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Thanks to our 2015 #fundGRACE campaign, we were able to raise $3688 for job training and case management!

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GRACE No Show Gala

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This event requires that you NOT hire a babysitter, buy a new outfit, rent a tuxedo, mingle and dance. Instead, we invite you to kick back, relax, and here’s the best part…stay home! In lieu of spending a fortune on a night out, why not relax in the privacy of your own home and make a valuable donation to a worthy cause?

Why a ‘No Show’ Gala? This virtual event allows GRACE to significantly decrease our event expenses in order to guarantee that 100% of all monies raised go directly to supporting our mission and goals. Yes, let’s face it, you may miss the camaraderie of an evening out with friends, but we think that you’ll be delighted to know that EVERY DOLLAR of your FULLY TAXDEDUCTIBLE donation will be supporting homeless services in your own community.

On December 12th we invite you to Like us on Facebook and post of selfie of what you are doing while you support GRACE. We look forward to seeing your pics on the 12th!

We hope you seize the opportunity to make a profound difference from the comfort of your own home by making a donation to GRACE.

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2nd Annual Day of GRACE

November is National Homeless and Hunger Awareness Month.

The 2nd Annual Day of GRACE will be an exciting event. There will be lots to do and see and we’ll cut the ribbon on our new kitchen!

Come Celebrate GRACE Marketplace One Year In!

Date: Saturday November 14, 2015Plugins 1
Time: 10 am – 1 pm (program begins at 10:30)

Festivities:

  • Dedication and Ribbon Cutting for Cafe 131- It’s finally finished! Don’t miss the big moment in GRACE history and help us to honor Pat Fitzpatrick.
  • Lunch by Bert Gill – Join us for a buy one, give one lunch by Chef Bert Gill.
  • Live Music by Weeds of Eden – Music by our very own Commissioner Robert ‘Hutch” Hutchinson and the group.
  • Citizen of GRACE Award – Find out who will be honored this year!
  • Tours ….. Service Fair….. Tree planting… and more

Emcees – Pegeen Hanrahan and Rodney Long

Pitch in for the Kitchen Fundraiser Wrap-Up

We’re wrapping up the Pitch in for the Kitchen fundraiser on Friday, October 2, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.at the Cymplify First Friday Food Truck Rally! For the past few months, doctors from the Alachua County Medical Society and lawyers with the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association have been competing to see who can raise the most money for our kitchen. Join us for some great food, live music, and a dunking booth filled with local politicians! At 8 p.m., we’re adding ice to the dunking booth and the winners get to dunk the losers!

If you can’t make it to the event, there’s still time to donate here!

Rethinking homeless services to make it easier for people to get off the streets.

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Ten years ago, a group of us got together to re-think how we provided homeless services in Alachua County. The way we had been doing things wasn’t working. Getting help was like running an obstacle course. We were asking people with little or no access to transportation to run back and forth across town, from one agency to another, desperately trying to stitch together the resources and referrals they needed to pull themselves back on their feet. The same problems that contributed to people becoming homeless – limited transportation, lack of knowledge about available help, physical and mental health problems, and more – also made it difficult for people to get back into housing.

Community leaders, advocates, volunteers, and homeless and formerly homeless people spent six months working on the issue. GRACE Marketplace emerged from these discussions as the central piece of our community’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness. GRACE brings together the best social service and health care agencies in our community to strengthen the safety net for our friends and neighbors.

What We Do at GRACE

We are a one-stop assistance center for people without housing, bringing together key social service agencies in one location to make it easier for people in our community to get the help they need. We provide emergency shelter (indoors) and an outdoor shelter pavilion for men and women. We also provide meals, day services, laundry, storage, a computer lab, a clothing closet, case management, AA/NA meetings, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and, most of all, a place people can call home.

GRACE Marketplace is a project of the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit with two decades of experience developing and coordinating homeless services in North Central Florida.

What We Need & What You Get

Our current operating budget is not enough to provide the level of services required to help people transition back to self-sufficiency. We are raising $50,000 to support and expand the programs and services currently offered at GRACE Marketplace. 100% of your donation goes directly to support programs and services at GRACE Marketplace. All money raised through this campaign will be used to:

  • Expand supportive service and case management options,
  • Provide move-in assistance (first/last month rent and security deposit), and
  • Improve safety and security on our 25-acre campus, and

$1 covers the cost of a meal for one hungry person.

$25 provides a day of comprehensive services for one person.

$50 provides a week of day shelter (bathrooms, phones, showers, storage of personal belongings, and a place to get off the street and relax) for one person.

$100 will provide a week of overnight shelter for one man or woman without a safe place to call home.

$186 covers the cost of ordering pizza for 100 evening guests when we don’t have a group from the community coming in to provide dinner.

$500 provides the security deposit needed to move one person out of homelessness and into housing.

$1000 provides the security deposit and first month of rent needed to get a person off the streets and into housing.

The Impact

Homelessness is the most visible symptom of poverty in our community. Whether you think homelessness is a crisis, a social justice issue, a women’s issue, a veterans’ issue, a health care issue, or just something you don’t want to see anymore in downtown Gainesville, GRACE Marketplace is part of the solution.

Since we opened in May of 2014, we have provided 20,000 meals and over 5,000 nights of shelter to homeless men and women in Alachua County. The majority of the 100+ people living in the former Tent City south of downtown have moved out to the GRACE campus. We have helped move 80 people off the streets and back into housing since we started, and with your help, we can continue to provide these and other high-quality services.

GRACE provides easy access to services for people experiencing homelessness by providing a safety net for our friends and neighbors.

Current GRACE partners include:

  • Meridian Behavioral Healthcare
  • Three Rivers Legal Services
  • Peaceful Paths
  • University of Florida Mobile Medical Unit
  • Florida Dept. of Children & Families
  • Bread of the Mighty Food Bank
  • Greenhouse Church
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Downtown Ministry
  • Volunteers of America
  • The VA Medical Center
  • VETSPACE
  • Gainesville Community Ministry
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Alcoholics Anonymous

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can’t contribute financially, please consider helping in one of these other ways:

  • Spread the word! Ask your friends to #fundGRACE, and share this campaign on social media!
  • Organize a donation drive at your workplace, school, or church. We always need men’s and women’s hygiene items, new socks and underwear, blankets, coats, sweaters, bug sprays, tents, and sleeping bags!
  • Volunteer! Fill out a volunteer application and we’ll contact you with volunteer opportunities.

Services Expanded

We’ve expanded our initial services to include an outdoor shelter pavilion, showers, storage, meals (breakfast and dinner) and supportive services, including mental health and substance abuse services, NA meetings, and assistance signing up for SSI/SSDI, food stamps, SafeLink phones, and other public benefits. We’ll be opening our indoor shelter in September.