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									                          TAYLOR COUNTY
Refuge House, Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Programs
Confidential Location
P.O. Box 20910
Tallahassee, FL 32316
Phone- Taylor County: (850) 223-3555
Refuge House Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Program provides services to
survivors and families of domestic violence and rape victims. Services include safe
shelter for battered women and children plus individual and group counseling for women
and children in the shelter and in outreach offices. Support groups are available for
children witnessing domestic violence in homes. Other services include information and
referral, victim advocacy, and community education. Services for men are individually
arranged including safe shelter.

African-American Marriage & Family Preservation Foundation, Inc
2565 Barrington Cir
Tallahassee, FL 32309
Main Number: (850) 558-0613
Fax number: (850) 558-0613
The African-American Marriage & Family Preservation Foundation, Inc, provides pre-
marital and marriage counseling, marriage education, couples retreats and workshops,
parenting workshops and groups, family counseling, budgeting and credit repair
workshops, home buyer education, domestic violence prevention and education (gay
couples are welcome), Summer Rites of Passage program, Africa Expedition program for
high school and college youth, psychodrama summer youth plays, family magazine and
publications, audio tapes and other educational resources. Various support groups,
workshops, and retreats are offered. A sliding scale is available, and most insurance is
accepted. Some Marriage Education scholarships are also available.

Southern Institute for Family Preservation, Inc
2565 Barrington Circle
Tallahassee, FL 32309
Main Number: (850) 443-1334
Fax number: (850) 558-0613
The Southern Institute for Family Preservation, Inc, is a private practice specializing in
depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, child abuse,
and parenting. Workshops and support groups are offered for parenting, women, and
persons dealing with depression. A sliding scale is available for payment, and most
insurance is accepted.

Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Hotline
425 Office Plaza
Tallahassee, FL 32301
24-Hour Hotline, Toll-Free Number: (800) 500-1119
Administrative: (850) 425-2749
Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers a 24-hour hotline providing help for
persons seeking counseling or shelter from a domestic violence situation. Each call is
routed to nearest affiliated Domestic Violence Center in the FCADV network,
determined by the caller's area code and telephone exchange. FCADV provides training
for professionals for staff and volunteers of shelters statewide, media relations, public
awareness campaigns statewide and represents domestic violence centers to government
agencies such as the Department of Children and Families, Elder Affairs, and the
Attorney General's office.

State Attorney's Office Victim Advocate
108 N. Jefferson St.
Suite 301
Perry, FL 32347
Phone: (850) 584-2866
Fax: (850) 584-8857
This program assists domestic violence victims with matters concerning the criminal
justice systems. Referrals are provided to social service agencies, including legal and
medical services. Advocates also provide assistance in filing forms, and act as liaisons to
the criminal justice system.

U.S. Attorney Victim Witness Assistance
111 N. Adams St., 4th Floor
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Phone: (850) 444-4000
This program assists victims of domestic violence and sexual assault committed on
federal property or who are victims of federal crimes. It also provides victim’s advocacy,
emergency financial assistance, victim’s compensation claims, and information and

A Women’s Place
1301 E 6th Ave
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Main Number: (850) 431-4922
Fax number: (850) 431-6827
A Woman's Place Counseling Services at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital offers
supportive, therapeutic counseling to adult women on a wide range of issues relating to
emotional and physical health. The program focuses on self-esteem, stress management,
relationships, and depression. Other specific topics addressed include, but are not limited
to, life adjustment, sexual abuse and domestic violence. Individual counseling is provided
on a sliding scale basis with a minimum fee of $20 per hour.


Refuge House, Sexual Violence Program
Confidential Location
PO Box 20910
Tallahassee, FL 32316
Taylor/Madison County Hotline: (850) 584-8808
Aministrative Number-Taylor County: (850) 223-3555
Telephone Counselor: (800) 500-1119
Toll-Free Number: (888) 956-7273
TDD/TTY: (850) 386-6036
Fax number: (850) 413-0395
The Refuge House Sexual Violence Program is designed to provide services to survivors
of sexual assault or abuse, and to friends and family of survivors, including lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transsexual victims. The agency provides crisis intervention counseling,
ongoing individual and/or group counseling, support groups, information and referral,
victim advocacy, and community education related to sexual violence issues. Hospital
outreach services are available to victims following a sexual assault, including forensic
examinations by trained female nurse practitioners. Short-term emergency shelter is also
offered as part of the rape crisis program for survivors who are not able to return home
directly after an incident of sexual violence. Victims of prostitution and human
trafficking are welcomed for services.

Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, Inc
1311 N Paul Russell Rd, Ste A204
Tallahassee, FL 32301-4824
Main Number: (850) 297-2000
Toll-Free: (888) 956-7273
Toll-Free :1-888-956-RAPE(7273)
Fax: (850) 297-2002
The Florida Council Against Sexual Violence is a membership organization providing
advocacy, training, technical assistance to individuals and organizations working with
survivors of sexual violence. Members have access to a quarterly newsletter, resource
library, grant/scholarship opportunities, and discounts on training opportunities.
See also:
Refuge House Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Programs, A Women’s Place,
State Attorney's Office Victim Advocate, U.S. Attorney Victim Witness Assistance (all
under Domestic Violence Services)

Northwest Florida Regional Housing Authority
5302 Brown Street,
Graceville, FL 32440
Phone: (850) 263-4443
The Housing Authority Office assists low-income residents of Taylor County. The
housing assistance program provides low-income public housing to eligible individuals.
The Section 8 program provides rental vouchers for qualifying low-rent apartments.

DCF Circuit 3, Emergency Financial Assistance for Housing Program
1621 N. E. Waldo Road
Gainesville, FL 32609
Phone: (352) 955-5445
EFAHP (Office on Homelessness) provides a one-time per year emergency payment of
up to $400 to families: (1) who are homeless and/or living at a homeless shelter, but need
a deposit to move into an apartment or house; or (2) who face the loss of apartment or
home because of non-payment of rent or mortgage. EFAHP also helps families whose
homes have been affected by disasters, such as fire, flood, etc. To qualify, the household
must include at least one child under age 18. The family must meet income guidelines
and cannot have funds available in cash or in bank accounts that could solve the housing
emergency. Applications can be obtained from any local DCF office by calling (877)
891-6445 or online at website above.

Big Bend Homeless Coalition, Inc
2729 W Pensacola St
Tallahassee, FL 32304
Main Number: (850) 576-5566
Fax number: (850) 577-0586
Big Bend Homeless Coalition operates Hope Community as a place for homeless persons
and families to make the transition to self-sufficiency. It is a comprehensive human
services center designed to be a “one-stop-shop” to provide a seamless array of services
to address the needs of the homeless. It serves as an entry point to coordinated services
tailored to help meet the needs of homeless individuals and families in a single location
providing many services needed to help individuals and families move from
homelessness to independent living. Services include a 6 month transitional housing
facility with separate dorms for families, women and men, counseling and case
management, job training and employment listings, access to mainstream resources and
other social service benefits, parenting and child resource center, developmentally
appropriate play and learning areas for children, kitchen and dining area that also serves
as a job training site, medical triage and referrals and a secure park like environment.
Anyone homeless person or families, including those residing in temporary emergency
shelter, transitional housing, or totally without shelter, or staying with friends or family
and are asked to leave. No sex offenders or persons with major felonies are accepted in
the transitional housing.

America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend
4016 Northwest Passage
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Main Number: (850) 562-3033
Fax number: (850) 562-6176
Second Harvest Food Bank supplies food and non-food products to qualified non-profit
agencies for distribution to the needy, sick, and young. The program does not provide
services directly to individual clients. The Second Helpings Program coordinates pick-
ups from businesses having perishable food, and distributes to agencies that serve the
hungry at on-site feeding programs. Kids Cafe Program provides hot meals for low-
income children at meal sites. Brown Bag for Seniors Program provides a bag of
groceries to low-income elderly one or more times per month.

WIC (Women, Infants and Children)-Taylor County Health Department
1215 North Peacock Avenue
Perry, Florida 32347
Phone: 850-584-5024 ext. 154
Florida WIC is a federally funded nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children.
WIC provides the following at no cost for persons who qualify: healthy foods, nutrition
education and counseling, and breastfeeding support. WIC services are generally
provided at the county health departments. To be eligible, a woman must be pregnant,
postpartum or breastfeeding or have be an infant or child under the age of five, live at or
below 185% of the federal poverty level, have a medical/nutritional reason to be on this
program and reside in Florida.

Angel Food Ministries
Perry First Church of God
1915 N. US 221
Perry, FL 32347
Phone: 850-584-7992
Phone: 850-672-0793
Angel Food Ministries provides food quantities on a weekly basis or as needed to anyone
wanting or needing to save on groceries. Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-
denominational organization dedicated to providing food and contributing to benevolent
outreaches in communities throughout the United States. The Taylor County branch
operates through the Perry First Church of God.

Catholic Charities, NWFLT, Emergency Assistance
1380 Blountstown Hwy
Tallahassee, FL 32304
Main Number: (850) 222-2180
Fax number: (850) 681-6963
Catholic Charities, Emergency Assistance offers: 1) emergency rental, mortgage, or
utility assistance for persons meeting agency guidelines. Assistance with deposits is not
available, 2) homeless persons or potentially homeless may apply to Catholic Charities
for services, including limited financial assistance, 3) blankets and space heaters are
provided to the homeless during cold weather. First come, first served as the money
available allows 4) emergency prescription assistance is available for individuals who
qualify and is on a walk-in basis. Pain medication is not on provided list, 5) Food
assistance is provided on a walk-in basis.

The Shelter
468-480 W Tennessee St
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Main Number: (850) 224-8448
Administrative: (850) 224-9055
Fax number: (850) 681-7756
The Shelter provides meals, showers, related hygiene supplies, and crisis intervention on
emergency assistance for free. The Shelter serves all men, women, and families as
requested seven days a week. Registration for intake and admission begins at 5:00pm.
People may stay until 8:30 am and return for lunch time from 11:30am to 12:30pm. Final
admission is at 9:00pm unless it’s later due to an emergency related to the hospital or
police. The Shelter has emergency assistance involving transportation and
housing/financial assistance during night time hours or weekends. Social workers from
Ability 1st are on-site at The Shelter from Monday through Friday evening for assisting
people with needs related to disabilities, housing, government benefits, food stamps, and
medical. The Bill Hanson Community Day Center in the building immediately east of
The Shelter has opened up to provide a place for homeless men and women to spend
daytime hours productively. Clients can get jobs, education, or health referrals and
information on community services. This will be an on-going community service for the


DCF, Circuit 3
1621 N. E. Waldo Road
Gainesville 32609
Phone: 352-955-5010
Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-96-ABUSE
The Department of Children and Families provides food stamps, Medicaid insurance,
TANF financial benefits, and temporary cash assistance to eligible, low-income
individuals and families through ACCESS Florida, an automated information system. It
also provides child protective services.

Taylor County Pre-K-Child Development Center
Perry Location:
508 Aquanaldo Ave.
Perry, Fl. 32347
Phone: 850-838-2535
Steinhatchee Location:
1209 S.E. 1st Ave.
Steinhatchee, Fl. 32359
Phone: 352-498-3303
The Taylor Pre-K Programs are located at the Child Development Center in Perry,
Florida and at Steinhatchee School in Steinhatchee, Florida. Pre-K is a part of the Taylor
County School System and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of
Young Children (NAEYC). The programs, which fall under the Pre-K service umbrella,
are the Teenage Parent Baby Program, School Readiness Services, Voluntary Pre-
Kindergarten (VPK), Pre-K Exceptional Student Education (ESE), Taylor Even Start
Project, and Pre-K After School Care.

Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend Region
325 John Knox Rd., Building L-201
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Phone: 850-385-0551
Toll Free: 866-973-9030
Fax: 850-386-4720
The Coalition strives to create a seamless system of services to better prepare children for
entry into kindergarten by providing information resources to aid parents in finding
quality child care, holding screenings and assessments to identify any developmental
issues in children, and offering technical assistance and professional development
opportunities to child care providers. By focusing on children, families, and parents as
individual parts that comprise a whole, the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend
Region is able to help build a community where all children are prepared for success in

Brehon Institute, Project SAFE, Taylor County
PO Box 1382
Perry, FL 32348
Main Number: (850) 584-5551
Fax number: (850) 656-7127
Brehon Institute for Family Services Inc Project SAFE (Support and Family Education)
offers in-home visiting service. This program is designed to help at-risk pregnant women
and families with children under age six, by providing weekly case management, and
parent education. Project SAFE helps clients achieve healthy birth outcomes, positive
parenting skills, education and/or job skills, knowledge of available services,
independence, personal goals, and family unity. The project can serve the family up to 12

Boys and Girls Club of Perry/Taylor County Florida
Veterans Park Unit:
918 N. Washington St.
Perry, FL 32347
Phone: 850-584-8448
Jerkins Unit:
1201 Martin Luther King Jr.
Perry, FL 32347
Phone: 850-584-2611
Steinhatchee Unit:
1209 First Avenue SE
Steinhatchee, FL 32359
Phone: 352-498-4100
This agency helps children between the ages of 6-17 of all backgrounds, with special
concern for those from disadvantaged circumstances to develop the qualities needed to
become responsible citizens and leaders. This is done through personal and educational
development, cultural enrichment, social recreation, health and physical education. The
“Smart Moves” program provides drug, alcohol and teenage pregnancy prevention
education. Free lunch is offered during the summer months. Hours are 2:00-7:00pm,
Monday through Friday during the school year. Summer hours are between 7:30am-
6:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Capital City Youth Services
2407 Roberts Ave.
Tallahassee, FL 32310
Phone: (850) 576-6000
Fax: (850) 576-2580
The program began by providing for the basic needs of runaway and homeless youth,
ages 10-17. Once established as a private, nonprofit agency, Capital City Youth Services
(CCYS) has grown to include a continuum of services for runaway, homeless, truant,
ungovernable and other at-risk youth and their families. Services offered include
outreach and prevention in the community, short-term residential care, case management,
counseling (individual, family and group) and aftercare.

Children's Home Society
1801 Miccosukee Commons Dr
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Main Number: (850) 921-0772
Fax: (850) 921-0726
 North Central Division began by offering Adoption Services and has since expanded its
programs to include Child Protection, Early Intervention, Family Builders, Family
Connection and Tree House. Each program is designed with the mission to provide
effective solutions to build and support healthy families for Florida's children. Medicaid
is accepted. Services include behavior management, child abuse prevention, family
counseling, family support programs, individual counseling, mental health prevention
programs, and services for sexually abused children.

Apalachee Center, Taylor County Clinic
1421 S Old Dixie Hwy
Perry, FL 32348
Taylor County Clinic: (850) 584-5613
Toll-Free New Patient Registration: (866) 472-3941
Toll-Free Emergency, 24/7: (800) 342-0774
Administrative, Tallahassee: (850) 523-3333
Fax number: (850) 584-5687
Apalachee Center, Taylor County Clinic provides mental health evaluations, mental
health case management, medication management and outpatient psychiatric services for
adults ages 18 and over. Some services for children and teens ages 5-17 are also
available, including youth counseling and other programs for at-risk youth. This agency
accepts Medicaid/Medicare and some other insurance. There is a limited sliding scale
ONLY for persons who meet clinical criteria.

Taylor County Health Department
1215 N Peacock Ave
Perry, FL 32347
Main Number: (850) 584-5087
Other Number: (850) 584-5087 x170, 172, 174, Appointments
Fax number: (850) 584-8653
Florida County Health Departments (CHDs) make available a range of basic medical care
services and treatments. Clinic services ensure access to essential health care to decrease
unnecessary emergency room visits. Dental care for children is offered too. Services are
provided through a partnership between the state, district offices and counties.

Healthy Start Coalition of Jefferson, Madison & Taylor Counties, Inc.
P.O. Box 568, Greenville, FL 32331
Phone: 850 948-2741
Fax: 850 948-3072
Healthy Start services include the support services that produce positive birth outcomes.
These include care coordination, home visits, smoking cessation, breastfeeding
education, childbirth education, parenting education, and psychosocial counseling. The
Coalition contracts with the health department in each county to provide Healthy Start
Services. The health departments are also the primary providers of prenatal care. They
also sponsor a group prenatal project and Women's Health Programs in all three counties.

Doctors Memorial Hospital
333 N Byron Butler Parkway
Perry, FL 32347
Main Number: (850) 584-0800
Administrative: (850) 584-0885
Fax number: (850) 584-2524


Florida Bar, Lawyer Referral Service
651 E Jefferson St
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
Toll-Free Number: (800) 342-8011
Other Number: (850) 561-5844
Fax number: (850) 561-5818
The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service refers lawyers to the public. Lawyers of the
service have agreed to provide half-hour office consultations for no more than $25. The
service also provides low fee, elderly, disability law, and AIDS law panels for persons
who qualify. The half-hour office consultation for these panels are free. Fees beyond first
half-hour are determined by client and attorney.

Three Rivers Legal Services-Lake City Office
334 NW Lake City Avenue
Lake City, FL 32056
Phone: 386-752-5960
Toll Free: 800-495-0039
Fax: 386-752-5999
This service provides legal counsel for low-income individuals. Because limited
resources make it difficult to provide legal counseling to every eligible person, clients are
selected through priorities based on the Board of Directors. Types of cases handled
include the following: family, income maintenance, housing, taxes, medical,
elderly/disabled, consumer, education, community legal education, community economic
development, and emergency cases that show a significant risk to health or safety.

Guardian Ad Litem
Third Judicial Circuit
213 E Howard St
Live Oak, Florida 32064
Phone: 386-364-7720
Alternate Phone: 386-758-1170
The mission of the State of Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program (GAL) is to advocate for
the best interests of children who are alleged to be abused, neglected or abandoned and
who are involved in court proceedings. The program provides legal and advocacy for
children going through the legal process.

Public Defender
P.O. Drawer 1209
Lake City, FL 32056-1209
(386) 758-0540
The Public Defender's Office provides legal representation in felony and misdemeanor
cases, juvenile, mental health commitment cases, traffic cases, and criminal appeals.
Clients must be determined to be indigent in court before the Public Defender can begin
representation. An application fee may be charged by Court.

Taylor County Clerk of Court
108 North Jefferson St.
Perry, FL. 32347
Phone: 850-838-3506
Florida Statutes establish the Clerk of the Court as an elected public trustee to serve the
County of Madison residents in filing of legal documents associated with home,
marriage, divorce, property and other important legal and court documents of record.
Included is the collection/disbursement of court ordered child support, and alimony
payments. The Clerk's office performs a wide range of record keeping, information
management and financial management in the judicial system and county government,
performing over 900 different constitutional and statutory functions or duties.


Doctors’ Memorial Hospital, Inc.
333 North Byron Butler Parkway, Perry, FL 32347

These Programs are in the Third Judicial Circuit but may not provide services in all
counties within that circuit.
Sue Driscoll, Program Supervisor
Family Visitation Center of the Suwannee Valley
620 SW Arlington Blvd.
Lake City, FL 32025
386/758-0591 Fax 386/758-0592

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