Josh’s Place is a community outreach program where people can feel safe to be themselves. A place where people know they’re not alone with their struggles. A place of hope and encouragement.
What We Do
Peer Groups & Mentoring
Community Events & Recreation
Grief Support Groups
Located in Alachua, FL, and open 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, Josh’s Place is open for folks to gather, play sports or games, and make crafts. Attendees also have the opportunity to join peer groups, connect with mentors, or get involved in grief support groups. Our volunteers are available to give guidance and encouragement to our community while having fun and making memories along the way.
By the Numbers
Community Members Served
Volunteers & Mentors Available
Hours of Service Each Week
The Story of Josh’s Place
Josh Harris was a kind, loving, athletic, humorous, sensitive, happy-go-lucky kind of kid. He was easy going and always joking around. He had a huge contagious smile that melted hearts, especially when he was trying to get away with something in front of his teachers. He had parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles that loved him tremendously, and a sister that adored him and always looked out for him. He was a hard working young man, working for a commercial electrical company, had just received a raise and was about to receive a company truck. He sold his Jeep and was planning to buy a boat. He planned to golf a variety of courses with his dad in the weeks to come. From the outside, it seems like he had everything figured out. But inside…he felt like he didn’t have a place among his friends.
He had been out of high school for two years, and one of those years was overrun by the chaos of COVID. He had been attending night classes and working as a commercial electrician during the day. Although his days were busy, he had a tough time “reinventing” himself after high school. This is all too common for young adults, trying to figure out adulthood but not knowing how that actually works. Friends move away for college or careers, and relationships change. Many have a difficult time coping, and with the chaos of the pandemic, it was a perfect storm. Josh was only 20 years old.
Sadly, there are too many stories like Josh’s to count. Folks both young and old are feeling a sense of hopelessness in this world. Where can they go? Who can they talk to? How can they feel safe from the everyday stresses? Josh’s Place is a place to start.