Grace Resources, Inc.

aka Grace Resource Center   |   Lancaster, CA   |  http://www.graceresources.org

Mission

Our mission is to empower people to thrive with dignity, not just survive, through training, education, food, clothing, shelter, medical care and spiritual investment.

Ruling year info

1991

Principal Officer

Steve Baker

Director of Operations

Jeremy Johnson

Main address

45134 Sierra Highway

Lancaster, CA 93534 USA

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EIN

95-4309251

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Employment Training (J22)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Monitored Family Visitation Centers

Working in partnership with the
Department of Children and Family Services, Grace Resource Center now
supervises six locations where monitored family visits can take place in a
family oriented setting. These sites are
designed to meet the needs of parents who cannot afford regular monitored
visits ordered by the courts.
In a healthy, non-sterile and cozy
setting parents will be able to bond with their children, enjoy activities that
promote healthy relationships, and move toward reunification with parent
coaches attending to help them each step of the way.

Our model is parent coaching,
rather than simply monitoring. We want
parents to succeed and have developed a model to support them in reaching this
goal. Each parent coach is carefully
trained by our organization with an approved curriculum to ensure we are
offering the best service available. Grace Resource Center is currently serving our AV families in 90
monitored visits each month that last from ninety minutes to three hours.

Volunteers from our local churches help make
this possible, and we need more parent coaches every day. If you would like to volunteer to be a parent
coach and help us with this amazing opportunity to touch families in need
please call George Marquez, the project manager, here at Grace at 661-940-5272.

Population(s) Served

This 12-week course meets Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Instructor Bill Bennett will take you on a journey designed to help you make the juxtaposition to linear thinking, writing, and learning, enabling you to communicate powerfully and effectively. Each class and skill is built upon a proven Biblical foundation that guarantees success to those who follow these precepts.

Every language has five registers: Frozen, Formal, Consultative, Casual, and Intimate. In business and education formal register is key to success. Standardized tests, books, and the language of business are all based on formal register, and only those who can communicate on this level will achieve success. Our ability in linear thinking, writing, and learning determines our ability to communicate in formal register, do well in school, and succeed in the business world. So strap in and get ready for a wild ride to new levels of understanding how to achieve success in education and business. Get better grades and increase your chances of that employment opportunity!

Population(s) Served

Beginning Keyboarding

•  Students learn the system and keyboard and increase speed to a

    minimum of 42 wpm

Computers in the office

•  Students learn Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point.

•  Students learn how to manipulate text, edit text, file, do a spreadsheet,

    write a resume, and other office functions so that when they

    graduate they can use the computer in any office setting

Population(s) Served

Emergency Groceries

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Wednesday ()

Emergency Groceries Distributed at Wednesday ()
Orientation Presented at 1:00 000 people each month
through our emergency grocery program, three family style meals each week, and
meals at the Lancaster Community Shelter!

Population(s) Served

This 9-week course meets Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Instructor Gail Possert will take you on a journey designed to prepare you with life management skills, job and college readiness all built upon a proven Biblical foundation that guarantees success to those who follow these precepts.
Discover the boundaries that protect, nourish, and inspire you. Know the difference between productive and destructive life choices. Get organized and discover exciting concepts in budgeting time and money so that you can reach your goals and even embrace and achieve your dreams! Find those things that inspire you, and learn how to use them responsibly and effectively for a more fulfilling life. Discover how to make anger work for you, and not against you, understanding its purpose and discover how it affects your health both mentally and physically.

Population(s) Served

Curriculum approved by the family court and taught by a certified instructor is a ten week course.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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One of our most important goals is to make the juxtaposition from being an emergency shelter to a rescue mission, moving into a larger facility to increase our ability to service our homeless population and fulfill our mission to empower people to thrive with dignity, not just survive, through training, education, food, clothing, shelter, medical care and spiritual investment.

Naturally to achieve these goals we need to bring on new staff. Recently Jeremy Johnson was added as our Director of Operations, and our Board of Directors has changed to reflect the planning and goals for Grace Resources. Shelter staff has been enhanced to help us achieve our goals, and we are working closely with the Cities of Lancaster and Palmdale and the County of Los Angeles to increase awareness of the needs.

Change always involves resistance, especially to an organization that has been in existence for 25 years. Finding a healthy balance between urgency and practical steps isn't always easy. This organization is uniquely equipped to face these challenges because it has not remained static, but changed with the needs as it grew. New faces and the old team are currently working at that ideal conflict point in the conflict continuum (Lencioni) where the changes necessary to meet our goals are happening. As we restructure and rebrand Grace Resources, Inc. we are not groping in the dark, but getting help from several different organizations to move forward, taking small steps forward with anticipation and courage. It isn't easy! Fortunately, everyone on the core team is teachable and willing to learn and change.

We are in the process of learning about social media and experimenting. Fortunately, we have an expert mentoring us and helping us understand how to analyze our impact. Plans to put a staff member in charge of that continuum of care and keeping in touch with people that have graduated from programs are being discussed. A building has been targeted, not by us, but by the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale and efforts are being made to motivate the County of Los Angeles to agree to allow us to move into that facility. It will permit us to increase from a 110-bed facility to more than 300-beds. We were hoping to be in that building for the beginning of the cold weather program, especially since this winter threatens to be a very wet one. At the moment we are hoping to be in one of the buildings by November 1, 2015. In the midst of all these changes we have continued as a food bank in the community, served 28,000 hot meals so far this year, and our volunteers have logged 26,000 hours of service helping us meet real needs with a touch of grace.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Grace Resources, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/14/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Michael Bennewitz

Keller Williams Realty

Term: 2016 - 2018


Board co-chair

Pastor Joe Silva

Quartz Hill Assembly of God Church

Term: 2016 - 2018

Alisa Wood

Manager U.S. Bank

Steve Baker

Executive Director, Grace Resource Center

Mike Bennewitz

Keller Williams Realty

Henry Hearns

Former Mayor of Lancaster, Pastor

Tyrone Jordan

Veteran's Rep, Mental Health America

Judy Laven

Contract Analyst

David Macer

Pastor, Shepherd of the Hills Church

Joe Silva

Pastor, Quartz Hill Assembly of God Church

Shawn Caldwell

Vision Builders

Terry Harrison

Quartz Hill Church of Christ

Kevin VonTungeln

Thompson/VonTungeln Trust & Estate Attorneys

Mike Rice

Grace Chapel Neenach

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes