In collaboration with a number of partnering agencies in the Tallahassee community, The Kearney Center offers a myriad of services to support client goals of independence and well-being. The Kearney Center is an entry point for individuals experiencing homelessness or economic hardship in the Big Bend region. Primary services include meal services, emergency temporary shelter, daytime social services, and medical assistance.
Meals are offered seven days a week, upon registering as a client of the Kearney Center. Meal times are as follows:
Monday through Friday
- Breakfast: 7:30-8:15 a.m.
- Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
- Dinner: 7:00-8:00 p.m
Saturday & Sunday
- Brunch: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
- Dinner: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Emergency Temporary Shelter
This service is provided daily and has an 8:00 p.m. check-in time.
Clients staying overnight must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be able to physically care for themselves
- Cannot have previously been registered as a sexual offender.
Overnight clients have access to laundry, showers, storage, and the on-site medical clinic that is open nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Please note that all of our beds are occupied, and we currently are not accepting new individuals from outside the Big Bend (8 county) region for overnight stay. The Big Bend region consists of Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla counties in Florida.
Various support services are available Monday – Friday via partnering social service providers. These agencies are on-site from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
You do not need to receive emergency temporary shelter from The Kearney Center to receive these services, however, you will need to register as a client in the arrival lobby.
Daytime services include laundry, showers, access to telephones and computers, access to case management, and counseling from partnering agency representatives on-site.
Medical services are provided nightly from 5:30 pm-8:45 pm by The Kearney Center’s nursing staff for clients to receive medical and medication assistance.
*Attention Care Facilities (Hospitals, ALFs, Psychiatric facilities, Behavioral Health institutions, etc.)
We consider every reasonable attempt to coordinate discharge of a patient or client from your facility to the Kearney Center. To facilitate this, we require that discharge planning and coordination begin by contacting The Kearney Center during normal business hours (8:00am- 4:30pm, Monday-Friday) at 850-792-9000. Please ask to speak with the Director of Daytime Programs or Director of Emergency Shelter Operations.
Failure to properly coordinate with Center staff may result in the patient or client being denied access to our facility.
In order for clients to be accepted from a local care facility, an individual must be a current resident of the Big Bend (8 county) region, which consists of: Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla counties.
They must also meet minimum requirements in order to help them move to more permanent housing. Clients must be able to perform their activities of daily living (ADLs) on their own. These include, but are not limited to: bathing, grooming, feeding, toilet use, mobility, bedding transfers. If clients cannot complete these or related tasks on their own and without assistance from others, they will not be admitted to The Kearney Center.
Finally, any patient being discharged to our facility must have completed The Kearney Center Discharge Agreement & Release of Information document. This form can be found here and must be faxed or emailed to The Kearney Center representatives outlined above before any acceptance or denial can be made.
Haley McCrary is our Family Services Coordinator at The Kearney Center. She works with children and families to help identify resources related to housing, childcare, pregnancy services, parent education, and other family support services daily.
You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 792-9000 x 104 for information and referrals. If you are interested in joining a weekly parent support group in our facility, please click here.
Any families with children under the age of 18 who are seeking overnight shelter are referred to our neighbors at Hope Community, which is a family emergency shelter in Tallahassee located at 2729 W. Pensacola St. and can be reached at (850) 597-4259 during regular business hours.