Grace Place has been serving Winona and the surrounding community areas since 1992. Grace Place believes in long-term care for families and that an investment in people is an investment in the community. Our mission is realized through community support, mentoring, birth-to-five programming, financial literacy and life skills programs, and other resources that strengthen families and individuals.
Our programs include a variety of group mentoring sessions where families receive support in developing the parental role as a child’s first teacher. In these group sessions, families learn together through music and movement, sign language, phonemic awareness, and Montessori in the home. We also provide additional resources, such as our two thrift stores, which provide high-quality, low-cost items to low income families and individuals, employment and volunteer opportunities within our organization, and a benevolence program called Gifts of Grace, where families can obtain items from our free shelf each month.
There has been a long-standing void when it comes to shelter for families with children in our community. Over 20% of the population lives below the poverty line, a markedly higher percentage than the national average. Moreover, nearly 10% of the population are members of underrepresented minority groups. In response to this urgent need Grace Place purchased a home, at 802 West Broadway, to be used as a transitional shelter for families in our community. Transitional housing is supportive, temporary housing, that is meant to bridge the gap between homelessness and permanent housing. Grace House will be licensed by the State of Minnesota with a Boarding and Lodging License, allowing us to provide shelter for up to 9 individuals at a time. Our goal is to provide social, emotional and spiritual support as the individuals practice healthy life skills and gain steady employment. Grace Place is committed to helping families break the life-limiting cycles of poverty and crisis, guiding them to live wholesome, safe, healthy, and productive lives and to thrive as members of the community.
The Grace Place Story