Ambassadors for Gracewood
For Jim and Lisa Meyerhoff, giving their time and resources to bless the single mothers and children at Gracewood is a commitment began the day their Tallowood Baptist Church Sunday School class served at a work day out at Gracewood’s Wanda Lane campus.
“The ministry immediately struck a cord with me because I grew up in a home where my father was an alcoholic and abusive to my mother,” said Jim. “The situation these ladies are in and the truth that sometimes people can end up in horrible situations through no fault of their own just resonated with me.
“Gracewood is not just a hand-out, it’s the whole package, giving these moms and children the tools they need to find complete healing and independence,” he added. “We want to see more lives transformed through spreading the word about Gracewood.”
The Meyerhoffs began a contributing financially and with their time. For instance, Gracewood asked them to brainstorm ideas for a potential fundraiser.
The couple approached Lisa’s brother, talented musician, Mark Hayes, and coordinated a concert in February 2012 benefiting Gracewood. The concert raised more than $15,000 for the ministry.
Because of Jim’s passion for Gracewood as well as his first-hand knowledge about how families can be torn apart, Gracewood asked Jim to join its Board of Trustees in April 2012.
“I simply want to become a greater ambassador for this ministry and watch it grow into something much bigger,” said Jim. “I look forward to helping recruit new ambassadors and continuing to light a fire for Gracewood.”
While Jim, a geophysicist, is the one serving on the Gracewood board, he knows the difference he is trying to make for Gracewood would not be possible without the help of his loving, supportive wife, an attorney.
“As a woman, she is a big believer in Gracewood, understanding the risks of abandonment,” said Jim. “She works hard in her job so we can give generously to Gracewood.”
The Meyerhoffs choose to dedicate their time and finances to Gracewood because they believe it’s a place that changes people’s lives for the better, a place where the staff is dedicated to loving God and loving people.
“We are so thankful for the Meyerhoffs and their devotion to Gracewood,” said Debbie Rippstein, Executive Director of Gracewood. “It’s ambassadors like Jim and Lisa that allow Gracewood to be a place of home, hope and healing for single mothers and their families.”