Ten years ago, a group of us got together to re-think how we provided homeless services in Alachua County. The way we had been doing things wasn’t working. Getting help was like running an obstacle course.
Deep in four layers of clothes, Russ Dye sat by an extinguished campfire outside homeless shelter Grace Marketplace on Monday as the temperature tiptoed just above 60 degrees. Two sweatshirts, two T-shirts, a pair of shorts and sweatpants kept Dye, 54, from freezing the night before when temperatures across Gainesville dipped below 40 degrees.
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Theresa Lowe, the executive director of Grace Marketplace, said the shelter tries to take everyone as they come and provide what they need. People interested must adhere to certain criteria to be considered to move into the dorms.
Residents must agree to move forward, either get a job or volunteer on the campus, and are expected to work with a case manager to form a care plan.Read more
GRACE Marketplace began offering limited services May 5, 2014, including mail, case management, restrooms, and intake and referral.