Gainesville outreach program performs to find roofs, providers for homeless

Jerry Giardina, right, an outreach specialist with the homeless shelter Grace Marketplace, talks with Steven Boyt, center, who is homeless, off South Main Street Thursday. Boyt ultimately declined Giardina's help, but the outreach worker says the job is about building trust.

Jerry Giardina is by now a acquainted confront to the homeless persons in downtown Gainesville, in which he’s been working as an outreach employee for Grace Market for only the final month.

The unassuming, thin, bespectacled man on Thursday was toting a backpack with his trusty laptop within — his lifeline to help homeless persons completely transform their lives. Several acknowledged him as he stood on a sidewalk by Haisley Lynch Park.

When Giardina can gain a homeless person’s rely on, he pulls his laptop out and inputs facts to obtain out what expert services, and significantly housing, are accessible to them.

Giardina is familiar with he’s not scary, which functions to his edge obtaining people today to sit down and speak about their lives so he can try and get them into long-lasting housing.