group or business.

This noble endeavor of giving a meaningful Christmas to children relies heavily on those traditions, many of which were forged through the community’s desire to extend their blessings with those who are struggling this season.

The volunteers, donors and corporate partners that make Christmas Cottage special for so many each year is a testimony to our wonderful GRACE family. The hundreds of service hours, thousands of unwrapped gifts and countless batches of cookies make a profound impact on families in need of hope.

Gifts can be dropped off at Donation Station or GRACE Main, 610 Shady Brook Dr. in Grapevine. The Christmas Cottage Program will be open from December 8-22.

RSVP to the Open House to Chelsea Rose, Special Events Coordinator at

Contact Seasonal Programs Manager Lori Stevens at

For Media Inquiries, contact Interim Marketing & Communications Manager, Susan Jung at


Many First Financial Bank employees spent their Columbus Day “day off” beautifying the Grapevine Housing grounds, where many of our local Friends & Family seniors reside.

The group came prepared with brooms, rakes, clippers and trash bags to tend to the yards that had become too overbearing for our seniors, motivated by the truth that not only does the work instill pride in the senior’s property, it makes them feel good inside as well.

After the weed eating, gutter cleaning, branch trimming, and porch sweeping came to an end, a table of fall craft projects was waiting for both parties. The crafts were taken to many home-bound seniors to give them a reason to smile this season.

The men tackled the barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs to share with the seniors to celebrate a new season of fellowship, service and thanksgiving.

To the volunteers who show God’s love to our senior population, your acts of kindness are cherished by those who face the hardship of physical immobility, limited income and chronic loneliness.

The team at First Financial have made the day brighter for dozens of seniors, and we are grateful for your humble example in the community.


We are grateful to our partner, Accenture as the Live Auction Feature Sponsor of the GRACE Gala.

The Live Auction is the lively portion the evening that delights, beckons and even creates some healthy competition around winning experiences like nothing else you’ve seen.

We can’t give it all away, but our Auction Committee has been hard at work to give you the most luxurious, unforgettable experiences that are the best of Paris, Opryland, Argentina and the Rockies. There’s also something special for every art, music and sports fan, and we’re just getting started!

Feature Sponsors like Accenture underwrite the program services that sustain and uplift families seeking haven at GRACE. The global, Fortune 500 consulting company essentially molds operating models to elevate performance through innovative business, technology and operations strategy.

As GRACE’s largest fund raising event of the year, the revenue from the Gala provides foundational support to further the GRACE mission.

The 2016 GRACE Gala will take place next week 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.

Seats and tables are limited and available for purchase here.


If auction packages don’t incite your interest, it’s because you’ve never seen the caliber of the GRACE Gala Silent, Big Board and Live Auctions. Maybe we’re a bit partial, but the Auction Committee has been hard at work to not only ensure that everyone falls in love with the items, but that EVERYONE has access—whether you attend the Gala or not!

Cyber auction guests can start bidding now on coveted items, set a maximum bid to stay in the game, and start outbidding their friends for packages like autographed  sporting goods, VIP experiences, royal spa packages and celebrity-worthy merchandise.

Above all, GRACE is grateful to the many businesses who have so generously given their best products and services to support the mission of GRACE.

A once-in-a-lifetime trip or experience is a priceless thing to joy, but priceless still is the opportunity to make an impact on the life of a family in your community on the brink of hunger, eviction and hopelessness. Auction items can put a smile on your face and instill hope to thousands our community each year.

Check out the packages here!


The GRACE Gala is just one week away, and now is the time to secure your seats or table!

The black tie affair, happening Saturday, October 22 at the Irving Convention Center is a chance for the community of Greater Northeast Tarrant County to come together with a kindred desire to see that GRACE programs continue throughout the year.

As the agency’s largest singular fund-raising event of the year, it’s also a fun-filled night of lively entertainment, gourmet food, special performances, dancing and impressive auction items that will exhilarate every taste.

If you plan on coming to the GRACE Gala for the first time, you’ll soon discover why people reserve the special date on their calendar year after year.

Individual tickets are $325 each or a table for $3,000. Sponsorships start at $2,000 at Patron level, or for just $500 more at $3,500, friends and businesses can reserve a table and enjoy Bronze sponsorship perks and recognition. Supporters have the option of tailoring their sponsorship up to $20,000 to support GRACE programming, such as:

  • Feed Our Kids, a lunch initiative that provides over 37,500 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.

Guests can purchase tickets here.


Fifty GRACE staff and supporters got their blood pumping for a cause earlier this month. ZYN22 in Southlake hosted a charity event that gave 100% of the full-body workout session and retail purchases to support GRACE programs.

At ZYN22, they don’t call it the “ride of your life” for nothing. The premium indoor cycling venue believes in the uplifting power of cardio and weight training to the beat of dynamic Classic Rock. If that doesn’t motivate you, a well-deserved, post workout mimosa and aromatherapy towel might.

The creativity of local franchises and small businesses to support GRACE programming is a prime example of what it means to employ your talents and resources to make the community a better place for families struggling in our midst.

A special thanks to the staff at ZYN22, and those who were willing to break a sweat to provide local families the essentials they need for financial, physical emotional health!


It would come as no surprise that the kings of dining, The Hartnett Group, would be this year’s Dinner Feature Sponsor for the GRACE Gala.

The Hartnett Group is the genius behind your favorite local restaurants, including Bob’s Steak & Chop House, Flips Patio Grill, Mi Dia, and Winewood Grill. The Hartnett family has seemed to master every cuisine imaginable, from a decadent brunch, prime ‘cote de boeuf’ bone-in ribeye, to juicy hamburgers and authentic Latin American fare.

As longtime supporters of GRACE, The Hartnett Group’s investment as the Dinner Feature Sponsor raises funds to ensure that no family in our community go without food, shelter, clothing and medical care.

When Winewood premiered it’s now-famous brunch menu among nearly two hundred of the area’s finest food connoisseurs, The Harnett Group seized the opportunity to launch an awareness campaign event for GRACE’s annual Holiday Food Drive to families in need.

Much of The Hartnett Group’s success in the local market and beyond is their investment in local families who experience the hardship of a recent job loss, unexpected illness or unforeseen repairs that jeopardize their ability to feed their families.

A heartfelt thanks to the Hartnett family for their loyal partnership and compassion in the community.

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 or contact Mark Woolverton.




United Way of Tarrant County is making it easier for employees to make a difference through their charitable workplace designation. Effective immediately, United Way of Tarrant County takes no fees on donor designations. That’s right, 100% of all donations designated through employee charitable campaigns go directly to the charity selected.

What that means for you is if you are employed at a business that hosts a United Way giving campaign, nothing is withheld from the donation you designate to a United Way agency, including a donation to GRACE.

United Way is an affiliation that strategically partners with select organizations that target the root causes of societal issues and reinvests into local solutions. United Way also monitors their affiliates to ensure the funds are properly stewarded and reflect positive, measurable outcomes.



The GRACE MVP Award winner is nominated based on exceptional customer service, outstanding attitude, innovative thinking, interdepartmental collaboration, teamwork, and excellence in mission.

Marta encompasses all the criteria of this award. As the Assistant Manager at Donation Station, Marta is often one of the first people the majority of corporate, civic and faith-based groups come in contact with at GRACE as volunteers.

Not only is Donation Station a touch point for many donors, it is a bustling warehouse where virtually all item donations are sorted, processed and delivered for material assistance or resale merchandise.

Such a place requires tenacious leadership, physical endurance and positive stamina, all for which Marta is so aptly fit in her role.

A native of Hungary, Marta has made the United States her home for over 25 years. Prior to working for GRACE, Marta volunteered with Christmas Cottage, and at several campuses at Keller ISD.

“I love GRACE because we are the community helping the community,” says Marta. “We welcome a family-like environment that commiserates and celebrates together.”

Congratulations, Marta!

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