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Interested in working in a fast-paced environment with a dynamic team?

Join the The Kearney Center team! The Kearney Center offers comprehensive emergency services for individuals in housing crisis.

We are looking for a Case Manager to provide compassionate, client centered services with a focus on helping clients move to more stable housing options.

If you have a passion for working with people experiencing homelessness and a commitment to helping them find housing, we are looking for you!

See full job description here.

Interested in working in a fast-paced environment with a dynamic team?

Join the CESC, Inc. team! CESC, Inc. offers comprehensive emergency services for individuals in housing crisis. CESC, Inc. operates The Kearney Center, Westgate, and the upcoming Dwellings (Tiny Houses) community to provide pathways out of homelessness in the Big Bend area.

CESC, Inc. is looking for a Data Manager to ensure the accurate and timely entry and maintenance of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) as it used with CESC, Inc. programs. This positionalso works closely with the management teams at each CESC, Inc. project to produce timely ad-hoc reports, achieve strong data quality, and develop incentivized staff data specialist training programs.

The Data Manager will also work with program managers to develop and implement protocols for collecting exit and follow-up data on individuals leaving CESC, Inc. programs.

If you have background in data management and interest in working with people and developing program policies, we are looking for you!

See full job description here.

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!

john-wesley-alternative-christmas-marketJoin us at John Wesley United Methodist Church at 1689 Old Saint Augustine Road, in Tallahassee, FL, for the 30th Annual Alternative Christmas Market! The event will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, from 9am to 4pm, as well as on Sunday, December 4th from 1pm to 4pm. The suggested donation is one canned food item or one roll of toilet paper to help those in need. Learn more here! You can also join them on Facebook here!

Housing Forum To Focus On Neediest Residents

For people hanging onto the lower rungs of society, getting into safe and affordable housing is the first step up toward stability and security.

But for thousands of people in Leon County, that kind of housing doesn’t exist.

Local officials and civic leaders are hoping to change that. About 65 people are meeting Friday to discuss ways to solve what one businessman called a blight on the community.

“This is a sore on our body that can’t heal,” said Rick Kearney, CEO of Mainline Information Systems who’s invested his own money in affordable housing and homeless shelters. “Economic development is hampered because of that.”

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Shelter_2C_logoIn a unanimous vote, representatives from The Shelter and The Kearney Center announced today their intention to merge the two organizations in order to strengthen future operations. Within 60 days, The Shelter will complete the transition and operate under CESC Inc. (Comprehensive Emergency Services Center), the legal entity of The Kearney Center, with a continued focus on serving the homeless and those in need of the Big Bend area. The announcement comes nearly one year since both organizations started operating out of the new, state-of-the-art Kearney Comprehensive Emergency Services Center.

Since the physical move to the Kearney Center in May 2015, The Shelter has worked alongside more than 40 state, federal and local governmental agencies, non-profit and faith based organizations to provide comprehensive services for the homeless in the Big Bend area. The merger will allow for increased efficiencies, services, resources and opportunities to serve the individuals and families in need in the region.

“Our team has been working in lockstep with the Kearney Center for nearly a year,” said Jacob Reiter, Executive Director of The Shelter. “Our two teams are already operating as one when it comes to dedication and passion for serving those in need in our community. This merger allows us to expand and improve the services we deliver, and this is something easy to get behind.”

The staff of The Shelter will be retained, and current services will be continued and enhanced over time. The current board of The Kearney Center will expand to include members from the current Shelter Board of Directors.

“For nearly 30 years the dedicated staff, volunteers and donors of The Shelter have been fighting homelessness and have been a guiding light for those in need,” said Rick Kearney, Founder and Chairman of Board for The Kearney Center. “This merger combines their passion with expanded resources to ensure we can continue to do so for the next 30 years and beyond.”

The Kearney Center mission is to reduce homelessness, increase employment and provide long-term housing placements while providing safe emergency housing that promotes dignity and respect for individuals in our community who are experiencing homelessness, unemployment, disabilities and hunger.

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© 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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