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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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Racheal Has a New Place ... a New Baby Girl

While only 7% of the homeless population in the U.S. is actually chronically homeless, that still equates to thousands in need of help to end the cycle.

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Chris Helps Himself & His Peers at GRACE

One of the most important things that separate GRACE from other programs is its unique, holistic approach to solving homelessness: GRACE for the Moment, GRACE for the Journey, and GRACE for the Future.

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GRACE Launches Campaign for New Community Services Center

We’ve been able to do a lot in our first two years. More than 2,300 individuals have been served over 120,000 meals and nearly 28,000 nights of shelter. But we’ve got a longer-range plan.

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Bernie Machen: Help GRACE reach its full potential

Although not yet two years have passed since Grace Marketplace opened its doors, it has already become a center of help, healing and hope in our community. Grace has served more than 2,300 people over 120,000 meals. It has provided nearly 28,000 nights of shelter.

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GRACE serves its 100,000th meal!

GRACE Marketplace will serve its 100,000th meal on Wednesday, February 17th, and will begin its new Culinary Training Program in February, as well. With the new kitchen in place, GRACE has been able to expand its services and the new Culinary Training program will prepare participants for jobs in local restaurants and institutions.

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FundGRACE campaign raises more than $3,600

Thanks to our 2015 #fundGRACE campaign, we were able to raise $3,688 for job training and case management! Sign up for our newsletter here to follow our progress as we work hard to put others back to work!

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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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