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. Plus Curriculum: A Guide to Linear Thinking, Writing, and Learning • 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.
An important class for those who are contemplating returning to school, either for a high school diploma or to college for a degree. This 12-week class meets on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00-Noon. Learn to write well enough to present in a college classroom! This class if free.
COMPUTER 101 & 102
102–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
In an effort to reduce child abuse in the Antelope Valley we have established a network of 57 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 and one in Palmdale.
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 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday–Friday
We serve over 15,000 people each month
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 will provide everything but the turkey for a Thanksgiving dinner to 1,400 families in the Antelope Valley.
We are offering a hot Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day here at Grace Resource Center
We are offering a hot Christmas dinner on Christmas day here at Grace Resource Center
Special Family Needs Programs
Clothing • Furniture • Appliances
We provide furniture and clothing to needy families
Over 1,600 people collect their mail at Grace Resource Center, giving them an address to receive mail, and an address for applying for work.
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.
Our thrift store provides good quality gently-used and new 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.
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.