Grace's Places' relationship with Fred Victor goes back to 2012 when I met Mark Aston, Fred Victor's Executive Director, in my capacity as a Star photographer... covering the story of low-income tenants displaced from their Fred Victor apartments due to a burst water pipe. There were repair workers scurrying everywhere and I was very impressed... not just with the manner with which the repairs were being handled, but with the respect which was shown to the tenants by the Fred Victor staff and by Mark himself, who was there to discuss matters with the tenants one-on-one.
Since its beginnings in 1995 Grace's Places has directed a significant portion of earnings to community initiatives which hopefully resonate with tenants, and since meeting Mark in 2012 the Fred Victor organization has been the primary beneficiary of Grace's Places' charitable efforts. This continues this year with a donation which will cover the cost of the 108 sofas needed for the Pan-Am project (or cover the cost of furnishing two apartments).
There's still a need for more... microwaves ($50 each), tables ($60 each), dressers ($100 each), etc. If you're a current or former Grace's Places tenant and would like to make a contribution Grace's Places will match your contributions dollar for dollar (to a maximum of $5,000).