Presented by The Chick-Fil-A Foundation, this prestigious award honors and supports community organizations from across the country that are investing in and inspiring future leaders. Nominated by Chick-fil-A Franchised operator Jared Johnson, he recognized that Central Texas Table of Grace’s mission embodies the spirit of the award.
Central Texas Table of Grace is dedicated to creating a loving, nurturing, home-like environment for displaced youth aged six to seventeen in the Central Texas area, providing shelter and healthy food as well as teaching healthy habits and life skills.
Stacy Johnson, who grew up in foster care herself, credits Russ Hanson, her former group-home therapist with giving her the tools she needed for lifelong success. Chick-Fil-A surprised Stacy by flying Russ, who she hadn’t seen in 17 years, to the gala to help present her with the award.
When asked what winning the award means, Stacy Johnson said, “Winning this award is an incredible honor for us. To be recognized by the Chick-Fil-A Foundation is really a testament to our services. The Chick-Fil-A founder, Truett Cathy, was the epitome of the values that I strive to instill in our children every day. The truth is, our success depends on the support we receive from our community. We can’t do it without you. It takes a village.“
About Stacy Johnson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Central Texas Table of Grace:
Founded by Stacy Johnson in 2014, Central Texas Table of Grace is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists to provide emergency shelter services to the children and youth in the foster care system. Their support contributes to an improved quality of life for youth and their families. The organization’s projects, implemented by an experienced staff, emphasize creating a caring climate for youth. Supporting the development of self-confidence, healthful living, and good judgment, Central Texas Table of Grace provides our children with a thorough foundation for success.
To learn more about Central Texas Table of Grace visit CentralTexasTableofGrace.org
About the Chick-Fil-A Foundation’s True Inspiration Award:
The True Inspiration Awards represent the generous spirit of their founder, S. Truett Cathy who was passionate about helping our nation’s youth be everything they can be. Each year, they honor and support community organizations from across the country that are investing in and inspiring future leaders.