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Grapevine Police visits GRACE building project

Recently our Executive Director Shonda Schaefer, and our Programs Director Stacy Pacholick hosted Grapevine Police Chief Mike Hanlin and Assistant Chief Tim Hall on a tour of what will become the new GRACE building.

GRACE is excited to work with the Grapevine Police Department to provide a police substation at the new property on Walnut Street. Chief Hanlin even sported one of our special pink construction hats (normally reserved for mostly female GRACE Leadership staff) to show his support for GRACE.

The Grapevine Police is always so supportive of all GRACE programs and events, and regularly come out to show us their love. This week we were also proud to have them attend one of our Transitional Housing home blessings (stay tuned for more info on this next week!).

We are of course especially grateful to the Grapevine Police for allowing us the use of their former building on Dallas Road as our Community Clinic and Food Pantry’s temporary home. Thanks to them, we can continue to help our community by providing food, clinic and emergency assistance services.

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Feed Our Kids with First United Methodist

HungerVolunteers from First United Methodist Church in Grapevine will brave some of the warmest temperatures so far this year to bring nourishment and summertime fun to children at all Feed Our Kids sites next week.

Early in the season, leaders at First United Methodist (FUMC) signed up to serve a full week at all five GRACE Feed Our Kids sites. Plans have been underway at FUMC since that time to fill all the volunteer slots, and make sure supplies of food, beverages, utensils, plates, cups and all the essentials were in place.

It is fairly customary for a group to take on a full week at any one site. Also, it is not unusual for some groups, like the National Charity League chapter in Southlake, to take on a single location over multiple weeks.

Yet to serve all five sites for a full week is truly exceptional. By the end of next week, FUMC will provide more than 3,000 lunches to area children and create fun summertime memories for hundreds of children.

But this is not the end of the story.

FUMC pastor Armando Alvarado and his team signed up to serve the GRACE Main site for four consecutive weeks, beginning next week and running through August 3—providing another 1,000 meals.

Armando’s team includes several parents who are GRACE clients and live in the neighborhood served by the Feed Our Kids site. Some of these parents had children who were served through the Feed Our Kids program, according to Lori Stevens, GRACE Feed Our Kids manager.

“This is their way of giving back,” said Lori. “And helping other families who are in need.”

The Feed Our Kids program continues through August 17. With the first five weeks completed, Lori reports an average of 3,350 lunches have been served every week.

Volunteers are still needed for a few remaining dates in August. Please consider being a part of this very beneficial program, call Lori at 817-488-7009, ext. 329 or email lstevens@gracegrapevine.org.

 

Summertime Volunteers Needed

grace5Many times GRACE Donation Station is the first experience a donor has with our agency. They bring clothing for families and help furnish homes for our Transitional Housing clients.

Our Donation Station on Scribner Street in Grapevine is a hub where the generosity of our community is directed to those in need.

For this to happen much occurs behind the scenes to sort, assess and manage the incoming donations. This work is often accomplished by volunteers.

This time of year is our peak for donations. It is also a time we experience a drop in volunteers due to summertime activities and vacations—volunteers are so needed for the months of July and August.

If your schedule allows, we humbly ask that you consider taking part in the work that is being done at Donation Station.

Weekly or monthly volunteers are vital to the needs of our programs and  of our resale stores. Volunteers are needed to be the face of GRACE and greet those dropping off item donations. All interested will receive ample training, and get to work with some fantastic people.

If you are part of a troop, church, community or civic group, GRACE Donation Station is a perfect way to serve. Contact Lara Hohweiler at lhohweiler@GRACEGrapevine.org for details.

Happy Birthday Connor

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Connor Murphy asked his friends to give toys, housewares and clothing for GRACE Transitional Housing for his 7th birthday party.

A birthday is usually a time for self-indulgence—a time to accept good wishes and gifts from other people.  Yet, this was not the direction taken by a recently-turned seven year old boy.

Like most children, Connor Murphy wanted to have a birthday party, but unlike most children, he didn’t want his friends to bring him gifts—he wanted his friends to bring donations for GRACE Transitional Housing.

His friends were very generous! A huge collection of bedding, clothing, toys, and other items was amassed. Connor’s wish for his happy birthday made many other people happy.

The next time someone wishes you Happy Birthday, you should be happy and celebrate your  life, but remember that the actions you take throughout your life can impact the lives of others.

Please remember Connor and his simple wish to help others on his birthday. His generosity can serve as an inspiration and example to us all.

Krystle and Kris are Back!

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Krystle and Kris Gutierrez return as emcees of the GRACE Gala on October 6

GRACE is honored to welcome Krystle and Kris Gutierrez back as the emcees for the 2018 GRACE Gala. The pair teamed up last year as Gala emcees, and Kris did a solo stint in 2015.

Kris is the multi-Emmy Award winning co-anchor of the five o’clock news on NBC 5. Krystle is a broadcast journalist and is working on a number of freelance projects. Previously, she was the traffic anchor for NBC 5.

Before joining NBC, Kris was a national correspondent for FOX News Channel covering Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. There he covered the biggest headlines in the southwest region, including the Ft. Hood shooting, Zion Ranch in El Dorado, and the tragic F5 tornado in Joplin, MO. He also received national accolades from his extensive coverage of the BP oil spill.

On occasion, Kris was also called to file live reports from other parts of the country. He previewed the next generation space rocket from an assembly plant in Utah, covered wild fires in California, rode out hurricanes along the Gulf Coast and provided extensive coverage from the Texas-Mexico border, chronicling the rising tension and bloody turf wars between rival drug cartels.

Known for wearing his boots with his suits, this Texas native has received high praise from every corner of the state, including Best Television Reporter in Texas, Top Television Journalist and Best Live Reporter.

Kris earned two Emmy’s for Best Live Report and Best Spot News Report.

In 2013, Kris became the youngest person ever inducted into the Lewisville High School Hall Of Fame for varsity soccer, and later played at the collegiate level for the TCU Horned Frogs.

We are honored to have Krystle and Kris return to give voice to the GRACE mission. The Gala will take place on Saturday, October 6 in the new Vineyard Tower at the Gaylord Texan Resort. For sponsorship information and event details, visit GRACE Gala 2018.

Subaru Food Drive benefits GRACE Food Pantry

Because Subaru Loves to Care and because of the recent Big D Car Show, Five Star Subaru Grapevine was able to donate canned goods to our Food Pantry. We are so grateful for all you do for the community and the support you give to GRACE!

Home Depot Southlake Donates to Food Pantry

Home Depot Southlake staff delivered 41 packs of Bounty Super Absorbent Paper Towels to our Food Pantry! Home Depot has been an incredible supporter of our efforts, contributing to programs like Feed Our Kids. We are always so grateful for their help!

WAY FM Volunteer Day at GRACE!

Our partners at 89.7 WAY FM held a volunteer event at our GRACE Donation Station on Saturday, June 23. Listeners and staff pitched in and braved the summer heat to help receive and sort donations that will go directly into GRACE programs, helping people in need.

GRACE Donation Station is always in need of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer as an individual or put a group together, please contact Lara Hohweiler.

 

Rooted in GRACE building updates!

 

Framing is up at what will become the new GRACE Main! Construction is running on schedule for the building which will house our services under one roof, allowing us to better serve our community.

Our staff toured the project and wrote scripture and messages on the framing, praying for God’s protection and guidance for all who come through our doors to receive help, work, volunteer or donate.

After the April 2018 fire that affected the Community Clinic and Food Pantry, which is adjacent to the building currently underway, the scope of the project grew considerably, but thanks to our supporters and partners, our spirits have not waned. While we continue to raise funds for relief after tragedy struck, our confidence in God’s plan remains.

 

ABOUT THE PROJECT

GRACE provides a continuum of care comprised of emergency assistance to overcome crises, supplies of food and clothing, medical treatment and prescriptions, senior services, programs for children and sheltering assistance.

A strong referral network has developed that allows GRACE to partner with agencies that assist GRACE clients, but require clients to travel to their offices for counseling and support.

As we have grown, the operations of the GRACE Clinic and Food Pantry were established in the Walnut Street location while Client Services, Emergency Assistance, Clothing Room, Senior Services and others were housed at GRACE Main on Shady Brook Drive.

We witness our clients struggle with lack of transportation. Shared rides, bicycling and walking are the norm. Often, too, one spouse will drop the other off in the early morning and head to work, only to return at lunch or late in the day.

Many clients sacrifice work hours to visit GRACE sites only adding to the problem of limited income.

Many GRACE families are headed by a single parent. Most work for hourly wages and, often paid leave is not available. An hour spent outside of work is one less hour of pay, and dollars taken from the family’s meager weekly budget.

The plan is to return  to the original concept envisioned by GRACE founders who established one place where those in need could go for help.

Multiple visits will be minimized, along with the time and transportation concerns. New spaces have been designed with future use, and the volume of increasing client populatio in mind.

Spaces will be available to serve clients’ needs for privacy and educational support. Essential meeting rooms for casework, classes, support groups, youth groups and others will be designed into the renovation and new construction.

An important way in which we serve our community is through making our facilities available to community and service agencies, providing space for our collaborative partners. Service agencies, community groups, and other service providers can provide services on site to GRACE clients.

The Rooted In GRACE capital campaign to fund the phases of this important project continues to be underway. If you would like more detailed information, please visit the Rooted In GRACE website here, or contact Mark Woolverton.

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