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Former FAMU football player Sharard Shabazz organizes donation collections benefitting Kearney Center.

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Kearney Center client earns CDL from Tallahassee Community College’s Workforce Development Division.

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2018 kicked off with a blizzard and snow in Tallahassee. The cold weather also brought in additional clients and those in need of a warm place to stay. The Huffington Post mentioned us in their article showcasing the frigid weather. Check it out here!

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As a severe winter storm that could possibly bring snow to the capital city approaches, the areas’s only homeless shelter is already seeing an increase in people seeking refuge from the cold. The Kearney Center is asking for donations … read more

In honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov. 11-19), The Kearney Center hosted a cook-off to raise money for the region’s only emergency homeless shelter. Local community volunteers Jon Brown, Tom Derzypolski, Ann Howard and Matt Thompson went head-to-head in a cooking competition, which took place at The Garden at Township this morning. Each cook prepared a three-course meal that was judged by a panel of three clients from The Kearney Center who also volunteer in the center’s kitchen. After preparing an appetizer of avocado and pickled pigs feet, a salmon and asparagus entrée and a chocolate and strawberry dessert, Derzypolski was crowned top banana.

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The Kearney Center is looking for a Partner Agency and Volunteer Coordinator.  This is the position currently filled by Alex Rathvon, who will be leaving to pursue new opportunities.  This is a full time 40 hour a week position.

The primary responsibility of this position is to coordinate community volunteers, partner agency and community program services available at the Kearney Center.

Job Duties (Includes but not limited to the following):

  • Schedule meetings, programs, service providers and ensure these coordinate smoothly with daily operations
  • Organize office and meeting rooms master calendar and distribute to multiple physical and virtual locations
  • Administer contracts for use of space with partner agencies, including rent collection and attendance schedules
  • Coordinate and orient new service providers
  • Coordinate and orient community and work study student volunteers
  • Serve as a point of contact for University work study appointments and student ambassadors
  • Lead orientation groups and tours
  • Represent organization at speaking events in the community
  • Keep service provider fliers up-to-date and post in appropriate locations
  • Plan and implement donation drives, talent shows, service provider fairs, etc.
  • Announce agency happenings to community through email and website updates

Job Requirements:

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated professional and appropriate behavior in the work place
  • Commitment to practicing the values of dignity and respect with clients, coworkers and community partners
  • Cooperative and flexible with people and systems
  • Ability to remain focused and calm in dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team
  • Proficiency with Windows, MS Office, email, and database use

Please email Bret Oglesby at bret.oglesby@cesctlh.org with your resume and cover letter if you are interested in this position.

CCYS Sleep Out 2017 Join us and our community partners Capital City Youth Services and the Big Bend Homeless Coalition on Thursday, November 30th, 2017 for the third annual Sleep Out and Community Dinner and Discussion, to learn about the issue of youth homelessness and how it affects our community. For one night, we ask community leaders to give up the comfort of their home to sleep outside.

The event kicks off with light appetizers and entertainment at Fifth & Thomas from 6:30pm-8:00pm before the Sleep Out main event at 8:30pm. Attendees must be 18 years of age and older in order to participate. Proceeds from the event will benefit CCYS, the Big Bend Homeless Coalition, and The Kearney Center. Join in on this impactful event by emailing jess.tharpe@ccys.org or filling out the form here.

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Four local celebrities will face off in a cooking competition during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week to raise money for The Kearney Center. Participants will each make a three-course meal, but there is a catch to the competition. Each cook can only use ingredients and tools from his or her personal pantry. Pantries will be stocked through donations made online at KearneyCenter.org/Cook-Off, where donors can purchase items ranging from spatulas to steak for the cook of their choosing. All dishes will be judged by a panel of clients from The Kearney Center.

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As the only emergency shelter between Pensacola and Gainesville, Tallahassee’s The Kearney Center serves clients from across the Big Bend, providing them with warm showers, food and a safe place to sleep. However, the center’s staff say their mission goes beyond these basics. As they work to make homelessness in our area rare, brief and non-recurring, they help clients address the root causes of homelessness. For many who seek help at The Kearney Center, this means finding employment.

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Representatives from The Kearney Center, the area’s emergency overnight shelter, are asking Tallahassee residents to participate in the center’s first-ever Fasting Friday on July 21. Intended to draw attention to the issues related to homelessness and to raise money for The Kearney Center, Fasting Friday calls for people to bring a brown bag lunch to work and to donate the money they would have spent eating out to the shelter. Money raised will go directly to funding the emergency services provided to people experiencing homelessness in and around Florida’s capital city.

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2650 Municipal Way Tallahassee, FL. 32304
Phone:(850) 792-9000
Fax: (850) 536-6053

The Kearney Center is focused on eradicating homelessness throughout Tallahassee and the Big Bend region.

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Looking to get more involved in our mission? Reach out to us at support@kearneycenter.org to learn more.