St. Francis House Services
St. Francis House (SFH) is the only full time emergency shelter between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach; serving St. Johns, Flagler, Clay, Putnam and Duval Counties. Check in is at 6:00 PM.
We currently have dormitory facilities to accommodate 16 men, and 8 women. Using the HUD formula, St. Johns County currently needs over 100 emergency beds, with that number slated to grow as the county grows. Our total bed capacity is now 59.
Transitional and Respite Housing:
Those shelter residents who have obtained and maintained employment and sobriety may move on to the Transitional Housing Program. Located next door to the shelter at 64 Washington Street, residents continue to make strides to self-sufficiency and independent, off-campus housing.
Respite housing is also offered for those individuals whose illnesses impede their abilities to obtain employment, but do not yet receive disability. Staff assists with their applications for assistance and housing at facilities more suitable to their needs.
Family Emergency Shelter:
In September 2010, the Board of SFH purchased the 3 unit apartment building at 76 Washington Street, also next door to the shelter. The building allows for the provision of emergency shelter of families with children and additional transitional housing.
St. Francis House serves an average of over 380 hot meals each day. In 2011, 124,564 meals were served in the St. Francis House dining room. These free and nutritious meals are often the only meal of the day for the poor and homeless of the area. Daily lunchtime meals served to the public are provided seven days a week. Breakfast and dinners are provided to housed residents only.
Seasonal Migrant Feeding Outreach Program - In response to the desperate conditions of many farm workers, St. Francis House, with the help of many regular volunteers and generous donations, delivers sandwiches and provisions to the farm workers in Hastings and East Palatka. This program runs between November and June and provided over 60,000 meals in 2011 along with personal hygiene products and clothing.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays food boxes are provided to families and individuals from 12:00-2:00pm. In 2011, 957 households received food from St. Francis House..
Client Support/Case Management Services:
St. Francis House provides a variety of services to individuals and families including but not limited to referrals for housing, food, health care, education, career development, bill payment, birth certificate and I.D. procurement, transportation, counseling, and food stamp and Medicaid applications
For more information on the services provided, you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our Contact us form.