How GRC Works

Targeting the Root Causes of Hunger &  Poverty

POWER – A free life-skills and management course:

Personal Growth

Order

Wisdom

Ethics

Relationships

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.

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.

Food Programs

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

Thanksgiving Baskets

This year we will provide everything but the turkey for a Thanksgiving dinner to 1,400 families in the Antelope Valley.

Thanksgiving Dinner

We are offering a hot Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day here at Grace Resource Center

Christmas Dinner

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

Homeless Solutions

Mail Service

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.

Payee Service

We are the selected payee for many clients, helping them manage their funds and pay rent and utility bills on time.

Special Needs

We provide backpacks, hygiene items, and sleeping bags to our homeless clients.

Grace Thrift Center 

Clothing

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.        

Furniture

      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.

General Goods

      Pots and pans, cooking utensils, plates, eating utensils, cups and glasses, electronics and other items are available in our thrift store.

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