Grace Outreach Outreach Grants & Programs

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Outreach

Grace Church designates 10% of our annual income to outreach programs. Our vision is to fulfill human needs with a focus on Housing, Hunger, and Health. We support local, national, and international organizations and programs.

It is through our collective generosity that these programs continue to provide care and service throughout the world. Grace members volunteer their time and talents, dedicating themselves to making a difference in communities and programs making Grace a place that extends its boundaries worldwide: actively helping others.

Ministry Leader, Mairead Shutt
2014 Committee: Bridget Berry, Daphne Davis, Julie Davis, George Economy, Mark Kruse, Chuck Lenard, Lisa Martin, David Moen, Liz Powell, Neil Tennyson, Marguerite Thomas, and Cindy Vandersluis



Reaching the World Around Us



In 2013, Grace Outreach supported the following organizations and outreach projects:

PeaceTrees Vietnam
Grace Outreach awarded a two-year, $29,000 grant to PeaceTrees Vietnam. PeaceTrees is using these funds to build a kindergarten for ethnic minority children in the mountainous area of Quang Tri Province. Grace has supported the humanitarian efforts of PeaceTrees since 2000.
Web site: peacetreesvietnam.org
Grace Liaison: Jerilyn Brusseau


Coffee Oasis
Grace Outreach awarded a two-year, $20,000 grant to Coffee Oasis, to help the organization start an outreach program in Poulsbo for homeless teenagers. Coffee Oasis operates as a refuge and resource center for hopeless and hurting youth, as well as a business to help provide staff support and job-training opportunities.
Web site: Coffee Oasis
Grace Liaisons: Mark Kruse and Lisa B. Martin


Housing Resources Board (HRB)
HRB's mission is to preserve the diversity and vitality of Bainbridge Island by providing and maintaining affordable housing opportunities in the community. Grace Outreach awarded HRB a thee-year grant to support affordable housing at Ferncliff Village. Many Grace volunteers also helped beautify this site through by helping to plant shrubs and trees.
Web site: housingresourcesboard.org
Grace Liaison: Andy Rimkus

Netza Project
The Netza Project provides access to education for children in the region of Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa, Mexico and in several mountain villages, including a remote orphanage. These projects serve many Aztec, migrant, and other at-risk youth, as well as women. Grace provided funds for the construction of a metal shelter pavilion roof for the Netza Kokoyotzin Pre-School and Kindergarten in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
Web site: netzaproject.org
Grace Liaison: Lisa B. Martin

Bainbridge-Ometepe Sister Islands Association
Since 1990, the Sister Islands Association has imported fine coffee from our sister island of Ometepe in Nicaragua. They call it Café Oro de Ometepe and have jointly created schools and water systems together, sponsored scholarships for continuing education of students on Ometepe and helped improve health and education.
Web site: bosia.org
Grace Liason: Dallas Young

Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers (IVC)
IVC is a non-profit organization established in 1996 and originally organized by local faith communities. IVC provides help for the elderly, people who may be recovering from a medical condition or a mental or emotional stress, overburdened family caregivers, and people who live in skilled nursing facilities and need companionship and emotional support.
Web site: ivcbainbridge.org
Grace Liason: Kaycie Wood

KEDS
The KEDS program is now assisting four young orphan women to complete vocational training, a widowed woman with her five children to help all her children through school, two very young girls whose mother was orphaned by AIDS and is now working out of the country, twin sons of an Ethiopian physician/educator who died of AIDS and who (the sons) are now admitted to medical school, and a young woman who has cerebral palsy.
Grace Liaison Beulah Downing or Dennis Carlson

Mothers Morning Retreat
Mothers Morning Retreat started in 1994 at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church as a special ministry for mothers with young children. Since then, approximately 30-45 local moms have met twice monthly to receive spiritual support and share the joys and challenges of motherhood. By providing spiritual, emotional, and social support, this group is a ministry that has made a difference in women's lives, their children's lives, and the lives of their families.
Web site: gracehere.org
Grace Liaison: Jenny Lange

North Kitsap Fishline
North Kitsap Fishline's mission is to serve people in need by providing food and emergency services. Fishline's ultimate goal is to help create a community where a "safety net" exists for all people, which includes adequate food, shelter, healthcare and employment.
Web site: nkfishline.org
Grace Liaison: Bridgett Berry

Streets of Seattle (SOS)
SOS is a program that offers hot food and warm drinks to the homeless of Seattle. It brings together people on our island including high school students who prepare a meal and drink in the kitchen at Grace and then transport it to Seattle and serve the feast to upwards of 200 needy and appreciative men, women and unfortunately, sometimes children. This meal fills not just pains of hunger but it also fills a gap in awareness and understanding that can occur between those of us who have and those of us who don't have.
Grace Liaisons: Rose Goodhue and Barb McAllister

Island Time Activities
Island Time Activities promotes independence and empowerment for people with intellectual disabilities through social networking, community involvement, and personal skill development. Grace provided funding this year for part-time athletic director to help with members’ physical development.
Web site: islandtimeactivities.org
Grace Liason: Mairead Shutt

Rolling Readers
Rolling Readers/STAR is a program that matches student tutors with elementary students struggling to read. Tutors receive valuable job experience and elementary students improve their reading skills. Grace purchased new books for all 231 students who participated in the program this year.
IVC is a non-profit organization established in 1996 and originally organized by local faith communities. IVC provides help for the elderly, people who may be recovering from a medical condition or a mental or emotional stress, overburdened family caregivers, and people who live in skilled nursing facilities and need companionship and emotional support.
Web site: www.nkschools.org/Domain/545
Grace Liason: Mairead Shutt

Suquamish Farmers Market
The Suquamish Farmers Market's mission is to support local agriculture and bringing produce to Suquamish. The market runs from April through October on Wednesdays from 3-7pm. Grace provided funds for new signage to help increase market participation.
Web site: ivcbainbridge.org
Grace Liaison: Mark Kruse