GRACE to launch campaign for new Community Services Center

We’ve been able to do a lot in our first two years. More than 2,300 individuals have been served over 120,000 meals and nearly 28,000 nights of shelter.

But we’ve got a longer-range plan.

We’re excited to announce that we’ll soon undergo renovations to open a new Community Services Center to provide support to anyone in need in the Gainesville area, not just those who are experiencing homelessness.

We’ve cultivated relationships with many important resources that serve our residents, but we’re running out of room! Our new Community Services Center will offer expanded service hours and a more diverse pool of resources available to our community.
Right now, our service providers share office space and equipment. Some even work remotely, serve our residents from mobile facilities in the parking lot or pull up a chair with them inside our busy Welcome Center. We add new services all the time, and are almost at capacity for what we can provide in these shared spaces.

Your support of this building gives us room to grow, opening up possibilities such as:

  • Daily 12-step meetings
  • A safe space for women
  • Expanded services for Veterans
  • An activity room for recreational and income-generating activities
  • Expanded mental health services
  • On-site medical services
  • Expanded case management
  • Other community providers not currently able to participate at GRACE

Our renovation plans will provide more room for us to grow and further our mission to be a permanent fixture of Gainesville’s resource community. But we need your help!

A generous donor has offered to match all funds raised before May 31st, up to $125,000. 

To get involved:

Donate now to double your impact

Set up a fan page to share this exciting opportunity with your friends

Read an editorial piece in the Gainesville Sun from former UF President, Dr. Bernie Machen (full text available here)

 

 

For more information about making a donation, starting your own fundraiser for our campaign, or The Community Services Center in general, contact kslevin@gracemarketplace.org or call (352) 792-0800 x. 117

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