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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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City Commissioners Serve Homeless And Hungry At GRACE Marketplace

The Gainesville City Commission hosted a community dinner at the GRACE Marketplace Wednesday night to address homelessness and hunger in the city.

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A Private Donor Helps Send George Home to his Family

When the average person thinks about the homeless population, doubtless the first thought is, "That could never happen to me or my family." The sad truth, however, is that it often only takes one unfortunate event for someone to wind up without a safe place to live.

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Charlene Makes a Fresh Start with the Culinary Training Program

Of the many services offered by GRACE Marketplace, one of the most unique is the Culinary Training Program. During a 10-week course, participants are able to learn important culinary skills while helping provide meals to the hundreds of other GRACE guests.

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GRACE Helps Darryl Catch a Bus Back to His Family

Although it's not easy to think about, homelessness can happen to anyone, anywhere. In many cases, all it takes is a few missed paychecks due to a layoff to make the difference between having a secure home, and being on the street.

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Kylee and Timothy Get a Place of Their Own

Despite the stereotypes of homelessness, few are homeless by choice. Instead, the U.S. homeless population is primarily made up of those who have experienced a significant life event and now have nowhere else to go.

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GRACE Marketplace Refocuses Attention To Permanent Housing For Homeless

Ten years is a long time, but for Gainesville and Alachua County, it’s barely enough. In 2003, former Alachua County Commissioner Rodney Long and former Gainesville Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan wanted the county and city to come together to end homelessness. At the time, Long said other cities and counties around Florida were developing collaborative community plans to eradicate homelessness within a 10-year period.

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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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