Outreach Project Gets a Personal Touch
Each year Women of Grace raises thousands of dollars at their Holiday Sale and each year the group selects a service organization to share those blessings with. In 2017 the group decided to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.
So the group contacted an old friend, the Rev. Emily Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, for ideas on how to help. Emily served as the Vicar of the Puerto Rican parish many years ago when the Diocese of Missouri had a companion relationship with the island nation. Emily visited Grace at least twice during that time and has remained a close friend of Grace members Stan and Christie Boyle. Emily was recently called out of retirement to return to the parish to serve as interim rector.
When Women of Grace reached out, Emily had a ready suggestion: one of her parishioners lost the entire second floor of her home, where her boys' bedrooms were located, when Hurricane Maria devastated the island last September. A financial gift would mean a lot.
So Women of Grace sent the largest portion of their outreach monies from their 2017 Holiday Sale ($1,500) to Emily to give to this mother in need for home repairs. Emily received the check the day after Easter and sent photographs of the woman and her parents celebrating this much-needed windfall the following Sunday.
Thanks to the Rev. Emily Morales for helping us make this personal connection!
Puerto Rico Outreach
April 2018: A hurricane victim in Puerto Rico receives a $1,500 gift from Women of Grace.
P.S. Women of Grace also donated $1,500 from their 2017 Holiday Sale to Grace Church for new vestments.
Thanks to Christie Boyle for contributing to this story.