GRACE NOMINATES OUTSTANDING CITIZENS

  There are only two things GRACE can boast about: God’s grace and the wonderful individuals He puts in our wake to carry out the GRACE mission. There are remarkable people in the community , including HEB Chamber Award nominees David Medina and Mike Collins, both nominated by GRACE. Collins was honored with the Bill Ridgeway Spirit of Enterprise Award. Medina received the Clyde Mooney Award, the Chamber’s most distinguished honor that highlights exceptional leadership and service to the community. Medina’s compassion for those in need is reflected in his vocation as the owner and Director of Forest Ridge Funeral Home. When he’s out in the community, he’s practically a walking billboard for GRACE resale in everything from the suits and ties to the piano he purchased for Forest Ridge. David is always willing to serve in any volunteer capacity and was instrumental in the opening of GRACEful Buys in

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PROGRAM HELPS FAMILIES ACHIEVE FINANCIAL STABILITY

GRACE facilitates a unique program that gives clients the opportunity to be wise stewards of their tax returns to serve their family long term. In partnership with United Way and the City of Fort Worth, the free on-site service yields allotted returns that would have likely been left undiscovered without a costly tax service. This is especially important to qualifying families (those with a combined income of less than $54,000) likely living paycheck to paycheck. Perhaps the most engaging aspect of the process is access to educational opportunities at GRACE, including job training, financial coaching, budgeting, ESL classes and GED resource referrals. “The value of this service could not be overstated,” notes GRACE Director of Programs Stacy Pacholick, “Not only are full refunds rightfully given back to the citizens who paid them; the dividends of a teachable moment are boundless.” Opportunities for higher learning give clients the confidence to increase

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GETTING GLOWING WITH 2017 DRIVE INTO THE NIGHT

  Event Release: Drive Into the Night Glow Golf Tournament Benefiting GRACE Media Contact: Heather Ortner, GRACE Marketing & Communications Manager GRAPEVINE, TX -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. The 2017 Drive Into the Night event is set to tee off on Friday, April 21 at the Grapevine Golf Course. 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 at-risk children during the summer months. The glow golf tournament is a fan favorite because lends itself to a unique experience company employees, friends or civic groups can enjoy,” says GRACE Executive Director Shonda Schaefer. “Along with sponsorship exposure, companies and groups know it’s a fun night out that allows for friendly competition that

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ALBERTSONS IN COLLEYVILLE RECEIVES COMMUNITY AWARD FOR HUNGER RELIEF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Heather Ortner, Marketing & Communications Manager 817-305-4652 ALBERTSONS IN COLLEYVILLE RECEIVES COMMUNITY AWARD FOR HUNGER RELIEF Grapevine, TX– Albertsons in Colleyville will be presented with the GRACE Outstanding Community Partner Award for their collaboration to meet the needs of those at risk for hunger in Greater Northeastern Tarrant Country through GRACE programs. A brief ceremony will be held to honor the recipients on February 3, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the GRACE Food Pantry, 837 E. Walnut Street in Grapevine. All media and area residents are invited to attend. The Outstanding Community Partner Award goes to a business that demonstrates benevolent initiative through employee volunteerism, philanthropy and community engagement. Albertsons in Colleyville has been instrumental to GRACE with their weekly supplemental food program, volunteer service and food campaign, Souper Bowl of Caring, which offers pre-filled bags for purchase on behalf of families in need. Since 2013,

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GIFTS FROM THE YOUNG AT HEART

Perhaps the official gift-giving season is over, but we are delighted to report that the spirit of giving continues on at GRACE! The community just completed 55 documented collection drives since the holiday season began in November, collecting coats, toiletries, canned goods, socks, and—of course—toys! The hardship local families face know no day or season, so we are incredibly grateful that the community meets the needs throughout the year. Here’s an idea that reminds us gathering essentials doesn’t always require a big production or campaign—take a cue from Lisa Washington, a BNSF employee who used her birthday party to collect donations in lieu of gifts. Regardless of age, we all hope to share another birthday celebration year after year, and what better than to know you are giving something that will outlast an ordinary gift? If every family utilized one birthday party to collect goods, imagine the needs we would

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GROUP EASES LOAD FOR HOMELESS POPULATION

As the weather gets colder here in North Texas, the plight of those experiencing homelessness becomes even greater. Many of us are concerned about this issue but a local chapter (Texas Laureate Iota Phi) of Beta Sigma Phi, a service sorority, took action to help ease some of the burdens this group of individuals and families experience. Members of the sorority stopped by GRACE and donated backpacks full of helpful items for the homeless.  They explained to Marcela Melendez, Client Service Program Manager, that they felt compelled to collect, purchase and even make the items that are included in the well-constructed backpacks. Each backpack contains a handmade blanket, gloves, socks, food, hygiene items, and even a gift card to a local fast food restaurant.  Marcela Melendez commented on how appreciative GRACE is to be able to distribute these to homeless men and women who are extremely vulnerable especially as temperatures

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TACKLE HUNGER WITH SOUPER BOWL OF CARING

Souper Bowl of Caring is vowing to “Change the Game” in local communities across North Texas during the weeks leading up to Super Bowl. We are thankful to have such committed partnerships with local businesses, including Albertons in Colleyville, which has made it their game plan to ensure local families receive nourishment throughout the year. Through Souper Bowl Sunday, Albertsons gives customers the opportunity to purchase pre-filled bags on behalf of families at risk for hunger. Each filled bag costs $8, and contains protein and nutrient-rich staples such as tuna, soup and vegetables. Souper Bowl of Caring was established to address the startling amount of families living in chronic poverty, which equates to 1 in 7 Americans. More startling still is that 16 million of those Americans are children, some living within miles of our doorsteps. But businesses like Albertsons are making an impact in the local community. Last year

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INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? THINGS TO CONSIDER

Volunteer service can be a rewarding, teachable and memorable for the givers as well as the recipients. That’s why GRACE works to connect people with tangible service opportunities that highlight their own unique abilities to an extent that best suits their lifestyle. Bi-monthly volunteer orientations are offered year round to newly-interested volunteers and volunteer veterans who are returning from a few years off. The one-hour orientation gives a quick glimpse of our services and collaborates with you or your group for the best approach to serve those in need. In the meantime, here are some helpful questions to consider when it comes to volunteering: What am I most passionate about? We all have varying experiences that give us a special heart or burden for a distinct cause or service.  If you find satisfaction making great strides behind the scenes, you might enjoy volunteer service at Donation Station or one of our three

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HAVE YOU MADE YOUR RESERVATION?

It’s the final days of Restaurant Week, but we’ve got you covered! The official end date of 360 West magazine’s Winter Restaurant Week ends on January 17, but our local friends are presenting an encore menu for those looking for a night out that gives back! Restaurants participating in Winter Restaurant Week will give up to $7 per plate to one of three charities selected by the restaurant. Diners can enjoy crafted, three-course prix fixe dinners with a starting price point of $29. The campaign has met great success since its launch date on January 11. Here’s the spread of local eateries supporting GRACE that will cater to those impromptu nights on the town.  The restaurants with extended dates are denoted with an *. Be sure to call in advance to make your reservation! Snap a pic of your night out and tag #WinterRW and #GRACEGrapevine. Mac’s on Main Price

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