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See Something, Say Something

One of the best gifts of GRACE that we as staff see is when the community looks out for each other and uses us to do it. This month, we have one such story. Last month, our care managers were contacted by a very concerned employee of a utility company about an 83-year-old woman who did not and has not had gas in her home for three months.

This sweet woman was immediately contacted by GRACE staff so that a further assessment could be conducted. By making arrangements to visit with her face-to-face in her home GRACE confirmed that this woman had been without gas for 3 months, had been unable to use her stove, and did not have hot water. She had been making do by heating her water in the sun and sometimes using the microwave.

GRACE learned that her service being disconnected was the result of a gas leak and an unpaid bill. Due to the nature of the gas leak, GRACE arranged for a plumber to come to assess and repair it. After this repair, GRACE was assisted in bringing the homeowner’s account to current, getting the utilities turned back on, and connecting her with other resources needed for ongoing assistance.

During GRACE’s visit, this dear woman spoke so highly of her late husband, whom she lost just over a year ago, and how challenging things have been without him in the home. Despite this recent loss and being without gas for 3 months, she was the most humble, grateful, and spirit-filled woman. She expressed her gratitude and gave her thanks to God for all involved in helping her.

When asked what the one thing she looking forward to the most was, cooking a Sunday dinner including some turnip greens.

As a community GRACE encourages you that if you see something, please say something. This woman was in great need of help, incredibly inconvenienced, and said nothing.

To the utility employee who didn’t hesitate – we thank you, and so does she!

If you require assistance or know of someone who might need GRACE to make it through, please call us at 817-488-7009 or email at info@GRACEGrapevine.org.

Storm Recovery Efforts: Donations Needed

With recent storms and the start of summer, requests to the GRACE Food Pantry are at an all-time high. The GRACE Pantry will have a total of close to 900 visits this month alone, and we are in need of help to meet this need!

GRACE was one of those unfortunate to have power loss for an extended period of time this week due to storm, causing a substantial food loss to some of our most needed items. This loss, coupled with increased need from those affected by the storm on top of the annual summer increase in demand, has left our pantry shelves and fridge dangerously low on supply.

If you would like to assist in helping our neighbors during this time of increased need, please consider a donation to the Food Pantry to help GRACE restock!

There are many ways to donate: Make a monetary donation HERE, stop by the Pantry Monday – Friday between 8:30 and 5:00, or set up a food drive by reaching out to ebaker@GRACEGrapevine.org (817-305-4653).

GRACE’s 4th Annual Designer Bags & Bingo: Presented by Park Place Land Rover Lexus Grapevine

The 4th annual GRACE Designer Bags and Bingo was one for the books as 450 guests gathered at the Westin Southlake on Sunday afternoon, May 5th, to support the GRACE Transitional Housing Program! A heartfelt thank you goes out to our wonderful sponsors for their invaluable support, with a special mention to Park Place Lexus Land Rover Grapevine for their generous contribution as the presenting sponsor! GRACE and Park Place have partnered together for over a dozen years through several events to connect an unmatched experience with the opportunity to support those in need.

Located off 114 in the heart of Grapevine, Park Place dealerships have served as the venue for the annual GRACE Poker Tournament, have supported the annual GRACE Gala at varying levels of sponsorship throughout the years, and have been an enthusiastic supporter and host as the giving season kicks off for the GRACE Christmas Cottage! GRACE is thrilled that Park Place Lexus Land Rover joined us as the presenting sponsor for the second year in a row, helping to make an impact for our Transitional Housing and an unforgettable afternoon for our guests.

As Designer Bags & Bingo began, event chair, Lynda Warner, set the stage with energetic greetings and notable introductions! To follow, Rebecca Cox, GRACE CEO, reminded the room of the reason behind our attendance – to support Transitional Housing and the incredible impact that the program has had on both its participants and graduates.

Before the ten rounds of bingo began, the room was reminded of their prize options as the highly esteemed roster of Bingo Gents captured everyone’s attention during the Parade of Purses. At the conclusion of the afternoon, the winner of each bingo round was able to select one of the ten beautiful handbags they would take home.

A silent auction made its first-ever debut at Designer Bags, introducing a fresh and exciting dimension to the already-celebrated event. As the afternoon came to a close, the raffle winner took home a stunning Christian Louboutin tote purse and all guests were sent home with a purse filled with swag from our wonderful sponsors. With their swag bags in hand, this event left everyone with three more things: laughs, a purse, and pride knowing that they helped make a difference.

This year’s event was a true testament to the generosity and support of our attendees, volunteers, and sponsors, who all played a vital role in raising funding for transitional housing. A special thanks goes to all of our incredible volunteers who generously support us. Whether it was setting up or selling raffle tickets, your dedication and enthusiasm made the evening truly special. Thank you once again to everyone who played a part in making this event a success. The event was a wonderful celebration of community and giving, and it wouldn’t have been possible without every one of you. As we reflect on the success of this year’s event, we at GRACE look forward to continuing our mission of supporting Transitional Housing and making a positive impact in this community.

Join the 21st Annual GRACE Gala

GRACE proudly presents the 2024 “angels among us” GRACE Gala, on Saturday, November 2, 2024, at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas.

The GRACE Gala is back home in Grapevine for its 21st year! We are so excited to also have Classic Chevrolet as our presenting sponsor yet again!

This event is highly anticipated by the community, and it serves as GRACE’s largest annual fundraiser. All net proceeds fund programs and services for families and individuals in need who come to GRACE for help.

If you have attended the GRACE Gala, you know this event is inspirational and unforgettable. 2024 will be no different! The evening will be an opportunity for all to hear the stories of GRACE and how the community makes a difference!

The GRACE Gala was conceptualized in 2004 as a way to generate funds to serve a growing population in need. The GRACE Board of Directors put together a dynamic GRACE Gala Advisory Board made up of prominent community members from Grapevine, Southlake, and Colleyville. In its first year, the GRACE Gala sold out six months before the event.

With each year that passes, the GRACE Gala funds allow us to provide much needed services to the Northeast Tarrant County community. We hope to continue the tradition of raising funds to provide all that we can to those in need and having a good time while we do it!

At this time, we are soliciting sponsors for the GRACE Gala and hope you will consider this as a huge opportunity! Your sponsorship is critically important. Funds raised at the gala helps GRACE provide food, shelter, clothing, medical care, children’s services, and senior services to those in need. We are looking for you to join us and become a lead partner in the 2024 GRACE Gala!

With sponsorships ranging from Diamond level to Bronze, all receive spectacular benefits! From priority seating for 10 to joining GRACE at the VIP night a few weeks before the Gala, GRACE Staff is excited to promote you, and your story as a partner in helping our community. Please reach out to Mark Woolverton at mwoolverton@GRACEGrapevine.org to assist in finding the right fit for your business, family, civic group or church to participate!

View sponsorship levels here:

2024 Gala MONETARY Sponsorship Packet FINAL 5_17

Transitional Housing Graduate Walks Stage for Bachelor’s Degree

The GRACE Transitional Housing Program is a transformative program that creates lasting change by combining the expertise of a GRACE Care Manager with the determination and discipline of a client. GRACE is honored to share that some of our program graduates have gone on and developed their careers to become managers, directors, nurses, and even a CEO.

This program is the hardest program offered here at GRACE because it takes a great deal of discipline and a heart open to learning in order to obtain true success. In this article, we are pleased to present to you the success story of one such young woman.

Ms. Heather Woodard walked the graduation stage on May 10, 2024, receiving her certification as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), and in her cheering section were her friends, daughters, and GRACE Transitional Housing Manager, Martisha Smith.

There is none better to tell the GRACE perspective of Heather’s story than Martisha, and when asked – this is what she said:

“We are sometimes in life blessed to have a front seat at seeing ‘Hard Work Pays Off’ play out right in front of our eyes. I have had that opportunity since being introduced to Ms. Heather Woodard. When I met Heather almost four years ago, I saw a young mother who was trying to figure her way out of her situation. She was dealing with past trauma that was fighting with her future and she was struggling to find a place of security.

As time went on, Heather saw that her goals of finishing college would be tough, but not impossible. While she went to school, she worked as a home health worker and made sure to put focus on her most important job, being a great mother to her two sweet daughters. Going through these things on a daily basis, along with meeting GRACE Transitional Housing Program expectations, Heather found confidence in herself and learned that nothing was impossible as long as she kept moving forward.

Since she graduated from the GRACE Transitional Housing Program in August of 2022, Heather has continued forward on a path to amazing success. By the following month, in September, she started her own business, Heather’s Cleaning Service, and since then has established over 25 regular clients, including several commercial businesses across the DFW Metroplex. She worked to build her business, she also continued to work on her college education, and…it paid off!

The most beautiful thing about this time for Heather is that the same girls that saw their mother cry and struggle were the same girls that got to cheer for their mom as she walked across that stage!”

GRACE is beyond thrilled at Heather’s success, after facing hardships, finding healing, and overcoming tragedy she continues to encourage others through her personal and professional life. Inspired and driven by the struggles of those closest to her, she chose a career path that she hopes will assist others on their journey to a restored life.

We took a moment to hear from Heather after and wanted to share with you her glimpse of GRACE:

 

What encouragement or advice would you give someone just starting the Transitional Housing Program?

Take all the help and opportunities GRACE gives you and you will flourish, work the program and you will see results.

What motivated you to wake up every morning and push yourself through this program?

GRACE was my safe place where I truly healed, I knew I was in good hands.

If you could get a message out to everyone in the community who was rooting for you and supporting you in this journey, what would you say?

Thank you for your support and encouragement. You all were there for me more than you truly know! I was blessed to find such a loving program and y’all will always have a special place in my heart.

 

To learn more about how you can help create success stories stories like Heather’s please visit https://www.gracegrapevine.org/get-help/transitional-housing/.

View GRACE Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Report

FY23 witnessed a strong increase in people coming to GRACE for assistance. Last year, 10,301 unduplicated clients—3,789 households—an increase of 46.9% over FY22.

GRACE Care Managers are meeting even larger numbers this year. Every morning we have people waiting in line before we open, all in need of our services.

The below services were provided during the fiscal year that ended August 31, 2023. The increase percentages in the parentheses are comparisons to FY22.

·         104,621 service units were provided to GRACE clients (27.2% increase)

·         34,265 lunches were served to children during the GRACE Feed Our Kids program last summer (12.9%

increase)

·         11,129 shoppers visited the GRACE Food Pantry (58.4% increase)

·         3,394 people had merrier Christmases through the GRACE Christmas Cottage (16.4% increase)

·         2,086 children received clothing packets from the GRACE Clothing Room (27.6% increase)

·         1,515 families were added as new clients to GRACE Client Services (37.1% increase)

·         739 clinics were conducted at the GRACE Community Clinic (11.6% increase)

GRACE’s Continuum of Care has six program areas: Hunger Services, Health Services, Housing Services, Children’s Services, Senior Services, and Emergency Services.

When we conclude this year at the end of August, GRACE expects to again be posting significant increases in all six program areas.

As we advance our mission to extend compassion and assistance to struggling families, we respectfully ask for your continued support. GRACE pledges to be an earnest steward of your gifts—time, talent and treasure. We will continue to direct your support to those who need it most.

See the impact of GRACE in our community in finer detail by viewing our Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Report.