InterFaith Emergency Services Shelter
435 NW 2nd Street
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Ocala, FL 34475
Class of Housing: Emergency Shelter provides for single women, women with children and families that are homeless.
Our main location consists of three buildings: our offices, shelter and warehouse/pantry.
The Interfaith Emergency Shelter provides for single women, women with children and families that are homeless. In the womens shelter, the ladies share rooms and bathroom facilities. Living area, kitchen and laundry rooms also provide common areas. Residents are required to do daily chores and attend devotions Monday thru Friday each morning with the staff. At 8:30am each morning during the week, residents leave for the day to go to work or search for a job. In the family shelter, married couples and children have a room and bathroom to themselves, and share a common kitchen area. Also on property is the Learning Center, where residents attend bible study, parenting, budgeting and other life-skill classes. Shelter Manager, Jerry Driver, meets with residents each week to determine their needs and barriers so that we can better equip them for a brighter future, as well as providing referrals for services offered in the community. Our goal, is to provide a safe, comfortable haven for the residents so they have an opportunity to save money and get back on their feet as soon as possible. Interfaith provides food, hygiene and clothing as needed to each resident. Dinner is provided by local churches and organizations each night, that include a time of fellowship and sharing. Although strict rules and boundaries are enforced for the residents, they are primarily safety issues.
Our Shelter Program for the homeless in Marion County provides a safe haven and transitional services for homeless families, single women and children. Our shelter provides 100% support while residents stay with us. Along with chores and responsibilities each day, residents are required to look for work, be working or volunteering. Children are enrolled in school/daycare and have afterschool tutoring if needed. Classes are provided for budgeting, parenting, goal-setting, life skills and other relevant needs. Residents meet weekly with a case worker that helps transition them to stable, self-supporting lifestyle on their own. They also meet with a Shelter Manager weekly. The ultimate goal of our shelter program is to end homelessness, one family at a time. The Recovery House Program is home to male residents only who live in the transitional house behind the main complex. This program is often a main component for recovery to the residents as they work to improve their lives and get a fresh start. For more information, call 352.732.7858.
How To Volunteer at InterFaith Emergency Services Shelter:
Be a volunteer. Call InterFaith Emergency Services Shelter at 352-629-8868 for current volunteer work opportunities.
As A General Note About ShelterListings.org Listings:
ShelterListings.org does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.
In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.
Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.
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