LOCAL MARKET STREET DONATES TO GRACE

GRACE was honored to receive a generous $1,000 donation on behalf of the Market Street location in Colleyville. The year 2016 is a historic year that marks one century of business for Market Street. United Supermarkets celebrated their legacy with a “100 days of giving” campaign that gifted nonprofits with donations to strengthen the local community. United Supermarkets is a Texas-based grocery chain gracing 32 stores across north and west Texas, with their primary distribution center facility located right here in Roanoke. The Colleyville location regularly partners with the GRACE Food Pantry to provide bakery goods, sweets and frozen items to replenish the Food Pantry inventory. GRACE is grateful to have the partnership from local grocers whose business plan goes beyond dollars and cents. Their expertise and supplemental gifts are invaluable to our operations at the Food Pantry. If you would like to get more involved with the Food Pantry,

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KUBOTA DRIVES A GENEROUS DEAL

Kubota Tractor Corporation may be our new neighbors on the Grapevine block, but it’s GRACE who received the housewarming gift on behalf of one lucky raffle ticketholder. Kubota has graciously donated their trademark vehicle RTVX900, valued at $15,000, as a prize package option in the GRACE Gala raffle. As the best-selling diesel utility vehicles in the nation, it’s no wonder that Kubota sets the standards for ruggedness and reliability in every climate and condition. The RTVX900 boasts eased drivability, ample legroom and enhanced ergonomics throughout. Kubota is equipping families to build pathways and cultivate soil in more ways than one. Their mission to “help people achieve more” also means empowering families through several initiatives, including Geared to Give, a program designed to support veterans pursuing careers in farming. The corporation also sets high agricultural safety standards and progressive sustainable farming techniques for young land cultivators. “We look forward to joining

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LOOKING FOR A SUMMER PROJECT?

If you are looking for a simple summer project with your church group, club or family, a sock and underwear drive meets a feasible, timely need that ensures growing children have proper clothing for the new school year. There are a several ways a group can help us replenish our sock and underwear inventory. Some families decide to host parties and encourage their guests to bring a clothing donation. Children can also raise funds by hosting a bake sale, lemonade stand or tackle summer chores for neighbors and relatives. A family can always add an extra bag of undergarments to their shopping list or drop it off at Donation Station with their item donations. If your group is interested in a hosting a third-party collection drive that requires promotion of any kind, please contact Special Events Coordinator Chelsea Rose. Contact Clothing Room Coordinator Dina Pesina if you have specific questions

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SCORCHING WEATHER JEOPARDIZES BUDGET FOR SOME FAMILIES

As temperatures rise along with an increased burden on families, GRACE is working with corporate partners to combat the sweltering utility costs for local families facing hardship. In Northeast Tarrant County and counties across Texas, families with an income of less than $50,000 a year devote as much as 17% of their income to residential and transportation energy. An increase during the summer months has shown to lead to decisions that create a negative ripple effect for a family with conflicting necessities. A recent poll of low-income families revealed that increased energy costs led to skipping meals, doctor’s visits and medication refills to make up the difference. The mounting cost of utility bills over the summer is especially detrimental to senior citizens, who often live in older, poorly-insulated homes and almost always rely on a tight fixed income. TXU Energy has dedicated their energy to helping GRACE families for over

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GRACE HOSTS STORYTIME TO AT-RISK CHILDREN

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go!”   -Dr. Seuss Perhaps as equally exciting as a child enjoying a nutritious meal on a summer day is to witness a well-fed child lost in a storybook. Thanks to the collaboration between GRACE, Grapevine Outreach Center and First United Methodist Church’s V.A.S.T program, children may take a break from the summer heat to enjoy a story hour led by volunteers. The heart behind the venture is to engage minds and nurture hearts of at-risk youth who might not otherwise be able to attend a library storytime due to their parent’s stringent hourly work schedules. All volunteers receive ample training on how to interact with children and encourage them to find reading as a comfortable behavior. Children can choose between being read to or reading a book to their siblings and friends. Reading

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WEEK OF SERVICE AT DONATION STATION

One of the many incredible things about the operations at Donation Station and our resale sites is that it beckons people of all ages and from all walks of life. This week GRACE was proud to partner with Honda for their first annual Week of Service. Every Honda employee in North America and abroad took some time to give back to their community, and we feel tremendously honored that Honda chose GRACE as their local organization. Six separate shifts of workers sorted goods at Donation Station and greeted guests with incoming donations. The sixth graders at Hackberry Creek in Frisco decided to end the year with a worthwhile field trip to GRACE. The students were a huge help processing the large quantity of goods through Donation Station that get selected for material assistance and resale merchandise. The newest members of NCL Southlake certainly weren’t shy when they volunteered this week

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FACES OF GRACE: TAMMY PIEL

Not only does the work of GRACE bring out the best in the people we serve, we believe GRACE brings out the BEST people to see our mission is carried out. “Faces of GRACE” is an editorial series that highlights instrumental volunteers who offer their talents and resources to support families in need. Tammy Piel has worked closely with NCL DFW Metroport as the Feed Our Kids coordinator and liaison to GRACE the past three years. NCL, which stands for National Charity League, is an organization comprised of mothers and daughters who seek out service opportunities and cultural experiences to strengthen their personal bond and connection to the community. The local chapter honors the mother-daughter relationship through mentoring and various service projects, including Feed Our Kids. Since 2009 the chapter has invested hundreds of hours of joint volunteerism at GRACE. Tammy first learned about volunteer opportunities through Compass Church and wanted to get involved

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BECOME A GRACE ALLY AS A SPONSOR

GALA SPONSORSHIP Becoming a GRACE Gala Sponsor is more than a logo on a sign; it is a vital partnership that showcases a desire to see your community thrive. Individuals, families, local business, corporations and civic groups have the opportunity to highlight their support as Sponsors with an in-kind donation or monetary Sponsorship. In-kind Sponsorship All in-kind donations strengthen our Silent, Big Board and Live Auctions, which generate a great deal of funds the night of the Gala to support GRACE programs. Regardless of Gala attendance, everyone can view and place bids on the Silent Auction items prior to the event. In-kind Sponsorships grant a business the opportunity to offer a product or service that is unique to their identity on behalf of their brand. However, you don’t have to be a business to donate on behalf of your family or group. Past gifts have included airline miles, vacation stays and spa

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HUNGER IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK

To most of us, hunger is no more than a fleeting sensation. Three square meals are a nonnegotiable, and often we can snack on a whim without a second thought. True hunger only seems to exist on some dire spectrum in a far off place, certainly not in our neighborhoods. But if we dare to imagine a situation in which we lost nearly everything, including our livelihood, our home, our health and perhaps a family member we depended on, poverty ebbs closer to home. When we imagine having so little that select meals can become negotiable, we are identifying with the reality of families living in our midst—our cities and neighborhoods—struggling between necessities like rent, diapers, utilities and daycare. GRACE steps in to bridge the gap of needs in various ways, food being one of the pillars of our services. Feed Our Kids was established to provide nutritious meals during

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STYLE & GRACE CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS

GRACE is proud to celebrate five years of operation at Style & GRACE! The upscale resale boutique will continue to mark the occasion with half off everything in the store through this Saturday, June 11. The secret to Style & GRACE’s success it’s great deals, personal customer service and worthy cause. New customers become “regulars” once they discover the “VIP treatment” they receive with insider deals and special requests.  Customers are also overjoyed to find designer bags with the tags still on them and pristine jewelry to complete a chic outfit. Style & GRACE’s rotating jewelry section rivals what you can find at any department store at a fraction of the cost. The storewide savings even includes jewelry, which to a woman means twice the jewelry! Each day of operation at our resale stores, Donation Station, Food Pantry, Clothing Room, Transitional Housing, Clinic and other client services are made possible

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