News & Updates

Help make a difference on #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a day to celebrate and encourage giving. Today, we hope you consider a donation to GraceWorks where 87% of your gift supports program services. Your support allows GraceWorks to serve our community by making a positive impact on the lives of those going through a time of crisis....
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Champions for the Underdog

Dear Friends, In a recent conversation with a board member, I mentioned that GraceWorks is a champion for the underdog. This comment caught his attention, and he confessed he had always thought of us as just a ministry, not a champion or an organization that goes to battle on behalf...
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Having a Heart of Grace

GraceWorks is often perceived as a place where our neighbors can get food and help with rent and utility bills. That’s all true. But, as a comprehensive community resource center GraceWorks has multiple other resources to meet specific needs such as school materials, newborn supplies, Christmas gifts, financial guidance and...
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Couldn’t Do It Without You!

Dear Friends, GraceWorks is a genuine volunteer ministry. We engage lots of volunteers. Really that is an understatement. Because when I say lots, I mean lots! Last year alone we were blessed to have over 75,672 precious hours donated to us through the service of volunteers. Volunteers outnumber our staff...
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A Miracle from the Lord and a Work of His Grace

Last month, GraceWorks’ newsletter told you about the Smiths, whose hearts were so touched by the plight of three siblings that they added them to their biological family of six. Finding their financial situation stretched more than they expected, they sought help from GraceWorks. They were given food and vouchers...
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September is Hunger Action Month!

Dear Friends, It takes a lot of us to fight hunger, because hunger is a big and persistent problem that affects many people. I am constantly surprised at the number of people who are hungry here in America. Unfortunately, the great state of Tennessee is no exception. Tennessee has the...
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Feeding 9, And a Little More

The Smiths* already had four children, but their hearts wouldn’t let them ignore the plight of three more. Last winter, the Smiths adopted three children who were set adrift by their biological parents’ drug addiction. They wanted to share the blessings they have received in their own lives. The generosity...
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2018 Turkey Trot to add a 10K

The Turkey Trot benefiting GraceWorks will include a 10K this year in celebration of the 19th anniversary of the Thanksgiving morning race. The longer race is an addition to the Trot’s traditional 5K and the Kids 1K Fun Run for ages 9 and younger. Both the 10K and 5K are...
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Giving Students the Best Start Possible

Backpacks filled with school supplies are still available at the two GraceWorks locations after recent community-sponsored events provided these vital tools for school success. A total of 1530 backpacks were distributed at Big Backpack Giveaways in Franklin, Fairview and Bethesda. Three hundred more were given to churches and other groups...
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The Big Six!

Dear Friends, I have always been a person who loves new beginnings and fresh starts. So you can imagine how I am particularly excited about GraceWorks’ new strategic plan. Increasing my excitement to a higher level is the fact that we also added ten new board members in this new...
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Neighbor serving Neighbor in action!

Dear Friends, OK, I am sort of cheating, because normally I just write one article for the eNewsletter, but this is a story I couldn’t resist sharing with you, because it is a more beautiful picture of our new mission statement of Neighbor serving Neighbor in action than I could...
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Would You Be My Neighbor?

Dear Friends, July is the first month of the new fiscal year for GraceWorks! I hinted in last month’s article that I had something to share with you as we launched into this new fiscal year. Well, I have teased you long enough and am ready to do the big...
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