Targeting the Root Causes of Hunger & Poverty
POWER– A free life-management course:
Graduates know how to set boundaries, to use their gifts, talents, and abilities, master their personality strengths and recognize weaknesses, become adept in forgiveness and escaping the guilt trap, cope with depression, organize their lives through budgeting money and time, set smart goals, and exhibit good anger management skills.
POWER2– A free job and education readiness course:
Curriculum: A Guide to Linear Thinking, Writing, and Learning
The making of a good and productive citizen • Communicating in formal register, the language of business and education • The Cornell note taking system • 8 parts of speech • Marking punctuation • Social Styles and how to get along with annoying people • Authority in the workplace • A study on the Sermon on the Mount • Thinking, Writing and Learning Poetry
Graduates understand the five registers of every language, and especially how to communicate in formal register, build vocabulary, write complete sentences and correctly use the 8 parts of speech. Grads learn how to build paragraphs and write poetry. Students identify their social style and how they relate with the other three social styles. Pupils also understand authority in the workplace, how to determine what has real value, and how to approach a job interview.
COMPUTER 101 & 102
201–Computers in the Office
Students that finish these two free classes are proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and other office applications. They develop keyboard skills, how to edit text, format, manage files, manipulating office documents and spreadsheets, and create a resume and cover letter. Graduates of this class are prepared to enter the workforce in any office that requires knowledge of computers and how to use them in business.
Child Abuse Prevention Initiatives
Child Abuse Prevention Initiative Demonstration Project (PIDP)
In an effort to reduce child abuse in the Antelope Valley we have established a network of 45 community partner agencies to target the root causes of child abuse and work together toward eliminating this social blight from our community. In a total of six neighborhood impact programs in the city of Lancaster we are working together with six of those partners to improve living standards, help build social networks within the communities through neighborhood watch, neighborhood houses, neighborhood wellness houses, and other projects.
Family Visitation Centers (FVC)
Using a model of parent coaching we are providing a non-sterile comfortable home location for parents seeking reunification with young children. We are currently offering this service in four locations in Lancaster: Piute Neighborhood House, Kingtree Neighborhood House, Indian Sage Neighborhood House, and Quartz Hill Community Church.
Safe Child Custody Exchange (SCCE)
Working with our local Sheriff’s Departments we are providing a safe place for custodial and non-custodial parents or guardians to exchange children.
Meeting Real Needs with a Touch of Grace
Backpack to School Program (August)
Children’s backpacks are given away
Warm Hearts Warm Coats Program (Winter)
Hundreds of gently used or new jackets, gloves and scarves are given away
Baby Needs (Year Around)
Diapers • Formula • Clothing • Car Seats • Bassinets
We provide these items free of charge to parents referred by various agencies, and our client families.
Special Programs for Children
Christmas Toy Program
Thousands of toys are given away to families of GRC each Christmas
Christmas in July
During this annual fund-raiser we give away 2,000 toys to children during a Jethawk’s baseball game at our local stadium.
Emergency Grocery Program
Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. (Spanish Speaking)
Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
By referral from other agencies at any time Monday–Friday
We serve over 9,000 people each month with emergency groceries
Free Hot Family-style Meals
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Sunday Afternoon at Grace Resource Center
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at Desert Winds Community Church
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at Grace Resource Center
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday evening at Grace Resource Center
This year we provided a complete thanksgiving dinner to 2,200 families in the Antelope Valley
We fed 400 people a hot thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day here at Grace Resource Center
We fed 600 people a hot Christmas dinner on Christmas day here at Grace Resource Center
Special Family Needs Programs
Clothing • Furniture • Appliances
We provided $36,000 in furniture, appliances, and clothing in 2010.
We provided 36 beds in 2010 with new mattress sets, and 7 Cribs with mattresses
We collect mail for many homeless families and individuals who sign up for this program.
We are the selected payee for many clients, helping them manage their funds and pay rent and utility bills on time.
We provide backpacks, hygiene items, and sleeping bags to our homeless clients.
Grace Thrift Center
Our thrift store provides good quality clothing at very
low prices, including wedding dresses, formal dresses,
and outfits for job interviews.
As furniture is donated we provide it at very low cost to our customers and often free to those with open DCFS cases that need furniture in order to keep their children.
Pots and pans, cooking utensils, plates, eating utensils, cups and glasses, electronics and other items are available in our thrift store.
The Inn Between (Lancaster Community Shelter)
Cots are provided for those not in a resident or
transitional program. During cold weather there
is no limit to how many nights a person can stay
at the shelter.
Transitional Residential Program
The goals for transitional residents is to assist individuals and families to acquire the necessary life skills, including financial stability so that they are equipped to secure sufficient employment and permanent housing. Individuals and families will create and work through a series of goals that will lead them to employment and permanent housing. Duration will be dependent upon the time it takes to accomplish those goals.
Rent Incentive Program
Rent payments will be received from all transitional guests after 60 days and from residential guests. The amount of rent will be set at 30% of guest’s income. This amount can be negotiated if due cause can be shown. Guests may earn a 50% return credit if the rent is paid on time. Earned credit will be dispensed at the discretion of the case manager and shelter director for past debt, deposit on a new home, basic household items needed when moving out of the shelter, etc.