The annual GRACE Staff Retreat is a cherished day of fellowship, personal growth and this year – some friendly competition. With rest and reflection as the focus, the goal of the day was to build community with each other, highlight individual strengths and provide visual reminders of how each staff member’s role plays a vital part in providing a continuum of care to each of our clients.

Staff members spent the day doing a variety of activities ranging from therapeutic crafts to a full-blown scavenger hunt.

We began our morning with a visit from The House of Shine who helped each staff member reflect on what made them their strongest, most successful version of themselves so they could better shine their light in the community. House of Shine provided several creative ways to recognize our individual strengths and encourage others in the process.

After lunch, the GRACE staff took to Main Street with their historical Grapevine-themed list of items. The winning team may or may not have had the advantage of the local 16-year Grapevine resident and GRACE CEO Shonda Schaefer, but it just depends on who you ask.

Having a whole day set aside allowed everyone to pause and learn things about each other that we wouldn’t know when passing each other in the halls. Just as the body of Christ requires many parts to function as one, it also requires that those parts be in good condition and work in unison.

GRACE extends its appreciation to all who participated in the retreat and, of course, our wonderful committee for planning and executing such an enjoyable day. A big thank you goes out to our local Main Street businesses specifically for allowing our enthusiastic staff members to flood your busy stores! Your cooperation and friendly smiles made this a true highlight of the day.

May God continue to guide this agency through his people as we look to take care of those who are struggling!