Grace Place holding ‘Raising Hope Breakfast’

Grace Place is holding Raising Hope Breakfast on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 8 to 9 a.m. at Tau Center Rotunda, 511 Hilbert St., Winona, Minn. The free awareness and fundraising event is open to the public due to the generosity of sponsors.

Grace Place operates two thrift stores in Rushford and Winona. However, the stores are only part of the Grace Place story. Grace Place provides support for all young families seeking to improve parenting skills and focuses specialized services for single parents and families who are working to create more stable, healthy and productive lives.

The need to encourage area single moms, jobless families and their children on the road to independence is great. Poverty and other issues facing citizens of the U.S. are crossing all geographic, cultural and racial boundaries.

At 16.1 percent of the population, Winona County’s poverty rate is the seventh highest in the state, according to five-year estimates by the American Community Survey. Fillmore County has 10.1 percent with income below poverty level and 4.3 percent of income below the 50 percent level. In Houston County, one out of every four children receive reduced cost lunches.

Grace Place has served more than 3,000 persons in the last nine years. Grace Place works to sustain families in a way that models order and stability for those experiencing brokenness and change. The organization focuses on providing family support in an environment focusing on trust and accountability, as lives are changed.

The event includes a free breakfast and an inspirational hour with music, testimonials from families, a short keynote address from Carla Burton, the executive director, and a video presentation. The main focus is to educate guests about the Grace Place mission.

Making a pledge is not required to attend but appreciated if guests are led to do so.

Space is limited. Reservations are required. For more information or to attend, call Ellen Hongerholt, 507-459-1989 or email [email protected]

Grace Place was founded 21 years ago as a shelter for young women with unplanned pregnancies. A thrift store was established in 1995 to provide operating support. In 2004, the organization moved to its present Winona facility at 66 E. 2nd St. In 2011, a second location was established at 110 W. Jessie St. in Rushford Minn.