Dr. PJ Theodorou Partners with GRACE for Free Dental Clinic!

Scheduling your next dentist appointment is not something the average adult anxiously anticipates. Think back to when you were a child, and those visits were even more dreadful. While some might possess a fear of these experiences or lack the urge to spend their free time in a cold, rubber chair, others simply lack the resources to access the service altogether. For children, a lack of dental hygiene can be even more problematic, as the teeth are still developing. The undoubtedly higher intake of sweets at a young age makes them even more prone to cavities or worse. Dr. PJ Theodorou saw the opportunity to meet this need through the GRACE Feed Our Kids program, and he didn’t waste a second. Last Friday, Dr. J, along with his staff and wonderful volunteers from the Grapevine Masonic Lodge, set up shop at our main campus offering a free screening to any

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Don’t Miss Painting with a Purpose!

Once a month, the studio Painting with a Twist offers an event called “Painting with a Purpose” where all proceeds fund a local charity of their choice. Lucky for us, the longtime friend of GRACE and owner of Painting with a Twist, Colleen Coppenger and her team, chose to partner with GRACE this month! This Sunday, July 24th, join us for a few hours of fun art, not fine art! Escape the everyday stress, relax, and unleash your creative side. No art experience is necessary. The studio will provide all art supplies and instructions. The artist will walk you through the beautiful painting pictured above step-by-step, so you’ll get to take home your own completed and dried custom work of art! 100% of the proceeds from this event will be poured directly into GRACE programs. Be sure to arrive 10-20 minutes before this class’ scheduled time to allow yourself time

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Overdose Awarefest: A Community Event for All to Learn From

The 1st annual “Overdose Awarefest“community event is coming soon to Lake Grapevine and we want you to join in on all of the fun during this Sunday Funday event! Tina Nealy is the president of Paradise Cove at Lake Grapevine, a special events facility that hosts weddings, receptions, holiday parties, dinners, and more in the DFW area. This organization takes pride in every event that they do while relying on their experienced staff and the community to create meaningful celebrations, all near the beautiful scenery of Lake Grapevine. Tina tragically lost her husband, Brent, due to a drug overdose last July. After speaking with individuals in the community about her story and the impacts of drugs, she has vowed to educate families about the overdose crisis and the risk of experimenting with drugs. “God has made it my purchase to share my love story with everyone I can so that

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Congratulations Cooking Matters Graduates

GRACE wants to thank and congratulate everyone who has been a part of this summer’s Cooking Matters class. Cooking Matters is a program through the Tarrant Area County Food Bank that provides a long-term solution to hunger and poor nutrition by demonstrating strategies to receive the best nutrition possible on a limited budget. Participants are also taught many life lessons including how to shop smart. What makes this Cooking Matters class special, is that this is the first class since the COVID-19 pandemic. We are back and better than ever! This year’s class is made up of 14 individuals who have now completed the Cooking Matters class. During their time in class, they were able to make some delicious recipes, such as stir fry, veggie chicken, and other delicious healthy meals that can be made in the comfort of their home. “In Cooking Matters, every week is different,” said Clinic

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New Seasons and Well Wishes

GRACE staff are some of the most hardworking and dedicated people in the community. These staff members have dedicated their time, whether short or long, to become a part of the GRACE family and to serve alongside many others to help those in need.  Over time, many of our staff often find new ventures calling them from beyond GRACE doors. Kelly Prond was the GRACEful Buys Euless Manager for about 5 years. She started her GRACE journey working at Donation Station. There she realized the importance of all of the wonderful donations that GRACE receives from the community and in turn what is given to our clients. When she started working at GRACEful Buys Euless, Kelly focused on the value of each item and adjusted pricing accordingly. “Kelly is a “Thrifter”, said Jennifer Rawls, Director of Resale and Operations. “Her attention to detail and excellent customer experience is what helped

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GRACE welcomes new Bilingual Caseworker, Ana Fores Tamayo

GRACE would like to introduce our new Client Services Caseworker, Ana Fores Tamayo. Residing in the beautiful city of Keller, Ana has always had a wonderful motherly instinct. As she is listens to our clients, she is quick to remind them, “Keep working hard. Keep the faith. And keep dreaming positive dreams.” She loves listening to those who come to GRACE for help and getting to know their stories.  This is the first of her many attributes that everyone notices. It’s also what makes her perfect for the GRACE team. Before joining GRACE, Ana worked as a literature consultant at various colleges. She taught for 11 years, teaching English and writing composition. One of Ana’s favorite phrases is “Once a teacher, always a teacher”, which shows when she is interacting with clients. When she is not at GRACE, you can find her watching a play or writing poetry. Recently, Ana

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Socks and Underwear are needed!

Do you know which items are some of the most requested at the GRACE Clothing Room? If you guessed socks and underwear, you are exactly correct! Specifically, BRAND NEW socks and underwear! Many children outgrow all kinds of clothing during the summer months and are in need of new and freshly fitted clothes for back to school preparations. With prices going up on almost everything lately, many families are not able to provide underwear and socks for their children. This can become very uncomfortable at times. Here at GRACE, we strive to help families in any situation that may arise, all of which comes from our mission, which “is to be a steward of God’s blessings and resources in the community, by demonstrating compassion for those less fortunate by providing assistance to individuals and families in crisis and guidance toward self-sufficiency.” Our community makes all of this possible with the

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GRACEful Buys Gets A Makeover!

GRACEful Buys Grapevine is one of our upscale resale stores that funds a large portion of our annual budget. This storefront is generated by donations given to us by our extraordinary community, who are always eager to give back to GRACE and its programs. Within the community is the lifeblood of GRACE: our volunteers. GRACE volunteers are always searching for new ways to spread the message of GRACE, in hopes of delivering a brighter tomorrow to our clients. A couple of months ago, GRACEful Buys received a large donation of books of all genres. GRACEful Buys Manager, Sandy Laquey, had a brilliant idea of having a library room inside GRACEful Buys for customers to visit. The room would be filled with different kinds of books for customers of all ages and interests. Unfortunately, Sandy was too busy to take this on by herself while running the store. However, Gateway Church

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Welcoming Home Two Wonderful Women

One of the most impactful moments in the GRACE calendar is the welcome a new Transitional Client receives when she first enters her new apartment. After several years of blessing homes over Zoom, old traditions were restored, and GRACE staff and volunteers piled into the small efficiency to wish clients well. This week, GRACE was blessed to embrace two wonderful ladies into their new homes. Representatives from Abiding Grace Lutheran Church in Southlake and White’s Chapel United Methodist Church were in attendance as well. Members of the congregation volunteer their time and expertise to fully renovate each apartment as one family moves on and another comes in. From the moment a client enters the program, all the furniture used in the space is theirs to take with them. This not only allows for less daunting expenses when a client graduates and finds a new home, it also provides a blank

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New Faces in Client Services: Welcome Eli!

GRACE would like to introduce our  Fabulous Client Services Manager, Eliza Marentes. Growing up in San Jose, California, Eli has always been the one to help people. She is motivated by joy, teamwork, and her deep compassion for others, and that is why she is an awesome fit for her position. Before joining GRACE, Eli worked as an Advocate for protective caregivers and neglected children at the Alliance for Children. Working there, Eli says that she became more accustomed to nonprofits and fell deeply in love with motivating clients. Here at GRACE, Eli has already made an amazing impact on the GRACE staff and more importantly our clients. She is always giving advice and encouraging clients to “ focus on the day-to-day goals first, and once those goals are completed consistently,  you will know that you are going in the right direction.” In the office, Eli is known for her

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