Small groups making big impact, Cornerstone Church

2021-08-07T20:13:24+00:00August 7th, 2021|Change Makers, COVID-19, Friday Food Pantry, General News, Uncategorized|

On the third Thursday of every month, you will find a group of individuals at Cornerstone United Methodist Church bagging rice and beans. What started as a small way to help during the pandemic now impacts lives from start to finish. Routines were completely flipped upside down over a year ago as we all faced [...]

Grace Place Job Fair!

2021-07-21T15:12:55+00:00July 21st, 2021|Careers, Change Makers, General News, Staff|

Grace Place for Children & Families will be hosting an onsite job fair at 4300 21st Avenue SW, Naples FL on Saturday, July 24 from 10am-12pm. During this time we will be conducting interviews for immediate start positions.  Please come out and see us! If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at 239.255.7214. [...]

Grace Place for Children and Families announces Lära Fisher as Chief Executive Officer

2020-09-23T00:47:11+00:00September 23rd, 2020|Careers, Change Makers, General News, Staff|

It gives us great pleasure to announce that following a national search, the Grace Place Board of Directors has unanimously approved the selection of Lära Fisher as our next Chief Executive Officer effective October 19, 2020. The Board and leadership team at Grace Place are confident that Lära is the right person to lead our [...]

Ann Marie Barter joins Grace Place from the Barbara Bush Foundation

2020-09-21T19:11:17+00:00September 21st, 2020|Bright Beginnings, Change Makers, Family Literacy, General News, Staff|

We are pleased to welcome Ann Marie Barter as our Grace Place Family Literacy Model® Administrator. Barter joins Grace Place, following nearly six years with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, where she served as the Senior Director of Curriculum and Training. In this role, Barter traveled nationally, developing and evaluating literacy programs to [...]

Grace Place Reopens for Summer Programs

2020-06-12T13:30:51+00:00June 12th, 2020|Adult Education, After-School Elementary, After-School High School, After-School Middle School, AP Leadership, Bright Beginnings, Change Makers, COVID-19, Family Literacy, General News, School Age Programs, Staff|

We are pleased to announce our reopening for early childhood, youth and adult education summer programming. Grace Place summer programs include a nine-week Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) class which began on June 8, a six-week elementary and middle school summer program beginning June 15, a five-week virtual high school program beginning June 15, and a combination [...]

Class of 2020

2020-09-10T17:36:43+00:00May 10th, 2020|After-School High School, AP Leadership, General News|

Student Perspective: Nelly Perez, Jubilee Scholarship Award Recipient My name is Nelly Perez, and I've recently received some life-changing news. I found out that I am one of the two recipients of the Grace Place for Children and Families Jubilee Scholarship. The day I was told, I was at a loss for words. This scholarship [...]

#GracePlaceHeroes, Our Talented Teachers

2020-05-14T18:32:48+00:00May 8th, 2020|Bright Beginnings, Change Makers, COVID-19, Family Literacy, General News|

Celebrating our #GracePlaceHeroes We’d like to spotlight some of our amazing teachers - Mr. Josiah, Miss Rebecca, Ms. Tatiana, Miss Quela, and Ms. Henri. They have spent days and weeks constructing new materials in new formats for online instruction. They’ve created innovative approaches to teaching and continue to spend vast amounts of time answering questions, working with students [...]

Staying connected to our Grace Place Family

2020-05-08T14:29:16+00:00May 8th, 2020|Bright Beginnings, Family Literacy, General News|

Stephanie was first inducted into the Grace Place family the way many join, at the insistence of a current student. Usbeidy, who along with her three young children are long-time students at Grace Place, provided the first spark. When Usbeidy met Stephanie and her two-and-a-half-year-old son Anthony at swim class, it didn’t take long for [...]

#GracePlaceHero, Bill Fox

2020-05-06T00:32:06+00:00May 6th, 2020|Change Makers, COVID-19, General News, gtn2020, School Age Programs, Uncategorized|

Bill Fox has volunteered with the high school LEAD program and has served as a Grace Place mentor for the past several years.  Karen Rodino, LEAD Program Site Coordinator, eagerly shared “Bill is always smiling, he has boundless energy, and his enthusiasm is infectious.  Bill treats everyone with respect and dignity and takes the time [...]

#GracePlaceHero, Laura Velasquez

2020-05-07T17:41:16+00:00May 5th, 2020|Change Makers, COVID-19, Family Literacy, General News, gtn2020, Uncategorized|

Laura Velasquez began her Grace Place journey seven years ago as a volunteer. In her fourth year, she joined the Bright Beginnings program with her son, Danilo. Today, she attends the Beginnings 301 course, while Danilo is thriving in the fulltime three-year-old class, and her daughter, Karen, is blossoming in the fulltime two-year-old classroom. Beginnings [...]