Big Bend Homeless Coalition
2729 West Pensacola Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32304
Phone: (850) 576-5566 Fax: (850) 577-0586
Continuum of Care members in attendance:
Bret Oglesby K. Petersen Robert Little
Cathy Gardner Kelly Kearns Ryan Solberger
Debbie Mabry Kescia Pride Shawn Liu
Fran Dwyer Kisca Smith Stephanie Shepherd
Gwen Lightfoot LeMae DeVane Stephen Freddo
Inzlea Smith-McGlockton Liz Wilson Suzanne Hancock
Jacob Reiter Lucy Pride Terressa Franklin
Jo Shuford-Law Pat Thomas Wendy Rogers
Continuum of Care agencies in attendance:
Ability 1st ECHO Family Services
Americorps VISTA Feed My Sheep – St. Francis Episcopal
Apalachee Center Florida State University
Big Bend Cares HealthEase
Big Bend Consumer Coalition HOPE Community
Big Bend Homeless Coalition Leon County Sheriff’s Office
Capital Area Community Action Agency Neighborhood Health Services
City of Tallahassee – NCS Housing Division The Shelter
Community Foundation of North Florida UF-Leon County Extension
ECHO Emergency Services
Pat Thomas of Feed My Sheep Program: The Feed My Sheep program has recently re-
aligned with Second Harvest to expand their services. More information to follow.
Wendy Rogers of Big Bend Cares: Big Bend Cares is having their annual Artopia “Top Hats
and Tails” fundraiser on June 28th from 6:00-10:00pm. It will be at The Moon on 1105
Lafayette St. and will have an art auction featuring the original works of local, regional and
national artists’. There will be up to 150 pieces to view and bid on, so come out and join the
festivities. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on-line
(http://www.bigbendcares.org/artopia08/), or at The Moon, Big Bend Cares or at the door.
For additional information, please call Big Bend Cares at (850) 656-2437.
Fran Dwyer of The Shelter: The Shelter is an emergency shelter in Tallahassee that provides
individuals and families with a place to sleep and food 24 hours a day everyday. The Shelter
is located in the Frenchtown area on Tennessee Street.
Keschia Pride of ECHO Emergency Services: ECHO’s employment service, Jubilee Job
Link, is currently seeking guest speakers to come and talk to their clients looking for
employment. The potential applicants would need to present for about 20-30 minutes on
getting and maintaining employment. Anyone interested in being a guest speaker to the
clients of Jubilee Job Link can contact Raquel or Rachel at (850) 201-5627.
Bret Oglesby of HOPE Community and Big Bend Consumer Coalition: The Big Bend
Consumer Coalition has their monthly meetings every 2nd Monday from 10:30am-12:00pm at
the Leon County Main Library. The next meeting will be May 12th and will be discussing
information on clubhouses for the Tallahassee area. A clubhouse is an employment oriented
place where individuals with mental health problems can get information on employment, as
well as becoming more integrated with the community. For more information on clubhouses
or mental health issues in the community, please attend the Big Bend Consumer Coalition
meetings. Please note that they are in the process of changing the name since they are
interested in mental health being involved in the title.
Suzanne Hancock of Ability 1st: There is a competency restoration coordinator at Ability 1st
that works with individuals charged with a crime who have mental health and/or substance
abuse issues who are facing a competency hearing. For more information, please call Ability
1st at (850) 575-9621.
Jovita Stites of Community Foundation of North Florida: The Community Foundation
manages and invests funds for non-profits, along with other organizations. They are in
charge of 47 endowments and Jovita is trying to connect these endowments with health and
human service organizations that can benefit from them. The Community Foundation will be
trying to get a panel together of individuals involved with the health and human service
organizations to discuss the landscape of Tallahassee and the need for funding to support
these organizations. For more information, please call Jovita at (850) 222-2899 ext. 106 or e-
mail her at email@example.com.
Stephanie Shepherd of the Big Bend Homeless Coalition:
o MAY WEEK IS HERE! The Tallahassee Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Inc. presents “May Week 2008” – Empowering the Community through
Committed Service, One Day at a Time. Event flyers were reviewed, then passed out.
Events begin on this Saturday, with “Derby with the Deltas” to benefit TAC’s
International Awareness program and Relay for Life and go until next Saturday, with
another Relay for Life event. Please share the flyers with others – friends, coworkers,
agencies, clients, etc.
o On Wednesday May 21st Capital City Youth Services (CCYS), with the support of
local restaurateurs in an eight county area, will hold the premier Dine Out for Kids.
Participating restaurateurs are pledging a portion of their May 21st proceeds to support
kids…make sure the owner or manager of the restaurant knows that you are there
to support "Dine Out For Kids and please thank them for agreeing to be a
champion for at-risk youth and families in our area. Participating restaurants will
also have additional information about CCYS, e-mail registration cards to get CCYS
updates, and donation envelopes (in case you would like to make an additional
donation). If you would like to tour the shelter please give us a call and we will be more
than happy to show you around. Contact: www.ccys.org or 576-6000
o Springfield Community Prevention Health Fair Saturday June 7th from 10am –2pm
held at Springfield Community Center on Joe Louis Street. They are looking for vendors
or anyone who would be interesting in hosting a booth. There is no fee to host a table or
to attend. After they receive the information we need from vendors, they will create a
flyer to distribute to the public. Attached is a registration form please complete and
return by email or fax. Contact: Edidiong Udofiah, AP Prevention Specialist with The
Big Bend Regional Prevention Center (A component of DISC Village Inc.): 850-547-
o 2nd Annual Florida Homeless and Supportive Housing Conference…“A Home for
All: Bringing the Pieces Together” – OCT. 6-7, 2008 at the Royal Plaza Hotel, 1905
Hotel Plaza Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
REGISTRATION: available online at www.flshc.net/events
CALL FOR PRESENTERS: Proposals are now being accepted to this conference –
topics include supportive housing, homelessness, advocacy as it relates to both, and
more. Deadline to submit a proposal is 6/30/08. If you know someone who is
interested please encourage them to submit a proposal at
SCHOLARSHIPS: Up to 50 registration-only scholarships are being offered (hotel,
travel, etc. not included).
QUESTIONS? Contact Freyja Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lavonia Sampson
Featured Partners - Presentations
INZLEA SMITH-MCGLOCKTON of NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH SERVICES (NHS)
What’s going on with NHS?: NHS has recently expanded their services to include mental
health services. Mary Marero is the mental health social worker who is working with
individuals with mental health problems to do counseling. NHS has only had the mental
health clinic open since February, but the response has been overwhelming. Currently,
they have over 100 patients on the waiting list for services. Besides the mental health
social worker, they also have psychiatrists that come in to provide services to the clients.
The psychiatrist sees about 8 people a day in group meetings and clients can get
individual time with the social worker for about one hour.
How can your client become a mental health client of NHS?: NHS is open Monday-
Thursday from 8:00am-8:00pm and Fridays from 8:00am-7:00pm. A client must
schedule an appointment to come in for a medical/physical problem. Once the doctor has
seen the client and the client is officially a patient of NHS, the doctor can recommend the
client to the mental health clinic if they feel that the patient needs support with their
mental health problem. The doctor will set up an appointment for the patient to come
back and do the intake information for the mental health clinic, though occasionally the
paperwork can be done that day.
What else does NHS provide for our clients?: Well, the mental health clinic is the newest
program, but doctors refer their clients to many different opportunities that NHS has. If a
client has diabetes, or is obese, or suffers from another ailment, NHS offers many
programs that specifically deal with those illnesses (i.e. classes on diabetes). They also
do dental screenings about twice a month and connect clients to WeCare who will need
dental work done. Overall, NHS is trying to provide the most services as possible to keep
clients out of the ER, which can be time consuming and costly.
Speaking of costs, what does it cost to be a patient at NHS?: NHS goes on a sliding scale
for their services. The average cost that patients spend for the many services they receive
from NHS is $5.00.
Who can we contact for additional information: Anyone can contact NHS at the office
number if there are more questions and/or concerns at (850) 224-2469.
STEPHANIE SHEPHERD on CONTINUUM OF CARE (CoC) INFORMATION
Homeless Housing Assistance Grant (HHAG): The HHAG is being released from the
State Office on Homelessness, and the Big Bend Homeless Coalition will be sending out
the Request for Proposals (RFP) in the next two weeks. This grant can be used for
transitional and permanent housing. It cannot be used to purchase land or use as
operating funds, but can be used to build and renovate buildings to house those
experiencing homelessness. July 22nd, 2008 is when the grant is due to the State Office
on Homelessness, but will need to be turned in earlier to the Big Bend Homeless
Coalition since BBHC has some information that needs to be provided as well. If any
organization is interested, please contact Kay Freeman at (850) 205-6005 or
Service Day for the Homeless: Yes, it is that time again for the big event. Service Day
for the Homeless is a day where individuals and families experiencing homelessness can
come to get services, such as: haircuts/braiding, breakfast and lunch, medical/dental
attention, legal services, donations, and information from service providers throughout
Leon County. The tentatively scheduled date for Service Day this year will be October
18th, 2008 (perfect day since Notre Dame will NOT be playing that day). The planning
committee for Service Day will begin to meet in June, and this year we will be having
some people who are or have experienced homelessness, as well as participated in the
event before, coming to assist with the planning.
HUD vouchers for Homeless Veterans: Though HUD is dispersing vouchers for
homeless veterans, Tallahassee is not a city that will be receiving any. The reason why
Tallahassee will not be receiving the vouchers is not clear.
Money, Money, Money: Though it is unclear at this moment, there may be another pot of
money that can be distributed depending on legislation. This money would be used
specifically for youth aging out of foster care. Stephanie will keep people informed on
the development of this. After the network meeting, this bill was voted down. There will
not be additional funds for housing youth aging out of foster care.
Meeting was adjourned early for people to come to the rededication ceremony in honor of
Dr. Wendy Crook. The family dorm at HOPE Community is now known as Wendy’s
House. Thank you to all who came out to celebrate Wendy’s life and her accomplishments
in the field of homelessness!!!!
Please attend next month’s Network Meeting
Friday, June 6th from 9a-10:30a
HOPE Community Cafeteria: 2700 Municipal Way, Tallahassee, FL 32304
Presenters for June:
Kathy Lewis of Minority Health Care Program
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