About GRACE

GRACE Marketplace is a one-stop homeless facility serving Gainesville and Alachua County. We provide helpful and effective resources for anyone experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Our services include safe emergency shelter, permanent housing, showers, hot meals, storage, case management, job training, and providing space to our partners to provide health care and other services. By taking care of basic necessities day to day, GRACE empowers individuals to reclaim control over their lives and recover from unfortunate circumstances.

 

In 2005, the City of Gainesville created a Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness, and GRACE is the cornerstone of that plan. Our Rapid Rehousing programs push that agenda forward with unwavering compassion and commitment. In just a few years, we've reduced chronic homelessness in Gainesville by 38%. There's no question that GRACE works, and we're just getting started.


At GRACE, we treat all guests with dignity and respect while taking immediate action to serve their needs and support their life goals. You can volunteer with GRACE Marketplace to serve a meal, share a smile, and make a positive impact in someone’s life.

 

  • From the blog

    Ending Homelessness is Possible: A Five-Year Report

    GRACE is thrilled to present our five-year report, "Ending Homelessness is Possible," released in June 2019. The report describes our programs, services, community impact, financials, and - best of all - the exciting work ahead! 


    The 300 Challenge Continues

    In March, we kicked off The 300 Challenge during The Amazing Give. Through the Amazing Give campaign, we raised $23,371 toward our fundraising goal of $90,000. To continue the challenge, we've created a new home for it on our main fundraising site. The donations we've collected so far have been transferred to our new platform. 


    Meet the Forces Behind our Clothing Closet

    Some call it “the clothing closet.” Some call it the “GRACE Boutique.” But to everyone who visits, shops, or volunteers there, it’s about so much more than the clothes.

    Over the past few years, we’ve been lucky enough to have some of the most amazing volunteers pour their hearts into creating what has become one of the crown jewels of our volunteer programs - the GRACE Boutique. Set up to resemble a small retail shop, our guests come through and “shop” for what they need, from winter coats to work boots to summer dresses. Everything is clean, sorted by season and style, and presented in a way that emphasizes our core value of respect. And none of it would be possible without our Jean, Jan, Nancy, and Lori.


    GRACE Serves Half A Million Meals!



    On Monday, March 25, we’re celebrating the half millionth meal served in Cafè 131. “Considering that many of these meals were served before we had a kitchen, it’s an incredible milestone,” said Travis Middleton, Director of Community Engagement. We couldn’t have done it without Chef Marty Slevin, our dedicated kitchen crew, volunteers, and meal groups,“ he added.

    Monday’s half millionth meal celebration is open to the public. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm by St. Augustine's Catholic Church and will feature Chef Marty’s special meatloaf made from grass-fed beef provided by Florida Fresh Meat Company.


WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Lauren Poe
Mayor, Gainesville, FL
"They're doing remarkable work and changing the lives of hundreds and hundreds of people."
Dr. Bernie Machen
President Emeritus, UF
"GRACE's early success represents a truly remarkable launch of a much-needed community resource."

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