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
- Hygiene Items on Thursdays
- A Clothes Closet on Thursdays
- A Worship Service with Communion on Wednesdays
- Phone usage
- Assistance obtaining Photo ID's, and
- 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 75-100+ individuals each weekday and serving more than 20,000 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 re-purposed 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. Following Grace Place hours, it is Galloway’s intention for this space to be used by many and serve as a “hub of mission” for the downtown area. 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, 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. We have also hosted two visiting mission groups,who slept on pallets on the second floor, providing inner city mission work in downtown Jackson. The second floor houses the Grace Place Clothes Closet, Yahweh Yoga which meets on Monday and Wednesdays at noon, and overflow storage.
It is our desire that the now vacant offices will one day house satellite offices for other community agencies and non profits serving the Grace Place population. The space will allow room to offer needed services on a rotating basis such as health care clinics, space for training or job interviews, etc. If you’ve not visited the Foundery, stop by any week day morning (with the exception of Tuesday) and see Grace Place in full swing. It truly is a ministry of God’s Grace in transformative action! For more information call 601-326-3449.
Feed My Sheep
Sunday 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.: Muffins, coffee and juice are served to our friends who call the streets their home. For more information contact Mission & Outreach Ministry at 601-326-3449.