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

3055 NE 28th Drive, Gainesville, FL 32609

Our Team

The GRACE team is on the frontlines of ending homelessness in Gainesville, and what we're doing is working! Here are the faces behind our organization, and a little bit of information on why we do what we do.

Administrative

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JON DeCARMINE
Executive Director, GRACE
Phone: 352-792-0800 x106
jdecarmine@gracemarketplace.org

What does GRACE mean to me?: "When I look at what’s happening out at GRACE, I see an incredible opportunity to help people in my community take care of themselves. ... For the first time, we have the space, and the foundation, to really make a difference in the way we deliver services to the people who need them most, and to do it in a way that’s smart, and respectful, and genuinely helpful and supportive."

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MICHELE GUTIERREZ
Administrative Coordinator, GRACE
Phone: 352-792-0800 x101
admin@gracemarketplace.org

What does GRACE mean to me?: "Buddhist author, Lama Surya Das said, 'GRACE is the isness of life. It's the recognition that everything is connected and sacred'.  This phrase comes to mind when I think about GRACE.  GRACE is not just a shelter but a living system with its own culture and community. Its a place where our purpose is to assist, serve, and support others, regardless of their situation, without judgment."

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TRAVIS MIDDLETON
Support Services Manager, GRACE
Phone: 352-792-0800 x145
tmiddleton@gracemarketplace.org

What does GRACE mean to me?: "GRACE to me is something bigger than what most people see. I see a community coming together to help our most vulnerable community members. Our volunteers, staff, service providers, and our guests are remarkable folks!"


Development & Community Engagement

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JOHN THOMAS
Director of Development, GRACE
Phone: 352-792-0800 x131
Email: jt@gracemarketplace.org

What does GRACE mean to me?: "GRACE is an amazing community resource. Providing real solutions to homelessness requires collaborating with some of the best social service agencies in town. It also requires unwavering community support. One of the things I love most about my job is bringing members of the community to our campus and showing them our mission in action. We are fortunate to have a very generous community that comes together in incredible ways to support our mission."

 

JESSICA ROJAS
Development Coordinator, GRACE
Phone: 
352-792-0800 x150
Email: 
jrojas@gracemarketplace.org

 

 

 

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Abigail Perret-Gentil
Community Engagement Manager, GRACE
Phone: 352-792-0800 x104
Email: volunteer@gracemarketplace.org

What does GRACE mean to me?: I feel so privileged to be able to contribute to a team that is pioneering solutions to one of our greatest social issues.  At GRACE I get to work side by side with our community's strongest and noblest members- the helpers and the survivors. I can’t think of a more hopeful way to spend my time. 

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KAREN SLEVIN
Director of Grants, GRACE
Phone: 352-792-0800 x117
Email: kslevin@gracemarketplace.org

What does GRACE mean to you?: "GRACE is a place where I can help make a difference in our community. It’s where I can use my skills and experience to change lives. ... It’s the best of both worlds. I do the work I love, and I get to live out my faith in my job."


Housing Services

 

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JENNIFER MOISES
Director of Housing Services, GRACE
Phone: 352-792-0800 x107
 jmoises@gracemarketplace.org

What does GRACE mean to me?: "I love that GRACE is low-barrier and will serve people with an active addiction. There are no drugs or alcohol allowed on the property, and people who receive our services are always encouraged to seek treatment. But if someone is under the influence and not violent, they can still receive services."

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ALFREDO PIÑATE
Case Manager, GRACE
Phone: 352-792-0800 x118
apinate@gracemarketplace.org

What does GRACE mean to me?: "For me, GRACE is a place where people come to do good for others and a place where all people can come to seek shelter and support services. I truly believe GRACE is a place where we do anything and everything possible to advocate for the end of homelessness."

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REBECCA ALGERO
Case Manager, GRACE
Housing Specialist, GRACE
Phone: 352-792-0800 x143
 ralgero@gracemarketplace.org

What does GRACE mean to me?: "GRACE to me means giving people a chance to either overcome past mistakes or harmful incidents by treating them with love and dignity. The organization GRACE to me has shown me the power of the definition of grace when it is put into action."


Shelter Services

 

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JEFF GRUVER
Director of Shelter Services, GRACE
Phone: 352-792-0800 x124
jgruver@gracemarketplace.org

What does GRACE mean to me?: "GRACE means so many things, it is a place of compassion and hope. It is a place where people are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. Where regardless of the issues you are dealing with you will be met with love, compassion, and understanding, I cannot express how grateful I am to be a part of it."

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SADIE BURGOS
Housing Specialist, GRACE
Phone: 352-792-0800 x112
burgos@gracemarketplace.org

What does GRACE mean to me?: "When we (G)ather together in the (R)ace to end homelessness you will always find an (A)bundance of (C)ompassion and a peace that is (E)verlasting because the race is not for us but for them."

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MARNIE SHAEFFER
Housing Specialist, GRACE
Phone: 352-792-0800 x1137
mshaeffer@gracemarketplace.org

What does GRACE mean to me?: GRACE means I get to do what I love every single day by helping my community and serving a population of people that need it the most through kindness, respect and most importantly through GRACE.

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LEON SCOTT
Intake Specialist, GRACE
Phone: 352-792-0800 x109
lscott@gracemarketplace.org

 

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PETE MONTE
Animal Welfare Coordinator, GRACE
Phone: 352-792-0800 x135
pmonte@gracemarketplace.org

 

   

Shelter Advocate Team Leads

  • Rachel Ryan
  • Nicol Spann
  • Tracey Brown
  • Charlotte Lawrence

 

Shelter Advocates

  • Bethel Spears
  • Denice McLeod
  • Michael McLeod
  • Krystal Eloius
  • Natalie Nandelstadt
  • Shantayvia Searcy
  • Natalie Nandelstadt
  • Shakkita Fitzgerald
  • Karina Perez
  • Bobby Gordon
  • Erik Baker
  • Veronica James
  • Mariette Yellen
  • Adrianna Phillipe
  • Jennifer Martz

 

Dignity Village Outreach Specialists

  • Chris Walker
  • Courtney Jones
  • Jerry Giardina
  • Jared Folds

 


Café 131

 

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LAVERN BATTLES
Kitchen Manager, Cafe 131 GRACE
Phone: 352-792-0800 x126
lbattles@gracemarketplace.org

What does GRACE mean to me?: "GRACE is a place where I can give all of my love and compassion. I strive to help people smile, feel happy, and joyful by serving our guests delicious food."

 

 

KEANIS SMART
Chef, Cafe 131 GRACE

 

CEDRIC MEE
Chef, Cafe 131 GRACE

 

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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