A DIVINE APPOINTMENT

When Shane Mara manned the last volunteer shift at the Grapevine Job Fair in April, he never could have planned on a divine appointment that would change the course of one woman’s life in a profound way. Weeks earlier Shane and his fellow Leadership Grapevine peers took a tour of the GRACE site and learned about GRACE programs, including our Transitional Housing program for predominantly single parent families fleeing domestic abuse or other crises. Shane was impressed with the types of services that GRACE offered, but like so many things that we come across from week to week, it had admittedly been a vague recall, until he met *Millie. Shane was conducting mock interviews, and as the day neared an end he found himself lost in conversation with Millie, a job fair prospect who was noticeably articulate and carried a poised demeanor. Shane saw that she would have no problem getting

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SCOUTS PLANT BUTTERFLY GARDEN FOR TRANSITIONAL HOUSING CLIENTS

We couldn’t be more proud of Eagle Scout Logan and his coordinated effort to produce a serene butterfly garden for our Transitional Housing clients! This little oasis is not only a spa for blue jays, and a sweet shop for hummingbirds and a refuge for our fluttering friends, it is a quiet retreat for our clients to regain their focus, talk to God and enjoy nature. Logan and his group planned every detail from the plant variants that would attract the most butterflies to the type of supplies needed. The team tended to the soil, weeding, mulching and partitioning the grounds. Logan single-handedly raised funds for the project, which totaled just over $600. Logan solicited the help of his project leader along with a few fellow scouts and spent the entire day perfecting this once unappreciated plot to make it a harmonious space for all creatures in need of peace

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A SANDWICH WITH HEART

It’s easy to lose sight of just how incredible our local franchises and businesses are. Two restaurants in particular have risen to the occasion to meet the needs of thousands of at-risk youth this summer. When a stream of cars is up ahead around lunchtime, there must be a Chick-fil-a nearby. Although the fast food revolutionaries are certainly not in wont for customers, the Grapevine Mills location has faithfully given meals for four years. The franchise will give GRACE 1,000 chicken sandwiches as needed throughout the summer during Feed Our Kids. A heartfelt thanks to Clint Cowden and his team for their generosity! For the second year in a row, both Euless and Southlake Which Wich locations are “spreading the love” with a donation of 1,200 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the summer months. Project PB&J is a Which Wich initiative that allows restaurants to serve in a way that reflects their local

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ALL STATE HOSTS SERVICE DAY

If you dropped off items at Donation Station this month, chances are your donations were in “good hands”. Over the course of April nearly 100 All State employees rolled up their sleeves to sort goods at Donation Station, manage stock at the Food Pantry and assist operations at our resale sites. The offices spanned the metroplex from Operations to Branding, Claims and Causality, but the mission was the same: prepare the food, clothing and assorted items for families who come to GRACE after a recent job loss, illness or other emergency. Behind-the-scenes volunteerism is instrumental to providing quality care and material assistance to families facing hardship, and we are extremely grateful for corporate partners and local businesses who make it their business to serve families in need. If your company hosts a service day or is looking for a way to get involved in the community, GRACE has some great

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UNEXPECTED GIFT BRINGS UNEXPECTED BLESSINGS

It’s not unusual to receive surprise gifts around the holidays, but Eileen Fritsche never expected to find what was waiting on her doorstep as she walked outside to unplug her Christmas lights. A simple note was attached to large jar of change and bills that read, “Merry Christmas. Keep it or pay it forward.” Eileen looked around to see if anyone was watching, but all was quiet. Eileen looked at the jar thoughtfully as months went by as she pondered how to use the mystery amount. To Eileen and her sister JoAnn’s surprise, the jar contained nearly $200 in bills and coins. They had always given item donations to GRACE, so the sisters decided the best way to pay it forward was to help families facing hardship throughout the year. Not only is this a reflection of the generous citizens of our community, Eileen’s gift is a prime example of giving the

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FIVE THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT STYLE & GRACE

We asked Style & GRACE Manager Jana McGlone to share a few insights about their shop around the corner. Here are five things you might be surprised to learn about your local upscale resale boutique. The VIP Treatment Often times a bond is created at the register because the volunteers and staff give this boutique an infectious quality that makes customers want to come back. Volunteers are known by name and often know the names of the regular customers. “We take great personal pride in customer experience. First time shoppers are often surprised that we carry resale because our shop is so clean and organized,” says Style & GRACE Manager Jana McGlone. Many designer items still have tags Style & GRACE’s biggest seller is their fantastic jewelry selection. The store keeps a running inventory of Brighton, Chico’s and James Avery, along with vintage pieces and jewelry sets for every occasion.

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TRANSITIONAL HOUSING HOSTS ‘WHAT NOT TO WEAR’

Our Transition Housing program hosted their own version of “What Not to Wear” to empower women in the workforce during their latest monthly gathering. The heart behind meetings is to impart important life skills, promote unity and provide emotional encouragement. The Transitional Housing staff works hard to bring in community leaders to present topics that clients can incorporate in their everyday life at home, work, and applied to their educational goals. Clients also have the opportunity to voice barriers and find solutions in an intimate setting. The purpose for this particular evening was to show the clients in a fun way how to dress appropriately to land that perfect job that leads to a promising career. Past topics have included: Resume Development Professional Networking Financial Planning: Developing Budgets and Savings Improving Credit Fun Tips to Save Money: Couponing Goal Setting: Creating Vision Boards Developing Healthy Boundaries in Relationships Healthy Eating and

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READY, SET, GLOW!

Today is the day! Many of you will be joining us for our annual Glow Golf Tournament to support children’s programs throughout the year! Be sure to sport any accessories if you want some extra glow in your step. We’ll bring the golf carts, BBQ, craft beer, and contest prizes! It seems fitting that on this night the globe will celebrate the Full Pink Moon: the first full moon in April that’s said to give off a blush hue. Coincidentally, it’s also been called Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon and Fish Moon—how about we settle on Drive into the Night Glow Moon? Please note alternative route to allow ample time for dinner and tee off! : The Army Corps of Engineers will close a portion of Fairway Drive over the Grapevine Lake Dam. The Grapevine Golf Course will remain open, and Drive Into the Night will go as scheduled. The

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ANOTHER SUPERHERO SPOTTING IN GRAPEVINE

Volunteers flew in to serve those in need like they do every shift, only this week GRACE staff wanted to show these humble servants just how super they are. Each site hosted different activities to show their appreciation for Volunteer Week, including picnics, popcorn bars, ice cream sundaes and plenty of costume changes (for which every hero needs to practice, after all.) See the photos on our Facebook page!

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