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Does substance abuse cause homelessness?

This is a question from our Q&A series connected by Infotech. 

Homeless people have only one thing in common: the lack of safe, affordable housing. Beyond that, many of the things we've historically associated with homelessness, like substance abuse and mental health issues, play a role for some individuals, but generally don't cause homelessness. That said, misuse of drugs and alcohol can make it difficult for people to obtain and maintain housing, and put those individuals at greater risk for homelessness (Moxley, et al., 2020). 

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GRACE announces voluntary quarantine in response to spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Effective March 20, 2020 at 7p, GRACE has announced a voluntary quarantine for its 25-acre homeless services campus at 3055 NE 28th Dr. At this time, GRACE has not had any confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus. These are proactive steps designed with the safety of our staff, our guests, and our community in mind. 

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Satchel’s awards $12,000 to GRACE with a Satch Capital Grant

Satchel’s Pizza is proud to award their 2019 Satch Capital Grant award to GRACE, a project of the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry. GRACE will use the award to purchase a box truck to deliver furniture to people as they move into housing.

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What's going on with Dignity Village?

Dignity Village, the 200+ person homeless camp operated by the City of Gainesville, will close at the end of the year, and be replaced with a temporary campground focused entirely on moving campers into affordable housing.

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Punk Music Festival, Bands + Local Businesses Support GRACE

Now in its 18th year, THE FEST is an independent multi-day underground music festival held in Gainesville. This year, FEST is donating $1 from every FEST pass directly to GRACE! You can also find this very punk Black Flag inspired "End Homelessness" for sale in their Merch Store (and yes, all proceeds benefit our work ending homelessness)! 

But that's not all! The ink masters at Anthem Tattoo have reached out to FEST bands to gather autographed LPs, special merch, and other special prizes to giveaway via an online raffle. To learn more and enter to win visit: grace.rallyup.com/fest18 

 

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Hurricane Dorian Updates

GRACE has resumed normal operating procedures. Our emergency storm shelter is now closed. Click here for more details. 

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Ending Homelessness is Possible: A Five-Year Report

GRACE is thrilled to present our five-year report, "Ending Homelessness is Possible," released in June 2019. The report describes our programs, services, community impact, financials, and - best of all - the exciting work ahead! 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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