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Grace Marketplace Installs New Washers and Dryers Provided by the City of Gainesville

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Seth Hansford, a installation technician, moves a dryer at Grace Marketplace. Grace Marketplace, a “one-stop” shelter for the homeless in Gainesville, Fla. received six washers, six dryers and one large commercial washer, on Thursday, Nov. 6.

A local homeless shelter will soon be offering a new laundry program to its residents.

On Nov. 6, Grace Marketplace, a “one-stop” shelter for the homeless, received new laundry equipment provided by the City of Gainesville using money donated by the Hampton Inn.

Grace Marketplace received six washers, six dryers and one large commercial washer. Once the new equipment is installed, Grace Marketplace will, for the first time, have a consistently open and operating laundry program. The new machines are expected to be ready for use on Nov. 7.

“You feel better when you’re wearing clean clothes,” Jon DeCarmine, director of operations at Grace Marketplace, said.

DeCarmine the shelter has been offering laundry services since July 2014 using used items that had been donated.

“We’ve been operating very often with one washer and no dryers. People have been hanging their clothes up on the fence and out to dry,” DeCarmine said.

According to DeCarmine, six times as many people will now be able to wash their clothes because of the new equipment.

Chad Engles, an installation technician, installs a new large commercial washer at Grace Marketplace on Thursday, Nov. 6. The large washer will be used to launder sheets, bedding, blankets and other items used at the shelter.

Grace Marketplace, a “one-stop” shelter for the homeless in Gainesville, Fla. received six washers, six dryers and one large commercial washer, on Thursday, Nov. 6. The City of Gainesville provided the laundry equipment with money from a donation from the Hampton Inn.

Grace Marketplace, a “one-stop” shelter for the homeless in Gainesville, Fla. received six washers, six dryers and one large commercial washer, on Thursday, Nov. 6.

Grace Marketplace, a “one-stop” shelter for the homeless in Gainesville, Fla. received six washers, six dryers and one large commercial washer, on Thursday, Nov. 6.

Two installation technicians from Southeastern Laundry Equipment move the new laundry equipment for Grace Marketplace on Thursday, Nov. 6.

Seth Hansford, an installation technician with Southeastern Laundry Equipment, carries some of the new laundry equipment at Grace Marketplace on Thursday, Nov. 6. The City of Gainesville provided six washers, six dryers and one large commercial washer with money donated by the Hampton Inn.

Seth Hansford, an installation technician with Southeastern Laundry Equipment, installs a new washer at Grace Marketplace. Grace Marketplace received six washers, six dryers and one large commercial washer, on Thursday, Nov. 6.

Seth Hansford, an installation technician with Southeastern Laundry Equipment, tests a new washer at Grace Marketplace on Thursday, Nov. 6. The City of Gainesville provided six washers, six dryers and one large commercial washer with money donated by the Hampton Inn.

Chad Engles, an installation technician, installs a new large commercial washer at Grace Marketplace on Thursday, Nov. 6. The City of Gainesville provided the new laundry equipment with money from a donation from the Hampton Inn.

Grace Marketplace received new laundry equipment including six washers, six dryers and one large commercial washer, on Thursday, Nov. 6. Previously the “one-stop” shelter for the homeless had been using used equipment that had been donated.

Chad Engles, an installation technician, installs the new large commercial washer at Grace Marketplace on Thursday, Nov. 6. The new laundry program is expected to begin on Friday, Nov. 7.

The City of Gainesville provided Grace Marketplace with new laundry equipment using money from a donation from the Hampton Inn. Grace Marketplace will now, for the first time, have a consistently open and operating laundry program.

About Kali Kavouklis

Kali is a reporter who can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

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