Grace Place, an organization with a 20-year history of serving single women and their families, is announcing plans to develop a future Family Care Center and Transitional Shelter Facility in Rushford, and to continue increasing services into other southeastern communities as financing becomes available.
Grace Place began in Winona as a home for single women and their children, later growing into a life skills education center and thrift store on Second Street in downtown Winona. The organization provides Christian guidance, mentoring, life skills, support and encouragement for women with unplanned pregnancies and families experiencing brokenness and change. On the eve of celebrating its 20th anniversary, it embarked on its newest thrift store and outreach center approximately a year ago in Rushford. The Rushford store has experienced tremendous success in a short time.
The vision for the Transitional Shelter Facility goes beyond basic human need for shelter. Executive Director Carla Burton believes through support and education, mothers to-be and young families will grow from brokenness into renewal, spiritual wholeness and emotional security. The organization will teach life skills to help bring families out of poverty.
Some of the services offered at both Grace Place facilities include: parenting and nutritional classes, basic decision making skills, spiritual development, money management, computer skills and a mentoring program.
Grace Place is in need of gently used furniture, clothing and household articles at its locations on Second Street, downtown Winona and 110 West Jessie Street in Rushford. For more information or to volunteer, contact Carla Burton at 507-452-2283.