GRACE’S Transitional Housing program welcomed another family into their new home this week and celebrated our first virtual baby shower! The home reveal to the family and the home blessing are still being conducted online to help keep everyone safe. Even though the event is virtual, the feelings of joy and hope for the future are very real.
Our newest family to the program is mom Alexis and her sons, 18 month old Asher and infant Able. Alexis spoke about her journey with the group and about how she’s excited for her family’s future.
“The house is gorgeous… going through as much as I have…it has inspired me even more to be excellent. I don’t know how I would have done it without GRACE,” said Alexis.
“This is a faith journey for me…I came to Texas on a bus, I was pregnant, had a one year old, and a suitcase, that’s it…so when I tell you that this is God’s grace, I really mean it. I have everything that I need now and I’m so appreciative.”
After the blessing, Alexis opened some of her baby shower gifts that included a mountain of diapers, toys, clothes, and a beautiful double stroller to help cart the boys in!
This program is not possible without the help of our amazing partners; luckily many of them were able to join us in welcoming this family into their new lives. These amazing partners and volunteers work hard and put tons of time into the transformation of these spaces.
The usual suspects from White’s Chapel United Methodist Church helped with the furnishings and decoration. Guided by the WC Ministry Volunteer Team lead, Martha Reukema, Lisa Barham, Janey Bond, Kathy Bramlage, Leigh Lynde, P.J. Luke, Suzanne Deaton, Kay Abshier, and Don Reukema did another outstanding job making sure our new families have everything they needed in their new homes.
Glen Bradshaw led the home repairs team known as the ‘Dirty Dozen’ who make sure the home not only looks good but is in good shape as well.
Dorothea Christ and Kim Stinson worked hard organizing this massive effort from WCUMC. The event wouldn’t be complete without a beautiful home blessing, which was led by Pastor Sterling Smith.
This family is now in the very capable hands of GRACE Transitional Housing Manager Martisha Smith and Case Manager Ravan Anderson.
The GRACE Transitional Housing program provides a chance for families to achieve educational, career, and financial goals while living in clean, stable housing.
For more information about the GRACE Transitional Housing program, call our Transitional Housing Manager at 817-305-4641.