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GRACE

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, Thrift Shops

Mission: Mission: "Giving as we have received to help those in need."

Target demographics: Families in Crisis

Geographic areas served: Northeast Tarrant

Programs: Individuals and families seeking relief from financial crisis or at-risk of homelessness can find help through emergency assistance. The single point-of-entry to most grace services, caseworkers conduct needs assessments and stabilize families by helping them obtain safety, food, clothes, and shelter. Clients may receive financial assistance up to four times/ year for rent and utility payments or gas vouchers. This year, grace provided 8,444 families with $676,547 in food; 3,188 clients with $268,667 in clothing. Grace provided $192,558 in rent and utility assistance that safeguarded 1,051 individuals from homelessness. Additional direct assistance of $12,843 for 400 families provided support for childcare, fuel and other expenses.

the transitional housing program allows families to enjoy clean, stable housing for up to two years while they work toward independence. Housing clients participate in intensive case management, pursuing educational, career and financial goals during their stay. All activities are aimed at self-determination and eventual self-sufficiency. The case managers use a number of measures to track progress towards financial, education and behavior modification goals.

the grace community clinic provides primary medical care and prescriptions to low income clients in the grace service area with marginal means to access health care. The clinic provided 2,761 patient visits this year. Over 159 volunteer medical professional provided services; more than 500 referrals were made for specialty treatment. Well-woman clinics provided education and screening. The diabetic education program also provides ongoing care for patients and seminars for clients and the public. In total, volunteers provided 3,035 hours of time including specialty services like cardiology, endocrinoloy, chiropratic and epilepsy. The clinic provided medicine/medical supplies to over 528 patients. Grace is an active member of the texas association of charitable clinics.

other programs include seasonal programs that provided christmas gifts to 2,718 clients and over 38,000 summer lunches in low income children

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Grace does not just talk the talk, they walk the walk of their mission statement . "As a steward of God's blessings and resources in the community, GRACE demonstrates compassion for those less fortunate by providing assistance to individuals and families in crisis and guidance toward self-sufficiency.

Grace has engaged the community, volunteers and businesses who working together provide food, clothing, medical services and sometimes housing to those who need a leg up. Further demonstrating their pledge and compassion, Grace offers classes to help clients learn to grow their own food, prepare healthy meals on a budget and career development guidance to assist clients in becoming more self sufficient.

Grace's talented CEO, staff and volunteers are passionate and committed to helping fellow members of their community. It's the best run well organized and effective non profit organization I have had the privilege to be involved with.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every person I talk to in the Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake area, who has any connection to charitable giving, has used words like premier organization, ran by top notch staff and volunteers, when describing GRACE. That mirrors our experience when visiting their stores, attending their events or giving at the donation station. There is no better and we are lucky to have them in our area.

1 Pam Schon B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You can tell the people at GRACE really care about their community. It's not just talk, their actions speak volumes as well. Great organization with servant leaders that make a tremendous impact for the people they serve.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

GRACE is a great organization. The support they give to the community of Grapevine and the help they offer to our neighbors in need is beyond amazing. They are a true wrap around service and one stop resource for a lot of families in town and I am proud to count myself as a volunteer for GRACE!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

GRACE provides so very many different services for a long list of needs. They give life changing help and options to people who might otherwise be optionless. The staff and volunteers care greatly about the individuals and families they serve, and work hard to keep their programs thriving. Whenever a need arises, they are there to give a helping hand and find solutions to help people back on their feet while learning self sufficiency. It is a great experience helping the GRACE team in service.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

GRACE helps those that find themselves struggling to make ends meet. I personally know people that volunteered or donated to GRACE but then due to unforeseen circumstances ended up being a client. And the reverse is true as well. I love that their mission is to provide a "hand up" to those in need and strive to make people independent and self reliant again. From the medical clinic and food pantry to their annual Christmas Cottage as well as nutrition/cooking/language classes GRACE treats those seeking help with dignity and respect. Please support this critical non-profit through your time and donations.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Shopping at their stores is fun and they have a great selection! The people are always friendly and willing to help!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have participated in one of Grace’s programs. This is such a wonderful charity!!! They do so much to help our community.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Grace is an amazing organization. It’s such a wonderful comfort knowing there is an organization that is there to help families the way that Grace does.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fabulous people and amazing programs supporting the community in need

2 Lori Greenfield S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love you everything about GRACE ! They are so on top of our communities needs no matter what the situation is. They are always ready to step in and help when sometimes awful situations arise.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

GRACE is the largest nonprofit agency in Northeast Tarrant County serving those who have a crisis and helping them become self-sustaining once again. It has the most areas serving human needs including financial, transitional housing, health clinic care, and special children programs in the summer and holidays. It's resale program is tremendous by taking donations, helping its clients first, and then selling the items in two stores where proceeds go back into GRACE programs to help clients, our neighbors in need! Thank you GRACE!

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For more than 26 years, GRACE has served the Northeast Tarrant County to help neighbors in crises. “We began as a network of churches helping a population of only 16,000,” said GRACE Executive Director Shonda Schaefer. It was a humble beginning that grew to an organization now covering the cities of Colleyville, Grapevine and Southlake as well as the surrounding communities in Northeast Tarrant County, a population of more than 110,000.
With its mission grounded in faith, GRACE continues to help clients with programming leading to self-sufficiency. GRACE has a community health clinic, a client choice food pantry, transitional housing, financial assistance and training that leads to its clients becoming self sufficient once again.
This agency has the highest 4-Star Exceptional Rating via Charity Navigator; Silver Star rating from Guidestar.com, and Exceptional rating from the Better Business Bureau. They boast and incredible 83% expense to program ratio.