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STOCK THE FOOD PANTRY AT BIG DADDY’S SHIP STORE

Two years ago Grapevine Lake experienced one of the more devastating floods in recent memory. Businesses and parks all around the lake were deeply affected, among those being Big Daddy’s Ship Store.

In keeping with this phenomenal community, the City of Grapevine, Chamber of Commerce, and community residents responded with an outpouring of support after the flooding caused considerable damage and extended loss of business.

Big Daddy’s Ship Store prevailed. The lakeside restaurant continues to be a local hub for juicy burgers, fresh seafood and live entertainment. Now, Big Daddy’s Ship Store wants to give back.

“The community was there for us during the worst of times, and what better way to show our appreciation than to pay it forward through our local non-profit GRACE?” said Matt Armand, co-owner of Big Daddy’s Ship Store.

GRACE sees a seasonal decline during the summer months for essential items, including canned food and produce for the Food Pantry, which is what inspired Armand to host the summer benefit.

The business also reached out to corporate matchers and industry relationships, and has received contributions on behalf of GRACE from Sysco Foods, Grapevine Tom Thumb, Grapevine Target, and Grapevine Farmers Market.

Join us on Wednesday, July 19 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Scott’s Landing Marina Club Room (neighboring Big Daddy’s) for barbecue and live entertainment.

Entry is a suggested donation of $10 to GRACE or a food donation that will benefit the GRACE Food Pantry.

Current Food Pantry needs:

  • Canned Meat (Vienna Sausages, SPAM)
  • Chili
  • Spaghettio’s with Meat
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Canned Fruit
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Pasta (no spaghetti)
  • Diapers sizes 3,4,5,6
  • Bottled water
  • Syrup
  • Saltine Crackers
  • Jelly (Grape and Strawberry)
  • Mayo
  • Ketchup
  • Table Pepper

COMPASS CHURCH HOSTS BBQ FOR CLIENTS

Sometimes simple fellowship over the weekend can be more therapeutic than any program during the week. Transitional Housing clients (both graduated and current participants) came together over a delicious plate of barbecue, provided by members of Compass Christian Church.

The purpose of the event was twofold: to foster trust and build closer relationships within the clients in the program.

It was also to have some fun, of course, and Compass Christian Church made sure it was memorable for the children by bringing a bouncy house with them!

“Each Transitional Housing parent and child has a different journey that brought him or her to GRACE,” notes Transitional Housing Manager, Jamé Scott. “It’s their common determination that we hope will forge lasting friendships that continue to build each other up long after they’ve met their goals.”

Encouraging games were designed with this in mind, including a human knot and other inter-relational games that compelled clients to venture out from their comfort zones and share with others what makes them unique.

The universal power of “breaking bread” (or in this case, dinner rolls) cannot be overstated when it comes to sharing God’s love with His people!

Speaking of sharing God’s love, Compass Christian Church has gone above and beyond lately. Last month Tonia Casper and other members of her Compass Church small group prepared a Caesar salad, garlic bread, spaghetti, for the single mothers over Mother’s Day weekend.

Moreover, the group provided babysitting, so moms could give their undivided attention to the homemade chocolate cake made in their honor, followed by chocolate dipped strawberries!

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Want to be a part of changing the lives of Transitional Housing clients?

Here’s one way to help

Adopting a Transitional Housing home is ideal for a group, and might be as simple as providing toiletries and ‘welcome kits’, or as invested as rejuvenating the new home. For inspiration, visit Donors Show Hospitality to Transitional Housing Clients and Community Helps Families Rebuild.

Volunteer Opportunities arise on an as-needed basis

Contact Volunteer Manager Lara Hohweiler for ideas and resources.

 

GRAPEVINE POLICE DEPARTMENT SERVES YOUTH

This week the six Feed Our Kids centers came alive with animated children, delicious food and energetic volunteers.

Who could kick off week one of Feed Our Kids better than our beloved men and women in uniform at the Grapevine Police Department?

In just one day, the officers fed over 200 children at the Outreach Community Center, partnering with the McDonalds in Grapevine.

The Grapevine Police Department has long been a strong ally with GRACE to protect our families from high-risk situations over the years.

The department’s close proximity to our Transitional Housing program not only gives the residents an enhanced sense of safety, the police officers have made it their priority to get to know these families on a personal level and extend their professionalism wherever it is needed.

There are so many internal examples that these men and women have gone above and beyond to respond to the needs of this agency, and we wholeheartedly support them, pray for them and respect them.

#GRACEBackstheBlue

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SMALL TREASURES, BIG HEARTS

Leave it to the children of families in this community to take advantage of the summer by serving their neighbors in need.

We are awe-inspired by the third graders of Dove Elementary, whose grand exit for the schoolyear was a significant collection of care packages for at-risk children.

Thanks to their detailed collection, hundreds of children participating in Feed Our Kids this summer will enjoy a gift package of their own, which includes an activity book, chalk, snacks, crayons and other delightful trinkets.

GRACE’s youngest chef, seventh grader Daniel Henrick, put his skills to good use by selling his self-curated cookbook to friends and family, giving 100% of his profits to the GRACE Food Pantry.

We were inspired this weekend to have visit from Peyton and Matthew Mobley at GRACE Donation Station, where they gifted their toys so that other children could enjoy them.

Adults tend to complicate things when it comes to finding the time to serve others, but these examples teach us that giving from a pure heart means utilizing the resources that you have, however big or small.

Children also remind us that we all have something to give, whether it’s our time, talents or treasure.

No matter where you are in life, there is always room to serve someone else, and GRACE works hard to facilitate the bountiful goodness of this community.

A special thanks to the students at Dove Elementary, Daniel Henrick, Peyton and Matthew Mobley for helping us treasure what matters most.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” Matthew 6:21

STYLE & GRACE TURNS SIX!

This week Style & GRACE celebrated six years of operation by welcoming regulars to the shop and offering 60% off storewide!

The secret to the upscale resale boutique’s success is their personal approach to customer needs. Here’s what the new and loyal customers alike have to say about Style & GRACE:

“I needed a special length sterling chain and Jana called me when she got the size I needed. Try this shop just once and you will be back again and again…”

-Virginia

“[The shop] is a marvelous place to find excellent prices on designer clothing and accessories …With the help of Jana and the other delightful ladies, I seldom leave without finding a special treasure!”

-PJ

“Love this boutique! I have gotten some fabulous deals, the workers are volunteers, and the proceeds go to charity, it’s always a WIN-WIN!”

-Maure

New customers become “regulars” once they discover the “VIP treatment” they receive with insider deals and special requests.  Customers are also overjoyed to find designer bags with the tags still on them and pristine jewelry to complete a chic outfit.

Style & GRACE’s rotating jewelry section rivals what you can find at any department store at a fraction of the cost. The boutique also offers an impressive range of accessories, men’s clothing and hand bags.

Each day of operation at our resale stores, Donation Station, Food Pantry, Clothing Room, Transitional Housing, Clinic and other client services are made possible by your generous donations and patronage.

At Style & GRACE, kindness is timeless and giving is always in fashion! Happy Birthday!

Style & GRACE is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and is located at 2030 Glade Road, Suite 238 near Hobby Lobby in Grapevine.

SARAH ARMAND AMONG ADMIN AWARDS FINALISTS

On Monday, Sarah Armand’s family and colleagues took a brief trip to Fort Worth to celebrate Sarah being among the finalists in this year’s Fort Worth Admin Awards.

The annual event recognizes the invaluable contributions made by professionals who often work behind the curtain to ensure the organization thrives.

Sarah was a finalist in The Achiever Award, who demonstrates resourcefulness and relentless perseverance in a project that will make strides in refining high-level operations.

In addition to making sure every donor is thanked, gift acknowledged and auction item is accounted for, Sarah is charged with developing an understanding of GRACE’s relationship and accounting database.

The project that aptly entered Sarah into The Achiever Award category is her determined approach at integrating the two in order to streamline her processes.

Sarah has been with GRACE for over four years as the Development Associate, and continues to the glue that bonds the Development department together.

Sarah must have gotten her servant heart from her mother, who also attended the event and won a prize package as the longest-serving administrative professional in a room among about 400 people–with a total of 48 years as an administrative professional!

GRACE is tremendously blessed to have Sarah’s her poise, servant heart, and high attention to detail to further the GRACE mission.

Congratulations, Sarah!

A FRESH MARKET FOR GIVING

Each Friday this summer, a couple dozen volunteers will stand under the sun unloading fresh produce, thoughtfully lining crates under an awning to create a colorful marketplace.

Some people might wonder if it would be easier to simply bag all the items and disperse to families in assembly-line fashion. Perhaps they would be right, but we’d like to share why our self-select approach is of profound importance at GRACE.

But first, some quick background:

The Mobile Food Pantry was born to utilize groceries donated at the end of the week at the peak of freshness so families could enjoy wholesome food over the weekend.

More commonly referred to as GRACE Grocery Giveaway, the food is loaded in large trucks and set up at a predesignated Feed Our Kids site. Families are giving advanced notice of our arrival, and are usually participating in Feed Our Kids for easy access.

Staging the food like a farmer’s market takes the same intention as the self-select philosophy at the Food Pantry. Families can choose from a variety of healthy foods that fit their family’s cultural and dietary needs.

This seemingly small shift in the dynamic preserves the integrity of every parent grateful to feed their families, while acknowledging that families at-risk for hunger benefit from an array of healthy options that best fit their family table.

So while it might seem more efficient to give a family a bag of food (and each year, GRACE Grocery Giveaway provides an average of 12,000 bags of food to families in need) we prefer the personal exchange from one family to another.

Volunteer slots are filling up quickly for this anticipated-program, but if you have time between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Friday’s we’d love to talk to you. View the sign up sheet here, and contact Volunteer Manager Lara Hohweiler to be on the waiting list as a substitute.

COLLEYVILLE WOMEN EMPOWER FAMILIES

Colleyville Woman’s Club (CWC) members recently celebrated their 39th birthday and the approaching hallmark of over four decades of service, fellowship and support.

With philanthropy being the backbone of CWC, followed by embracing friendships, the group has raised over $3.5M in charitable funds. A charitable grant of $10,000 for program funding was presented to GRACE at their annual Caring with Commitment Celebration.

Funding for the grants and scholarships is fueled by proceeds from the annual CWC fashion benefit and prestigious Holiday Home Tour, along with donations from generous sponsors and individual gifts.

GRACE thanks the Colleyville Woman’s Club for their continued support and congratulates all the award and scholarship winners – many thanks for all you do in our community.

Charitable grants, scholarships and service projects are only a few of the many ways CWC programs and member volunteers assist its neighbors in need. Those interested in membership can view the registration form here.

Photo credit: Mike Lewis Photography, Social Eyes by Faye Reeder, Star Telegram

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