News & Updates

How Our Relationships Change Lives

Dear Friends, As we look forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day, I can’t think of a better time to write about the importance of relationships. GraceWorks is nothing without the relationships we have with individuals, churches, businesses and other service organizations in our community. As a community resource center, we are...
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Look Who’s Turning 25!

Dear Friends, Happy New Year! Happy new decade! And happy quarter of a century to GraceWorks! GraceWorks is turning 25! I am grateful for all who initially committed to the vision of starting a faith-based community resource center that would be a first-of-mind “go to” place, for those in need...
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“I Wanted to Give Back”

An unusual gift came into GraceWorks’ offices a few weeks ago. Tucked in an envelope with a check was a note from a woman who lives in Brentwood named Melanie.* She was on disability for an extended time, but that support had ended months ago, and she was still not...
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GraceWorks Ministries Celebrates 25th Birthday in 2020

A young single mother of two was short $233 of making her rent despite having a job that normally covered her needs. She had cerebral palsy, and medical bills had eaten her savings. The year was 1995, and she discovered a brand-new nonprofit, GraceWorks Ministries, that provided the financial help...
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Stories of Generosity from the 2019 Manger

First-time Manger volunteer Rich gazed around the large shopping room in wonder. “It’s Christmas morning,” he said. Indeed it was — 10 times over. The Manger, GraceWorks annual Christmas gift-giving event, served 832 low-income families in mid-December in eight sessions at Church of the City in Franklin and two sessions...
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O Taste and See

Dear Friends, This month, in the spirit of joy and giving, GraceWorks hosts our largest single outreach to Neighbors. The Manger is a Christmas shopping experience created to provide our low-income Neighbors with gifts for their families; especially their children. Over one thousand volunteers join us to serve nearly one...
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It’s Manger Week!

It’s Manger Week! This week, GraceWorks Ministries plans to serve 1,200 local families who need help this Christmas. They are coming to shop for gifts for their children and family members, and we hope to provide an experience of Christ’s hope. Ways you can help: 1. Pray for our neighbors...
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On #GivingTuesday, you can help this year’s Manger be the best yet.

The Manger, GraceWorks’ annual Christmas program for eligible neighbors, brightens Christmas for hundreds of local families in need by providing gifts, prayers, and a fun Christmas memory. But we need your help! Tuesday, December 3, is #GivingTuesday — a day to celebrate and encourage giving. This year, we will be...
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Thanksgiving Food Boxes Giveaway Nov. 23

A collaborative effort by GraceWorks. One Generation Away and The Well will provide Thanksgiving fixings to low-income families at three sites Nov. 23. A GraceWorks Mobile Food Pantry will offer food from 9 to 11 a.m. that day at Fairview Middle School, 7200 Cumberland Drive, Fairview. One Generation Away will...
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Increased Territory

Dear Friends, Remember that popular prayer of Jabez from 1 Chronicle 4:10 where he asks God to enlarge his territory? Well, some faithful prayer warrior must have prayed that prayer for GraceWorks because we have had a record number of Neighbors come seeking service. God’s increase in our territory has...
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“I Need a Coat”

Jake* wore a thin gray t-shirt and jeans when he came to GraceWorks. The temperature was in the 50s, and rain was pelting the parking lot. “I need a coat,” he said. Subsisting on Social Security, the 68-year-old Jake had to bum a ride with a friend from his home...
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Mobile Services Expanded in Fairview

GraceWorks is expanding its mobile services model in Fairview by adding signups for its Christmas gift program and providing Neighbor Services resources including rent and utility assistance. Registration for The Manger Christmas program will be from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 4-8 at the Fairview library, 2240 Fairview Blvd. The...
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