AVIALL LANDS AT GRACE

Aviall decided to take a trip away from the office to receive a new kind of delivery. The teams at both the Human Resources and Sales department helped man GRACE resale sites, including Donation Station and GRACEful Buys. A subsidiary of The Boeing Company, Aviall is no stranger to mastering the supply chain, with product distribution to more than 240 manufacturers generating 2,000,000 products across the world. Aviall has also been a proud sponsor of Drive into the Night, which takes place on April 21 this year. Serving at Donation Station is popular for corporate or large groups because it allows volunteers to personally interact with donors as a representative of GRACE, as well as lend hands-on projects that directly impact families seeking assistance. While the end goal of resale is purely missional, many are surprised to know that our resale operations function much like a business in order to

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BRISKETS FOR THE BIG GAME

Whether you’re a New England Patriots or the Atlanta Falcons fan, every carnivore can agree that there’s nothing better than piping-hot smoked brisket on your plate while you’re enjoying the Big Game. The Holy Smokers, a Compass Church Men’s Ministry, is selling Super Bowl briskets to raise funds for their meal campaigns throughout the year, including holiday turkeys to at-risk families through GRACE. It began ten years ago when an intimate men’s Bible study group study was challenged use their passions to ignite a ministry that has since blessed hundreds around them. The mission is twofold: meet the tangible needs of at-risk families, and engage with other men to serve and grow in their faith. Over the years the Holy Smokers, which has about 15 core members and up to 25 guys to man the grill, have provided food for the Union Gospel Mission, World Impact Dallas and auction prizes

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JOIN US FOR 2017 DRIVE INTO THE NIGHT

EVENT DETAILS Twilight Tee Off Glow Golf Tournament Benefiting GRACE WHEN Friday, April 21, 2017 WHERE Grapevine Golf Course 3800 Fairway Drive in Grapevine PROGRAM Check in 5:30 PM Putting Contest/Driving Range Open: 6:00 PM Shotgun Start Help us make a difference! Not only is Drive Into the Night unique night golf experience for your friends or colleagues, 100% of the event proceeds fund programs that give hope to at-risk children in our community. GRACE is a faith-based, social service agency that provides emergency assistance to an average of 5,100 families and individuals each year. For nearly three decades, GRACE has partnered with the community provide food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care to guide families and individuals toward self-sufficiency. Learn about GRACE programs and volunteer opportunities at GRACEGrapevine.org. The money raised will support programs like Christmas Cottage, which supplies over 2,700 family members with new Christmas gifts and Feed

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WHO IS THE “WORKING POOR”?

In recent days the plight of the “working poor” has been highlighted to reveal a sinister reality for many low-income families in our country and our neighborhoods. The “working poor” are defined as employees whose total income falls below the poverty level, and comprise 6.3% of all individuals in the labor force.   Nearly half of all GRACE clients are the “working poor”, whose paycheck-to-paycheck cycle potentially sends families with unexpected bills into a downward spiral without intervention. This is especially true for workers who do not have paid time off and have to take a pay cut when their child gets the flu, for instance.   What’s even more alarming is that a great majority—80%—of all GRACE client households are headed by women, meaning there are many single mothers working long shifts, often facing hardships alone.   Of the 5,100 individuals GRACE serves on average each year, 44% are children. Despite

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STUDENT GROUPS MAKE THE GRADE

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that intelligence plus character is the goal of true education. In this case, character was being formed even as school was out of session.   While most students were sleeping in during Martin Luther King, Jr. day, two special groups came to Donation Station to greet donors and sort goods that would later become material assistance and resale merchandise for families in need.   The local Delta Sigma Theta chapter sorority wanted to serve on this important day to honor the late Reverend King by showing unity through serving one another in love.   The national sorority is 200,000 women strong, whose focus is to nurture African-American women through education and public service.   On the same day the Southlake Carroll High School Freshman Student Council took the torch for the next shift at Donation Station to meet the needs their peers whose families might not be

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FOOD PANTRY NEEDS ESSENTIALS

GRACE Pantry Manager Rusty Thigpen sent his January Food Pantry Needs List out last week. It was long and covered in red highlights indicating items that are completely out of stock, and yellow highlights on those items that are running “very low.”  His message was direct: “We have received many food donations over the holidays, but with our numbers of clients growing, the food we receive now goes out same day.”  The heroic efforts of the Food Pantry over the holidays supplied meal baskets for nearly one-thousand families for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This amazing service was provided in addition to the day-to-day needs for GRACE clients.  The many holiday food drives, and the volume of food donated in November and December is so deeply appreciated. Rusty truly wants everyone who participated in food drives with their company, church, club or school to know how much their work and generosity is

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WINTER RESTAURANT WEEK GOES INTO “OT”

The first week of Winter Restaurant Week is behind us, but there is still time to enjoy the fare of some of the finest restaurants in the region!   360 West magazine’s Winter Restaurant Week is going into “overtime” with many participating restaurants extending to a second, and even a third, week. The dining promotion supports the efforts of the Fort Worth Dream Park, the Tarrant Area Food Bank, and GRACE.  The restaurants offer three-course prix fixe dinners for $29, $39 or $49, and then donate proceeds of $5, $6 or $7 per dinner to one of the three agencies.  Some remaining restaurants will close out their promotions on Sunday, January 22: Dino’s Steak & Claw, Mac’s On Main, Piola Restaurant and Garden, Prime Farm to Table, Righteous Foods, and Terra Mediterranean.   Five other restaurants are going the distance, and will conclude their Winter Restaurant Week on January 29. These are

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THE KING’S UNIVERSITY PARTNERS WITH GRACE

Dozens of The King’s University students gathered on Saturday to serve at two of our resale sites with the sole purpose of mobilizing for others. One team stocked the shelves and welcomed item donations at GRACEful Buys Grapevine while the other sorted goods and greeted donors with a smile a Donation Station.   The King’s University is a unique, accredited evangelical university that was co-founded by Senior Gateway Church Pastor Robert Morris. The school’s vision for its students is to train men and women to develop the skills and talents to become influential ambassadors for Christ across all industries.    “It’s encouraging when a group reaches out on their own accord to respond to the needs of families in their community,” notes Volunteer Manager Lara Hohweiler, “there’s an ongoing reality that GRACE relies on groups like this to keep our operations running smoothly.”  If your group is interested in serving GRACE through

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A Buyer’s Market at GRACE

All three of GRACE’s resale stores are now brimming with wonderful clothing, housewares, decorator items, furniture and more—the abundance of a Christmas season and generous people making room for their new treasures. Brimming stores are a buyer’s market, and the GRACEful Buys stores in Grapevine and Euless and Style & GRACE are pulling back prices to make it even better for shoppers. Style & GRACE is leading off this weekend with a Fishbowl Sale good through Saturday. Shoppers can draw for up to 75% off their purchase at the register. Beautiful jewelry, wonderful designer fashions, accessories, shoes, scarves, and décor items—everything in the store. Jana McGlone, the manager of Style & GRACE, is following that up with a series of 40% off sales the next week: January 16-19: 40% off storewide (except jewelry, you’ll have to wait until January 26 for an amazing sale on jewelry) January 20-21: 40% off dresses, skirts,

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Last Call for GREASE!

The time for “boppin’ ‘round the clock” is almost here! The CBI Brotherhood’s “GREASE Is the Word” Casino opens its doors at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow night, Saturday, January 14, at the Good Shepherd Parish Hall, 1000 Tinker Road in Colleyville. The sounds of the Fifties will be everywhere as the DJs spin “stacks of wax.” Mac’s on Main will lay on a spread worthy of the Big Bopper. And the tables will be humming with wheels, deals, and squeals. Baby. [Okay, we can break for a second while everyone googles why vinyl 45 rpm records were once called “wax”. Fascinating, really.] For sure, there will be great food, great music, great gaming, and now, all the great raffle prizes! Congregation Beth Israel has devised an amazing raffle with a limited number of tickets that greatly increases the odds of winning. For the very first time, the CBI Brotherhood Special Raffle

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