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

    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.


    300 Challenge kicks off during The Amazing Give



    A few months ago we announced housing our 600
    th person. Reaching this milestone has given our team confidence and inspired us to do something truly amazing we aim to double our impact by housing another 300 people by the end of 2019. This is quite an ambitious goal so we have an equally ambitious fundraising goal to match!

    We’re looking for 300 people to raise $300.

    The 300 Challenge kicks off during The Amazing Give (March 20-21) and will continue until we reach our goal. Will you accept the $300 challenge?



    Here’s how you can help:

    • Become a fundraising champion. The Amazing Give makes it easy to fundraise on our behalf. In just a few clicks, you can launch your own donation page by clicking the “Fundraise” button on our Amazing Give page.

    • Get social. Use social media, text, or traditional email to share your donation page link. Peer-to-peer fundraising is powerful because it allows us to reach new donors and even the smallest donation add up! 

    • Call on your colleagues. Not sure if you can raise $300 on your own? See if your company will accept the challenge! Check with your team about creating a donation page in your company's name. Better yet, challenge another local company to see who can raise more!

    • Attend our Kick-off Party. Join us on Friday, March 15th at Cypress & Grove from 5-7pm for help setting up your giving page and enjoy music from The Jazz Bandits, food trucks, and locally brewed beer, kombucha, and seltzer on tap!





     

     


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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