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Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange (GRACE) is a Grapevine, Texas based non-profit relief agency which provides food, clothing, financial assistance, and other vital necessities to people who are struggling with a limited income or recent emergency. The philosophy of GRACE is that encouraging self-sufficiency will, in turn, encourage community cohesiveness. Compassion and assistance are offered as a response to God's grace by local churches in partnership with municipalities, businesses, civic organizations, and individuals.
The GRACE History
GRACE was organized in 1987 as a response to the growing need for emergency assistance services in far northeast Tarrant County, an area almost 20 miles from state, county and other major resources at that time. Local churches responded to community needs with a plan for distributing available resources through Grapevine's Ministerial Alliance. People in need were usually routed to at least three churches to meet their basic needs, and there was inevitable confusion over open hours and locations.
By March of 1986, a steering committee of church and civic representatives formed to lay the groundwork for a relief center. They believed that centralizing resources and including the business community could resultin more resources with better accessibility for local people who needed help. The working model was N.E.E.D. (North East Emergency Distribution), a coalition of more than 40 churches providing assistance in the HEB and Haltom City area. In August of 1987, N.E.E.D. provided $2,000 in seed money, and in
Today, GRACE continues to be a centralized, coordinated effort of churches, businesses and individuals donating food, clothing, monetary donations, and even professional services to Grapevine, Colleyville, and Southlake residents, as well as homeless and transient families in need. Programs have grown to include technology training classes, low cost medical services, transitional housing, and general emergency assistance (food, clothes, furniture, financial assistance, information and referrals).
For me, the GRACE mission started the summer that I served with Vacation Bible School at my church. All of the children did a canned food drive, and that morning a lady and her child happened to walk in seeking assistance from my church. That morning, I realized how desperate needy people in my community were...
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