By God’s grace, we provide immediate and long-term resources
to neighbors in need.
In 1995, a small group of Williamson County residents realized people within their own community had real needs and those needs were not being met. Together this small group of concerned citizens planted a small faith-based ministry to help struggling neighbors with basic physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
$1.6M in food was given to families in need.
1600 volunteers helped The Manger in its 26th year provide gifts to ensure a happy Christmas for 3370 adults and children.
2017 GraceWorks Goals
1. Meet an expected 10% increased demand across all our services.
4. Continue developing an outstanding team of staff and volunteers.
Cash donations are always welcome -- to help pay the rent or utility bill of a family in need, to purchase food or personal hygiene items we are lacking, to pay GraceWorks' own rent or repairs and gasoline to pick up donations or for a client's transportation to a job. In-kind donations of food or personal hygiene items are needed. More hands-on opportunities include: food pantry -- marking, sorting, stocking, assembling Fuel Bags; thrift store -- marking, sorting, pricing, stocking, moving clothing and household goods and picking up items from restaurants and groceries; database entry; client services workers; volunteers with several fundraising events throughout the year.
Living in the most affluent county in Tennessee does not mean we do not have the poor among us. GraceWorks is constantly making itself and the general public aware of the needs of the poor in our county. Meeting some of those needs with basic necessities as well as networking with other agencies in the county to work together to meet the needs is the goal.
Watching God work through an army of faithful volunteers and faithful benefactors and churches is the reward for our Board of Directors. Staying aware of the needs and being ready to meet those needs is the mission.
As the primary source of emergency financial assistance in
Williamson County, GraceWorks has responded to staggering requests for help
from our neighbors. What began as a small group of Christ followers wanting to
do a little more for the community is now one of the largest help agencies in
Twenty years have passed since the idea of GraceWorks.
In those twenty years GraceWorks has responded to hundreds of thousands of
requests and has distributed millions of dollars in food to financially strapped and
food-insecure households. And while we
are proud of our strong history of serving the growing needs in our county, we
are equally as proud of the people who give of their time, talents and
treasures to distribute our services.
Over 100 churches of every size and denomination have
partnered with us to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a community in need. In
addition, civic, business and community partners stand beside us to fill in the
gaps for neighbors falling through the cracks.
While we are aware that many of the persons who seek our
help suffer from temporary situational poverty, we are also aware that
generational poverty exists, even in Williamson County. Going forward,
GraceWorks will continue to meet basic needs while also giving tools and
resources to help break the cycle of dependency. We will provide education,
enrichment opportunities that can start anyone on a path to self-sufficiency.
We continually strive to add professional business and community leaders to bring expertise to our board of directors.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
For 1 in 6 Americans, hunger is a reality. We all know and are in contact with people affected by hunger or food insecurity, even though we might not be aware of it.
The face of hunger in Tennessee looks like your neighbor, your child’s best friend, the woman who gives you your coffee in the morning, and the man selling newspapers by your office every day. It could be the coworker you sat next to who was laid off last month or the new mother at the doctor’s office you saw last week. Hunger impacts one in six Tennesseans, and with those numbers, it is likely you’ve seen someone today who will be going hungry tonight.
“Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.” In the United States, it is a typical expectation that everyone will have the opportunity to live in a decent and affordable home, in a community that promotes opportunity and a better quality of life in a secure and attractive environment.
Families in poverty often do not achieve this expectation. Instead, many live in distressed neighborhoods, which often lack grocery stores, banks, and health resources. These neighborhoods typically have relatively high rates of crime and unemployment, as well as under-performing schools. Climbing out of poverty is even more difficult because of the lack of entry-level jobs in or near distressed neighborhoods, in combination with the lack of affordable housing in suburban communities where personal vehicles are often necessary to get to places of employment...
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