In an Adult Education Classroom, a Special Friendship Forms

2019-05-15T19:39:49+00:00February 18th, 2019|Adult Education, AP Leadership, Change Makers|

In an Adult Education Classroom, a Special Friendship Forms Edie Cole has dedicated the past ten years volunteering at Grace Place. With an extensive background in education, Edie works directly with students in the Adult Education Program and helps adults who are seeking to obtain their GED, learn English as a Second Language [...]


2019-01-03T19:07:40+00:00January 3rd, 2019|Change Makers, General News, School Age Programs, Staff, Uncategorized|

WE’RE TICKLED “BLUE!” We are pleased to share that Grace Place is now a certified Blue Zones Project approved worksite. Blue Zones Project is a community-wide, well-being improvement initiative to help make healthy choices easier for everyone in Southwest Florida. The global movement offers solutions for worksites to inspire and encourage employees to [...]

Change Makers in Action

2018-07-05T17:28:40+00:00July 9th, 2018|Adult Education, Change Makers, General News|

Change Makers in Action... As technologies continue to emerge and evolve, digital literacy is becoming increasingly important both at home and in the workplace. In response to this growing demand, and at the request of our students, Grace Place launched a Digital Literacy course. The course had a similar beginning to Grace Place itself; [...]

Meet the 2018 Jubilee Scholarship Winners

2018-07-05T17:27:55+00:00July 6th, 2018|After-School High School, AP Leadership, Change Makers, General News, School Age Programs|

“You’ve won the Jubilee Scholarship.” Five words that changed Karen Merillien and Marlen Hernandez’s lives forever. The Jubilee Scholarship, a four-year “full ride” to Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), is offered exclusively to two Grace Place AP Leadership students each year. The scholarship includes all tuition costs, books, housing and a living [...]

The gift that keeps giving….

2018-07-05T17:00:03+00:00June 25th, 2018|AP Leadership, Change Makers|

The Dale Clarke Scholarship Endowment Fund Grace Place received its first gift establishing an endowed scholarship this winter, celebrating the life of Dale Clarke. This beautiful legacy began with Dale’s strong belief in the transformational power of education and his great respect for those persevering in the face of adversity. Dale related to the [...]

Remembering Barbara Bush

2018-06-07T15:44:34+00:00April 22nd, 2018|Bright Beginnings, Change Makers, Family Literacy, General News, Staff|

Remembering Barbara Bush Barbara Bush’s philanthropy and advocacy has changed lives across the world. As a champion for literacy, she knew the boundless value in simply being able to read a book to your child, in being their first teacher. As we mourn the loss of this change maker, I wonder how many [...]

Sibling Act

2018-05-14T18:53:04+00:00April 3rd, 2018|After-School Elementary, Change Makers, Family Literacy, General News, Uncategorized|

Grace Place had a special visitor recently when Will, the oldest sibling in the Alcius family, came to visit campus. Will, his brother Keith, and his sister Louise were some of the first students to attend Grace Place. Now, almost fifteen years later, their youngest brother Jordan is enrolled in the Academy of [...]

Grace Place Students “Give Where They Live”

2018-03-05T16:38:37+00:00March 5th, 2018|Change Makers, General News, School Age Programs|

For the fourth consecutive year - the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation partnered to present Give Where You Live Collier. Grace Place was again selected as one of 38 nonprofits in Collier County to participate in this community-wide day of philanthropy. Over the past few years, the [...]

Celebrating National Family Literacy Month

2017-11-21T15:20:18+00:00November 20th, 2017|Change Makers, Family Literacy, General News, Staff|

"Read Around Town"   In celebration of this month being National Family Literacy Month, we held a special Family Literacy Day event on our Golden Gate City campus. The event's theme was "Read Around Town," and the Grace Place team came together to create our very own Grace Place Town for the festivities. [...]

Grace Place: Post-Irma Update II

2017-09-25T21:09:27+00:00September 19th, 2017|Change Makers, General News, Staff|

Dear Friends, Our hearts go out to all the families affected by hurricane Irma. While the Naples area repairs and rebuilds in the storm's aftermath, many of the families in the Golden Gate community we serve continue to face life-threatening challenges. We are grateful to the many of you who have reached out, given funds, [...]