Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange — G.R.A.C.E.

Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange — G.R.A.C.E.

The Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange is a non-profit charitable mission that began in 1987 as a joint outreach of nine local churches, including representatives from cities, schools and local civic organizations. Today, by partnering humanitarian efforts with United Way and many local organizations, GRACE operates as one of the largest civic and non-denominational, ecumenical projects in North Texas.

In the spirit of God's grace, GRACE provides food, clothing, vital necessities, and counseling services to help people who are going through difficult times.  

Creating the Christmas Cottage - Open House Dec. 3rd

Anyone who thinks Santa’s trip around the world on Christmas Eve is the most ambitious thing that happens before December 25 doesn’t know about GRACE Christmas Cottage!

Nestled in a prominent location in downtown Grapevine off Dallas and Main Street, this year’s Christmas Cottage promises to become the largest North Pole North Texas has ever seen!

The GRACE Christmas Cottage elves unpack hundreds of boxes filled with lights, trees, wreaths and most importantly—toys—transforming a vast space into a winter wonderland. This year, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints accepted the colossal undertaking of unpacking first of many Christmas Cottage boxes. The crew at Embassy Suites carried the torch and donated an evening of service.

The volunteers who essentially create the festive environment from scratch every year is a testimony to our wonderful GRACE family. The countless service hours, heavily lifting and motivated vision of Christmas Cottage is always a worthwhile endeavor, bringing smiles to the faces of hundreds of children across Northeast Tarrant County.

You’re invited to witness the grand unveiling during our Christmas Cottage Open House, on Wednesday, December 3. Holiday goodies will be provided for the children at 4 p.m., with wine and hors d’oeuvres served at 5:30 p.m. There will be a guest appearance from Frosty the Snowman himself. Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy or gift cards for our GRACE families.

We need people to make the holidays joyous for the 700 families GRACE will serve. The list of “How to Help” is nearly as long as Santa’s “Nice” list.  You, your church, your organization and your company can help.

 If you are interested in helping contact the Christmas Cottage Coordinator Lori Stevens at 817-992-4690  or email lstevens@gracegrapevine.org.

Resale Goes Online with i5 web works!

Just this month, GRACE launched a new website for our Style & GRACE boutique with the help of GRACE Board Member Carita Weaver and her team at i5 web works.  You can now find the specialty women’s store online at www.Style-and-GRACE.com.  We appreciate Ms. Weaver and her team for developing and hosting all of our GRACE web sites!

GRACEful Buys Gets New Home On The Web!
The new GRACEful Buys website!Thanks to Carita Weaver and the great people over at i5 web works, GRACEful Buys now has its own corner of the internet. The new site, at www.gracefulbuys.com, launched last week and is a truly awesome representation of the new look and branding of the store that was put in place in spring of 2010.
  
The site gives the store a better opportunity to reach those searching for great prices for clothing, furniture, home décor and electronics. It also gives web surfers faster access to information about the store and its weekly specials.

GRACE Outreach to Health Clinic
Clinic Needs OTC Meds Help
The GRACE Outreach to Health Community Clinic is in serious need of "Over The Counter" medications. If you have access to any of these items in bulk or can afford to add a few to your next shopping list, the clients of GRACE would really appreciate it!
 
Eye drops (allergy and dry eye formulas)
Cough medicine (similar to Robitussin DM)
Allergy medications (Claritin, Zyrtec or generics)
Baby aspirin (81 mg)
Multi-vitamins
Calcium
Fish Oil capsules
Naproxen (Aleve or generic)
Ibuprofen (Advil or generic)
GRACE Dental Program Off to a Smiling Start!
GRACE Dental Program Becoming A Reality!
 
"We held our first dental screening Tuesday night the 9th during our regular Acute Care Clinic.  Dr. Brian Martin, a local dentist in Grapevine screened over 20 patients in two and a half hours.  During the screening process, we uncovered several clients who were in pain and need to have tooth extractions, and many that have cavities that need to be filled. We are now in the process of prioritizing the clients for services and scheduling them to have the work performed.  This program is so exciting, and I want to thank everyone involved in helping get it off the ground.  More information will be coming in future newsletters about how you can support the program to ensure its continued success", per Amy Holcomb, R.N.

Outreach to Health Community Clinic
837 E. Walnut Street
Grapevine, Texas
817 488-7009  Ext. 153, 154
Amy Holcomb, RN - GRACE Clinic Nurse Manager

GRACE Pantry:  Items Needed Now

For a complete list of current needs, check the GRACE website under 'Pantry Needs', at www.gracegrapevine.org.

GRACE Receives Speedway Children's Charities Grant
The mission of Speedway Children's Charities is to care for children in educational, financial, social, and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives.  And what better way to achieve that here in our community than through GRACE!  Nearly half of all GRACE clients are children, but we send a wholehearted thank you out to Speedway Children's Charities for supporting and enriching the lives of all our families!  At last month's Tree Lighting and Grant Ceremony, GRACE was awarded a Partner Grant by SCC to help support the Feed our Kids and Christmas Cottage Programs. 
 
With Speedway Children's Charities generosity and the support of a caring community, GRACE will continue to bring relief to thousands of children in need!

ServicesGrapevine Relief and Community Exchange — G.R.A.C.E.

GRACE provides benevolent services without regard to race, age, sex, nationality or creed.

Currently, the operations of GRACE are housed in the locations listed below. The combined resources provide food, clothing and other emergency assistance to people who are in need in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake. Resources and case management are directed toward developing self-sufficiency, while giving families and individuals the immediate assistance they may need to overcome setbacks in their lives.

GRACE - Adminstrative Offices
Client Services, Clothing Distribution, Volunteers, Christmas Cottage
610 Shady Brook Drive
Grapevine, Texas 76051
817 488-7009
Donation Station
Accepts donations year-round
112 N. Scribner
Grapevine, Texas 76051
817 416-6939
GRACEful Buys (formerly A Touch of GRACE)
Family Resale Store
418 E. Northwest Hwy.
Grapevine, Texas 76051
817 481-6254
Outreach to Health Community Clinic
837 E. Walnut Street
Grapevine, Texas
817 488-7009  Ext. 153, 154
Style & GRACE
Vineyard Marketplace
2030 Glade Road, Ste. 238
Grapevine TX 76099
817 416-0917
New Website Launches for GRACE
June 15, 2009.  "After months of development, the new GRACE website has officially launched. Thanks to a donation from Brian Zvonecek of Texas Insurance Exchange and the expertise and generosity of Michael Burns and Carita Weaver of i5 web works, the new site is a dramatic improvement in terms of usability, functionality and scalability. Over the coming weeks and months, we will continue to develop specific areas of the website to better convey the wonderful mission of GRACE, so check in often and watch us grow!"
 
The address for the site remains the same,  www.gracegrapevine.org.

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