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What is the GCC?

"Providing Help, Hope, and Healing for Our Neighbors in Need in Cape Coral and North Fort Myers"

 

 

The Grace Community Center (GCC) opened in late 2008 to address the needs of the poor and marginalized in the Southwest Florida area. It provides a path for its neighbors to live lives of freedom with dignity through an abundance of compassion ministries. The GCC and its ministries impact the community through teams that work every day to feed the hungry, clothe the needy, educate the less skilled and provide hope for the hopeless. The GCC was awarded 2010 "Ministry of The Year" by the Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and in April 2011 the GCC was recognized by the Lee County Board of Commissioners for "outstanding and unselfish service to our community."

 

The Third Saturday monthly outreach provides the local community with numerous services such as groceries, haircuts, health screenings, pet food, and State Aid Rep's, to name a few. The GCC's management team has partnered with Children's Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida to provide parenting classes, Dr. Piper Center for Social Services for the Foster Grandparent Project, and the Florida Department of Health for the Quit Smoking Now Program.

 

A powerful program with an effective outreach, Celebrate Recovery transforms the lives of people impacted by drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual addictions or abuse, violence and other hurts, habits, or hang-ups keeping them from leading productive fulfilling lives.

 

The GED program volunteers provide free assistance to those who wish to further their education.

 

The Wheel-Men Bike Ministry provided more than 100 free bicycles to those without transportation and the Car Care Service Ministry provided oil changes and basic car care for single moms and widows in need. 

 

The GCC is a shining light in the local community, providing hope and assistance to thousands of its neighbors every month. In 2011, the GCC gave away 238,086 pounds of food (an increase of 46.4% over 2010) to more than 26,048 of our neighbors in need. It provided more than 31,622 pounds of pet food to pet owners in need. To those who could not afford them, 748 haircuts were given away. Teams through the GCC have helped more than 393 guests apply for food stamps and Medicaid, or a free cell phone from various agencies. The GED classes served 585 students with free tutoring. Junction 4151, our at-risk high school program, hosted more than 2,500 students. The medical team served as many as 1,508 guests in a single month with free blood pressure and blood sugar checks, breast cancer evaluations, free flu shots, even confidential HIV testing. This is just a snap shot of the amazing things happening through the numerous community outreach programs housed in the GCC.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

For a complete list of ministries at the Grace Community Center, please see our Ministry Guide located in the top-left corner of every page.

 

Thrift Store

 

Affordable clothing and merchandise, Tuesday through Saturday 10am-4pm, Wednesday 10am-5:30pm

Food Ministry

 

Providing food for our neighbors in need, 3rd Saturdays 9am-noon

Medical Ministry

 

Health screenings + doctor referrals, 3rd Saturdays 9am-noon

Naaman’s Aids Asst.

 

Providing HIV testing & counseling, 3rd Saturdays 9am-noon

Translation Team

 

Spanish and Creole translation services, 3rd Saturdays 9am-noon

ACCESS Computers

 

Food stamps, SSD, free cell phone program, 3rd Saturdays 9am-noon

Feed the Pack

 

Providing dog, cat, and bird food, 3rd Saturdays 9am-noon

G.E.D. Classes

 

Free tutoring, Wednesdays 6-8pm and Saturdays 8:45-noon

Hispanic Ministry

 

Spanish fellowship and bible study, Wednesday evenings

Celebrate Recovery

 

Christ-centered 12 step recovery program, Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm, childcare provided

Marriage Ministry

 

Pre-registration required 239-574-7161, $10 class fee, Tuesdays 6:30-8pm, childcare provided

Parenting Classes

 

Children’s Advocacy Center of SWFL, free & court approved, 239-939-2808, Saturday’s 10am-noon

Car Care Ministry

 

Complimentary quarterly oil changes for single moms and widows in need

Quit Smoking Now

 

Florida AHEC, free classes to quit smoking, 877-848-6696, call for class dates and times

Garden of Grace

 

Hands on community garden to educate, demonstrate, and provide food resources to our neighbors

P.A.W.S.

 

Pets Are Working Saints, pets and their owners make monthly visits to local nursing homes

Tax Ministry

 

AARP volunteers prepare tax returns for low to mid income individuals and families

Kairos Outside

 

Reaching out and ministering to the loved ones of those who are incarcerated

Wheel-Men Bikes

 

Providing bicycles to those in need of transportation