This Week at GRACE
| | Domestic Violence
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Food Pantry Needs
1. Cooking Oil The pantry is either out of or low on the following items. For a complete list of pantry needs, click here. Top 10 Needs
4. Kid's Cereal
6. Evaporated Milk
7. Salt & Pepper
10. Laundry Soap
Bonnie Pasienski Zack Williamson
Saturday Karen Chapman
Sunday Betty Miller Linda Roe
Monday Francessca Moore
Wednesday Laura Powell
Al Springer's daughter, Debbie
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Client Excels In Spite of Challenges
Hillary Jordan, MSW - Transitional Housing Case Manager
When clients come into our Transitional Housing Program, many of them have come face-to-face with domestic violence, and with the help of a shelter and our Program, they are able to start anew. Sometimes, however, and without any fault of their own, an ex-abuser is able to find them once again. Such is the case with Christine. The ex-abuser of Christine, a mother of two, located her due to a lack of confidentiality used within the child custody paperwork. Through the paperwork, her abuser located her home, found her, harassed her over the phone, and then kicked the door down. Christine was able to immediately call the police, and while neither she nor her children were physically harmed there was, of course, emotional damage. Christine is a very strong person, and only cares about the safety of her children. We are very proud of her, and the courage that she has portrayed, not only during this emotional time, but throughout her stay within the GRACE Transitional Housing Program.
In spite of this recent issue, Christine graduated this past weekend and is now a Licensed Vocational Nurse! Christine went to school and nursing clinicals full-time and worked part-time all during this last year of school. She has done amazingly well with her grades (all A's and B's!) and was offered a full-time position as well as an increase in pay at her current job. With everything that has happened to Christine, not only in the past few years, but within the last two weeks, she has proven that she is a strong, capable, determined woman, who has benefited from your donations, prayers, and encouragement.
Please continue your support and prayers for all of our families at GRACE, for, as we can see with Christine, they go quite a long way.
It's Back Pack Time Again
School is back in session in just a few short weeks and GRACE along with the Women's Division of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce will supply fully loaded back packs for returning students in need. The Women's Division does such a wonderful job of rounding up all of the school supplies and other goodies that get put into each pack. Where they need help is getting the back packs themselves. If you can help, please pick up a back pack at your local retailer then next time you're in and then bring it to either the GRACE offices at 610 Shady Brook or the Chamber offices at 200 East Vine Street. Back pack distribution will begin next week and more than 550 children are expected to be registered by then...with more on the way, so the quicker we can get them, the better!
Special thanks to Linda Montgomery, Jane Chevier and all of the Women's Division ladies for their years of dedicated support of the children in our community and to everyone who has donated or volunteered for this awesome seasonal project!
The Recession is Easing?
Kenn Mingus, GRACE Food Pantry
If you volunteer at the GRACE Pantry, you probably wouldn't agree with that. I had intended to write about the record setting month of July. Busiest month ever, busiest week ever, busiest day ever. That was until the first week in August. The day and week records have already been shattered.
The good news is that for the most part, donations of canned goods have kept pace with increased demand. However, man does not live by corn and green beans alone. Recently we have had to purchase some of the staples and that puts a strain on a very tight budget.
So what can you do? First, please consider a cash donation. If you prefer to donate product, please take a look at the pantry needs list.
We are sincerely grateful for the continuing support from the communities we serve. Thank you very much!
| |Thanks to the Historical Downtown Grapevine Association, the local civic leaders who braved the ledge and the folks who lined up to try to dunk them, the event at Summer Nights raised $900 to help this community through the GRACE Pantry.
Shonda accepted the check from HGDA members Johnnie Bryant of Cookies in Bloom and Liz Womack of Miscellaneous this past Monday and we are so thankful to have been included in such a fun and exciting event.
New Employee Welcome: Linda Collins
Whenever you find yourself at or near the cottage at the GRACE main offices, make sure you stop by and say hello to our newest addition, Linda Collins. Linda joins GRACE as our Controller and comes to us after 15 years in accounting and admin at Child and Family Guidance Centers in Dallas.
Linda lives in Euless with her husband, Garry and grandson, Jonathan along with their poodle, Bear. She tells us that she likes to spend her time reading, beading and hanging out with her family. She is loving the new commute to Grapevine and is excited about her new adventure with the GRACE family.
We already feel blessed to have her and have no doubt that she will help keep us all on our "fiscal" toes.
Welcome aboard, Linda!
We Need A Pro!
GRACE Resale is looking for someone who has expertise in retail interior design who would be willing to lend that expertise to help us formulate a plan to remodel our A Touch of GRACE store. If you or someone you know has the what we're looking for or is even close, please contact Debbie Haley at 817-488-7009 x141 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.