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Shonda Sits Down To Talk GRACE With Nick Carrissmi

 

GRACE CEO Shonda Schaefer recently sat down with the host of the Better Living with Nick Carissimi podcast, none other than Mr. Nick Carissimi.  Nick actually grew up in Grapevine and has long been aware of the life-changing impact we have on people in need in his hometown community.  During the interview the two discuss everything from our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance  Program to the Cooking Matters cooking classes we host for Tarrant Area Food Bank to GRACE stepping in to assist federal workers during the government shutdown and more.  If you have not yet caught the interview during broadcast, take a few minutes to hear some good GRACE news directly from Shonda!  Listen to the podcast interview with Shonda and Nick here.

Dina Pesina, Our 2019 First Quarter MVP

The First Quarter 2019 GRACE MVP Winner is Clothing Room Coordinator Dina Pesina!

The First Quarter 2019 GRACE MVP Award winner was nominated based on Exceptional Customer Service and Excellence in Mission.

Dina is a true example of the GRACE Mission and Core Values.  She is always a great motivation to her peers, puts in hard work and dedication, and knows hard work is what it takes to get results….and she is not afraid to do what it takes.  Dina never puts herself first, but rather always thinks of others and how she can help.  She is a wonderful servant leader and we are so blessed to have her on the GRACE Team.

Read more about Dina and the Clothing Room in this recent article from our newsletter.

 

 

 

Meet Our Newest GRACE Board Members

GRACE’s ability to offer a high degree of accountability and integrity is largely due to the tenure of the GRACE Board of Directors.

The collective expertise of the GRACE Board is second to none, and GRACE is pleased to welcome two new community leaders to the slate: Mike Hamlin and Traci Hutton!

Mike Hamlin

Grapevine Police Department

After serving for three years as the assistant chief of police of the Grapevine Police Department, Mike Hamlin took over for Eddie Salame as the Grapevine chief of police in April of last year.

Hamlin came to Grapevine in 2015 from North Richland Hills after serving 30 years as the assistant police chief there. He said what attracted him to Grapevine was the number of diverse events and activities the city participates in and how he would be able to be a part of that.

“I thought that would be a good fit, and at the same time learning a different culture, still learning a different way of doing business from a different perspective,” he said. “I’d heard a great deal about the community support, and it is truly amazing. This community, like many others, just pours out. It’s almost to the point of they don’t need a reason, they just show up on your front door with a thousand cookies or something, so it is amazing.”

Traci Hutton

Traci D. Hutton, Attorney

Traci Hutton is a Grapevine lawyer, through and through — a long-time resident of north central Texas. From her offices in Grapevine, Texas, Ms. Hutton represents clients in family law cases with complex marital assets. She has built a successful career while raising her three children.

Traci Hutton took a nontraditional path to law. For more than 20 years she was a small business owner involved in every aspect of running a business.  Her undergraduate studies were in finance, and in 2000, with three children, she graduated from law school and began to combine her business acumen and the law as a family law, estate planning and business litigation lawyer.

GRACE is tremendously honored that these two individuals would invest in GRACE by lending their time, insight and talents.

Subaru Shares The Love With GRACE

GRACE was honored to celebrate the staff of Five Star Subaru of Grapevine on Thursday, April 4th at Sloan and Williams Winery in Grapevine.  Tony Pack and staff from Five Star Subaru of Grapevine and Subaru Corporate presented a check to GRACE staff and Board Members at our gathering to show appreciation for the generous collaboration!

The dealership hosted its annual Share the Love Event benefiting GRACE over the holiday months.  GRACE received a $300 donation for every new Subaru the dealership  sold from November 15th through January 2nd.

Subaru’s Share the Love has provided well over $100 million to national non-profit organizations for each of the approximate 680 Subaru dealerships around the U.S.  The goal for this past year’s 11th annual event was to exceed a grand total of $140 million donated since the creation of Share the Love 10 years ago.

GRACE is incredibly thankful for the generous efforts and contributions of Subaru and Five Star Subaru of Grapevine for hosting this benevolent event!  If you or someone you know is looking for a new car now, make your way into Five Star Subaru of Grapevine at 2651 William D. Tate Ave.  They show the best of care for their customers just as they do for our community.  Thank you, Five Star Subaru of Grapevine!

Cooking Matters Serves Up Nutrition Solutions

 

Cooking Matters, a program of Share Our Strength through Tarrant Area Food Bank, is a cooking-based nutrition program. This innovative program provides a long-term solution to hunger and poor nutrition by demonstrating strategies to get the best nutrition possible on a limited budget.  GRACE is a site host for the program which had ten graduates from our most recent class!

These hands-on courses are taught by nutrition and culinary instructors who volunteer to teach nutrition, cooking, food budgeting and shopping techniques. Additionally, groceries are provided for participants to take home at the end of class each week so that they can practice preparing the healthy recipes at home to share them with their families.

Cooking Matters volunteers help ensure that the participants have a great class experience and are able to put the healthy habits they learn into practice at home. You can volunteer next as a culinary or nutrition instructor, course manager or assistant, Spanish interpreter or store tour assistant.

Tarrant Area Food Bank offers these courses in collaboration with Partner Agencies like GRACE and other community organizations that agree to host and promote courses to their clientele.  GRACE just began a new course this week and we look forward to educating the next round of graduates!

For a list of upcoming courses, grocery store tours, and workshops, take a look at the Cooking Matters schedule here.

 

Style And Grace Knows How To Throw A Spring Bash

On March 30th, Style & Grace hosted another of their after hours shopping events, where the store closed at 5:00 p.m. to re-open from 6:00 to 9:00 for an evening of door prizes, exclusive offers and prices, wine, food, music and fun!  There was a fabulous turnout!

To be added to the guest list for their next event like their page on facebook or contact Jana at JMcGlone@GRACEGrapevine.org or Marsha at MBuckles@GRACEGrapevine.org.

Style & GRACE & is committed to offering personalized, fun shopping experiences for ladies and men, which is why they also offer to host your very own private after hours party.

You and your friends can sip, snack, and shop the treasures troves at special discounted rates with one-on-one attention.  Contact Jana or Marsha to begin planning your private party today.

Style & GRACE carries high quality items including designer label clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry and accessories for women. Proceeds benefit those in need through our GRACE programs.

The specialty boutique offers a large selection of designer fashions for women of all frames. Items are carefully selected for quality name brands and like-new appearance which we term ‘Restyle Couture.’

Style & Grace is located at 2030 Glade Road in Grapevine.  They are open every day from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., but closed all day Sunday.  Call (817) 416-0917 to speak with Jana or Marsha in person.

We loved seeing everyone at the Ready, Set, SPRING! After Hours Shopping Event last Saturday!  Tell your friends to join you at the next party as this is an event you won’t want to miss.

Please note: Private parties of ten or more are limited and scheduled on a case-by-case basis. Scheduling must be done with Style & GRACE Management in person at the store.

GRACE Community Garden Day This Saturday

Saturday, April 6th from 9:00 a.m. until noon we will be in the GRACE Community Garden working on Spring tending and planting.
Enjoy the lovely Spring morning as we plant cucumbers and weed and mulch our Garden.  Click here to sign-up for this day

The GRACE Community Gardens are a way for GRACE to provide those in need with healthy, organic produce. Each month, volunteers are needed to help with a major planting, prepping, or harvesting event. Don’t worry, experience is not necessary! Garden Leaders will be there to give direction and educate volunteers on gardening.

What to bring: Water bottle, closed toe shoes, and sunscreen. If you own gardening gloves and knee pads, please bring them! There are some at the gardens for those who do not have any.

To view the full calendar, please click on the link below: https://gracegrapevine.wordpress.com/2016/12/28/grace-community-garden-plantingtending-schedule-2017/

Contact: Alison Shumaker

Email: alison.shumaker@yahoo.com

Phone: 817-907-6617

Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Location: 837 E Walnut Street Grapevine, TX 76051

Ready, Set, SPRING! Style and GRACE Hosting Exclusive After Hours Shopping Event

 

On March 30th, Style & Grace will host another of their after hours shopping events, where the store closes at 5:00 p.m. to re-open from 6:00 to 9:00 for an evening of door prizes, exclusive offers and prices, wine, food, music and fun!

To be added to the guest list like their page on facebook or contact Jana at JMcGlone@GRACEGrapevine.org or Marsha at MBuckles@GRACEGrapevine.org

You and your friends can sip, snack, and shop the treasures troves at special discounted rates with one-on-one attention.

Style & GRACE & is committed to offering personalized, fun shopping experiences for ladies and men, which is why they also offer to host your very own private after hours party!

Contact Jana or Marsha to begin planning your private party today.

Style & GRACE carries high quality items including designer label clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry and accessories for women. Proceeds benefit those in need through our GRACE programs.

The specialty boutique offers a large selection of designer fashions for women of all frames. Items are carefully selected for quality name brands and like-new appearance which we term ‘Restyle Couture’.

Style & Grace is located at 2030 Glade Road in Grapevine.  They are open every day from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., but closed all day Sunday.  Call (817) 416-0917 to speak with Jana or Marsha in person.

We hope to see you at our Ready, Set, SPRING! After Hours Shopping Event on Saturday!  Tell your friends as this is an event you won’t want to miss.

Please note: Private parties of ten or more are limited and scheduled on a case-by-case basis. Scheduling must be done with Style & GRACE Management in person at the store.

 

We’ve extended 24 hours of GRACE for a few more hours!

There’s still time for you to help GRACE! We’ve extended 24 hours of GRACE for a few more hours!

We greatly appreciate all the donations that have come in since this year’s 24 hours of GRACE campaign opened. Your contributions are crucial to supporting families in need.

How can you help? These are specific action items YOU can do to support GRACE’s efforts:

If you have not yet had a chance to donate, you still can! Please take a couple of minutes and click here to donate.

 

In His Service,

Shonda Schaefer
Executive Director

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