The mission of Grace Place is to be a faith-based nonprofit neighborhood center to break the cycle of poverty by teaching literacy, language and life skills to children and families at-risk in Golden Gate City. Grace Place found its roots in Golden Gate city as an after-school homework club organized by Rev. Stephanie Munz Campbell in response to the overwhelming need in the Golden Gate community. In June of 2004, Grace Place became an incorporated nonprofit neighborhood center for early childhood education, school age programs and adult literacy programs. Five local United Methodist churches North Naples, First Naples, East Naples, Cornerstone, and Wesley, Marco provided the initial support and leadership. Grace Place quickly built a wide base of ecumenical and community partners to provide ongoing support and leadership.
Throughout its short history, Grace Place has built a considerable momentum. In just 9 years the organization has developed an effective array of successful programs with measurable outcomes, cultivated a qualified and capable staff and dedicated volunteer team and established community wide support with a strong base of collaborations and strategic partnerships. Finding its start in a few borrowed rooms of a local church, Grace Place has now purchased its 5-acre campus in the center of the community it serves and completed a major renovation allowing for additional program space.
Grace Place now serves as an educational touchstone for the Golden Gate community,
currently enrolling over 800 students in its educational programs: the nationally recognized Bright Beginnings program; School Age Programs and an Adult English Language and Literacy Program.
Grace Place was recently welcomed as a program provider for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. This prestigious honor is a tribute to the quality of Grace Place programs and the dedication of its staff, students and volunteers.