A note from the Executive Director, Shonda Schaefer

Shonda Headshot 2017 (small)The Psalmist wrote that the Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and rescues those who are crushed in spirit. On Good Friday, our community of faith reflects on the day Jesus himself was brokenhearted, crushed and forsaken.

It’s the display of Jesus’ humility to go to the cross, and His majesty to overcome it that is a template for how we serve one another; leaning on His power and serving out of abundant love.

At GRACE, we get to see Christ’s humility imitated on a daily basis as volunteers work behind the curtain to fold clothes for packets, tend to the Community Garden or sort through donated goods at Donation Station.

It’s because of their hard work that we also see miracles—transformations that happen when a father finds employment or a single mother achieves her GED. We marvel at God’s provision through His people, providing just what we need when we need it. I think that’s a miracle in its own right.

Without your example, your resources and your talents, we would have no services to offer families who seek refuge at GRACE. As you and your family celebrate the empty tomb, we hope you’ll keep our clients in your prayers, and look for ways God can use your gifts at GRACE or another cause in the community.

This Easter we remember that the Cross is the ultimate intersection where God takes our deepest wounds as His own to redeem a broken world. May He work through this agency to “bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom and set the captives free.”

On behalf of the GRACE family, thank you for being part of the daily miracles at GRACE.