WHO WE ARE
Grace Van Vorst Community Services (GCS) was established as a non-profit organization in 2002 by Grace Church Van Vorst as part of the church’s longstanding commitment to community outreach.
Since its inception, GCS’s Breakfast Plus program has been a warm,
nourishing weekend touchstone, vital to the health and well-being
of its over two hundred homeless and food insecure guests.
Every Saturday and Sunday of the year from 7:00 am to 9:00 am,
GCS volunteers serve a hot, delicious and nutritious breakfast
with a generous portion of respect to our guests on a bare bones budget.
Everyone who comes hungry to Breakfast Plus leaves fed in body and spirit.
Grace Senior Center for Healthy Living (GSCHL)
GCS is also a critical part of the lives of the approximately seventy senior citizens
who come each weekday morning, year round,
to the Grace Senior Center for Healthy Living (GSCHL)
for food, fellowship, activities and community.
Senior Citizens have created an extended family at GSCHL,
providing one another with companionship as they participate in activities
that nurture a healthy mind and body such as Line Dancing, Yoga, Zumba,
Tai Chi, Creative Writing, Quilting, Arts & Crafts, Crochet and more.
Members of the GSCHL “family” know when a member
is facing particularly difficult challenges,
setting off a chain of communication, support and help.
The GSCHL also runs on a bare bones budget.
Inspire Leadership Program for Youth
In 2019 GCS began a pilot program to provide inspiration and help
to motivated 6th grade students who face significant obstacles.
In order to help these students reach their college and career goals, Inspire provides intensive tutoring, career workshops, extracurricular and summer programming, and financial aid for the resources needed to succeed in school.
Students are chosen through an application process in the 6th grade
and are mentored and encouraged throughout high school.
Due to funding limitations, the pilot program was limited to ten students
for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Because of GCS,
hundreds of homeless and food insecure have hot meals and companionship.
The elderly and isolated have community and hope.
More students are given the means to reach their full potential.