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Family and Individuals Towards Hope (FAITH)


Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE) – Grapevine, Texas

  • Emerging Leader: Marcela Melendez
  • Grant Program: Emerging Leader
  • Amount of Grant: $15,000
  • Dates of Grant Term: November 2019 – November 2021

Marcela MelendezLeader Summary:
Marcela Melendez is the Client Services Manager at Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE), Grapevine, Texas. In this role, she leads a team of caseworkers, volunteers, and interns in providing assistance to every individual that calls or comes through their doors. GRACE is a nonprofit relief agency that provides food, clothing, financial assistance, and other vital necessities to people who are struggling with a limited income or recent emergency. Prior to her position at GRACE, Melendez worked at Dallas Metrocare Services, providing case management to individuals and families. She holds both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in social work from Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas.

Project Summary:
Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange’s Family and Individuals Towards Hope (FAITH) program offers financial relief to families that are at risk of becoming homeless and coaches them to self-sufficiency through case management and varied client education offerings. During a family’s enrollment in FAITH, they receive financial assistance to pay rent, utilities, childcare, and transportation. Additionally, families receive non-monetary support offered through the GRACE continuum of care, including items such as clothing, groceries, toiletries, household goods, furnishings, and healthcare services.

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