Grace Place Advocate John McNamara Passes Away

2019-08-07T19:25:42+00:00August 7th, 2019|Change Makers, General News|

Grace Place Advocate John McNamara Passes Away It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to education advocate and Grace Place supporter John McNamara, who passed away on August 5, 2019. John’s generous and loving spirit was known to many in the Naples’ community, including the staff and families here at Grace [...]

Exciting Changes!

2019-07-23T17:22:56+00:00July 2nd, 2019|General News, Staff|

Grace Place is thrilled to announce exciting staff additions, promotions, and changes! We are delighted to welcome Marianne Lambertson, as the Chief Development Officer and Peter Aurelio, as the Facilities and Operations Manager. Former Grant Controller, Tim Barone has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer following Dave Tobiasz’s retirement. Diane Ponton is taking on [...]

It Truly is Independence Day

2019-07-23T17:12:12+00:00July 2nd, 2019|Adult Education, Change Makers, General News|

It Truly is Independence Day Most Americans celebrate Independence Day with pie, barbecue, fireworks, and flags. For two of our students, as Americans this year, Independence Day meant so much more.   Yanety Ramirez’s lengthy journey to American citizenship started in 2011 when she came from Cuba by way of Mexico. “I’ve [...]

Cheers to the Class of 2019!

2019-07-02T21:48:34+00:00June 17th, 2019|AP Leadership, Change Makers, General News, School Age Programs|

Cheers to Class of 2019! Our AP Leaders are now high school graduates and off to college! This year’s class received over $600,000 in scholarships, the most of any graduating class in Grace Place’s history and each student has big plans for their bright future! Among the graduating class are our three Jubilee [...]

Work Hard, Play Hard

2019-06-18T13:51:03+00:00May 13th, 2019|Adult Education, Bright Beginnings, General News|

Work Hard, Play Hard Throughout the month of February, the Bright Beginnings moms prepared homemade boxed lunches for staff and volunteers as a fundraiser for their end-of-year celebration. Week after week, the moms banded together, collaborated different menu items, and delegated different roles. Some bought ingredients, others prepared meals in their own kitchens, and [...]

Paying it Forward

2019-04-12T16:06:34+00:00April 12th, 2019|AP Leadership, General News, School Age Programs|

MEET ARLETYS GOMEZ Arletys started coming to Grace Place in 2010. After being introduced to the organization through volunteering, she enrolled in the AP Leadership program. There she gained access to College Access Workshops, ACT preparation classes, college visits, job skills training, and a mentorship program. She learned leadership skills, formed life-long friendships, and found [...]

Exciting News…

2019-01-16T18:27:45+00:00January 16th, 2019|General News, Leader in Me|

Grace Place Earns Leader in Me Lighthouse Organization Certification from FranklinCovey 2019 is off to a momentous start! We are happy to announce we are officially a Leader in Me Lighthouse Organization. This honor makes Grace Place the first of its’ kind in the world to fully integrate FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits of Highly [...]


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 [...]

It’s a Holly, Jolly Christmas at Grace Place

2019-01-03T17:31:55+00:00December 27th, 2018|Adult Education, After-School High School, AP Leadership, Bright Beginnings, Family Literacy, General News, Uncategorized|

It’s a Holly, Jolly Christmas at Grace Place! All week long, families, staff, and volunteers hosted Christmas themed events and brought the Christmas Spirit to our campus for all our amazing students. To kick off the festivities, our Bright Beginnings moms hosted a special Christmas presentation and impressed staff and volunteers alike. With [...]