Our purpose is to help find safe respectable housing and services for at-risk individuals and families, historic building restoration and preservation programs within the local community, grant writing and payee services for persons in need of financial management support.
...because everyone deserves a decent place to live.
Dr. DelPreore, b. 12/05/40, taught for 10 years in Newark NJ. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 35; her only hope of survival, a full hysterectomy. She completed her surgery and treatments and focused on living.
Grace acquired rental units in Bradley Beach NJ. A devoted mother, she balanced child rearing, work, property management and schooling until she obtained her real estate license, her theology degree and a vice-principal position in Newark NJ. In remission for 12 years, doctors told Grace the cancer had metastasized to her spine, thyroid and left breast; 6 months prognosis. Grace told the doctors to "keep cutting until you get it all". Undaunted, Grace continued her work with inner city children, maintained her properties and through much chemotherapy and many surgeries she fought her cancer for another 6 years until the cancer would finally shut down her liver. She died December 6th 1992.
Dr DelPreore's indomitable spirit inspired everyone she touched. Her pain never stopped her from dealing with children in a fair, loving way. She maintained a pride of ownership in her properties. She felt that everyone deserved a decent, affordable place to live.
In her memory, and to her standards, the GRACE Dwelling Project NPO works with partner developers to provide decent affordable housing in inner city locations; free or drastically reduced rent through grants, donations and other charitable organizations.
Along with providing housing, we also direct people to food banks, soup kitchens and rental assistance programs available in the Quad Cities.
Lady has her house burned and she became homeless. We were able to find her a new apartment, quickly. She was so happy that she and her dog would not no longer be on the streets that she hugged me.