As many of you know, a fire destroyed the GRACE Community Clinic and damaged the Food Pantry on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. We continue to feel blessed that no one was hurt in the fire. Since that night, GRACE staff has been working around the clock to restore normal services to our clients in need.
So many – too many to name without missing a few (apologies in advance!) – have stepped up. We will never be able to fully express the level of gratitude that we have towards our entire community. The morning after the fire we were able to see many of our patients thanks to the generosity of our partners at First Baptist Grapevine letting us use their space.
On Friday, April 13th, our media partners at KLTY began a live broadcast as droves of incredible volunteers – including several firefighters who had helped put out the fire and were on their day off – showed up to help with clean up. We received many generous offers of help with temporary spaces to restore operation as soon as possible, and many generous donations of food, gift cards and monetary contributions from individuals, businesses and church partners.
Through the generosity of our volunteer doctors and nurses, all of our patients were able to be seen and rescheduled, and have been receiving the medical attention they need. Our Food Pantry has continued to operate from our Main Office as an Emergency Location, providing food to clients who need it so much. While this process has been at times heartbreaking and we continue to feel a deep sense of loss, we have hardly skipped a beat, and the most important thing is that we have been able to continue serving.
The City of Grapevine has graciously allowed us to use the space recently vacated by the Police on 307 W Dallas. Over the course of the past two weeks, volunteers have continued to help as we clean up the space we will be using for the next few months as we work to rebuild our Community Clinic and Food Pantry home. This week our Clinic , reopened and began seeing patients at our new location. We started restocking the shelves and our Food Pantry reopens on Monday.
While we have come far, there is still a long way to go. As we rebuild, we continue to face challenges such as a shortage of equipment and medication that was lost in the fire. Some of the assistance we provide to our patients is monetary to purchase their prescription medication – some of which we had samples of and are now lost.
Our Food Pantry, while operational, is limited due to the storage constraints and ability to store perishable items. As we move forward, we will be posting those needs on our communication channels – social media, website, etc. We are so appreciative of your help, and we continue to need our community’s support.
How can you help? You can do one of four things:
To see a list of needed over the counter medication, please click here
To make a monetary contribution, please click here
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ATTEND (OR HOST) AN EVENT BENEFITING GRACE
Friday, April 27th: Ame B Design & Giving Event
Friday, April 27th – Saturday April 28th – Olivia Bennett Pop-Up shop at J.Crew Southlake
Tuesday, May 1st – Lily Rain Give Back Tuesday
Saturday, May 5th – Classic Chevrolet 5k de Mayo
Saturday, May 5th – FüdTruky 2018
Saturday, June 9th – Classic Chevrolet Ride or Drive
PRAY. As a faith based organization that believes in the power of prayer, we ask that you continue to pray for the families we serve and for the wisdom and strength for our staff to rebuild and move forward after this loss.