Message From Executive Director Debbie Rippstein
It’s hard to believe how quickly this year has gone by here at Gracewood and that fall is now upon us. As I take a look around and see all that God is doing in our ministry, I’m filled with gratitude and humbled to be given the chance to be a part of it. There’s a lot of excitement in the air!
The construction of the new Elmview cottage is moving right along as planned, with all of the walls, windows, and roofing now in place. Teams are working diligently to get all of the internal necessities installed so that the fun decorating can begin soon.
We’re looking forward to the grand opening, which should be sometime in the spring. Thanks to the help of community partners like HomeAid and our building captain Legend Homes, this cottage will enable Gracewood to help even more single mothers and children than ever before.
Volunteers from churches and other groups continue to give so selflessly to Gracewood – they truly are the backbone of our ministry. They have virtually adopted two young women who are daughters of Gracewood moms and have recently started college. Going away to school has been a big step for these girls and the volunteers who have stepped in to meet their physical needs have gone above and beyond the call. The girls have been blessed beyond measure and yet the volunteers continue to give.
In addition, we have groups that aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get a little dirty helping to beautify the grounds of our campuses, invest in teaching our moms about money management, cook delicious meals, lead Bible studies, provide child care, and so much more.
Every single one of these groups and individuals who give to Gracewood, whether it be with their time, talent, treasure or prayers, makes a significant impact on the lives of those who we serve. Our volunteers are essential to our mission and we are blessed to have such a faithful community that meets our needs.
If you’d like to know more about the specific needs we have at Gracewood and all of our volunteer opportunities, be sure to visit our volunteer page. We have plenty of opportunities for all kinds of groups to jump on board and be a part of the amazing things God is doing here at Gracewood. If you have questions, please email Debbie MacKellar for more information.
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