Grace Place Ministry

Grace Place is a morning shelter, and place of respite, for the homeless and marginalized in our community. It is open from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. every weekday morning, except Tuesday. Grace Place is a connectional ministry, linking local churches in meeting the needs of those so often ignored.  Grace Place recognizes the dignity of all persons by seeking authentic, grace-filled relationships, focusing on loving one another in the midst of difficult life challenges.

Grace Place Offers

  • Coffee and a hot meal on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings
  • To-go snack bags when needed
  • Looking to continue the weekly worship service with communion on Wednesdays
  • Hygiene items on Thursdays
  • A Clothes Closet on Thursdays
  • Phone usage
  • Agency and community referrals

The Foundery at Galloway

The Grace Place ministry was founded at Galloway in 2007, and has grown exponentially since its beginnings. What started as passing out a snack bag through the church door, has grown to serving 100-135 individuals each weekday and serving more than 10,000 meals and snacks a year. As the ministry grew, it quickly became evident that more space was needed if the ministry was to expand.  After a nearly four-year process, Galloway purchased and renovated the United Methodist Conference building on the corner of Congress Street and Mississippi Street.

The building was named “The Foundery at Galloway.” This name emphasizes the rich heritage we have as Methodists, reminding us of our beginnings as a denomination and calling us to action. The Foundery in London was one of the early Methodist bases for works of piety and mercy. In 1738 John Wesley, founder of Methodism, purchased a building formerly used for casting cannons, and organized one of the first Methodist societies there. In addition to religious services, other ministries occurred on the premises such as child care, a clothing source, a school, a publishing house and weekly prayer meetings. Just as the early Foundery first re-purposed metal, under Wesley it repurposed lives.

It is our hope The Foundery at Galloway becomes a recognized name in our community as a space that through God’s grace transforms all people into Disciples of Christ. The first floor of this spacious building has been extensively renovated to be a multi-functional “ministry space.” This area has been designed specifically for the Grace Place Ministry.  A wide expansive floor-to-ceiling window view of our state’s Capitol spans the entire north wall of this building, providing our guests one of the prettiest scenic views of downtown Jackson. In addition to Grace Place, this space is used for in-house gatherings and meals on Wednesday and Sunday nights with various church meetings throughout the day. Outside groups such as Mission Mississippi, Transformation Jackson, Central Mississippi: Continuum of Care, and others use this ideal space to host monthly meetings or special dinners. The space is equipped with a commercial state-of-the-art kitchen. The second floor houses the Grace Place Clothes Closet, the Diaper Bank/It's That Time Girl, and Transformation Cycles.

The Clothing Closet

Operating on Thursdays, Grace Place volunteers collect forms and and distribute clothing items and hygiene kits to those in need.

Information for delivering donations

We gladly accept a variety of donations. We value clothing that is new, gently used, clean, and free of wrinkles for our friends at Grace Place. For non-clothing donations, we ask that many items such as combs and toothbrushes be individually packaged. Every donation is greatly appreciated not only by our staff but especially by our friends at Grace Place for helping them have the things that they need.

For your convenience, donations may be dropped off in the receptacle pictured below. The receptacle is located near the reception desk. 

Guidelines to Give

Please refrain from donating items that are damaged, dirty, obscene, advertise for politicians, or advertise drugs or alcohol.

Hygiene Items: 

  • travel size shampoo
  • conditioner
  • body wash 
  • bar soap
  • lotion 
  • individually packed toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • deodorant 
  • disposable razors 
  • combs
  • nail clippers 
  • disposable razors
  • combs
  • individually packaged toothbrushes
  • small packages of tissues
  • feminine hygiene products 

Personal items: 

  • new or gently used blankets
  • reading glasses with strength notated
  • backpacks
  • hand warmers 

Recreational Gear: 

  • sleeping bags
  • ponchos
  • mosquito repellant
  • insect repellant wipes 
  • adult bicycles

 

Most Requested Sizes and Styles

Shirts:

Men: Short or long sleeve pullover shirts, or casual button-ups. Sizes L-3XL. 

Women: Pullover or button-up blouses without a low-cut neck. Sizes L-3XL.

We ask that you bring button-ups and blouses on hangers.

 

Pants: 

Men: Blue jeans or khakis. Sizes W28-38 and L30-34.

Women: Casual slacks, jeans or khakis. Sizes 14-22.

 

Shoes: 

Men: Athletic shoes, walking shoes, and work boots that are clean, gently worn and with laces in good repair. Sizes 10-14 with medium width.

Women: Athletic shoes or comfortable walking shoes . Sizes 9-11

 

Underwear: 

Men: Most prefer boxers but a few briefs. Sizes M-2XL.

Women: New underwear sizes 10-14. We take preferably new, or gently used bras of all sizes. 

We do not distribute used underwear.

 

Sweatshirts: 

Men: Pullover and hooded sweatshirts. Sizes large - 3 XL.

Women: Pullover and hooded sweatshirts. Sizes large - 3 XL.

 

Our Sock Grant:

Through a grant, Grace Place is guaranteed to receive 5,000 pairs of socks each year from Bombas Sock Company.