In 2010 Dianne Weed, the Twig founder, felt a call to start a nonprofit. She wasn't sure what she was to do with it, but felt that God would make it clear to her when the timing was right. She knew that she wanted to honor her Christian Heritage and thus named the nonprofit “Beams of Grace” after the little white church her grandparents started in Iowa where the seeds of her faith were planted. Not much happened with Dianne's Beams of Grace until 2016 when she felt led to open The Twig in Venice Fl.
Lloyd and Dianne Weed adopted their youngest daughter out of foster care in 1998. During her senior year of high school the Weeds began to think about how differently their daughter's life would have been if she was still in foster care. In February of 2016, they were inspired with the idea to encourage and inspire foster families by creating an upscale store, complete with dressing rooms, that would provide children in foster care with the ability to choose clothing that best reflects how they see themselves. In doing this, it was their desire to uplift, support and encourage these children and their foster families. Since there was already a nonprofit in place they were able to quickly open the doors to the up-scale boutique called The Twig under the umbrella of Beams of Grace in May of 2016
God had paved the road long before he gave us the journey on which we are on today. We are in the process of changing the name, but in the meantime we are officially “Beams of Grace, Inc. DBA The Twig”. Since this is the official registered name you will notice us listed that way on certain websites including the 2018 Giving Challenge presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Please consider making a gift to Beams of Grace, Inc. DBA The Twig to receive a 1:1 match from the Patterson Foundation from May 1 to May 2 noon to noon.