Our Mission

At GRACE, our mission is simple: to end homelessness. We achieve that goal by providing safe shelter, effective services, and permanent housing solutions for people without any of the typical barriers that keep people from getting help. 


Our Vision

Our staff, volunteers, and donors work together to make GRACE the best-choice shelter and service center for our guests, volunteers, and donors, and to earn widespread community support. Our comprehensive services meet people where they’re at and cover the basic necessities of housing, healthcare, and employment.

Photo of Jon DeCarmine, GRACE Operations Director

There are no requirements and no barriers to getting help here. Our campus gives people the space and security to get back on their feet and on with their lives.

Our Progress & How You Can Help

In just a few years, GRACE has had unprecedented success in helping homeless people recover. Since we opened, we've helped reduce homelessness in Alachua County by 47%, down to less than 600 people on any given night. 

Our progress is encouraging, but there is always more to do. You can help by joining the ranks of GRACE donors and volunteers. Without the support of everyday people, we could not do what we do. Volunteering at GRACE is a rewarding way to give back and help people who need it most.

From planting a garden to retrieving basic needs items for guest, compassionate volunteer work is essential to our operation. You can make a donation or sign up as a volunteer to contribute to our cause. Every donor and volunteer at GRACE help us make positive and lasting changes in our community and put an end to homelessness in Gainesville.


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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