Welcome to the Grace Center

About the Grace Center

In the winter of 2009, the Cape Ann Clergy Association recognized an increasing number of requests for help from low-income and homeless adults. A Needs Assessment Study identified a number of pressing needs including the absence of a safe day space for people experiencing homelessness in Gloucester. On December 22, 2011, the Grace Center, Inc. opened as a day resource center with professional staff and volunteers. To date we have served more than 1,100 individuals. While we are proud to get to know and encourage individuals currently experiencing homelessness, we also continue to welcome the many older adults, lonely community members, or those at high risk of or currently experiencing crisis. No matter the life circumstances that have brought our guests to our doors, we strive to always provide gifts of acceptance, hospitality, and opportunity to all we meet.


NEW: Winter Sunday Hours are back!

Join us every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Open Door, 28 Emerson Avenue.

Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00

The Grace Center is open every weekday at the UU Church. Breakfast is served 8:30-10. Lunch is at noon. All services are free.

Gloucester UU Church,
10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA

If you are on Middle Street facing the church, please use the entrance on the left at the end of Gould Court.

For more information, call the Grace Center at (978) 675-6240.

From Grant Circle go south
on Washington Street
Left onto Railroad Ave
Right onto School Street
Right onto Middle Street

Winter Appeal

Thank you for your support of our Winter Appeal! Thanks to two generous local donors we met–and exceeded!–the $25,000 Annual Appeal Challenge and all gifts up to that amount were matched 1:1. We still need your support to continue saving lives of our Cape Ann community members in need.

Donate now with a tax-deductible donation to the Grace Center using the Paypal link below (credit cards accepted):

News Coverage

Shelter from the cold: Grace Center finds permanent home, offers Sunday sanctuary – Gloucester Times, December 13, 2017

Grace Center Founder to be Feted – Gloucester Times, September 29, 2017

Art through the lens of struggle – Cape Ann Beacon, November 18, 2016

Grace Center to offer Sunday shelter – Gloucester Times, November 3, 2016

Interview with Rona Tyndall

“Growing Grace: Day shelter expands, serving more homeless” – Gloucester Times, April 15, 2016


For program information, contact Christine Bobek at 978-675-6240

To volunteer, contact Rev. Rona Tyndall at 978-857-9305

What We Provide at no cost to guests:

  • A warm, welcoming place to be during the day
  • Monday-Friday, breakfast and lunch
  • Transportation
  • Nursing Services each week
  • Life Skills/Job Readiness
  • Health Screenings/Testings
  • Advocacy and Referrals
  • SBIRT Assessments
  • Weekly Yoga classes
  • Weekly Meditation
  • Therapeutic Art Program