Grace Center turns a sweet 16
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “They’re here to help,” said Joel Tedholm, a 51-year-old client. “To me, personally, the food’s a small part of what they do. Having somebody to talk to is more important.” Grace was presented with a check for $543 from Amargosa Middle School’s leadership class, which raised the money for the charity in a Valentines messaging drive. Grace executive director Steve Baker said the plight of those his charity serves varies widely. He said most of his clients are among the working poor, and that about 2 percent are homeless. Grace’s doors are open to everyone. [email protected] (661) 267-7802 LANCASTER – One of the Antelope Valley’s most prominent charities turned 16 Tuesday. Grace Resource Center, a Christian charity that serves thousands of local residents each year, celebrated its birthday at its Lancaster headquarters where about 50 staffers, volunteers and clients lit candles and shared an oversize chocolate cake. Grace opened as a food bank in 1991 at its 3,800-square-foot Yucca Avenue location. It has been at its current Sierra Highway location, a 12,000-square-foot facility near Avenue I, since 2001. The charity provides more than 100,000 meals annually. It also provides social services such as medical care and job training, and religious counseling to countless others.