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COURTNEY’S STORY

At early as age three, Courtney’s first memories were of her parents’ substance-induced rage. Both were stricken with debilitating alcoholism, the toxic choices which one night led to her mother’s hospitalization and father’s incarceration.

Courtney would not see her father until four years later at her mother’s funeral. With Courtney facing a dizzied future, addiction hadn’t taken its final blow; she was sent to live with her grandmother, yet another alcoholic caretaker who battled major depression.

Later Courtney realized that those hardships made her stronger from a young age, but as one can imagine she wasn’t freed from the aftermath. Courtney attests that she made the wrong friends was on a self-destructive path.

Courtney found herself facing an unplanned pregnancy. At the first sound of her baby’s heartbeat, she vowed to make changes to give her son the best life possible. She was connected with a maternity program that helped her pave the way and welcomed her son, Damien, on July 5, 2016.

GRACE Transitional Housing program accepted Courtney’s application for her determination to make the best life for her family and find long-term solutions to achieve complete independence. The Transitional Housing program provides comprehensive case support tailored to overcome each individual’s obstacles on the road to self-sufficiency.

While Courtney was hard at work in the program, another group was looking to bless a woman just like Courtney. Mimi Tran and other committee members from the Southlake Chamber of Commerce embarked their second year of Women’s Empowered event, an initiative to meet the goals of the chamber while also encouraging local women in the workforce.

Courtney is the first scholarship recipient of the event, which will go toward her college education to increase her earning potential.

“I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future and where God takes us,” says Courtney, “we have been so blessed.”

A special thanks to the Empower Women Luncheon Committee for their hard work to raise funds for Courtney’s education. We will keep our GRACE family updated on her success and she continues the program!

  • MaryLee Alford
  • Sandra
  • Baber-Sandefur
  • Amanda Calongne
  • Veronica Darnell
  • Cheryl Fairbanks
  • Jessica Garcia
  • Maurine Grant
  • Janice Horack
  • Jessica James Smith
  • Artemis Kourosh
  • Laurie Lilly
  • Wynne Moore
  • Lindsay Polyak
  • Rexanna Sandlin
  • Tracy Southers-Parker
  • Leslie Starr Barrows
  • Mimi Tran
  • Julie Walsh
  • Julie Walter
  • Angela Weisgarber

FIRST QUARTER MVP

GRACEful Buys Grapevine Manager Terri Haun garnered the First Quarter GRACE MVP award for 2017 for her exceptional customer service, innovative thinking and interdepartmental relations.

If you’ve volunteered at GRACEful Buys or stopped by as a shopper, Terri’s contagious smile is likely the first thing you’ll see. Terri’s spunk, positive energy and hard work ethic are nothing short of infectious, and bless everyone around her.

Teamwork is near and dear to Terri’s heart, and she does a remarkable job rallying the crew to empower their volunteers.

“Regardless of a volunteer’s background, Terri treats everyone with equitable respect and wholly invests in each project as if it were the only one,” says Volunteer Manager Lara Hohweiler.

Terri’s is dedicated to the GRACE mission and has a passion for others. She works above and beyond to fill the missing coverage at other resale sites or when trucks are out of service.

She is truly a team player who strives for excellence in everything she does. Congratulations, Terri!

 

Volunteer at our Resale Sites!

Volunteering at our resale sites might seem off the beaten path from providing assistance to families in need, but GRACE’s ability to serve other relies on the success of our resale stores.

The net proceeds generated from the stores work hard to provide food, clothing, shelter and medical care to local family members in the midst of hardship.

Contact Lara Hohweiler to schedule your group project.

WAYS YOU CAN LOVE ON OUR SENIOR POPULATION

It is true that our elderly population has an extra measure of wisdom, but many might be surprised to realize that with that longevity comes further hardship.

More often than we realize, seniors risk facing the battles of isolation, hunger and a poor quality of life simply because they are hesitant to accept help or have no loved ones close by. Limited incomes can create excruciating conflicts between essentials such as groceries or vital medications.

GRACE seeks to bridge the gap by providing material assistance in the way of groceries, utility assistance, medical care and emotional support to local seniors in the midst of troubling circumstances.

We’d like to share two options that you can tailor with your time and talents to show love to seniors in a meaningful way.

Deliver Monthly Commodities

Volunteers provide commodities to neighboring seniors once a month. The volunteers meet at the Food Pantry in the morning to pick up kitchen staples, toiletries, small gifts and pertinent information to share with the seniors. The route from start to finish typically lasts an hour and a half.

Those unable to commit to monthly deliveries can also sign up to become substitutes if there is a shortage or special need.  The next commodities date is April 19. Contact Friends & Family Coordinator Maryann Waddell if you’d like to help.

Provide Companionship as a Volunteer Match

Another way to serve at Friends & Family is to become a volunteer match. Volunteers are carefully matched with seniors that are compatible with their personality and schedule.  Some volunteers opt for weekly calls to check on the senior, companionship visits, and the occasional delivery or errand.

Each volunteer role is unique according to the match, and to the extent you are available to serve, there are seniors waiting to get to know you and appreciate you.

Current needs: Wheelchairs, like-new condition

GRACE loves these seniors, and so do the volunteers who get involved in their lives through GRACE! Contact Maryann Waddell to answer any questions and see what might be a good service opportunity for you.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: HOLMAN ENTERPRISES – ARI

We are honored to have the support of Holman Enterprises as a Woods Sponsor for our upcoming glow golf tournament, Drive into the Night, on April 21.

Under the Holman family of businesses of Holman Enterprises, ARI is the largest privately held, family-owned fleet company in the world. The team takes pride in business integrity and local impact, investing over 220 volunteer hours to support GRACE programs, and $42,000 in program funding. ARI has also been a strong advocate since 2014 as a Gold sponsor for the GRACE Gala and past event sponsorships.

Named among Fortune’s 2016 100 Best Companies to Work For in its fourth year, the family-centric company is a dedicated advocate to ensure every child in our community receives food, clothing, shelter and hope for brighter futures.

Thank you for investing in the futures of families through GRACE programs!

How to Partner with GRACE Through Sponsorship

This year we’ve expanded our sponsorship benefits to enhance business impact. Businesses of any size have tailored options for every type of professional for ample exposure with limited competition for attention.

Sponsoring an event is an excellent way to improve employee morale while engaging in a cause that provides food, clothing and holiday cheer to at-risk children in our own community.

To the extent that you are able to get involved, this is truly a unique event that positively impacts those who attend as well as the children it serves.

Drive Into the Night will take place on Friday, April 21 at the Grapevine Golf Club. Player spots are limited, so people are encouraged to reserve their spots today.

Visit DriveintotheNight.com for event details or discuss sponsorship options with Chelsea Rose.

 

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN STOCKS THE SHELVES

No offering plate could hold the abundance of groceries that filled the sanctuary last month at First Presbyterian Grapevine. Last month members made it their mission to cover the stage with wholesome food that would make it to the tables of their neighbors in need.

The relationship between GRACE and First Presbyterian Church Grapevine (FPCGV) is longstanding and cherished. FPCGV has invested over 1,000 collective volunteer hours and given above and beyond with $111,000 to continue GRACE programs!

FPCGV has employed their creative talents to help families through various drives and volunteer projects, including the Reverse Hunger Food Truck that collected canned goods at local grocery stores, and a Royal Baby Shower to make new moms feel like Queens.

LOOKING FOR A WAY TO GIVE BACK?

Collecting food is a tangible, fundamental way to serve families that struggle to keep their pantry stocked due to limited income or recent emergency. A food drive is an ideal project for church congregations, civic clubs and scout groups.

If you are interested in getting involved the GRACE staff is eager to provide you information to match your greatest talents with the community’s greatest needs.

Thanks to FPCGV for being the hands and feet of Jesus, and for setting the standard on what it means to show God’s love to all people!

“He who is gracious and lends a hand to the poor lends to the Lord, and the Lord will repay him for his good deed.” -Proverbs 19:17

COURTNEY’S STORY

At early as age three, Courtney’s first memories were of her parents’ substance-induced rage. Both were stricken with debilitating alcoholism, the toxic choices which one night led to her mother’s hospitalization and father’s incarceration.

Courtney would not see her father until four years later at her mother’s funeral. With Courtney facing a dizzied future, addiction hadn’t taken its final blow; she was sent to live with her grandmother, yet another alcoholic caretaker who battled major depression.

Later Courtney realized that those hardships made her stronger from a young age, but as one can imagine she wasn’t freed from the aftermath. Courtney attests that she made the wrong friends was on a self-destructive path.

Courtney found herself facing an unplanned pregnancy. At the first sound of her baby’s heartbeat, she vowed to make changes to give her son the best life possible. She was connected with a maternity program that helped her pave the way and welcomed her son, Damien, on July 5, 2016.

GRACE Transitional Housing program accepted Courtney’s application for her determination to make the best life for her family and find long-term solutions to achieve complete independence. The Transitional Housing program provides comprehensive case support tailored to overcome each individual’s obstacles on the road to self-sufficiency.

While Courtney was hard at work in the program, another group was looking to bless a woman just like Courtney. Mimi Tran and other committee members from the Southlake Chamber of Commerce embarked their second year of Women’s Empowered event, an initiative to meet the goals of the chamber while also encouraging local women in the workforce.

Courtney is the first scholarship recipient of the event, which will go toward her college education to increase her earning potential.

“I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future and where God takes us,” says Courtney, “we have been so blessed.”

A special thanks to the Empower Women Luncheon Committee for their hard work to raise funds for Courtney’s education. We will keep our GRACE family updated on her success and she continues the program!

  • MaryLee Alford
  • Sandra
  • Baber-Sandefur
  • Amanda Calongne
  • Veronica Darnell
  • Cheryl Fairbanks
  • Jessica Garcia
  • Maurine Grant
  • Janice Horack
  • Jessica James Smith
  • Artemis Kourosh
  • Laurie Lilly
  • Wynne Moore
  • Lindsay Polyak
  • Rexanna Sandlin
  • Tracy Southers-Parker
  • Leslie Starr Barrows
  • Mimi Tran
  • Julie Walsh
  • Julie Walter
  • Angela Weisgarber

GOLF PROCEEDS SUPPORT CHILDRENS PROGRAMS

Not only is Drive Into the Night unique night golf experience for your friends or colleagues, 100% of the event proceeds fund programs that give hope to at-risk children in our community.

JOIN US FOR DRIVE INTO THE NIGHT

Twilight Tee Off

Glow Golf Tournament Benefiting GRACE

WHEN

Friday, April 21, 2017

WHERE

Grapevine Golf Course

3800 Fairway Drive in Grapevine

PROGRAM

Check in 5:30 PM

Putting Contest/Driving Range Open: 6:00 PM

Shotgun Start

Help us make a difference!

GRACE is a faith-based, social service agency that provides emergency assistance to an average of 5,100 families and individuals each year. For nearly three decades, GRACE has partnered with the community provide food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care to guide families and individuals toward self-sufficiency.

The money raised will support programs like Christmas Cottage, which supplies over 2,700 family members with new Christmas gifts and Feed Our Kids,  a program that provides over 38,500 meals to at-risk children on average each summer. Your participation as a Player or Sponsor ensures that these programs reach as many in need as possible!

Register a Team or Player or become a Sponsor at DriveIntotheNight.com.

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: MICHAEL ZELEWSKI

Some volunteer roles don’t get to enjoy the spotlight, but it’s often the low-profile projects that exhibit the most humility and hard work by young volunteers.

That is what is said of Michael Zelewski, an Eagle Scout who has volunteered at GRACEful Buys with his brother, Andrew, for two years.

Michael’s most recent project was for his Eagle project, which entailed replacing the retaining wall lining the side entrance of GRACEful Buys Grapevine.

While he and his friends literally improved our curb appeal, the new siding also prevented safety hazards for customers by reinforcing the structure of the sidewalk.

“Michael and his team exhibit a lot of heart in their projects,” noted GRACEful Buys Grapevine Manager Terri Haun. “We are blessed to have young people who understand they are improving more than a store; their work improves lives of families in our community!”

The group planned the logistics well in advance, working into the evening with no shortage of smiles, encouragement and the can-do attitude that makes GRACE a special haven for special volunteers.

Many would be surprised to know that our biggest volunteer need is at our resale sites. A portion of our operational funds rely on the success of our resale operations, and our stores are often the first impression people have of GRACE in the community.

Volunteers are needed at all three resale sites to be ambassadors of the GRACE mission, organizing merchandise, welcoming customers or helping load furniture.

In addition, if you have carpentry skills GRACE welcomes special projects on an as-needed basis, and might include painting, landscaping, minor repairs, carpentry or construction.

Michael’s dad took progress photos so we can see what a difference the reinforcement made! Thanks to Michael and Michael’s family and friends for investing their time into making our facilities more functional and beautiful!

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SOUTHLAKE MOMS CLUB NURTURES CHILDREN IN NEED

The next time you want something done well, ask a mom. The Southlake Moms Club collected a room full of children’s items, including shoes, clothes, books and toys to help children of families in need.

The group met at a member’s home, where items from all three drop-off locations were gathered and packaged for donation.

At nearly 5,000 strong, the moms (and some dads) create an educational network that also hosts social gatherings and a cyber marketplace to encourage patronage within their membership.

A special thanks to the Southlake Moms for their examples of daily strength, selflessness and nurturing!

If your group is interested in hosting a collection drive, we have resources available to you! Contact Chelsea Rose for additional information.

CLOTHING ROOM NEED!

Boys are known for putting extra wear on their shoes, which is why it is difficult to receive gently-used or new shoes for boys. Shoes continue to be a high-demand request for the Clothing Room, and are utilized as soon as we get them.

Shoes, socks and underwear for children also continue to be in high demand, and if your group is interested in hosting a collection drive these items would be greatly appreciated.

Contact Chelsea Rose for additional information.

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