TAYLOR COUNTY AGENCIES
2-1-1 Big Bend – provides 24 hr. crisis hotline, suicide prevention, human services information and referrals. In 2016-17, 304 callers received assistance.
Ability 1st – provides assistance to persons with disabilities. 26 clients received services, including construction of seven ramps.
Alzheimer’s Project – provides a full range of resource services including counseling, referral and support groups.
43 local clients were served.
American Red Cross – provides disaster, health, safety, emergency, volunteer, youth, and military services. They provided $16,357 in direct financial assistance to 118 clients following a disaster. During the Hermine disaster, 646 bulk items such as rakes, shovels, gloves, etc.as well as clean-up kits were provided to residents. Additionally 3,649 meals and snacks were delivered to residents in the Steinhatchee and beaches areas following Hermine.
America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend – provides surplus food to the needy through nonprofit agencies. They delivered enough food through their four partner agencies (Community Church of Perry, First Baptist Church of Perry, Sowers of the Seed, and the Taylor County Leadership Council) to provide 315,000 meals to Taylor County residents.
Big Bend Cares – provides education and comprehensive support to people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. 29 received direct services.
Big Bend Hospice – provides patient/family hospice care and bereavement services. 288 individuals and families were served here.
Boy Scouts – provides youth leadership development and prevention programs. 35 youth participated in these programs.
Boys and Girls Club – provides after school and summer services/programs for its members which include homework help; sports; fitness and recreation; career, health and life skills; and character and leadership training and more. 1,486 youth participated.
Brehon Institute for Family Services – provides shelter for homeless pregnant women and services for at-risk families. 242 clients were served.
Capital City Youth Services – provides counseling services to youth and their families. 31 clients were served.
Children’s Home Society – provides comprehensive services for children and families including adoption, crisis pregnancy services and child abuse. 50 children were served in the Early Steps Program.
Early Learning Coalition – provides quality child-care including assistance with tuition for low-income working parents. 278 children received services last year.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes – provides a powerful, positive and effective program to produce tomorrow’s leaders with great, Godly character. 527 middle and secondary students participated.
Lighthouse of the Big Bend – serves individuals who are visually Impaired or blind by assisting them in regaining, maintaining or increasing their independence in life. Eight (8) clients were served.
Needy School Children Fund – provides such basic items as clothing, shoes, food, medicine, etc. as well as basic school supplies. 218 school children were assisted through this program.
Refuge House – provides assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence, including safe shelter and a 24-hour crisis hotline. 284 clients reporting domestic violence were served.
Taylor County 4-H Foundation – provides nutritionally approved weekend meals for needy students K-12. Each backpack is filled with food for a family of four. An average of 91 backpacks went home weekly in school year 2016-17.
Taylor County Leadership Council – operates a Second Harvest food pantry including USDA Commodities at the Jerkins Community Center. On an average, over 300 families are served twice a month. In addition to food, families may also receive clothing. Our “Brown Bag” mobile pantry serves additional individuals, especially the elderly, who live at Stonegate and Southern Villas
Taylor County Senior Services – provided 10,661 congregate meals, 3,005 home delivered meals, and other services to over 75 clients.