Welcome to 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 700 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.


Breakfast is served 8:30-10. Lunch is at noon. All services are free.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30-4:00
Unitarian Universalist Church,
10 Church Street, Gloucester MA

Thursday 8:30-4:00
Trinity Congregational Church,
70 Middle Street, Gloucester MA

Friday 8:30-4:00
St. John’s Episcopal Church,
48 Middle Street, Gloucester MA

NEW FOR WINTER ONLY: Sunday 10:30-4:00 from 12/4/16 through 3/26-17
The Open Door
28 Rear Emerson Ave, Gloucester

Lunch only will be served on Sundays and there will be transportation for guests provided from the Action, Inc. shelter, 370 Main Street at 10 am, and a return back to shelter from Open Door at 4 pm. For more information, call Open Door (978) 283-6776 or 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
(All three churches can be accessed from Middle Street)


News Coverage

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:

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