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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‘FAANT’ TAKES STEPS TO HELP FAMILIES IN NEED

Foot and Ankle of North Texas (FAANT) put their best foot forward last month by collecting a car load of perishable goods for the GRACE Food Pantry. All the food given will make their way to the tables of grateful families, who, despite financial burdens, no longer have to worry where their children’s next dinner will come from. GRACE relies on groups and businesses to find creative ways to collect nonperishable goods and grocery essentials, so that no local family in need is turned away. Last month the Food Pantry gave an estimated $45,000 worth of food, which allows families to put that additional money in savings or pay their utility bills. HOW THE RESOURCES ARE UTILIZED Volunteer groups might be surprised to know that once the goods are received, programs within GRACE collaborate together to make sure each family gets as much nourishment as possible. For instance, the Community

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IT’S TIME TO RESERVE YOUR TEAM

Now is the opportune time to round up three or more of your friends for a Drive into the Night team. The annual golf tournament will take place on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Grapevine Golf Course. This is an ideal event to honor your staff while receiving business recognition as a sponsor. Family friends and groups also love the friendly competition under the stars. A barbecue dinner is provided, along with specialty drinks, glow swag and an after party. At $250 per player, each team can be reassured knowing that 100% of all event proceeds sustain GRACE programs that provide food, clothing, and shelter to displaced families and their children. For those who want to attend and skip the green, he or she can enjoy the dinner and festivities for $50. GO BEYOND PAR WITH A SPONSORSHIP Those interested in hosting a team as a sponsor might consider

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HERE’S HOW TO TACKLE HUNGER FOR THE SUPER BOWL

Souper Bowl of Caring is vowing to “Change the Game” in local communities across North Texas during the weeks leading up to Superbowl Sunday. We are thankful to have such committed partnerships with local businesses, including Albertsons in Colleyville, which has made it their game plan to ensure local families receive nourishment throughout the year. Through Superbowl Sunday, Albertsons gives customers the opportunity to purchase pre-filled bags at the register on behalf of families at risk for hunger. Each filled bag costs $9, and contains protein and nutrient-rich staples such as tuna, soup and vegetables. Souper Bowl of Caring addresses the startling number of chronically-poor households, which equates to one in seven Americans. More troubling still is that 16 million of those Americans are children, some living within miles of our doorsteps. Last year the Colleyville Albertsons received the GRACE Outstanding Community Partner Award for going far and above the

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GRACE IS LOOKING FOR RAFFLE PRIZE DONATIONS

Just like all GRACE events, it takes a lot of volunteers and donors behind the scenes to make the event memorable (or even possible)! This year we are on the lookout for the best raffle prizes for 2017’s Drive into the Night, a glow golf tournament that raises funds for GRACE children’s programs throughout the year. All tax-deductible item donations generate excitement and ensure players come back for another round on the green, which means more resources for children during the summer months and holiday season. Prize donations also lend to creativity, and aren’t limited to gift baskets, golf gear, recreational attire, novelty items or electronics. Gift certificates and unique experiences are also great examples of ideal raffle prizes for Drive into the Night. We appreciate the local businesses, small groups and individuals who galvanize support for events like this. It’s our continual desire to work as hard as our

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GRACE IS UNITED WAY OF TARRANT COUNTY’S FIRST FEATURED AGENCY

GRACE was honored to be United Way of Tarrant County’s first Featured Agency, a social media initiative to share the mission of GRACE with the community at large. United Way is an affiliation that strategically partners with select organizations that target the root causes of societal issues and reinvests into local solutions. United Way also monitors their affiliates to ensure the funds are properly stewarded and reflect positive, measurable outcomes. In 2016 United Way made the unprecedented decision to forgo all fees for donor resignations through charitable workplace designation. In plain English, that means 100% of every donation designated to GRACE through United Way supports GRACE programs! One recent example of United Way’s partnership was last year’s phenomenal VITA program, a tax-assistance campaign that generated over $250,000 in EITC dollars and Child Tax Credit. This promotes a healthier local economy and allows families to save for the future. Thanks to

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FANTASTIC DEALS FOR YOUR SWEETHEART

Each year the team at Style & GRACE launch a meticulous search for the most distinguished Silent Auction items. The Annual Auction happens near each Valentine’s Day, just in time for the doting couple. The package, which is valued at $1,000, includes: Lenox Couple Figurine Sterling Silver Triple Strand Pearls Men’s Noblia Watch The winner will be notified by 6:00 p.m. on February 11, 2017, and has 24 hours to claim. The bidding starts at $200 on-site at Style & GRACE, located at 2030 Glade Rd. Keep up to date with all things Style & GRACE on their social media pages at FB.com/StyleandGRACEBoutique and Twitter.com/StyleandGRACEb

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