Loaves & Fishes Family Shelter Pensacola
Pensacola, FL 32503
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EMERGENCY FAMILY SHELTER
Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen opened its Emergency Family Shelter to house families on a temporary basis in May 1991. We provide emergency shelter for up to 10 families, for up to three weeks at a time. The short term crisis relief for these families includes private rooms, cafeteria style meals, parenting classes, life skills classes, counseling, clothing vouchers, haircuts, diapers, items for personal hygiene, transportation for house hunting and referrals to supporting agencies, as well as referrals to our own Transitional Housing Program. The shelter also offers over night stays for single females, depending on availability.
Our shelter has a full-time case manager who does individual case management. Our staff is invaluable in supporting, encouraging and assisting families who are under extreme stress and trying to make important decisions regarding the future of their family.
Each family is given intensive social work with regard to goal planning, financial planning, employment skills, educational opportunities, counseling and parenting. Additionally, the program can offer limited assistance with medical care, transportation, clothing vouchers, and referrals to appropriate community resources. Families are also ministered to spiritually in terms of their Church affiliation. Visiting church representatives from Churches who support this program offer our program families much needed support.
Transitional Housing Program
The Transitional Housing Program (THP) is a joint Christian effort of area churches and individuals teaming up with Loaves and Fishes THP staff in order to help homeless families with children by providing a furnished home and supportive services for a period of up to two years.
Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen serves approximately 4,600 meals to the homeless each month. A hot breakfast is served at 7:00am, Monday through Friday, lunch is served on Saturday at 11:30am and dinner is served on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday evenings at 5pm. In addition to these meals, we also serve lunch and dinner to our emergency shelter families seven days a week.
Much of the food that is served has been donated from the community. Food is picked up by Loaves and Fishes daily (and as needed) from local stores, bakeries, produce companies, food suppliers and others. Individuals and organizations donate prepared foods, canned goods, meats, fish and produce. Because of these faithful donations, Loaves and Fishes is able to supply ample high quality, nutritious meals to those in need.
Throughout the week different volunteer crews prepare and serve meals to the public and to our shelter families. Volunteers are the heartbeat of the kitchen and because of their dedication to "the least of these" we are able to serve many men, women and children in need.
Please pray that God will continue to bless us as we serve Him
Breakfast (7am, Monday-Friday)
Lunch (11:30am, Saturday)
Dinner (5:00pm, Monday & Wednesday)
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Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessnessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficience to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.
Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.
Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.
If you need assistance call Loaves & Fishes Family Shelter Pensacola directly at: (850)438-7616
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