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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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Ali Repairs His Life & Gives Back

Ali is an unassuming maintenance man at GRACE Marketplace. Five days a week, he goes around the homeless facility fixing leaky faucets, assembling new furniture, painting outdoor benches, and doing a variety of much-needed odd jobs.

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Q&A with GRACE Marketplace Director Jon DeCarmine

Jon DeCarmine, the Director at GRACE Marketplace, on why it's his goal to end homelessness in our community:

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Lowering the homeless population by 38%: Numbers show GRACE's true impact on Gainesville

When assisting the homeless, the focus is often more on output than an outcome. Numbers of meals, numbers of beds, and pounds of food donated can outweigh the real purpose of the generosity — to change people’s lives.

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Knife Skills to Life Skills — A Career Readiness Program in Culinary Arts

Through hands-on culinary training and skill development that translate into catering and supermarket work, GRACE’s program is empowering people to transform their lives.

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Walter's Positivity Pays Off with a New Place

Although the fight to end homelessness is happening on many fronts, perhaps the hardest battle to win is the one against homeless stereotypes. While the average person seems to believe everyone without a home is simply looking for a free ride — the truth is rarely so simple.

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‘My Mind Is At Ease’: Gainesville Homeless Center Offers Free Yoga

Robert Robinson keeps his eyes closed as his hands stretch toward his feet, his body sitting at a right angle. He’s really focused on his breathing, and every time he exhales, his body seems to be able to stretch a little bit farther. 

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The Navigator Team Helps Mark Reunite with his Family

The line between homelessness and safe, secure housing is often much thinner than people think. In some cases, all it takes is a single event to change your life for the worse. Fortunately, sometimes all it takes is a single positive event to change it all for the best.

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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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