Click on picture above to view video: Meet Joyce Wheeler who dropped out of High School when she became pregnant. She truly has found grace at Baby Grace. She shares how the ministry has been a huge help to her through the last 6 years during which time she has married, finished her GED and has three wonderful children.
What is Baby Grace?
Baby Grace is a ministry for families in need who are raising children between ages 0 and 5. Our philosophy is that God Receives All Children Equally, and so do we.
Where are you located?
The Baby Grace program in Buckner is located at the Buckner United Methodist Church, 109 S. Hudson. To participate in our program, you will need transportation to Buckner (we do not have delivery services).
What services does Baby Grace Buckner provide?
Welcome bags – parents registering with Baby Grace for the first time receive a welcome bag.
Clothes/Books/Toys/More – We manage a distribution center where we accept donations of used mother/child items for children ages 0 – 5. Those donated items are made available to Baby Grace families for free at quarterly Open Houses. Because all items are donated, we can never guarantee availability of any item. Items commonly found in the distribution center include clothes, books, toys, blankets. You may also find high chairs, strollers, bouncy seats, pack-n-plays, swings, and other similar items.
Diapers – 25 diapers per child.
MCPL Reading Rocket Entry– At every open house.
Baby Grace Camp – Held every summer, this church camp is designed specifically for Baby Grace families (moms and their children ages 4 and under, dads and their children age 5 and up, and families consisting of two adults with children of all ages). Spots are limited, so applications are accepted in the spring and moms are selected based on their application and space availability.
Baby Grace Scholarship – For Baby Grace parents pursuing post-secondary education, the Baby Grace scholarship offers financial assistance if you have been registered with us for at least one year. Contact us for more information.
Spiritual support – Prayer requests are accepted (and acted upon!) at every monthly event. Pastoral support is also available upon request.
Are there qualifications to register for Baby Grace?
No! We don’t care how old you are, what city you live in, or what your family situation is. If you have kids between the ages of 0 and 5 and need our help, then we want to help you!
How do I register for Baby Grace?
You can fill out an application at a monthly event.
Please read, familiarize yourself, print and sign this Parent Agreement 2021. You can sign a copy at Buckner Baby Grace events as well.
In cooperation with Parents as Teachers, a Potty Training program provides age-appropriate children with a potty kit, including a potty chair, book, tips and a package of pull-ups, along with one-on-one parent coaching.
Diapers will not be distributed to pregnant moms. Diaper eligibility begins once the baby is born.
When is Baby Grace Buckner open?
Hours are from 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon for Open Houses in March, June, September and December. An appointment link will be posted on our Buckner Baby Grace Facebook page one week before the event. Appointments are not required but are offered for your convenience.
How can I volunteer with Baby Grace?
Baby Grace parents – If you volunteer with Baby Grace for two hours, you earn early entry into that quarter’s Open House. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for announcements of Work Days when you are invited to come help and earn your volunteer hours (and that coveted early entry at Open House!).
Everyone else – If you want to get involved as an individual, or have a group that is interested in helping, please complete the Contact Us form and a Baby Grace representative will contact you.
I have donations for Baby Grace. When can I drop them off?
Donations can only be dropped off by appointment. You can contact Anne Farmer at 816-785-8209
We would like to have someone come speak to your group about Baby Grace.
We love to share the Baby Grace story! We are happy to speak to your church, school or civic group about Baby Grace. Just fill out the Contact Us form, and a Baby Grace representative will be in touch.
There are many ways to donate to Buckner Baby Grace.
Donate your time. Please consider volunteering with Baby Grace staff to help mothers provide their children. We need volunteers the second Saturday of every month. Please come to Buckner United Methodist Church, 109 S. Hudson, Buckner. We will put you to work doing administrative tasks, loading/unloading diapers, carrying donations, unloading donations, hanging and sorting clothes, or just offering a friendly smile. You may call in advance or just show up. Be sure to sign the volunteer log so we can help you track your volunteer hours.
Donate items that mothers can use to provide and educate their children. Please ask for a tax receipt upon your donation. Baby Grace accepts donations of the following;
clothes and shoes for preemies to size 5 for both boys and girls.
new and used toys in good working condition
high chairs, bouncy seats, gates, potty seats, pack-n-plays, strollers
Unexpired baby food and formula
We cannot accept donations of cribs or car seats.
Donate a tax-deductible gift of money to help us provide services and necessary items for children. Mail your check to Baby Grace, c/o Juli Yocum, 109 S. Hudson Street, Buckner, MO 64016.
If you are a Methodist church, you may choose to donate to Baby Grace as an Advance Special of the United Methodist church. Just select Baby Grace as your designation.
Baby Grace relies on donations to operate. Click the button below to donate a tax-deductible monetary gift or visit the giving and support page to discover more ways to support Baby Grace! Thank you!