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Home Depot Partners with GRACE

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Home Depot Operations Manager Jin Lee (standing) and his team renovate walk ways for Friends & Family clients.

The women and men in the orange t-shirts have done it again! Ops Manager Jin Lee and his squad at our favorite Home Depot in Southlake met at the home of a couple enrolled in the GRACE Friends & Family program.

As with all our clients, we are very protective of their privacy, but both husband and wife have suffered strokes in recent years. The Mr. needs a power wheelchair to get around, and the Mrs. uses a walker.

Needless to say, mobility was an extreme issue for this couple. The Home Depot team—in 95 degree heat—spent the day making repairs to surrounding pavement, leveling walkway areas, securing wood planks and side posts, and  covering it all in AstroTurf.

Jin and his helpers plan on returning in the cooler weather to do a bit more – strengthen an entry ramp, and other renovations. Home Depot has worked on several projects for our Friends & Family program.

Friends & Family serves clients who are elderly or homebound. The centerpiece of the program is volunteer matching that partners a dedicated volunteer with someone in the community in need. Oftentimes, the assistance includes repairs to the home. That is where Home Depot comes in.

The next project for Home Depot involves a GRACE client—a military veteran—who needs extensive renovation including lots of materials and manpower.

Contact Christine Szymaszek for more information about Friends & Family.

 

Nurse Roberts Claims President’s Award

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(l-r) Shirley Roberts, RN, receives her President’s Award from Bree Vopelak, president of the GRACE Board of Directors.

Shirley Roberts claimed the GRACE President’s Award at the August meeting of the Board of Directors. Her title is Nurse Manager of the GRACE Community Clinic, but that is only the beginning of her story and her work for GRACE.

As manager of the GRACE Community Clinic, she oversees all of the staff and volunteer activities—duties that include nearly 4,000 patient visits every year and more than 650 clinic sessions.

She is also a lead recruiter for the Clinic’s medical professionals, seeking and on-boarding volunteer physicians, nurses and other health providers. Her volunteers serve nearly 3,500 hours every year.

Shirley is also head caregiver for GRACE staff, providing OSHA-required training and regularly lecturing on safe office practices.

With all of these accomplishments, it would seem she would be a shoe-in for the President’s Award, an honor for the GRACE employee of the year. Yet, 2018 threw one huge challenge in Shirley’s direction—in April the GRACE Clinic experienced a catastrophic fire.

Shirley rushed to the site as soon as she learned about the fire and stayed until she secured a new space for a temporary clinic to take place the following morning.

Through the move to the temporary location, and to the current location at the former Police and Municipal Courts Building in Grapevine, Shirley directed volunteers in the set-up of equipment, replacement supplies, donated materials, and the medical volunteers in order to maintain operational capacity.

“Shirley has always been one to go ‘over and above’,” said Bree Vopelak, president of the GRACE Board of Directors. “This year in particular she rose to the occasion and clearly exhibited our core values.”

In addition to her many GRACE responsibilities, Shirley is active in the Grapevine Chamber and a member of last year’s Leadership Grapevine program. She is a true advocate for the people GRACE serves, and is a valued leader among the GRACE staff.

Click Shirley Roberts for more information about the GRACE Community Clinic, or to congratulate her for her President’s Award.

VIP Party at Vaquero

VaqueroThe elegant Vaquero Clubhouse will welcome more than 150 guests to the GRACE Gala VIP Party on September 18. The event in the newly-renovated clubhouse will honor Gala sponsors and volunteer leadership.

With the GRACE Gala only a few weeks away, the VIP Party is a chance to take a moment and thank the many sponsors, volunteers, committee members, and others who bring the Gala to life, and express gratitude for raising much-needed funds for client services and programs.

The GRACE Gala is the single-largest fundraising event for GRACE during the year, and funds raised support all GRACE services including Emergency Assistance, Clothing and Food, Children’s Programs, Transitional Housing, Senior Services and the Community Clinic.

GRACE Chief Executive Officer Shonda Schaefer will express the importance of the Gala campaign season, and recognize those, like Gala Co-Chairs Lynda and Robert Warner, for their hard work.

The highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the annual Angel of GRACE award winner. The Angel of GRACE is given each year to the person or organization who exemplifies GRACE’s mission of stewardship, compassion and guidance toward self-sufficiency. The Angel of GRACE will be announced publicly at the Gala on October 6.

The VIP Party is open to sponsors of the Gala. Sponsorships begin at $3,500 and include a table of ten for the Gala on October 6. For information about sponsorships contact Lara Hohweiler or visit www.GRACEGala.org

Halloween at GRACEful Buys

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The shelves at GRACEful Buys are overflowing with great Halloween offerings.

The Great Pumpkin has visited the GRACEful Buys stores and left behind tons of great goodies—décor galore to celebrate the spooky season, costumes for ghouls big and small, and creepy tableware for the perfect Halloween party.

GRACEful Buys has affordable and unique items for all occasions—plus great furniture, clothing, books, and frames. And all GRACE stores, GRACEful Buys in Grapevine and Euless, and Style & GRACE, are offering their best deals in the following weeks.

Just a gentle reminder how shopping can help those in need: Net revenues from GRACE resale stores provide nearly a quarter of the annual budget for GRACE Client Services. Shopping at all of the GRACE stores support GRACE programs and services that assist thousands of people in need in northeast Tarrant County.

GRACEful Buys Euless is at 700 West Euless Boulevard, Euless. GRACEful Buys Grapevine is at 418 East Northwest Highway, Grapevine. Both stores are open Mondays through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sundays noon – 6 p.m.

Style & GRACE is in Suite 238 at 2030 Glade Road (the Hobby Lobby shopping center).

Go to www.Style-and-GRACE.com and www.GRACEfulbuys.com to learn about upcoming sales, and to sign on to our E-List for email coupons and other discounts. Or click here to sign-up now.

Transitional Housing Client Speaks at Grapevine Women’s Division

The Kathee Livengood Memorial Scholarship Fund is an integral part of the Grapevine Chamber Foundation. The scholarship program aims to provide financial assistance to women that need assistance in order to further their education and provide a better future for themselves and their children.

Kathee Livengood was a successful Realtor but found the time to belong to, or support, almost every civic organization and “cause” in Grapevine. Over the years, her passion for helping people was instrumental in raising thousands of dollars through the Grapevine Chamber Women’s Division and other organizations in order to assist the elderly and children through community programs such as GRACE.

GRACE Transitional Housing resident, Dominique, has received scholarship assistance through the Kathee Livengood Memorial as she works towards her Associates Degree in Logistics Management. At last week’s Women’s Division luncheon, Dominique courageously volunteered to give a testament of her journey through the GRACE program, including her educational success and goals. Thanks to the support of the community and Kathee Livengood’s legacy, Dominique is on track to graduate with her Associates and reach her ultimate goal of providing others with the same support that she was given in times of need.

BoomerJack’s Put the Boom in Grand Opening

On Wednesday night, BoomerJack’s Grapevine invited GRACE to be a part of their official Grand Opening. And what an amazing night it was!

The restaurant featured a VIP Room filled with superb appetizers and delicious drinks, as well as some serious swag.

There wasn’t an open seat in the house between 7-10, and we are so thankful because 15% proceeds in that time went to GRACE clients.

Be sure to check out their 16-foot LED television and massive all-season backyard-style patio, 3,700 sf with covered space, fire pits, cooling system, a toll-up garage door bar.

Thank you to BoomerJack’s Grapevine for supporting GRACE programs!

 

It’s a Match! Longtime Donors Will Match for NTX Giving Day

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Long-time GRACE supporters Judy and Tom Hund have generously donated a $10,000 match for the GRACE North Texas Day initiative. GRACE is so appreciative.

Donors funds will now be doubled; by this 1:1 match – so your gift goes even further!  Your gift matters no matter what the size, it truly makes a difference for GRACE clients.

Please donate to GRACE on September 20, 2018 or beginning on September 10th – 19th go to NorthTexasGivingDay.org and you will be able to schedule your gift for GRACE.

Best Next-Door Neighbor EVER

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(l-r) GRACE Director of Community Engagement Lara Hohweiler, Gala Chair Lynda Warner, and GRACE Board Members Sean Shope and Mike Taylor recently visited the American Airlines offices with thanks for their continued support of the GRACE Gala.

For a “Next-Door Neighbor”, GRACE could not ask for a more generous, more responsive organization than American Airlines.

Of course, that “next-door” is at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, yet the folks at American Airlines treat us with the same high regard as if we carried on nightly chats over the back fence.

Their generosity continues to astound us! This year for the Gala, they again gave us a tremendous amount of AAdvantage Miles “good for wherever American flies”. These miles will be included with our Live and Silent Auction packages at the GRACE Gala, October 6 at the Gaylord Texan Resort.

We won’t say exactly how many miles our friends at American gave us this year, BUT IF American Airlines flew to the Moon, GRACE could book a round-trip, and have miles left over to circle the Earth a couple of times before heading home.

Thanks so much to our good neighbors and wonderful friends!

All of the AAdvantage Miles and a special package that includes Two First-Class Tickets Anywhere American Flies, are available only at the GRACE Gala. If you would like a chance to bid on these and hundreds of other amazing items, tables and tickets are now open for purchase.

Click GRACE Gala or email Lara Hohweiler for details.

Feed Our Kids Is A Wrap!

We are so thankful to all of the volunteers this year who participated in Feed our Kids.

Because of your generosity, 30,980 meals were served June through August.  To the individuals, groups and local businesses who pitched in to see that thousands of children ate a hearty meal every day this summer, we thank YOU!!!

*We do our best to recognize everyone who gave their time to the Feed Our Kids program. If you worked or know of a group that is not listed here, please email us at info@GRACEGrapevine.org so we can be sure to add them. Thank you. 
  • 121 Church
  • Abiding Grace
  • Altrusa / Gennevie Schaefer
  • Andi Debelle/Tx Cap Bank
  • Angela McBride Ramirez /DAICFA
  • Angela McBride Ramirez /DAIWW
  • ARI Michelle Fletcher
  • Bree Vopelak
  • Brittany Shidman DFW Little Helpers
  • Casey Hege / Box Insurance
  • Cheryl Grossman
  • City of Grapevine
  • Covenant Church
  • Crown of Life Lutheran
  • CWC / Teri Larsen WW
  • Dallas Airmotive
  • Dana Wilson
  • Danielle Milken St. Francis / Tim
  • Danielle Vaughn / Fly yoga CFA
  • Danna Wilson
  • Elena Alverado
  • Fellowship Christian
  • First Baptist Grapevine
  • First Baptist Southlake
  • First Presbyterian
  • First United Methodist Colleyville
  • First United Methodist Grapevine
  • Good Shepherd
  • Grapevine Rotary
  • Hilton DFW Lakes
  • Home Depot
  • Keisa Fuge / DFW Church
  • Kim Waldon / Cheer Group WW
  • Kristi Gilpen/ Wells Fargo
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Lauren Jancoski/Niagra Conservation CFA
  • Leslie Larsen /Vizientic
  • Linda Giberson / Andrea NealGV LDS
  • Lisa Soos / Oakfield Dairy
  • Megan Clark
  • Missy Hill GV Jazzercise
  • Morgan Nichols Group
  • Nancy Coplan Family
  • National Charity League Colleyville
  • National Charity League DFW
  • National Charity League Southlake
  • Nicole Tesoriero / Southlake Style
  • Rachael Koch
  • Randy White Real Estate
  • Ryan Sonntag / First Financial
  • Sara Weaver Gateway
  • SASO Boys Wendy Simon
  • Second Saturday
  • Shelley Jackson & Friends
  • Sound Phycisians
  • St Laurence
  • TD Ameritrade
  • Tracy Hearn R
  • White’s Chapel
  • YMSL

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