Supported in part by the City of Gainesville, Alachua County, and your donations.

3055 NE 28th Drive, Gainesville, FL 32609

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

ljhljkhl.lnljhk

CHANGES IN DONATION ACCEPTANCE POLICY DUE TO COVID-19

Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our guests, staff, and donors, we are temporarily suspending the drop-off of ALL IN-KIND DONATIONS effective July 1, 2020, due to COVID-19. This includes donations of food, clothing, hygiene items, household items, kitchen appliances, and furniture. We will review this decision on an ongoing basis. 

Here's how you can help during this temporary suspension: 

:point_right:Shop our Amazon wish list. Here is the link, http://a.co/iDIr7Qc.
:point_right:Donate by credit card at www.gracemarketplace.org/makeadonation


COVID-19 6/29/2020 UPDATE

On June 29, 2020, a GRACE volunteer notified us that they had tested positive for COVID. Due to the restrictions, we’d put in place at the beginning of the pandemic, their contact with others on the campus was limited to only two staff members. At the time of contact, everyone was social distancing and wearing a mask. Both employees have been tested for COVID and have been sent home to isolate until we receive test results. 

On June 15, we announced that we were extending our second phase of reopening. This had included low/no-contact volunteer opportunities. Effective immediately, we are halting these volunteer opportunities. The rest of phase II remains in effect. For more information on our phased reopening plan, and to learn more about what we’re doing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on our campus, please view our re-opening plan below. 


Our COVID-19 Response & Plan for re-opening

Click here to download a printable version of the plan.

CURRENTLY IN PHASE TWO THROUGH AUGUST 3, 2020


PHASE ZERO

The GRACE campus is in emergency lock down operations mode. Campus is closed to the public. No new shelter entries will be permitted. Guests who leave campus will not be permitted to return.

GENERAL ASSUMPTIONS

  • 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 Phase Zero
  • Staff will be required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (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 Three

PHASE ONE

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 Building 8 until negative test results come back. COVID testing is available Mondays and Fridays between 9 am and 11 am at GRACE.
  • Congregate shelter capacity <=75%
  • Resume shelter exits
  • Campus remains closed to non-overnight guests
  • 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

 

CURRENT PHASE

PHASE TWO

Start date: June 15, 2020

AMENDED JUNE 15, 2020. CHANGES IN BOLD

  • 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
  • Continue with additional cleaning/disinfecting + add’l staffing
  • Continue hazard pay for employees
  • Ongoing COVID testing
  • Non-residents will continue to receive to-go meals at the front gate. Day services restricted to guests with an assigned bed.

PHASE THREE

Start date: August 3, 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
  • Resume walk-in meals for non-shelter residents (tentative, based on community COVID data)

PHASE FOUR

Start date: August 17, 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

Statements & Press Releases


Press Inquiries

All press inquires should be directed to Jon DeCarmine by emailing jdecarmine@gracemarketplace.org. 


Local, State & National Resources

Alachua County Emergency Management
https://alachuacounty.us/Depts/EM/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

Florida Department of Health
http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/index.html

Centers for Disease Control - Interim Guidance for Homeless Shelters
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/homeless-shelters/plan-prepare-respond.html

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."

STAY UP TO DATE

Powered by people like you
Patrick Swilley Jessica C. Baker Gigi Hernandez contraCOVID Gnv mello melon Jessica Resto Southern HIV & Alcohol Research Consortium - Sharc Courtney Evans Denny Pettrey Alex Worthington / A K W Insurance