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

    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!





     

     


    Q&A with GRACE Marketplace Case Management Director Jennifer Moises

    Jennifer Moises, Case Management Director for GRACE Marketplace, on her passion for hands-on work with the homeless:

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    At GRACE, Thomas Found Respite — and a New Hope

    Despite the stereotypes, few are homeless by choice; only 7% of Americans living on the streets are chronically homeless. The fact is the majority of those without homes have experienced a catastrophic life event, such as a layoff or the end of a relationship, and now simply have nowhere else to go.

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    Amy & Phillip Receive Their New Keys

    Homelessness often happens unexpectedly and without fault. Significant life events, such as sudden unemployment, family disputes, or losing loved ones, can lead to someone not being able to pay their bills and being forced out on the streets.

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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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