The Kearney Center News

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 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 or filling out the form here.

See you there!

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, 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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A number of months ago, Dr. Katie Flannigan with FSU’s Sports Medicine program arranged for The Kearney Center to receive a grant for a DERO Fixit Bike Repair Station which was installed in front of the Center. This repair station for bikes has received a great deal of attention and use since its installation; Donnell is no exception. As a resident of The Kearney Center, Donnell had a great need of personal transportation to access employment opportunities, and to visit friends and family. He has taken bicycle parts from the “grave yard” and built himself a functional and reliable bicycle in his spare time.

“This is the greatest invention. It has everything you need to repair and rebuild a bicycle. I am so thankful this was available for me to use,” said Donnell. Many other residents take advantage of this repair station to adjust and maintain their bikes. The Kearney Center greatly appreciates the efforts of Dr. Flannigan and her school for providing this opportunity for all the residents of the Center. THANK YOU!

On December 15th, 2016, Beth Phillips and Michele Burt came in to speak at the last networking meeting of the year at our center. They informed us of their involvement in Medicaid’s Access to Care medical transportation program, and are returning to the networking meeting on Thursday, January 12th, from 11:30 to 12:30 to speak again, and address the network of social service providers. Yellow Cab will be making a donation of 1,000 drawstring bags! Thank you, Beth, Michele, and Yellow Cab! Happy Holidays!


If you are in need of non-emergency medical transportation, please call your respective broker below:

  • If enrolled with Children’s Medical Services Network Ped-I-Care, call 1-(866) 867-0729 or 1-(866) 376-2456
  • If enrolled with Children’s Medical Services Network SFCCN, call 1-(866) 250-7455
  • If enrolled with Prestige, call (855) 573-7516
  • If enrolled with Staywell, call (866) 591-4066

You can request Yellow Cab to get you to your medical appointments, hospital, and emergency room, when you are in need of transportation service.



Join us this holiday season for glad tidings, good music, and a good cause! Maranatha Seven-Day Adventist Church is hosting a Christmas Charity Concert to Benefit The Kearney Center.

The concert is featuring Jamarien Moore, Jacquell “The Apostle” Lawson, Robert Fennell and Company, Natalie Word, Anita Franklin, and more on Sunday, December 11th, 2016 at 5:00pm at 3221 Jim Lee Road, Tallahassee, FL, 32301. See you there!

shelterNational Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is November 12th through November 20th. In honor of this national week of awareness, the Shelter Band is playing a benefit show for The Kearney Center on Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at 8pm. Click the link to listen to the band play! Tickets are $10 at the door, and all proceeds will benefit The Kearney Center. The event will be hosted at the Junction at Monroe, located at 2011 S Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32301. Please join us for a fun evening for a good cause!! Click the flyer to the left to buy your tickets in advance!!

CCYS Sleep Out 2016Join us and our community partners Capital City Youth Services and the Big Bend Homeless Coalition on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 for the second annual Sleep Out and Community Dinner and Discussion, to learn about the issue of youth homelessness and how it affects our community. Dinner and discussion will be from 7:00pm to 8:00pm, and the sleep out will begin from 8:00pm to 6:00am. Attendees must be 18 years of age and older in order to participate. There is a suggested donation of $20 to attend the Community Dinner; proceeds will benefit CCYS, the Big Bend Homeless Coalition, and The Kearney Center.

Please note that space to be a Sleep Out Leader is limited, so make sure you RSVP by emailing If you would like to participate click here  and click on the ‘create a fundraiser’ button to setup your personal fundraising platform to become a Sleep Out Leader or Team. By setting up this platform you are registering to fund-raise and participate in the Sleep Out event.  Additionally, space is limited for the Community Dinner and Discussion, so be sure to shoot Bintu an email if you plan on attending!

See you there!

© 2015 The Kearney Center
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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