The Kearney Center, also known as The Shelter, is Tallahassee's recently opened comprehensive services center. Beyond providing hundreds of meals every day and overnight shelter to well over 200 clients every night, they also provide office space for more than 40 service providers so that clients have a central location for receiving services.
Managing Director Sarah Bohentin and Monique Ellsworth facilitated receiving 640 blankets for the center and 16 of its nonprofit partners who provide shelter or outreach services to individuals experiencing homelessness. The blankets are being made possible by Florida State Seminoles Blanket for a Blanket purchases, including those sold through the FSU Bookstore. Our special thanks to the bookstore's District Director Anna Woods who attended the event with us as well! We also appreciate the coverage that ABC 27 WTXL and the Tallahassee Democrat provided.
PICTURES FROM TALLAHASSEE
At 2650 Municipal Way, The Kearney Center sits close to campus and only 2 miles from Doak Campbell Stadium.
Upon our arrival, Monique Ellsworth took us on a tour of the facility. We stopped by the food service area...
...saw the expansive backyard where clients can currently garden and will help create a mural...
...which sits next to the basketball court where groups of FSU students, including one we had dinner with during our trip, will come to play ball with individuals and youth who the shelter serves.
After our tour, we had the honor of meeting and speaking to a beautiful collaborative of people who serve individuals experiencing homelessness in the Tallahassee community.
Monique had organized all of the boxes so each recipient organization could quickly pick up the amount they would receive.
We had the opportunity to meet some of the individual providers, including Mike Hines of Hope House who walked a road of recovery himself before now running Hope House.
Here, Anna Woods (far right) of the FSU Bookstore and Nick stand with the two awesome ladies who made this event possible, Sarah Bohentin (second from right) and Monique Ellsworth (far left).
Of course, after the event, before we headed out of Tallahassee, we had to visit Doak Campbell Stadium!