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Causes: Human Services

Target demographics: GraceWay Village staff and volunteers have a twofold, humanitarian mission. First, they now fight food insufficiency by providing free, nutritious dinners, five evenings a week, at five distribution sites. In addition, their clothing boutique enables children and teens to ‘shop’ for critically-needed clothing, and enables social service agencies to meet their clients’ emergency clothing needs.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Due of the recent, unparalleled demands, GraceWay Village has increased its food distribution program fourfold, and distributes 3,000 meals monthly. Last year, 3,000 children received 215,000 items of clothing and other supplies.

Geographic areas served: St. Lucie County, Florida

Programs: GraceWay Village serves the homeless, the chronically unemployed, home-bound seniors and disabled, families in poverty, and those impacted by COVID-19 crisis. The clothing distribution program serves children of low-income families from infant to age 18.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The ministry of Graceway Village is impacting the homeless community and low income families in a tremendous way. Our church has partnered with Graceway and has been blessed as a result of it. I have personally seen lives changed and smiles exchanged as people are loved right where they are at in life. I am humbled to be able to partner with such an incredible organization.

Pastor Matt Misiano
Calvary Port Saint Lucie
Outreach Pastor
Board Member GWV

Mary Beth Rainey C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with GraceWay Village for approximately 5 years, serving on the Board for the last 2.5 of those years. I was first drawn to GraceWay Village because of a volunteer need I heard about in conjunction with their hot meal service on Sunday evenings. I was immediately impressed with the efforts extended to make the guests feel welcome and like they were dining at a restaurant and we were the servers. When I had the opportunity to see the clothing closet, I felt like I was in a boutique. I am excited for the family living transitional housing to be completed as there is a gap in our community for similar services for families with children. The way that GraceWay stepped up to feed so many more people during the COVID-19 crisis alone is impressive. The dedication of the staff and employees never ceases to amaze me.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Since working with Suncoast three years ago, I’ve had the opportunity to seek assistance for my clients through Grace Way as they provide my families with clothing. My families are financial strugglers and they appreciate each time I take the time to come shop for them as most don’t have a reliable vehicle. Thanks Grace Way for all you do for our surrounding communities. Carmen L Okeechobee ❤️

Brenda K.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a blessing GraceWay Village is to so many. I have been blessed by having the opportunity to package up and deliver food to the homebound. I look forward to having more opportunities to serve with this great group of ladies. What an outporing of love to our community! Thank you GraceWay!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent, honorable, organization that is truly making a difference in the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer in the children's boutique I witnessed so many young lives impacted by the love and respect shown to each and every shopper. Growing up is a tough job. As a Middle School Nurse for many years I experienced how truly hard it is for young people to find a place of acceptance from their peers. Being able to provide quality clothing in a setting that feels like a boutique vs a thrift store brought joy to so many little faces. Knowing this service helped improve or remove one of the big obstacles to finding acceptance among other children was a Blessing for me to be part of. This is just one of the many ways Grace Way Village empowers the less fortunate members of our community. I am honored to have been Blessed to serve a small role with them,

Wendy S.9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Graceway has truly be a blessing to me in so so many ways. I have experience love ,caring ,and very compassion. I experience how they help so many people in crisis that they thought there wasn't no hope but God bless the ones that came for help and were blessed to leave with abundantly. Graceway staff and volunteers has reach out all over Saint Lucie County. They reach to the Seniors that Desiree to have very hot meal. Well God blessed Graceway to make a way to deliver food to there front door. The people are honor to have the meals and I do believe the seniors are happy to know someone think that much about them to care . I truly thank God for the director Cathie Mouring for the joy of love she has for the community, staff, and everyone she comes in contact with as she Ministries to people the love, giving and concern. This is what God uld do. Cathie lets God order steps being director over Graceway in taking care every person walks into the Hope Closet and the Cafe. I love Graceway Village to the up most in all things. I was a voiunteer first and victor who was in need of help and now I'm a employee for Graceway village. I thank God. I will continue to help Graceway helping the community all over.

Donor

Rating: 5

GraceWay Village continues to recognize important ways to address the basic needs of so many people in St. Lucie County, from feeding the poor to providing transitional housing when affordable housing is so hard to find. As a United Way board member, I see this funded agency as an oustanding model for the success of impact funding.

Linda H.13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Grace Way Village to provide food to seniors and disabled citizens. Grace Way's training emphasizes that all be treated with dignity and respect. This was an important lesson to me. Grace Way's giving giving philosophy is that their "customers" should be treated as "paying" customers, like businesses treat customers, because they want them to return. It's so important that those who receive charity keep their self-respect and are made to feel important and worthy. I smiled, joked, acted with care and concern. It made me feel good about myself, and about those I served. Well done, Grace Way Village.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My women’s life group volunteered in the kitchen and helping to sort clothes. The leaders where friendly, committed, and organized. They showed the love of Christ in all they did that day. It was a great experience and our church has other groups that come and serve on a regular basis.