gua: Agency will get a new home

Construction is under way on a new home for Catholic Charities at 1701 NE 9th St. The agency serves those in need.

KAREN VOYLES/Special to the Guardian
Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 3:18 p.m.

A vacant space on NE 9th Street is about to be filled by a new, permanent home for Catholic Charities in Gainesville.

The nonprofit organization has been renting space at 1717 NE 9th St. but recently broke ground at 1701 NE 9th St. on a $1.2 million, 10,000-square-foot building scheduled for completion in mid-October.

The charity serves Alachua, Bradford, Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy counties with 15 programs that cover such needs as food, housing and counseling.

Alee Gunderson, development coordinator for Catholic Charities-Gainesville, said the agency is working to raise another $81,000 it needs in cash, but has already secured a mortgage that will carry lower payments than the rent the group is paying.

"The space we are renting is office space, so we are limited in what we can do there," Gunderson said.

"We can only plug in one big freezer, so that limits how many frozen foods we can distribute, but in the new building there will be more space for freezers and food storage, which will help us do more for the people we serve."

Karen Voyles is a Gainesville Sun staff writer.

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