Our Programs & Services 

Day Drop-In Center

  • The Day Drop-in Center provides a safe, compassionate and supportive environment in which people who are experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness, are welcome and where they will be able to access appropriate services and resources

  • The Center is located at 1005 South 14th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL and is open on Tuesday's and Thursday's from 9am - 1pm. Space for the center is courtesy of The Fernandina Beach Church of Christ.

  • Some of the services offered include:

    • Respite from the heat and cold
    • A hot shower and laundry services
    • Snacks and beverages
    • A mailing address and phone number to use on job applications
    • Assistance applying for benefits
    • Referrals to other agencies

  • Please contact us at info@chnassau.com if you are interested in volunteering or contributing in some way. To reach the center, please call The Fernandina Beach Church of Christ, and ask for the Day Drop-In Center.

Gracie's Kitchen (formerly the Yulee Interfaith Dinner Network)

  • Serving a hot, healthy meal four nights per week (M, T, TH, and some Fridays) out of Gracie's Kitchen, in the Old Yulee Middle School on Pages Dairy Road and U.S. 17

  • Currently, 18 groups (over 150 volunteers) serve dinner four nights a week to an average of over 200 children and adults each meal.

Fernandina Interfaith Dinner Network (Hope House) - Founded by The Coalition, now an independently run program.

  • Serving a hot, healthy meal four nights per week (M,T,TH,F) from 5 - 7 pm out of the Hope House in Fernandina

  • Twenty-two church groups (868 volunteers) serve dinners four nights a week to people experiencing homeless and those in need. Currently, the program feeds more than 68 adults and children at every dinner.

Soup Train - Founded by the Coalition, now an independent program of the Council on Aging of Nassau County

  • Preparing and delivering ready to eat meals twice per week to the elderly in our community

  • In partnership with the Barnabas Center and the Council on Aging, the Coalition feeds homebound seniors who are eligible for the Meals on Wheels program but are unable to be served because of inadequate agency funding. Currently, 8 groups (23 volunteers) prepare meals of soup, bread, and dessert that are delivered to 28 homebound seniors in need.

    News-Leader article on the Soup Train

Cold Night Shelter- Founded by The Coalition, now an independently run program of the Fernandina Beach Church of Christ.

  • Due to lack of participation, there is NO Cold Night Shelter in 2018

  • In 2015, 18 groups (143 volunteers) welcomed 32 people (some who came repeatedly) to the shelter, and 7 restaurants donated dinner and breakfast meals. We considered this a potentially life-saving program.

  • In 2016 and 2017, we believe that due to the distribution of supplies through the Day Drop-In Center and the fear of losing their belongings should they leave them behind to visit the shelter, this shelter was only utilized by two individuals on one night, and there was not enough participation to continue the program.

    News-Leader article on the Cold Night Shelter

 


Coalition for the Homeless
P.O. Box 16123
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035

 

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