Stacy Johnson, Founder | Central Texas Table of Grace

After being removed from the home of her alcoholic and neglectful mother and entering the foster care system at the age of two, Stacy Johnson spent the next 14 years moving from foster home to foster home, dreaming that someday she would open a children’s shelter and help other kids like herself.

In July of 2015, that dream came to fruition as she finally opened the doors of Central Texas Table of Grace, an emergency shelter for children ages 6 to 17 in the foster care system who have nowhere else to go. Today, the mission of Central Texas Table of Grace is to create a loving, nurturing, homelike environment for displaced youth in the Central Texas area, providing shelter and healthy food as well as teaching healthy habits and life skills.

In 2017, Central Texas Table of Grace received the True Inspiration Award from the Chick-Fil-A Foundation for their passion and investment in inspiring the children they care for. Stacy was nominated for the Phillis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award in 2016 and 2017, and in September 2018 received the Champion for Children Award. She was also featured on the July 2018 cover of Austin Women Magazine as an inspiration to women in the community. In 2018 she received an award from the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce for Innovation in Philanthropy, and in 2019 received the Service to Mankind Award from Sertoma.