Journey Counseling Services (JCS) is a ministry that serves women, children, and couples. Counseling is provided by Licensed Mental Health Counselors with a combined experience of over 30 years. A biblical, solution-focused approach to counseling is used with a focus on helping clients to see themselves and their circumstances through God’s eyes. Counseling is focused on the here and now and driven by goals which are set in a collaborative process between client and counselor. Hope and compassion are the hallmarks of the counseling relationship at JCS.
To encourage students to passionately pursue learning while understanding that it is Jesus Christ that leads to life. Life is characterized by loving God, loving others, and serving the world. Faith Academy pursues this aim by partnering with families and raising tomorrow’s leaders with a focus on excellence. This Christ-centered school will radiate with the gospel message, seek to transform the community, and elevate the value of education and redemption. Grace is proud to partner with Parkview's Faith Academy through scholarships and promotion.
Bridges International is a caring community of Christ-followers committed to serve, promote social connections and engage in spiritual conversations with international students so that students become leaders internationally. Grace partners with Bridges by supporting a staff member, Ashley Dortch and through our college ministries.
At Heritage Christian School, located in North Liberty, Iowa, we exist to serve Christ by partnering with parents to provide biblically faithful, academically excellent education. Our vision is to be a leader in developing passionate lifelong learners committed to Christ. Grace partners with Heritage school through promotion and financial support.
Helping to fulfill the Great Commission in the power of the Holy Spirit by winning people to faith in Jesus Christ, building them in their faith and sending them to win and build others; and helping the Body of Christ do evangelism and discipleship. We support the leadership staff of the University of Iowa's campus Cru.
The mission of the Crisis center is to provide basic emotional and materials support through trained volunteers and staff in an accessible, non-judgmental, and caring environment. We partner with the Johnson County Crisis Center through our Counseling Ministry.
Safe Families for Children creates an extended family–like supports for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers who are motivated by faith to keep children safe and keep families intact. There are several families at Grace that participate in Safe Families by hosting children and being a family friend. Find out how you can be involved in Safe Families here.
Brotherhood Prison Ministries
Brotherhood Prison Ministries is an organization that exists to show the love of Christ to men within the prison system. Ed Bateman is the man and former pastor who runs the daily operations of Brotherhood.
Friends of International Students is a community group that works with the University of Iowa in pairing community members and families with an international student to form new friendships and learn about a different culture.
Their mission statement is: Providing community, hospitality and friendship to international students at The University of Iowa.
Grace partners with Friends of International Students by being part of a network of families that participate in this pairing program. Apply here. We also host an International Student Thanksgiving every year to bring the families and students that are in the program together to give thanks.
The Iowa City Shelter House is a non-profit organization that has provided housing and supportive services to the homeless of Southeast Iowa since 1983. It is Johnson County’s only general use homeless shelter, providing transitional shelter to men, women and children, including the disabled and elderly. Their mission is to provide shelter, basic and transitional resources, while encouraging self-sufficiency, to any person in our community who is homeless.
Opportunities to directly volunteer are varied so contact them for specifics if you want to venture beyond the two suggested below.
- There are always needs for specific types of donated items used by those staying at the shelter. There is an updated list on their web.
- Another ongoing need is providing an evening meal to the residences. They serve 30-40 homeless men, women and children every night. How to sign up with specific instructions is also located on their website.