Happy Easter!

  “By His power God raised the Lord from the dead, and He will raise us also.“ 1 Corinthians 6:14  Easter is a time not only to spend with family and enjoy goodies from a bunny but also to remember and recognize the true meaning behind the holiday. The resurrection of Jesus Christ! God loved us so that He gave his only begotten son, that Christ took on all our sins, the areas where we missed the marked and died for us. Let us take the time over this weekend to remember and reflect on the sacrifice that was made and the hope of new life that his resurrection promise. For He conquered death and makes all things new!   In observation of Easter and Good Friday, all GRACE offices will be closed Friday, April 10, 2020.  For inquires about receiving assistance, please call 817-488-7009. If you have an emergency that cannot wait until Monday, please call our emergency line at 817-602-1204.  Stay safe

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GRACE Community Clinic Update

With all the changes taking place in the world, GRACE is doing what we can to help ensure the agency is still able to serve clients who do not have access to traditional health care. When news of COVID-19 started to arise, Shirley Roberts, RN, BAS, CCM, our GRACE Clinic Nurse Manager, was quick to respond!  She implemented over-the-phone health screenings, disinfection techniques routinely throughout the day, distributed supplies and educational materials to all GRACE sites, and referral information for callers who were concerned about symptoms. As information and mandates became more encompassing, Shirley and her team modified processes and moved almost all patient visits to a new Telehealth program. On March 27, 2020, the GRACE Community Clinic provided its first full Telehealth clinic. Doxy.me, the platform that is being utilized, is HIPAA compliant and extremely user friendly. With the help of volunteers, GRACE was able to serve nine clients in

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GRACE Community Clinic Needs

The GRACE Community Clinic is a Medical Home for uninsured families that do not have access to traditional health care. A dedicated staff of volunteer Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Pharmacists, translators, and clerical personnel provide services to our patients. With the effects of COVID-19, spreading, we have noticed a high demand for certain items. To continue to serve our clients, the Community Clinic is looking for some help. We are in need of the following medicines to help treat those in need: Fish Oil/ Omega 3 Iron/ Ferrous Sulfate 325 MG/65 Claritin Zyrtec Foot Cream Athlete (Lotrim) Hemorrhoidal Cream Miralax Excedrin Migraine Naproxen 220MG. Tinactin Abreva Vitamin C Multivitamins Neosporin Cream Afrin Flonase Spray Anti-Microbial Wipes Hand Sanitizer Melatonin Gas X Imodium Items can be dropped off or shipped to the following location. In order to protect your safety and our staff, please remain in your car and we’ll

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GRACE Board Guides GRACE Through Unknown Waters

  It was enough to cause whiplash. In the very short time from the February meeting of the GRACE Board of Directors to the March meeting, the world was changed by COVID-19. And the GRACE Board of Directors were faced with a completely new landscape of service provision, staffing, and funding. Led by Paul Bischler, the vice president of finance, treasurer, and chief sourcing officer for BNSF Railway, serving as its president, the GRACE Board took unprecedented steps to ensure the social service agency’s mission was served and its clients continued to receive services and assistance. Keep in mind this occurred at the same time as many Board members were struggling within their own organizations to combat the onset of the coronavirus outbreak. Among the 24-person board are three hospital presidents, and representatives of three banking firms, two church partners, a school board, an energy company, a hotel conference center,

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GRACE Food Pantry Update

The GRACE Food Pantry is combating the COVID-19 outbreak with ample provisions of food, hygiene supplies, infant needs, and pet food for GRACE clients. In order to lessen face-to-face contacts as much as possible, early last week the Food Pantry began disbursing provisions by drive-thru. Clients are directed to pull through the Food Pantry parking lot and receive a week’s worth of groceries. Dietary restrictions and food preferences are served by request. Additional cleaning supplies, hygiene materials, and other needs are provided as needed. Food Drives, usually a reliable mainstay for gathering food and supplies for the Food Pantry, are being discouraged for the time being to honor social distancing recommendations. However, grocery store donations are still being made, and Food Pantry staff members continue to fulfill pick-up arrangements. The Food Pantry is working closely with the Tarrant Area Food Bank and other resources to supplement food inventory, as needed. Senior Food Commodities,

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Introducing: GRACEful Buys ONLINE!

If social distancing has you missing the terrific GRACEful Buys experience, we have a solution. GRACE is bringing GRACEful Buys to you with a new online shopping experience we are calling GRACEful-E. GRACEful-E online will feature the same one-of-a-kind treasures you’ll find in our stores at great GRACE prices. As with all GRACE merchandise, nearly all are one-of-a-kind offerings. All items are available with “Buy It Now” pricing, and shipping is free for most. Resale revenues are extremely important to the GRACE budget. “Our resale stores account for more than one-quarter of our annual budget for programs and services,” said GRACE CEO Shonda Schaefer. “[With the COVID-19 outbreak] many of our shoppers are staying home right now.” Online sales will help with GRACE’s COVID-19 response and recovery, but more than that, GRACEful-E opens up the burgeoning online industry to support the GRACE mission. GRACEful-E will offer the same mix of

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“O-19” Halts Bingo

A shouted call of “O-19” brought Designer Bags & Bingo to a sudden halt. Of course, bingo aficionados know there is no such thing as “O-19”. The number 19 is in the “I” section and the “O” section is numbered 61 through 75. And this is just a weak attempt at making light of the tragic circumstances controlling our lives at the moment. The horrible Outbreak of COVID-19 has cancelled or postponed nearly all activities and social events. Our prayers are with all those suffering with the coronavirus, or on the frontlines with our medical heroes fighting the disease. Now, you can add the GRACE Designer Bags & Bingo (DB&B) to that long, long list of rescheduled events. DB&B was originally planned for Thursday, April 23. It will now take place on Thursday, July 16. “We are so sorry for the inconvenience this has caused,” said GRACE CEO Shonda Schaefer.

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Kendra Scott ONLINE

Kendra Scott is celebrating Springtime by hosting a Kendra Gives Back event for GRACE. Those familiar with past “Gives Back” events for GRACE can remember flocks of shoppers crowding their Southlake Town Square location seeking special pieces of their stunning jewelry. This “Gives Back” event has a unique twist: It benefits GRACE’s emergency response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Kendra will donate 20% of all jewelry sales to the GRACE emergency response. Even more unique, with “social distancing” in mind, Kendra Scott will conduct this “Gives Back” online only, and shoppers will have a full 48 hours to place their orders and support the GRACE efforts to help people overcome the effects of the coronavirus. Starting tonight at midnight, Saturday, March 21, go online to Kendra Gives Back and be sure to use the promo code: GRACE when checking out to support the GRACE response to the pandemic. GRACE has been

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CEO’s Corner-Fighting COVID-19

Dear Friends, Here at GRACE, like everywhere, we are working to ease the grip of COVID-19. The tragic sickness is horrible enough, but for us the tragedy extends to the impact it has on our clients. Threat of infection is one thing, but many of our clients are also suffering from the many closings and cancellations in our area. Most of our clients are employed. These folks work in the service industry at the hotels and large corporations. They are the concessionaires at the airport, clerks at the mall, mom-and-pop shopkeepers, and many others. Conventions are being cancelled. High-traffic areas at the airport are being restricted. Shopping and dining at the mall and in the city are dropping off. There are dozens of other actions impacting our clients as they struggle to make better lives for themselves and their families. These are very uncertain times. But there is no time

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GRACE Emergency Box & Clinic Needs

GRACE Emergency Box & Clinic Needs In order to provide emergency support to our community in response to COVID-19, please consider donating some of the options listed below for GRACE’s Food Pantry Emergency Box and for use within our clinic.  For financial contributions, please donate here.  Thank you for your continuous support! Staple Items Jelly (any flavor) Mac & Cheese (boxed) Chunky Soup Tuna (canned or in pouches) Tuna Helper Canned Chicken Spaghetti Sauce Dry Pasta (any kind) Rice (dry or packaged) Beans (dry or canned) Spaghetti-O’s (canned) Cereal Oatmeal or any other hot cereal Saltine Crackers or snack crackers Other Items Diapers Baby wipes Baby Formula Tissue & paper towels Hand Sanitizer Clinic Items Fish Oil/ Omega 3 Iron/ Ferrous Sulfate 325 MG/65 Claritin Zyrtec Foot Cream Athlete (Lotrim) Hemorrhoidal Cream Miralax Excedrin Migraine Naproxen 220MG. Tinactin Abreva Vitamin C Multivitamins Neosporin Cream Afrin Flonase Spray Items can be

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