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O Mountain View, Mountain View!

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem….How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings…. (Luke 13:34) When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it… (19:41) Three years ago Grace began to serve the Mountain View Elementary school community.

Did you know that Grace...

  • mobilizes 90 volunteers to regularly serve Mountain View as tutors, mentors, lunch buddies, home room helpers, MV staff encouragement, cupcakes, weekend food packs, summer mobile food pantry
  • provides food in backpacks 26 weeks of the year for 75 kids?
  • partners with 2nd Harvest for a summer mobile food pantry serving 50 families for 9 weeks?
  • has families who completed training to provide respite foster care for MV families?
  • partners with Kairos ministries as we seek to minister to MV families with incarcerated parents
  • has prompted other local churches to adopt local schools?

Did you know that Mountain View Elementary School...

  • sees 750 students in a given year with only 450 kids at any one time.
  • experiences only 1 of 5 students who start and finish all 5 years at MV?
  • faces 25% of the students with both parents incarcerated
  • represents a highly transient population that lives with chaos and uncertainty
  • encounters a significant rise in homeless students in past few years?
  • observes an increasing number of children of immigrant families?

Did you know that we’ve learned that:

  • The MV school administration and staff are dedicated, compassionate, sacrificial and personally involved in making a difference in the lives of these children and families - and that
  • The MV school has a beautiful and modern facility - and that
  • The MV school administration and staff have gained a trust and deep appreciation for Grace’s partnership with them, saying “Grace is known for its service to our community.” “…filled with people who are getting things done.” “Phenomenal! It’s amazing the impact GFC has had here!” “Youthful, energetic, involved, faithful.” “Extremely giving. Gracious. Willing to step out of a comfort zone.”

Did you know that some of the greatest needs of this community are:

  • Relationships – people who care enough to be personal. Friend.
  • Role models – positive examples for children, moms, dads.
  • Parenting Skills - greater relational health and maturity in the home
  • Life Skills - personal and family management of limited resources
  • Hope – a hand “up” that sparks hope for a different and better future

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