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3055 NE 28th Drive, Gainesville, FL 32609

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


COVID-19 Plan for Reopening

Click here to download a printable version of the plan.


  • If at any time the community shows a resurgence in COVID cases, OR we have a confirmed case at GRACE, we will revert back to current operational practices.
  • Staff will be required to wear PPE. 
  • No ill or recently ill staff with COVID symptoms will be allowed to return to work without COVID testing.
  • Campus will remain on “voluntary quarantine” status through Phase 3



Start date: June 1, 2020

  • Resume new entries to shelter 
    • All new entries must be non-symptomatic, receive a COVID test on arrival, and isolate in Bldg 8 until negative test results come back
  • Congregate shelter capacity <= 75%
  • Resume shelter exits
  • Continue with additional cleaning/disinfecting + add’l staffing
  • Continue hazard pay for employees
  • Ongoing COVID testing
  • Keep front (drive-thru) gate closed, screening at gates for guests and staff



Start date: June 15, 2020 or later

  • Maintain all services resumed in phase one
  • Congregate shelter capacity <= 75%
  • Re-open volunteer sign-ups. Schedule meal groups for open slots beginning July 1 or later
  • Introduce no/low-contact volunteer opportunities (i.e. working in building 6, assembling furniture in the new vet dorm, etc.)
  • Continue with additional cleaning/disinfecting + add’l staffing
  • Continue hazard pay for employees
  • Ongoing COVID testing
  • Allow non-residents to come in for to-go meals



Start date: July 1, 2020 or later

  • Maintain all services resumed in phases one and two
  • Allow meal groups, volunteer groups to return while maintaining social distancing and other precautions, including required PPE. 
  • Congregate shelter capacity <= 75%
  • Resume limited donor tours, by appointment only
  • Invite service providers back, by appointment only (scheduled hours)
  • Resume volunteer orientation
  • Continue with additional cleaning/disinfecting + add’l staffing
  • Ongoing COVID testing



Start date: July 15, 2020 or later

  • Resume all pre-pandemic campus operations, including dine-in seating at Cafe 131 in accordance with CDC guidelines, with the following changes: 
    • Drive-thru gate remains closed
    • Donation drop-offs still happen at front gate (will require attendant)
    • PPE required for staff, volunteers, meal groups until further notice; guests encouraged to do so
    • Ongoing COVID testing
    • Discontinue hazard pay


Statements & Press Releases

How you can help?

👉Make a cash donation at

👉We are open for donation drop-off. You can continue to bring your donations to GRACE

👉Shop our Amazon wish list. Here is the link,

Please consider making a gift to GRACE today to ensure we can continue to care for those most in need in the aftermath of COVID-19. Click here to make a donation now. 

Press Inquiries

All press inquires should be directed to Jon DeCarmine by emailing 

Local, State & National Resources

Alachua County Emergency Management

Florida Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control - Interim Guidance for Homeless Shelters


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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