MADISON COUNTY


Refuge House, Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Programs
Confidential Location
P.O. Box 20910
Tallahassee, FL 32316
Taylor/Madison County Hotline: (850) 584-8808
Administrative: (850) 973-4144
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

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

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 referral.

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. Contact Judy Welch, RN, LCSW.

Florida Council Against Sexual Violence
1311 N Paul Russell Road, Suite A204
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Telephone: 850-297-2000
Fax: 850-297-2002
Toll-Free: 888-956-RAPE
The Florida Council Against Sexual Violence is a statewide nonprofit organization committed to
victims and survivors of sexual violence and the sexual assault crisis programs who serve them.
FCASV serves as a resource to the state on sexual violence issues. Each year they host a
statewide conference and trainings, bringing state-of-the-art information from around the nation
to Florida. They provide technical assistance to agencies seeking to improve their services for
rape victims, and they provide up-to-date information to the public. By using the toll free
information line, callers can access information from their resource library or from their network
of national resources. FCASV provides information, assistance and leadership on all aspects of
sexual violence, including rape, child abuse, stalking and sexual harassment.

See also:
Refuge House, State Attorney’s Victim Advocate, U.S. Attorney Victim Witness Assistance, A
Women’s Place (all under Domestic Violence Services)

Housing/Food 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 Madison 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.

WIC Program- Madison County Health Department
800 Third Street
Madison, FL 32340
Phone: 850-487-3158
WIC serves infants, children up to 5 years old, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and
women in the first 6 months after giving birth. Eligibility is based on both income and nutrition
risk. Income eligibility is set at 185% of the federal poverty guidelines. Nutrition risk eligibility
criteria include, but are not limited to, anemia, factors associated with high risk pregnancy,
nutrition related medical conditions, or inadequate growth patterns. Applicants are required to
show current proof of income, identity, and address at time of appointment.

Big Bend Homeless Coalition- Hope Community
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.
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 , FL 32609
Phone: (352) 955-5445
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. DCF also provides child protective
ACTT Child Care Center, Madison
293 SW Christmas Tree Dr
Madison, FL 32341
Main Number: (850) 973-6627
Fax number: (850) 973-6627
ACTT Child Care Center provides child care services for children 1-13 years of age in Madison
County. From September through June, only children between 1-5 years of age and, after school
6-13 years of age are served. During the summer, the program serves school-age children full
time. The capacity is 37 children with 4 teachers and 1 part-time director. Fees cost $16.00 a

Kids Inc, and Early Head Start Programs, Madison
1344 SW Grand St
Greenville, FL 32331
Main Number: (850) 948-1921 Greenville Bright Beginnings
Other Number: (850) 973-4243 Madison Bright Days
Fax number: (850) 948-1924
Early Head Start is a federally funded child development program that provides health, education
and social services to low-income pregnant women, infants and toddlers. Kids Inc provides Early
Head Start for ages infant to 3 years of age at Bright Days, 500 NW Haynes St in Madison, and
Clifford Brown Bright Beginnings in Greenville. Services are available to low-income, pregnant
women and families with children under the age of 3.

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 school.

North Florida Workforce Development Board
200 W Base St, 2nd Fl
Madison, FL 32340
Main Number: (850) 973-9675 Job Services Information
Toll-Free Number: (866) 367-4758 Toll-Free Number
Fax number: (850) 973-9757
North Florida Workforce Development Board offers access to employment-related services in
one central location in Madison, but has a mobile van that visits Live Oak and Perry weekly,
Monticello and Jasper monthly and Mayo quarterly. The center seeks to improve employment
skills and assist with obtaining employment. Services offered include GED preparation, job
aptitude and interest assessment, resume writing and interviewing skills, computer access,
information about job openings and other related services. The center works with the local
business community, offering incentives to hire clients who have been referred. Qualified
participants are matched with appropriate job opportunities, based on skills and other factors.
The School Readiness program offers child care resources and referrals.

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.

Madison County Clerk of the Circuit Court
125 SW Range Ave
Madison, FL 32340
Main Number: (850) 973-1500
Fax number: (850) 973-3471
Florida Statutes establishes 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.

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.

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.


Madison County Health Department
218 SW Third Ave
Madison, FL 32340
Main Number: (850) 973-5000
Fax number: (850) 973-5006
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.

Madison County Memorial Hospital
309 NE Marion St
Madison, FL 32340
Phone: (850) 973-1366
Phone: (850) 973-2271

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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