The Kearney Center News

Join us for the 2019 Sleep Out event on November 7 in Cascades Park. Learn more about the event by visiting

We would like to welcome new staff member LaTasha Isaacs to the evening medical clinic. She is replacing Daren Hatfield who was promoted to Nurse Supervisor. LaTasha has been an LPN for 19 years and spent the majority of her career working in long-term care. She is currently working as a referral nurse for TMH and joins our evening clinic to care for our clients. She originally started on-call nursing for the evening clinic in 2017. Her kindness and caring for the clients is an added asset to the evening clinic.


The CESC Dental Office is excited to welcome Michael Staikos to the team.  Michael has been a standout volunteer from FSU’s PreDental Society.  From day one Michael wholeheartedly embraced his role as a volunteer. Not only was he an exceptional volunteer, he took charge of recruiting, organizing, and training other volunteers. So, he was an obvious choice!




Learn more about all of the exciting things happening throughout CESC at The Kearney Center, Westgate, CESC Health Services and The Dwellings.

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DMS Leadership Support Tallahassee Kearney Center by Donating Time and Supplies to Support Big Bend Homeless

The leadership team from the Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) joined staff from Tallahassee’s Kearney Center to complete site maintenance and sort more than 10,000 items donated by DMS staff to support the Tallahassee Kearney Center’s mission of assisting individuals experiencing homelessness and economic hardship.

“The Kearney Center is so grateful to DMS for their service and donations. Strong community partnerships help ensure that we can make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring,” said Monique Ellsworth, CEO of CESC, Inc.

“At DMS, we serve those who serve and our mission extends to those organizations in our communities doing great work,” said DMS Secretary Jonathan Satter. “It was an honor to help the Kearney Center give a hand up to people in the Big Bend who need a safe place to sleep, a warm meal and an opportunity to become self-sufficient.

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.


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!

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

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