How are other organizations assisting the homeless?
St. Francis House
This homeless shelter and soup kitchen offers temporary shelter and other basic necessities in the middle of downtown Gainesville. Assistance includes:
- Case Management
- Daily meals
- Hygienic necessities
- Clothing distribution
- Bus passes for Gainesville's transit system
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:
- Payment of past due bills (housing/utility) once every year
- Clothing distribution
- Hot meal program
- Reference to other sources
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:
- Work site and job assessment
- Staff training and consultation
- Job matching
- Follow-up services
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.