Their mission at Grand Central is to provide a safe environment in which their neighbors in need can access food, advocacy, life solutions and learning tools.
The organization is in its new facility at the beginning of the year.
In February, I started serving hot breakfasts and lunches, Monday through Friday, with lunches on the weekends. This facility helped them expand their service with three top-of-the-line showers, four washer and dryer combinations, and three computer stations. Computers allow clients to apply for jobs, search the Internet, and check e-mail.
On the fun side of things, GCS serves popcorn on Fridays and bingo every Monday.
These facilities have allowed non-profit organizations to place all their programs under one roof. Market Depot (formerly Green House) is now a store of choice that allows one to shop as they would at a grocery store and choose what’s best for their family. The market is currently seeing an average increase of 15 new beds per week.
Children’s Express continues to provide weekend meals to school children in need.
Recently, the nonprofit partnered with Sherman Independent School District counselors and School Communities to help those families who need emergency food assistance.
There is also a new mentorship program with SISD Spearhead and the Txoma Workforce Commission. They have students and mentors who come every day to wash the dishes, stock the pantry, and unload the shipments. Their help allows nonprofits to receive more donations and prepares students to enter the workforce.
GCS can host these programs due to its structured and caring environment.
GCS recognizes that Grayson County is a caring community, and in a way, when the call for a special need is issued, the community graciously meets that need. GCS is very humble and appreciative of the donations that have been made and giving them the time to continue their mission. They cannot do this without the support of the community.
Family size tea bags
Zipper bags of all sizes
Canned Dirty Joyce Mix
Canned ravioli, pevaroni, spaghetti
Rice and noodles mix
Spices of all kinds