News & Updates

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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A Little Less Stress

When a GraceWorks staff member arrived at 6:15 a.m. last Saturday for a Mobile Food Pantry distribution, he found three cars already waiting. Food distribution wasn’t scheduled to start for almost two hours. Hunger is real in Williamson County. Approximately 7%, or 14,450 Williamson County residents lack consistent access to...
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What Is GraceWorks?

Dear Friends, How do you answer when asked what is GraceWorks? Recently, we talked about this very thing in a meeting with the GraceWorks leadership team. While GraceWorks is hard to succinctly define, we as staff and you as supporters and advocates need the tools to be able to say...
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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 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. Well, this month, I am excited to share with you the summary of those three focus groups.  For me the most exciting and relevant...
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$1.82 Million of Volunteer Love

Last year, 4802 people volunteered for GraceWorks. They came once a week, once a month or one time with a group. 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...
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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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Finding a Way to Serve God

Turning a knack for interior decorating and shopping into raising nearly a million dollars to help low-income Williamson County residents 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...
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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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