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.

Meal services:
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 seven nights per week, and the check-in time is 8:00 p.m. Clients staying overnight must be at least 18 years old, able to physically care for themselves, and must not have to register as a sexual offender. Overnight clients have access to laundry, showers, storage, and the on-site medical clinic open nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Please note that all our beds are filled, and we currently are not accepting new individuals from outside the Big Bend (8 county) region. The Big Bend region consists of Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla counties in Florida.

Daytime Services
These services are available Monday through Friday. Partnering social service providers 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.

The daytime services include laundry, showers, access to telephones and computers, and access to case management and partnering agency representatives on-site throughout the week.

Medical Assistance
This service is provided seven nights per week by the Kearney Center’s nursing staff. The clinic is open from 5:30pm-8:45pm. Clients are able to meet with this staff 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 Center during normal business hours (8:00am- 4:30pm), Monday-Friday at 850-792-9000 x 0 and 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 successful at the Kearney Center, they must be currently living in the Big Bend (8 county) region, which consists of the following counties: Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla.

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 the Kearney Center.

Finally, any patient being discharged to our facility must have a Kearney Center Discharge Agreement & Release of Information completed. This form can be found below and must be faxed or emailed to the Kearney Center representatives outlined above before any acceptance or denial can be made.