Community Spotlight: Josh Greenberg Computer Lab

The partnership between GRACE, Digital Brands, and CareerSource recognizes that technology is as much a basic need as food, clothing, and shelter.

Community Spotlight: Josh Greenberg Computer Lab

Many know Josh Greenberg as a local startup founder, mentor, and all-around great guy. But fewer know just how far his spirit of community has carried on today.

Check out this spotlight written by GRACE Marketplace on the Josh Greenberg Computer Lab, which makes technology accessible to people without housing.


The partnership between GRACE, Digital Brands, and CareerSource recognizes that technology is as much a basic need as food, clothing, and shelter.

More than 10,000 people without housing have used The Josh Greenberg Memorial Computer Lab, a partnership between GRACE, Digital Brands, and CareerSource of North Central Florida, since it opened in 2018.

Nestled in the Community Services Center at GRACE, the Josh Greenberg Memorial Computer Lab has had an enormous impact on the lives of thousands of people experiencing homelessness in Alachua County.

The lab is modeled after a similar project in San Francisco, the St. Anthony’s Tenderloin Technology Lab. There, Silicon Valley companies like Google, Twitter, and Facebook help provide access to technology as part of their efforts to mitigate the impact tech companies have on affordable housing.

“Working with Digital Brands and CareerSource, we set up the Josh Greenberg Lab in 2018 to recognize that technology, as much as food, clothing, and shelter, is a basic need,” said Jon DeCarmine, GRACE’s Executive Director. “The lab helps us make sure the thousands of people we serve every year have access to the tech they need to look for jobs, find apartments, and reconnect with friends and family.”

The partnership between GRACE, Digital Brands, and CareerSource recognizes that technology is as much a basic need as food, clothing, and shelter.

The lab features 10 desktop computers, a television, printers, free USB drives, and opportunities for volunteers to help people set up email addresses, create resumes, and look for jobs. Digital Brands provided the seed funding for the lab in 2017 to honor the memory of Josh Greenberg, founder of Grooveshark and a local tech legend. Josh freely shared his wealth of knowledge with others in the community and used it to improve the lives of the people around him.

About 5,000 people a year use the computer lab at GRACE as part of their efforts to get off the streets and back into permanent housing, for a total of about 40,000 visits annually. GRACE credits the lab, and the opportunities it creates for people to get jobs, find housing, or connect with friends and family, as a huge piece of its success. Since opening in 2014, GRACE has moved more than 1,600 people into permanent housing, reducing local homelessness by 36%.

The computer lab is just one piece of the support local tech companies have given to GRACE.

“Our partnerships with the tech community - Digital Brands, SharpSpring, Feathr, Fracture, Infotech, Paracosm, and so many more - have been absolutely critical to our success at ending homelessness in our community,” DeCarmine said. “We know that housing is the only solution to homelessness, and the more we can do to get people back into housing as quickly as possible, the better this community is for everyone in it.”

For more information about GRACE, the Computer Lab, or how GRACE can help your company meet its goals to support the community in meaningful ways, contact John Thomas at jt@gracemarketplace.org.