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Spotlight on : GRACE MVP Award winner Kassie Rivas

KassieedThe First Quarter 2018 GRACE MVP Award winner was nominated based on Exceptional Customer Service, Outstanding Attitude, Interdepartmental Relations/Teamwork and Excellence in Mission.

This person is a wonderful example of the GRACE Mission and Core Values.  If you’ve met this person, you know that they are one of the happiest and most pleasant people to be around.  They are very calm and collected when working with clients and treats them with the utmost respect.  This person’s door is always open to anyone who comes by, and they are always willing to help out.  This person can be counted on to stay late when needed.  She is very perceptive and diligent in finding necessary resources for the people who walk through our doors and need help.  She always strives for excellence and growth and we are blessed to have her on our team.

The First Quarter 2018 GRACE MVP Winner is:  Kassie Rivas.

Kassie is one of GRACE’s Bilingual Case Workers and also a FAITH Coordinator. She has worked from GRACE for 2 years – her first job out of college! She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Social Work from UTA.

Kassie meets with GRACE clients who walk through the door to provide emergency and financial assistance. She also works with referrals from Compass Christian Church. She currently meets with approximately 35-40 people a week and provides them with not only excellent service, but also compassion, respect and help at a time when it is needed the most. We are incredibly grateful for having her on our team and this award is well deserved!

Congratulations Kassie!

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Little Free Pantry Project for GRACE

Pantry1GRACE volunteer Reagan Isbell recently completed her Girl Scout project – a Little Free Pantry.

Reagan is currently a junior at Grapevine High School and has volunteered at GRACE since 2006, helping in our Food Pantry, Clothing Room, and Feed Our Kids. As a fun fact, you may have seen Reagan in a photo with her family on the side of our trucks driving around town!

The Little Free Pantry is located outside the GRACE main office at 610 Shady Brook in Grapevine and it is a simple way to help our neighbors in a big way. Applying the Little Free Library concept, it activates community engagement of food insecurity. The project is a grassroots, crowd sourced solution to immediate and local need. Whether a need for food or a need to give, the Little Free Pantry facilitates neighbors helping neighbors, building community.

Pantry 3The project was initially thought out in June 2017 by Reagan as a Little Free Library, but after discussion with GRACE staff it was determined that the pantry would serve a greater need within our community.

Coincidentally, the summer of 2017 Reagan went on a Mission Trip with First Methodist Grapevine  to Tonkawa, Oklahoma, and she happened to see the project in action while on that trip. She has been working on it ever since and it has now become a reality.

If you would like to get involved, please feel free to drop off your donations directly at the Little Pantry! If it is full – which we hope it will be – come again! In addition, we are looking for individuals or groups to volunteer to adopt the project and commit to checking on it maybe once or twice a month on a schedule – at your convenience!

Pantry2Items for the Little Pantry should be non-perishable, preferably single-serve, easy to open and self-contained items. Good examples of this are fruit cups, protein bars, single packets of tuna, cans that have openers included – you name it!

This project has earned Reagan the Gold Award which represents the highest and most prestigious award in Girl Scouts. As a result of Reagan’s initiative, others have been inspired to replicate the project, so you will see more GRACE little pantries popping up soon!

If you are interested in contributing on a regular basis or would like to do your own Little Free Pantry Project, please contact Lara Hohweiler.

 

Calling all Foodies! Dine to Donate is around the corner

Dine to DonateWe are gearing up for Dine to Donate Grapevine! This restaurant week, hosted by Black Door Home Co., is a way for diners to give back while eating out.

With the leadership of Rena Frost from Mac’s on Main and Elizabeth Huffman from Black Door Home Co.,  from April 13 to April 22, Boi Na Braza, Copeland’s of New Orleans, Great Scott, Loveria Caffe, Mac’s on Main, Mason & Dixie and Next Bistro are offering pre-fixed menus with proceeds being donated to GRACE programs. Reservations are encouraged by calling each restaurant – see their numbers below.

In addition, our great friends at Grapevine Craft Brewery are donating $2.00 for every GRACE American Wheat Beer sold in their taproom in the entire month of April, and will release special fruit-flavored editions of the craft beer every Wednesday.

GRACE is honored and grateful to have the support of these incredible eateries! We can’t wait to sample the fabulous menus and toast to GRACE!

 

RESTAURANT RESERVATIONS (MENTION DINE TO DONATE)

Boi Na Braza – (817) 251 9881

Copelands of New Orleans Southlake – (817) 305 2199

Great Scott Restaurant – (817) 717 7701

Loveria Caffe – (817) 893 5880

Mac’s on Main (817) 251 6227

Mason & Dixie (817) 707 2111

Next Bistro (682) 325 4046

 

 

 

 

 

Grapevine Garden Club Spruces up GRACE Garden

For the past 27 years, the Grapevine Garden Club has donated money, plants, expertise and many volunteer hours to GRACE. They recently visited our Main Office and decided our front garden needed some spring love. This is what the garden looked like before they worked their magic:

 

Volunteers donated the plants and sweat equity and even talked to the group Keep Grapevine Beautiful to see if they would commit to keeping it looking good! We are so very grateful for their talents and generosity! The images speak for themselves!

 

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Soles for GRACE shoe drive

The Women’s Mission and Fellowship group at the First United Methodist Church of Colleyville is collecting new tennis shoes for GRACE. This is one of the greatest needs at the GRACE Clothing room – which offers clothes for children in need. Children outgrow their shoes so quickly that this is a constant need.

Members of FUMC Colleyville and community members may bring tennis shoes to the First United Methodist Church at 1000 Church St, Colleyville TX. The shoe drive will run through April 29.

Thank you in advance to the organizers of this generous event and to all who contribute!

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT ON : GRACE FOOD PANTRY

The Client Choice Food Pantry provides perishable and non-perishable food to individuals and families in need. More than a mere handout, the Client Choice Food Pantry uses a voucher system for GRACE clients to shop and select the food items that meet the cultural and dietary needs of their households.

 

In the month of March alone, the food pantry has served 80 senior citizens and over 300 families, as well as 225 additional families additional that have been helped through our partnerships with other organizations.

If you are interested in volunteering, here are some great opportunities that you can help with:

–          Substitute shifts while other volunteers have to take an absence

–          Landscaping (weed and trim bushes)

–          Sort food after large food drives

–          Help with Holiday Food distribution during Thanksgiving and Christmas

The Food Pantry updates their most pressing needs based on supply shortage. To view the most current list of needs please click here:

Contact: Rusty Thigpen, Food Pantry Manager

Volunteer Inquiries: Lara Hohweiler, Volunteer Manager

The GRACE Client Choice Food Pantry is located at:

837 East Walnut Street
Grapevine, TX 76051
817.488.7009 x153 or 154
817.442.0748 fax

Operating Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 12:30-5:30 pm

 

Thank you for 24 Hours of GRACE!

We are so humbled to have seen the incredible response to our 24 Hours of GRACE appeal. We would like to take this time to thank each and every person who has donated, prayed, and helped spread our message.

We continue to receive your generous checks and donations, which our generous donor has agreed to continue to honor with a match!

GRACE relies on loyal donors to carry out our mission to provide assistance to individuals and families in crisis and guidance towards self- sufficiency.  We are humbled and grateful to have your help!

If you’ve not yet had a chance to make your donation and would like to contribute, please click here

Russell and Robert Welcome You to Drive Into the Night

Drive Into the Night has been a magical event: dozens of golf carts set sail into the darkness to all corners of the Grapevine Golf Course. The moon had been full. The moon has been new. The weather has always been changeable.

What hasn’t changed is the perfect condition of Grapevine Golf Course (GGC), the excellent organization of the tournament, the exceptional service, and the safety precautions that keeps everyone injury-free and above water.

The two men responsible for these functions of the tournament, and so many other aspects of the course and the event, are GGC Course Director of Golf Russell Pulley, PGA, and Robert Singletary, PGA, head golf professional.

Together they ensure a well-run, and fun event for all players and guests.

Drive Into the Night takes place on the Pecan and Mockingbird Courses. GGC has a third nine—the Bluebonnet Course—but it is not available for nighttime golf—just too many hills, high banked turns, and water to be safe.

Time of play is essential. Players get to the tee boxes, play a round, and return for a fantastic after-party, usually within the span of two hours.

Russell and Robert redesign the course each year to shorten the longer holes but still keep the challenge of playing golf at night. Most holes would play as Par 3s if the golfers used regular golf balls. Nighttime golfers are limited to clear plastic balls, cored through to fit a glow stick.

Russell and Robert have designed a great feature for this year’s event: Nearly all holes will be staked for a closest to the pin contest, and there will be eight winners on each course. The other two holes—one on Pecan and one on Mockingbird will be the long drive holes.

Russell and Robert have made one concession to the Drive Into the Night players: Most players will bring their favorite music and crank their playlists to the delight of all—behavior usually frowned upon during the day.

There is still time to sign up and see what Russell and Robert have in store this year. Contact Mark Woolverton or Lori Stevens to get details and secure your spot today!

Drive Into the Night will take place on Friday, April 20 at the Grapevine Golf Course. For more information please visit our website.

Cheers for GRACE!

Grapevine Craft Brewery has teamed up with GRACE Grapevine Dine to Donate by offering a donation of $2.00 for every GRACE American Wheat Beer sold in the Taproom for the entire month of April!

It gets better!

Every Wednesday in the month of April Grapevine Craft Brewery will release a special fruit flavored version of the GRACE American Wheat Beer :

April 4th – Blood Orange / Orange

April 11th – Mango Pineapple

April18th – Grapefruit / Key lime

April 25th – Tangerine

Come enjoy the spring weather and toast to a good cause!

The Taproom and Beer Garden in historic downtown Grapevine opens daily Monday – Friday 3 to 10 pm; Saturdays Noon to 10 pm and Sundays Noon to 8 pm. For more information visit their website

Dine to Donate is a newly-launched Restaurant Week showcasing local cuisine with proceeds benefitting GRACE. For more information, follow Dine to Donate on Facebook

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