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Family Suffering From Medical Trauma Finds Relief in GRACE

Recently GRACE had a family come through our doors completely distraught. A wife and mother of young children was in a panic because her husband had recently survived a medical trauma and was unable to work during his recovery.

Even though he was expected to return to work at the end of January, they would not begin receiving income until well into February. As he was the sole financial provider of the household, this unexpected crisis had them at a loss. They have always been a financially responsible household, and for the past seven years, they had never been even a day late on their rent! Now, due to their current situation, they wouldn’t be able to make the payment at all and were facing a housing crisis. The family shared that they came to GRACE because they did not have any family here and did not know where else to turn.

GRACE exists for families just like this. Through GRACE, our community has been the continuum of care amid crisis for 37 years and were honored to be able to assist this household with their remaining rent balance for January as well as part of February’s rent.

In addition to rental assistance, they will have access to the GRACE Food Pantry for the next 6 months to help offset some of their expenses and ensure they get fully back on their feet so that this temporary crisis will be nothing but a memory.

Putting GRACE into action for families like this one is the heartbeat behind our mission. Though each situation that comes through our doors is personal and unique, because of our seasoned experience and your community support, GRACE is able to offer a safety net of services to bring stability to each household. Self-sufficiency, the primary goal of GRACE for all our families, will thankfully be recovered quickly in this situation. Their expressions of gratitude and appreciation have been noted by our care managers and will be used as motivation to move forward as we work together to help the next family that comes to us in need, seeking GRACE.

Incoming Changes to New Volunteer Process

If there is one thing the GRACE Community needs to know, it’s this: We love our volunteers! The hard work, dedication, and compassion of our volunteers are crucial to GRACE’s ability to serve the families and individuals in our community. Words cannot express how appreciative GRACE is of its volunteers. From sorting clothes at Donation Station, to early morning set up at the GRACE Gala, GRACE volunteers go above and beyond for our community!

If you’re looking to get involved in our community and join the team of GRACE volunteers (but have yet to do so), we want to show you how easy it is to get started!

Anyone interested in volunteering at GRACE just needs to follow these three steps:

  1. Application
  2. Orientation
  3. Signup and Volunteer!

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email with the GRACE Volunteer Orientation Packet and the links to our online sign up. From there, you can start volunteering!

 

For a more in-depth look at getting started:

1. Send your Volunteer Application to the GRACE Volunteer Coordinator at Volunteer@GRACEGrapevine.org

  • For our Community Service Restitution (CSR) Volunteers: Please send in a copy of your court forms with your Volunteer Application

2. Once we have received your application, you will receive our New Volunteer Orientation packet.

  • This packet contains everything you will need to get started: The History, Mission, and Focus of GRACE, information on all of our volunteer opportunities, instructions for using the online signup, age requirements, and an overview on all of the available volunteer opportunities we have for younger kids.

2a. For our CSR Volunteers: Once we have received your application and court forms, you will receive our CSR Volunteer Orientation packet.

  • This packet contains everything you will need to get started: The History, Mission, and Focus of GRACE, information on all of our volunteer opportunities available for CSR hours, instructions for using the online signup, age requirements, and important information on logging hours and how the steps needed to get a Verification Letter.

3. With your Orientation packet, you will also receive the links to our online signup. From there, you are officially a GRACE Volunteer!

4. We welcome you to attend Discover GRACE for an in-depth look in all the ways you can get involved!

*Note to our CSR Volunteers: Those seeking CSR Hours are welcome to attend Discover GRACE. However, only three locations are available to our CSR Volunteers at this time: Our Donation Station, GRACEful Buys in Euless, and our Food Pantry.

 

Discover GRACE will be held the second Tuesday of every month, starting at 5:00pm at GRACE Main | 837 E Walnut St, Grapevine, TX 76051. Registration is required for this event. Please register using this link.

We are very excited to announce these changes! For any questions, please reach out to the GRACE Volunteer Coordinator at Volunteer@GRACEgrapevine.org.

NEW! Introducing ‘Discover GRACE’ Sessions

In recognition of busy schedules, time constraints, school and work hours, GRACE is offering Volunteer Orientation in two amazing ways! Those interested in volunteering with GRACE will submit their Volunteer application and receive a packet containing all the information needed to get started. This will include the mission and focus of GRACE, the history, information on all of our volunteer opportunities, and much more!

With this in mind, we are very excited to announce Discover GRACE!

With Discover GRACE, we’ve adopted a more hands-on approach to our Volunteer Orientation. Here, we’ll give our community an in-depth look at the work that goes in to fulfilling GRACE’s mission, while opening the doors to our community— not just to our volunteers.

At GRACE, we believe that encouraging self-sufficiency will, in turn, encourage community cohesiveness. GRACE demonstrates compassion for those less fortunate by providing assistance to individuals and families in crisis.

But GRACE cannot achieve this mission on its own.

GRACE staff, volunteers, and community partners work together for the benefit of our community.

At Discover GRACE, we invite our community to come and see the work that goes in to fulfilling our mission. Get a behind the scenes look at the work GRACE staff does— and see how you play an indispensable role in all that we do.

Discover GRACE will be held the second Tuesday of every month, starting at 5:00pm at GRACE Main | 837 E Walnut St, Grapevine, TX 76051. Registration is required for this event. Please register using this link.

Even if you are a seasoned GRACE supporter and volunteer, or just someone wanting to help make a difference in our community, Discover GRACE is for everyone! All are welcome—Individuals, families, and groups— come learn what GRACE does for the community and how you can help!

Questions? Please reach out to the GRACE Volunteer Coordinator at Volunteer@GRACEGrapevine.org.

Introducing “GRACE in Action” Biweekly Newsletter!

The GRACE team is very excited to announce our new two-part “GRACE in Action” newsletter! We are transitioning away from our usual weekly newsletter to a new format that we think you’ll love. Twice a month, GRACE will share amazing stories on who we are, what we do, who we help, how to get involved, and how to help our community!

At the beginning of the month, we will share with you how GRACE assists individuals and families in need and how this helps the community around us. Then, toward the end of the month, we will spotlight how you can be involved in this mission to help individuals and families become self-sustainable after a financial or life crisis! We will also use this space to highlight upcoming events, GRACE programs and volunteer opportunities!

We hope that you are as excited as we are for this new and improved newsletter format! This news is too good to keep to ourselves, so share it with a friend! Have your loved ones sign up to receive the new GRACE in Action newsletter by visiting https://www.gracegrapevine.org/news/.

See you soon!

VITA Back in Full Swing at GRACE

It is that time of year again!

As we start a new calendar year, individuals and families are preparing to complete their tax returns to finalize their 2023 taxes. It is a costly process for many if they pay out of pocket to have their tax returns filed…money that takes away from the refunds they might receive.

This is where the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program benefits so many households in our community. Along with the IRS and United Way of Tarrant County, GRACE offers free income tax assistance to eligible households who earn less than $64,000 per year. This program offers confidential services by trained IRS volunteers that make the filing easy.

VITA is at the GRACE Main office at 837 E. Walnut Street on the following days between January 23rd and April 13, 2024.

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays:  2:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Saturdays:  9:00am to 2:00pm.

Simply come by GRACE during these times and talk to one of the VITA specialists or go to https://www.unitedwaytarrant.org/get-help/tax-preparation

GRACE Attends 65th Annual Grapevine Community Awards Banquet

GRACE Staff was excited to attend the 65th Annual Grapevine Community Awards Banquet presented by Bank of the West and hosted by the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, which were held on Thursday, February 1st at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center. This event is a celebration of the individuals and businesses who make our community outstanding!

GRACE was truly honored to be nominated for Organization of the Year and GRACEful Buys & Donation Station was equally honored to be nominated for the Business Hall of Fame. We were so proud of our own Shirley Roberts to be a nominee for the D.E. Box Citizen of the Year; Kristina Davis as a Rising Star nominee and Stacy Pacholick as a Don Ramey Community Spirit nominee.

At GRACE, we strive to be good stewards of the community. Giving back and raising awareness of community involvement is a key factor in the GRACE mission. We are so proud of all the nominees and winners this year. GRACE is a proud member of the Chamber and looks forward to continued staff involvement in chamber events and leadership roles in this next year.

 

Here are the Grapevine Chamber awards for 2023:

AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR

Kristin Harnel, Revlocal

WOMEN’S DIVISION WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Janice Kane

RISING STAR AWARD

Jason Allen, Farmer’s Insurance/Allen Insurance and Ryan Tiglas, Paycom

MEMBER OF THE YEAR

Hop & Sting Brewing Company

DON RAMSEY COMMUNITY SPIRIT

Debi Meek, Bermuda Gold & Silver

TED WILLHOITE LEGACY

The Wright Family

BUSINESS HALL OF FAME

Weinberger’sDeli

D.E. BOX CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Paul Slechta