Serving the Community During COVID-19
Thank you to everyone who has reached out to Grace Like Rain in regards to how they can help our families and community during this time of hardship. First, we want to mention that the safety and well-being of our families, employees, supporters, and volunteers are of the highest importance to all of us. In response to growing concerns surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Grace Like Rain is closely monitoring the situation.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19), has not had a lot of cases in our area but has led to school closings, food shortages, and temporary job closings. As we know this leads to complications for the families involved in our program such as childcare, wage losses, extra grocery bills, and more. We are working with a few other local non-profits to come up with a solution to help ease these complications for not only the families in our program but also the general community. Grace Like Rain is closely monitoring recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of Health Services, and the Denton County Department of Public Health. Below are our current solutions to serve our local area.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out via email to COVID19ASSISTANCE@GLRTX.ORG.
Grace Like Rain has been collaborating to assist families in the Denton area who will be greatly affected during the extended time of school closures in response to COVID-19. According to the government/CDC recommendations, these sites will be limited to 10 children (split into various areas) plus volunteers to keep our numbers under within guidelines. At this time, this service can only be offered to essential employees and you must bring a letter from your employer stating this with your supervisors name and phone number when dropping off your child.
We will also be washing our hands regularly and cleaning all surfaces multiple times a day. To sign up to help, please go here.
GLR understands that COVID-19 has and will continue to effect many families as employers are having to cut hours and even lay off employees. We know that this will cause significant struggle for many families budgets. Therefore, GLR is opening a rental assistance program specifically for families within Denton county and children living in the home. Please complete the form at this link and as funds become available for assistance, a GLR staff member will contact you with next steps. All individuals residing in Denton county in need of rental assistance, please visit Giving Hope and complete the application for rental assistance. As funds become available, a Giving Hope staff member will contact you with the next steps. If you are needing assistance with utility payments, please fill out this form.
UPDATE: The Denton Community Food Center at Serve Denton and Cross Timbers Church in Denton will be serving meals starting tonight from 5:00 Pm to 6:00 PM!
We are working alongside SOS Local, Cross Timbers Church, Vision Ministries, Denton Community Food Center, Giving Hope and Serve Denton to bring a dinner meal pickup for children to our community. The meals are provided through the USDA Summer Meal Program and are meant for children. Meals will be available for pick up Monday through Friday from 5:00 to 6:30 at Vision Ministries, Denton Community Food Center and Cross Timbers Church Denton. As soon as these sites are available to serve meals, we will post on this page. We will do our best to have non-perishable items for any adults that are in the vehicle. To sign up to receive meals, please go to this link.
We have all felt and are beginning to feel the sting of COVID-19 in some way or another. As you can imagine the loss of jobs and hours for many people, will begin to take a major toll on all families, specifically families that we serve. There are many families that rely on each paycheck and hour worked to barely make ends meet so even the slightest disruption can cause significant harm to the family. GLR recently had 2 anonymous donors offer a $10,000 matching gift to serve families. Please consider giving any amount that your family can to help us reach the matching gift. This would bring an additional $20,000 of funds into our community to help families.