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Helping Hands

How are other organizations assisting the homeless?

Volunteers serve at soup kitchen

St. Francis House

This homeless shelter and soup kitchen offers temporary shelter and other basic necessities in the middle of downtown Gainesville. Assistance includes:

There are 32 beds available within the shelter, however residency requires application and approval. Families, single women and the elderly are given priority on the waiting list, respectively. Although many are not eligible to be served because of police warrants or maximum capacity within the shelter, the residents receive prolonged care that is not widely offered. Located at 403 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601. More information.

The Salvation Army

This shelter and social service center provides the homeless community with additional meals, clothing and bedding, yet it also prevents many families from becoming homeless. Assistance includes:

Although beds are available to men only, occupants come and go frequently, making it a vital resource for homeless individuals in emergency situations. Located at 639 East University Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601. Volunteers are desired. More information.

Compensated Work Therapy/Veterans Industries (VI/CWT)

This Department of Veterans Affairs vocational rehabilitation program finds employment for able-bodied veterans in Gainesville and throughout the country. Assistance includes:

This organization employs many veterans at the Malcolm Randall VAMC (medical center) where other veterans receive health care. As a result, it promotes employment and healthcare for the homeless veteran community. More information.

Alachua Habitat for Humanity

This nonprofit housing ministry seeks to provide long-term housing for homeless and needy families throughout the county. The organization prevents many families from becoming homeless through the construction of houses, assistance in personal money management, program reference and various training services. Located at 2317 S.W. 13th St. Gainesville, FL 32608. More information

University Homeless Council

This faith-based organization is run by students seeking to make a difference with the homeless community of Gainesville. Dinners are served at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (100 N.E. 1st Street Gainesville, Florida 32601) every Friday night. Other services include monetary contributions to local shelter and donations of non-perishable food items around the community. Contact for more information.

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