The woman who came recently into GraceWorks West had just been told she had one or two years left to live.
But that day she had even more pressing needs. Her family was out of food.
She explained to the GraceWorks volunteer that her husband’s hours at work had been cut in half, and their finances were depleted from expenses for their son’s diabetic supplies and her medical treatments for cancer and heart problems.
And now the family of four had nothing to eat.
GraceWorks provided the family with food.
“She was so grateful and kept crying and saying, ‘Thank you,’” said GraceWorks West manager Kristin Ertel. “Her son, who is 12 years old, kept saying ‘Momma, now we can eat! It’s like Christmas!”
GraceWorks West, in Suite 102 at 2382 Fairview Blvd., opened last July in Fairview. It provides neighbor services, including rent and utility assistance, food pantry, transportation help, countywide referral capability and one-on-one assessment. The thrift store, which transitioned from a clothing closet, is open to the public. Assistance with clothing needs is available as well.
Office hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The store is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Donations are accepted during store hours. The phone number is (615) 799-0006.