Please pray for our resources, patience, health, and opportunities to make a more significant difference for the less fortunate of our valley. We thank God for you. Twenty-one years of serving the Antelope Valley is due in part to your caring support. Lets prepare for another year of service, healing, and experiencing Gods love. In this case, Grace is Gods love made visible.
Affordable Housing Network
November 16, 2013
This year we packed 1,800 Thanksgiving Baskets here at Grace Resource Center to provide 1,800 struggling families (7,560 people) a full Thanksgiving Dinner. Here are some things you can ponder as you consider how you helped feed that many people this year:
• Many of the families include working parents who have enough money to pay the mortgage or rent, car payment, insurance, utilities, gas for the car, but after all that they don’t have enough to eat. They can’t get food stamps because they earn too much money and own their own house. This Thanksgiving they will enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner because of your generosity.
• Many in poverty lack the skills to budget funds, spend poorly, and suffer consequently from food deficiency. One out of four children goes to bed hungry in the Antelope Valley. But thanks to your generosity they will eat a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner.
• Many are finding themselves homeless for the first time, have lost their jobs, used up all their savings as they’ve desperately searched for another job in a literally jobless society, and faced this Thanksgiving destitute. Thanks to your generosity we have been able to either provide them with a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner in the form of a basket, or here at Grace Resource Center on Thanksgiving Day when over 300 people will enjoy a full Thanksgiving Dinner!
You made all this possible through your generous donations during our Grace-a-thon and throughout the year. Thank you. And from everyone here on staff: “Thanks for all you do to help us touch lives by meeting real needs with a touch of grace. And thanks to all our volunteers who help make all this possible! We couldn’t do it without you!”
The Lancaster Community Shelter became an extension of the services of Grace Resource Center on July 1, 2011. An emergency shelter serving single men, single women and families in the Antelope Valley, it the only year-round emergency shelter between Bakersfield and the San Fernando Valley. For this reason, it is imperative for our community that we stay an emergency shelter, though we hope to expand in the future and have locations for transitional and rehabilitative housing programs. All of the services provided at the Lancaster Community Shelter are free of charge. Single guests of the shelter are greeted with a warm shower and a nice dinner upon arrival. GRC provides bedding for the night, elective classes throughout the week, case management and breakfast before each guest leaves. Families are allowed up to a 90-day stay at the shelter and are required to save 75% of their income to secure stable housing as quickly as possible. Due to the privacy that can be afforded in our family units, we are one of the very few shelters in California that can accommodate a single father under special circumstances. Holding up to 120 guests on any given night and we often hit full capacity during the winter months. Our mantra is that we are the “Inn Between”. In this GRC staff hopes to communicate that while guest are with us they feel welcomed and cared about in their journey to find home. Due to the incredible needs in the Antelope Valley, GRC will give preference to those in our own community when necessary. Grace Resource Center is honored to have the privilege of serving the homeless community at the Lancaster Community Shelter. If you are interested in knowing how you can support this essential service in our community or if you have any questions regarding our services, please call (661) 945-7524.
You can help with a financial donation, or by mail.
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