ROOTED IN GRACE: STAFF RETREAT 2017

GRACE’s Annual Staff Retreat is a treasured day of fellowship, personal growth and reflection that revives our focus on our particular role in the GRACE mission. This year we reflected on the agency’s past, present and future. What made this retreat particularly moving was the theme of being “rooted in GRACE”. Like a tree must be planted in rich soil to grow, we revisited our roots and heard about the seeds that began this agency from the founder and former Executive Director Tricia Wood. Tricia embodies the kind of spirit a person of specific calling has, but as she explained, she didn’t always feel like that. Her transparency about GRACE’s humble beginnings, and her unlikely role to GRACE from a secretary position at Living Word Church is a testament to God’s ability to shape our talents into the pillars of His work. A single mother who slept in her station

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CULTIVATE GROWTH AT THE COMMUNITY GARDEN

The GRACE Community Garden is hosting their mid spring planting day next weekend on March 18. The team will prepare for the fall harvest with squash and melons and plant corn and peppers. The major planting project will also tend to the fruit trees and stake strawberries and raspberries. The workday begins at 9:00 a.m. until complete, usually by noon. Volunteering at the Community Garden is a healthy and rewarding way to provide wholesome nourishment for families in need. Volunteers are needed to assist in clean up, preparation, planting and tilling to ensure another fruitful season. A special thanks to GRACE volunteers Texas Master Gardener Caryn Hutchinson, Becca Clarke and Alison Shumaker for their tireless efforts to ensure that each season is a fruitful one at the Community Garden. Please RSVP to the March 18 work day by emailing Becca Clarke. If you’re not able to attend this workday but

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GRACE ANNOUNCES THE 2017 GRACE GALA EMCEES

We have the opportunity to welcome back Emmy-award winning journalist and NBC 5 Co-Anchor Kris Gutierrez to emcee the GRACE Gala alongside his wife and fellow NBC 5 Correspondent Krystle Gutierrez. Krystle covers your early morning commute each weekday starting at dawn, and Kris welcomes the five o’clock hour news on KXAS.  The charismatic couple has over 20 collective years of journalistic experience that has spanned from the wild fires in California, tornadoes in Joplin to athletics at Kyle field. With a degree in Agricultural Journalism and a spot on the Telly Award-winning pregame show, “Aggie Game Day Live,” it’s not hard to guess Krystle’s Alma Mater. Kris is a Horned Frog through and through, with a Broadcast Journalism degree from Texas Christian University, where he played collegiate soccer and was later inducted in the Lewisville High School Hall of Fame. The vigor and enthusiasm of the master of ceremonies

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WHITE’S CHAPEL UMC WELCOMES A FAMILY TO THEIR NEW HOME

Starting over with a new residence, community or career might be the best decision for your family’s well being or safety, but it’s not always easy. In fact, it might be the most difficult decision you’ll ever have to carry out. That’s why congregants at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church answer the calling to make sure women and men entering GRACE Transitional Housing program are strengthened and encouraged from the moment they enter their new home. The teamwork is an incredible thing to witness: one masters the essentials–plumbing, painting, and fixtures. Others have an eye for design to make the space open, inviting and beautiful. Despite their different gifts, their ultimate desire for families exceeds far beyond drapes and sofas. The freshly-painted rooms are more than an apartment, and their home with GRACE is more than four walls. On the counter was a new, hardbound bible, along with a bible story

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FEED OUR KIDS SPRING BREAK VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Feed Our Kids Spring Break is now a seasonal fixture after its pilot success the last two years. Volunteers are needed to provide food each weekday from March 13-17. Anytime school is out of session, children whose families rely on free or reduced lunches are at greater risk for food insecurity. Parents of at-risk children often work long, stringent hourly shifts that prevent them from providing continual care while school is out. Serving through Feed Our Kids is a tangible, hands-on way to serve local families. Many groups opt to incorporate activities for the children as well, though not required. The site serves an average of 50 children each weekday from March 13-17. To volunteer over Spring Break or reserve summer shifts, contact Seasonal Programs Coordinator Lori Stevens today.

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GRACE NAMED ART IN THE SQUARE BENEFICIARY

It has become a fixture in Southlake’s already sophisticated reputation for artistry and handsome urban culture. From April 28-30, Art in the Square will showcase 150 of some of the nation’s top artists to benefit local charities supporting women, children and families, including GRACE programs. The fine art fair boasts carefully-curated artwork and a tremendous line up of musicians, who take the stage each of the three nights of Art in the Square. Best of all, families can enjoy the festivities free of charge. The colossal endeavor was created by Southlake Women’s Club, a highly-respected nonprofit in its own right with over 150 members and unrivaled community engagement. The club has been a pillar in the Southlake and surrounding community for three decades, and raises funds for scholarships, grants and school supplies throughout the year. The club forms a vigorous committee to carefully select each represented artist and beneficiary organization. Since

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RESALE FURNITURE FLIPS

There’s something almost sacred when an old, forgotten piece of furniture is given new life. A coat of varnish, fresh paint or new knobs have the power to wake up a sleepy nightstand or drab table to the most celebrated piece in the room. When it comes to finding that diamond in the rough, both GRACEful Buys locations are jewels themselves as the best-kept secret furniture destinations in the Metroplex. Did we mention that furniture is 40% off today through January 7 at both GRACEful Buys sites? There are plenty of like-new game room, dining and living room furniture from donors who went through a recent home remodel, along with pieces just begging for a new lifetime in your home. For those just dipping their toes in the world of furniture recuperation, there’s what we like to call the “iconic corner cathedra”—the lonely chair that has long been separated from

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THIS ISN’T YOUR ORDINARY GOLF TOURNAMENT

If you’re in the market for a fun time with friends, or want a unique way to show your employees you appreciate them, look no further than Drive into the Night glow golf tournament happening Friday, April 21 at the Grapevine Golf Course. All proceeds of the event fund the life-changing work of our children’s programs, which provide emergency relief to families facing crisis. Seasonal opportunities to serve include our summer lunch program, Feed Our Kids, and Christmas Cottage, which makes holiday toys possible for 1,700 family members each year. The moonlit nine-hole round also includes dinner, specialty drinks, contest prizes and an after party. Drive into the Night is also a favorite of local business and corporations, whose sponsorship receives ample exposure and recognition leading up to and during the event. Individual tickets are $250 a golfer, and many players opt for teams of four or eight. Don’t have a

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GRACE ANNOUNCES 2017 GALA CHAIRS

GRACE is honored to announce Stephanie and Mike Hays as the 2017 Chairs for the GRACE Gala, championing fourteen outstanding years of vital program funding with event proceeds. The Metroplex natives planted their roots in Southlake when their oldest, James was just two weeks old. James is now turning four and their youngest, Kade, is two. Stephanie accepted the role as Raffle Chair in 2015, and was later added to the GRACE Board of Directors in 2016. Stephanie is one of the youngest top senior advisors for Principal Financial Group, and has achieved the highest honors with the company including Pacesetter, Century Club, Honor Council Award and New Agent of the Year. In addition, the Magna Cum Laude University of Texas at Arlington Honors College graduate qualifies for the Million Dollar Round Table, and was recently named Southlake Style’s Wonder Woman and one of Fort Worth Business Press’ “20 in their 20’s”.

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MILLION DOLLAR ROUND TABLE FUND PROGRAMMING

Former GRACE Board Member Mark Seebeck of Seeback & Associates presented a $5,000 donation to GRACE on behalf of Million Dollar Round Table Foundation (MDRT) to fund life-changing programs through GRACE. The MDRT Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Million Dollar Round Table, an esteemed association with a robust history for elite professionals. MDRT is an international, independent association of nearly 50,000 of the world’s best life insurance and financial services professionals. The esteemed association carries the gold standard for outstanding business practices worldwide. By combining the generosity of each contributor, the MDRT Foundation is a powerful vehicle to maximize the global impact of MDRT members committed to improving the life of children and families in need through organizations like GRACE. Since 1959, the MDRT Foundation has awarded more than $30M million in life-changing grants to charitable organizations worldwide. Seebeck has been a member of MDRT for over seventeen years,

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