News & Updates

The Feeling of Grace

Dear Friends, Last month I wrote about the love-fest that our neighbors had at the Neighbor Focus groups we hosted in preparation for our strategic planning (link). Well, this month, I am excited to share with you the summary of those three focus groups.  For me the most exciting and...
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One Paycheck Away

It’s like tipping a line of dominoes. One tragedy happens and sets in motion a series of financial and emotional problems, even for families who thought they were economically secure. It can happen to anyone. It happened to Mary*. Nearly a decade ago, Mary, her husband and their three children...
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The Big Payback. Big Results!

The Big Payback, a 24-hour online giving event, paid off BIG for GraceWorks Ministries and the nearly 1700 Middle Tennessee nonprofits who participated on May 2. Through the event itself and related activities, the grand total for GraceWorks was $13,460 – far exceeding our goal of $10,000! A record total...
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A Lovefest!

Dear Friends, I wish you could have been there — heck what am I saying? I wish I could have been there! It was a special time of sharing beyond anything we could have imagined. As part of the GraceWorks strategic planning process we thought it important to hear directly from those...
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$1.82 Million of Volunteer Love

Last year, 4802 people volunteered for GraceWorks. They sorted clothes for the thrift store, stocked food pantry shelves, helped at events, did data entry, ran store cash registers, interviewed our neighbors seeking assistance and many, many other tasks. In total, volunteers served 75,672 hours last year, valued at $1.82 million!...
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GraceWorks a Location for New Dierks Bentley Video Honoring Volunteers

Check out this new music video, “Woman, Amen,” by Dierks Bentley. You may just recognize the location and two stunning stars – Jennifer and Sydnee Floyd. This mother and daughter duo are volunteers at GraceWorks and many other community organizations. After learning about their big servant hearts, and Sydnee becoming a state finalist...
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Help Students in Need by Giving to The Big Payback on May 2

May 2 will mark the fifth year of The Big Payback – a 24-hour online giving event hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The goal is simple – inspiring Middle Tennesseans to come together, show their pride in their community, and contribute to the life-changing work of local...
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Mobile Pantry Plea

A mobile food pantry earlier this month filled the cupboards of 182 Fairview area families. Thanks to a $2500 grant from United Way to cover the cost of food, GraceWorks West secured a space and volunteers to distribute that food. GraceWorks is set up to host a mobile food pantry...
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Unsung Heroes

Dear Friends, It isn’t often that our newsletter focuses on the Executive Board. But in this article I would ask you to join me in recognizing these often unsung heroes of GraceWorks. The Board takes on the heavy responsibility of governance and of hiring and managing the CEO, in addition...
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Finding a Way to Serve God

Turning a knack for interior decorating and shopping into nearly a million dollars to help serve the community seems an improbable feat. But GraceWorks volunteer Judy Moser found a way. Moser says she has two main talents—interior decorating and shopping. She also has a desire to help others, but couldn’t...
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Simple Requests

“Ma’am, do you think I could get a sweater?” This simple request from a neighbor was shared with me by Mary, a retired GraceWorker, (a volunteer who greets and serves those coming to GraceWorks seeking help), as she fondly reflected on her days with us. The question was posed to...
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Serving a Servant

An Army veteran reluctantly sought help from GraceWorks early this month. Bob (not his real name) used to be a regular GraceWorks donor, and he was mortified to be on the other end as a client. Bob is used to making his own way, but illness had struck his family...
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