GRACE Marketplace has plans to use a portion of the money raised for its empowerment center to improve safety conditions for both residents and volunteers.
Although representatives assured the public that crime at the shelter is not a serious issue, they are still making efforts to create a safer environment. Those efforts include hiring overnight staff and installing security cameras.
Jon DeCarmine, director of operations at GRACE Marketplace, said they aim to provide occupants with a home-like setting that makes them feel safe.
According to the Gainesville Police Department, GPD has responded to more than 415 phone calls made from GRACE Marketplace and Dignity Village since it opened last fall. Staff at the shelter said the majority of calls were regarding small issues.