Donation Station Will Close Temporarily

  GRACE is extremely blessed and thankful for the support and understanding of our local community. Since reopening, Donation Station has seen an abundance of goods cross our driveway. Your support helps pay rent and supply food for people in our community. Your generosity has been so overwhelming we have to take a moment to catch our breath. Donation Station will be closed temporarily and reopen on June 8th. While we won’t be accepting donations during this time, we would love volunteers. If you are uniquely skilled at sorting or want to give an extra hand, please contact our Volunteer Mangar or call 817-305-4655. If you want to make donations during this time, please consider one of our partner organizations. 6-Stones and Goodwill are accepting donations during this time. Thank you for your understanding, and we can not wait to see you soon!

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GRACE Grocery Giveaway Call for Volunteers

An essential substance that provides nutrients needed to live and grow, food is fuel. Unfortunately, not everyone has the same access to this much needed substance. Healthy and affordable food has long been an issue for low-income communities nationwide. According to the Tarrant Area Food Bank, 25% of children in the area come from families that live with uncertainty about their next meal. To help ease this uncertainty, GRACE Grocery Giveaway launched in the summer of 2015. Over the years, this program has distributed over $184,000 worth of fresh food to families in need. Starting the first week of June and running throughout the summer, GRACE Grocery Giveaway will be making appearances at different Feed Our Kids sites, every Thursday. Participants are offered an astounding variety of meat, milk, eggs, and fresh produce to help provide nutritious meals for their homes. GRACE can provide services like these because of our dedicated

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One GRACE Pizza Please

What is the best way to end a week? With pizza, of course! GRACE is thankful for a vast community of supporters. The GRACE office staff was provided a delicious lunch with the help of generous donors and Wise Guys Pizzeria. Wise Guys Pizzeria is donating a portion of every GRACE pizza that is purchased. So, if you’re hungry for some pizza and want to help support GRACE order a pizza today. Our specialty pie is topped with: G 🍕 Garlic oil base R 🍅 Roma Tomatoes A 🧀 Asiago and Romano cheeses C 🍖 Capicola E ❤️ Extra Basil Wise Guys Pizzeria is known for their high-quality food and service with a local feel.  They offer a wide range of pizzas, pastas and premium drafts. Order online! http://wiseguystx.com/grapevine/our-menu/pizzas/

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Provides GRACE With Support

GRACE is extremely grateful to be awarded the Humanitarian Project Grant from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This donation from the Church’s Humanitarian Fund will be used to increase the safety and security of the families in our Transitional Housing program. With the installation of a security system and access to emergency transportation funds, participants will have the added assurance of protection and support. This assurance is crucial for serval of our families, as they are coming from domestic violence situations. In addition to many participants, not having reliable transportation access to emergency transportation funds is significant. Families are still able to make essential appointments and foster self-reliance skills.  The Church has been involved with almost every one of GRACE programs in different capacities. Their generosity has also helped supply the technology used in our “Cooking Matters” Program’s teaching kitchen. GRACE cannot thank The Church of Jesus

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GRACE Fighting Food Insecurity

[NOTE: For the first time ever, a special Memorial Day GRACE Grocery Giveaway took place yesterday, Thursday, May 21, at the Community Outreach Center on Mustang Drive in Grapevine. This summer’s GRACE Grocery Giveaway will follow a rotating schedule at Feed Our Kids sites beginning Thursday, June 4.] We’ve all said it—most likely in the last few days. We found ourselves “starving to death”. Of course nothing could be further from the truth. For most of us hunger is a passing sensation—just something we feel briefly before sitting down to a meal. Hunger—true hunger—seems to exist only in some distant place, in front of tarpaper shacks or under a bridge in a city. Certainly not in our neighborhood. GRACE Chief Program Officer Stacy Pacholick knows better. “Hunger is everywhere,” said Stacy. “You’ll find it in our affluent neighborhoods, gated communities, condominiums. Wherever there are people, there will be hunger.” The

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GRACE Gala Team Forming

Like all special events of this nature, the GRACE Gala is driven by a small cadre of very dedicated community-minded people. And, like nearly everything else, presently the COVID-19 pandemic is taking precedence over Gala activities. It’s no secret though, the GRACE Gala is the single largest fundraising event conducted by and for GRACE. Coming in the first quarter of the GRACE fiscal year, revenues from the Gala are critical in funding services and programs for those who come to GRACE throughout the year. Equally no secret, volunteers are the lifeblood of the Gala, just as volunteers perform critical tasks in every capacity at GRACE. Last week you met Tina and Vic DeVincenzo, the co-chairs for the 2020 Gala. Their number one job: recruit volunteers to serve essential functions. Specifically, volunteers are needed for the two primary fundraising activities: sponsorships and auction. Sponsorships The Sponsor Committee is responsible for garnering

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ZOOM Meeting Launches Feed Our Kids

Sixty-two people logged into Wednesday night’s ZOOM launch of the 2020 Feed Our Kids season. The 62 people represented hundreds of others who will serve more than 30,000 lunches during the 11-week campaign beginning June 1 and ending August 14. GRACE Chief Executive Officer Shonda Schaefer addressed the collage of faces, many people who have been a part of the Feed Our Kids program for years. Most faces were smiling, most were eager. Some were questioning. Still others seemed fearful. “It never once dawned on us to cancel Feed Our Kids,” said Shonda. With coronavirus fears easing, but still top-of-mind, Shonda said the past eight weeks have taught us to be “proactive, flexible, and logical in the ways we adjust programming” to meet the current environment. “We’ve had to rethink everything we do, why we do it, and how we can modify processes in order to continue meeting our standards

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Donation Station Update!

We are excited by the number of people that were ready to donate once we were open. However, we are having a challenging time keeping our staff & donors safe. So, Donation Station has implemented “Contactless Donations.” To help ensure the continued safety of staff and donors, we are asking for the following protocols upon your arrival at Donation Station: All donors will be asked to unload their own items into bins that will be sealed & stored for the recommended 72hrs before staff is allowed to sort.  To minimize contact, customers can email DonationStation@GRACEGrapevine.org for donation receipts. If you need assistance or have any questions please call 817-416-6939 to schedule an appointment for drop odd assistance.    These are strange times! We appreciate everyone’s patience as we figure out this new normal. For additional questions, please contact Info@GRACEGrapevine.org. Thank you for your Donation!

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Sharing GRACE’s Mission

  Recently, GRACE’s CEO, Shonda Schaefer, had the great pleasure of speaking with the Texas Rangers Baseball Club via Zoom about the history and mission of GRACE. Shonda was able to discuss with the club how GRACE has been making an impact during COVID as well as the challenges the organization is facing as it serves the community during this time. While she enjoyed listening to Jon Daniels, Lance Lynn, and Jose Trevino talk about the new stadium and missing the field, Shonda was deeply touched by their passion for supporting their local community. When schools started to closed early due to COVID, not all students were excited about this chain of events. For some, their first thought was wondering where their next meal was going to come from; thankfully, districts started to distribute meals to help families. However, during this pandemic, more support is needed. In 2018, about 11.1% of U.S households were food insecure

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GRACE ANNOUNCES 2020 GALA CHAIRS

GRACE is honored to announce long-time supporters and friends, Tina and Vic De Vincenzo as the 2020 Chairs for the 17th annual GRACE Gala. No strangers to the metroplex area, Tina and Vic De Vincenzo met while attending Martin High School in Arlington, TX.  Vic continued his education receiving a Finance degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. While Tina sought her degree at Texas A&M University later earning a M.Ed. from Texas Tech University. Tina and Vic celebrated their 28th anniversary earlier this year. The high school sweethearts lived throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area before planting their roots with their children Christina and Joseph in Southlake in 2005. From their children’s early activities to their own careers, Tina and Vic quickly immersed themselves into all this special area had to offer. While their children attended Carroll ISD, the family supported all of Christina’s Student Council leadership activities while later cheering

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