On October 25, GRACE Marketplace opened the Josh Greenberg Computer Lab in the community services center. CareerSource North Central Florida (NCFL) along with Public Consulting Group and Digital Brands helped to provide the resources needed to make this computer lab available to the homeless of Alachua County. The Josh Greenberg Computer Lab includes ten computers, a television, 2 printers, and a digital teaching lab.
To Jon DeCarmine, the director of GRACE Marketplace, technology is as basic a need as food, clothing, and shelter. He said, “The ability to get online, to connect to pretty much anybody who’s going to be looking to hire you, looking to let you move into their place, all of that starts with access to computers.”
GRACE Marketplace is on a mission to end all homelessness in Alachua County and has reduced homelessness by 30% since its inception. DeCarmine says that GRACE Marketplace is on track to reduce homelessness by another 10-15% in the next 2-3 years. The addition of the computer lab will help them meet this goal because it is part of the plan to move all the best social services into one location to better serve the homeless population.
“Serving the homeless is the best investment we can make with our tax dollars.” Angela Pate, chief information officer of CareerSource North Central Florida, said. She also shared that the computer lab will provide instruction on writing a resume and sharpening interview skills. Meanwhile, CareerSource North Central Florida seeks to spearhead fundraising to continue these services for the homeless.
Named after the founder of Grooveshark, the Josh Greenberg Computer Lab is accessible to GRACE Marketplace residents from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.