THANK YOU for helping Grace Place empower families to maintain dignity as they strive to overcome their challenges!
The need to encourage children, single moms, and jobless families on the road to independence is great today! According to the MN Dept of Human Services fact sheet released in April 2017, “The prevailing family conditions associated with maltreatment reports were mental illness, domestic violence, drug and alcohol use, poverty, inadequate housing, and parenting concerns. Families in poverty often have less stable housing and less adequate social support systems to assist parents in their childcare responsibilities; both of these conditions have been linked to higher maltreatment rates. According to national research, children living in poverty are approximately seven times more likely to be neglected than other children.
Grace Place works to sustain families in a way that models order and stability for families experiencing brokenness and change. That kind of a commitment requires a special kind of outreach, caring, and devotion that involves time and a sensitive, prepared place to heal. We focus on helping teach trust and accountability with those we serve as they change their lives. We believe empowerment is the opposite of entitlement.
We consider each person who comes our way as a gift from God to be loved, nurtured and respected. It is our great honor to help bring order and stability to homes where poverty has robbed families of peace and security.
What does Grace Place provide locally?
A place to recycle unwanted items from your home or business
Providing household items and clothing at a very low cost helping families who are on a tight budget significantly
Gifts to mission projects from our thrift store
Gifts of Grace for families who cannot afford to purchase items
Small benevolence gifts for families who qualify
Individual mentoring-good life skills (family stability, order, self-discipline, and the willingness to accept wise counsel).
Group mentoring - a place to learn and practice good life skills.
Opportunities to volunteer and practice mission work locally.
During 2017: We received over 900 unique visits from families utilizing the programs we offer at Grace Place. These programs include: Breaking Bread, Evening Song, Gifts of Grace, Gospel Hour, Godly Play, Individual Mentoring, and Morning Music classes. We served 2,967 men, women, and children through our programs!
On average we are serving approximately 130 people each month through our Gifts of Grace program. Gifts of Grace provides clothing, household supplies, and baby items at no cost to individuals and families in need. We provided families with an estimated $18,678 worth of goods last year!
We would like to extend a huge thank you to the individuals, families, and churches who made our matching gift possible: Radiant Church of Winona, Root River Community Church of Rushford, Bob and Lois Neis, an anonymous donor, another anonymous donor from Winona, and a member of our board of directors.