WALKER ENGINEERING WARMS A SENIOR’S HEART

Once a month, volunteers with Friends & Family deliver commodities to our senior population, many who are isolated, physically impaired or immobile. These frequent visits, along with additional visits throughout the month, often forge a bond between the volunteer and the senior. Once a trust relationship is established, needs arise that might otherwise go unnoticed. On an unusually bleak morning, a volunteer couldn’t help but notice how chilled Ruby’s* apartment was. Ruby shared that her heating unit stopped working, and there was nowhere else to turn for help. The volunteer quickly got in touch with a GRACE staff member to meet the need. When longtime supporter Charlie Walker of Walker Engineering learned of the situation, not only did he immediately purchase the unit, he installed it himself. While it’s never our hope that a client go without such an essential utility, the situation made us evaluate the client’s needs from

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GRAPEVINE CHAMBER INSPIRES LEGACY

A note from the Executive Director I am tremendously humbled to receive the 2017 D.E. Box Citizen of the Year Award from the Grapevine Chamber not because of any accomplishments of my own, but the legacy of the leaders who have preceded me. To fully appreciate the award’s namesake, some background is appropriate. D.E. Box moved to Grapevine in 1919 to found the Tarrant County State Bank, which is now known as First National Bank of Grapevine. In the beginning of the 20th century, establishing a local bank was a strategic move so Grapevine families could flourish with commerce and small business following the slump of the First World War. Box played integral roles in the community, also founding Box Insurance and serving as a Mason and member of the Lions Club and Texas Bankers Association, among others. Upon his death in 1957, The Grapevine Chamber established an award in

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THIS IS WHY WE SERVE

There are moments when all the resources, collaboration, dedication and prayer come into beautiful fruition as faith is restored to families who once felt all hope was lost. Fifty guests treasured one such occasion at an intimate gathering last month to honor seven Transitional Housing graduates whose journey to independence inspired and moved us deeply. Transitional Housing graduation is a rare opportunity to witness personal triumphs and celebrate the courage of women and men who, with the backing of the community, can reflect on all they have achieved while in the program. This graduating class in particular endured various personal tragedies such as homelessness, job loss, addictions by their caregivers, physical abuse and lack of basic education. While came from different backgrounds with different stories a consistent theme remained: a drive to honor God with their lives and give their children a life they deserved. Two years ago, stories of

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GRACE COLLABORATES WITH GV FIRE DEPT

The Grapevine Fire Department staff hosted an awareness campaign in hopes to strengthen the GRACE partnership and further inform the staff about the broad scope of services available to families in crisis. Client Services Manager Marcela Melendez presented to each shift over a period of two days. After a tragedy such as a home fire occurs and the victims’ immediate needs are met, families often require continued care and long-term solutions that might come in the form of case management, job training or shelter referrals. Presenting all the services GRACE has to offer assures law enforcement, fire fighters and other first responders that they are relaying the correct information to families who can’t afford the time it takes to sift through red tape. A simple code violation, for instance, might unearth housing instability that could be managed with financial coaching or utility assistance. Each family situation is unique, and individualized

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A GIFT WITH HEART

The Bay View Club embraces a rich history as oldest culture club in Grapevine. The women’s literary club has continually met in member’s homes since its founding in 1908. The club has also remained invitation-only, and is limited to 24 decedents of early Tarrant County residents. These women may come together to honor an important legacy, but they are just as committed to making the future brighter for families living in the cities they love. Last month the ladies took a collection to purchase a defibrillator for the Community Clinic, which can deliver life-saving treatment to a patient in the midst of a cardiac arrest. The prestigious club has embarked on many philanthropic endeavors for over a century. During World War I, meetings were suspended to work for the Red Cross making hospital garments. During the Second World War, the women collected nylon hose to aid the war effort. The

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RECEIVES ROTARY AWARD

GRACE Executive Director Shonda Schaefer received the huge honor of being this year’s Grapevine Rotary “Pro”, a distinguished award given to fellow Rotarians for their integrity, service and community engagement. The Rotary Club will formally recognize Shonda at an awards luncheon immediately following their Golf for Grads tournament on Monday, March 20 at the Cowboys Golf Club. Tournament and raffle proceeds have raised over $150,000 in scholarships to local future leaders. The 2016 “Pro” was City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem Darlene Freed. Shonda’s fierce dedication to serve the community as her vocation and with her personal time has earned her more awards over the thirteen years as Executive Director than we can recount. The proud Rotarian’s love for the mission of GRACE, her family, staff and the community is unmatched. The Rotary Club, whose motto is, “service above self” is an accurate reflection of the character of its

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OUR NEW EVENT WEBSITE IS LIVE!

Not only did DriveintotheNight.com get a new look; now it’s easier than ever to register your team, player spot or sponsorship! Dinner is included, along with contests, specialty drinks and raffle prizes. Download sponsorship options for a tailored plan that gives ample exposure to your civic group or business. Get creative with your team name on the scoreboard the night of the tournament. Don’t have your entire team together? That’s okay, simply put in a confirmation number you receive after purchase and fill in your guest names at a later date. Whether you’re an avid golfer or play par to nine holes of putt-putt, this fan-favorite moonlight event generates one of GRACE’s largest event proceeds to help families in distress. All event revenue sustains GRACE children’s programs like Christmas Cottage, which provides 2,700 family members with new, unwrapped Christmas toys. Feed Our Kids provides an average of 38,000 meals to

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COME GROW WITH THE COMMUNITY GARDEN

The mission of the GRACE Community Garden is to cultivate a healthy community by building collaborations and providing organically grown produce to those in need. Garden workdays are rewarding, feasible opportunities to help local families in a tangible way. Having access to fresh fruits and vegetables is a game changer for families, for whom fruits are a rare luxury and nutrition is key. The GRACE Community Garden provides an average of 1,800 pounds of fresh, organic produce each year to nourish families in need. Be a part of what the Community Garden is yielding for families in need by joining us. Most of the organically grown produce from the garden is donated to the GRACE Pantry.  If you would like to be on our garden e-mail list, please e-mail Alison Shumaker. For volunteer opportunities or information on adopting a raised garden plot, please contact Lara Hohweiler. 2019 Planting/Tending Schedule  

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COLLEYVILLE CHAMBER HONORS GRACE COMMUNITY

GRACE was honored to take part in nominating key leaders for the 41st Annual Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce at their Awards Luncheon on February 2 at the Colleyville Center. Winners Community Star Award – Kay Allen Corporation of the Year – Marketstreet Outstanding Service Organization- GRACE Here is a list of the following Nominees: Citizen of the Year- Kay Allen Corporation of the Year – Marketstreet Outstanding Service Organization – GRACE Youth of the Year – Will Mathison Kay Allen is an outstanding Colleyville resident who gives selflessly of her time and resources in the community. As a member of the chamber and having served on several boards, Kay embodies volunteerism by serving alongside causes that strengthen their communities, including the Colleyville Rotary Club, Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation and GCISD, the latter of which earned her the PTA’s Friend of Children Award. In addition to her generosity and time, Kay

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WELCOME JAMÉ

We are excited to welcome one GRACE’s newest members, Jamé Scott, as Transitional Housing Manager. Next week you won’t want to miss the post on this week’s phenomenal Transitional Housing Graduation ceremony, thanks in part to the fantastic Transitional Housing staff and the instant warmth Jamé brings to the program. Jamé’s well-versed education is only part of what makes her such an ideal fit. She received her Masters of Business Administration at Strayer University, and later earned her Master of Social Work at the University of Memphis. Originally from San Francisco, Jamé spent much of her adult career in Memphis, Tennessee as a Case Manager in various capacities, also serving as an interventionist and recruiter to foster families. As a foster child herself who was raised by a loving family, Jamé’s passion grew for children in the foster system and adoptive parents. As part of the GRACE team, Jamé capitalizes

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