Our Mission

is to provide basic necessities to help homeless and hungry individuals in our community.

We provide food, shelter, and housing
Our shelter residents receive three meals daily
Approximately 200 public lunches daily
Our shelter services provide temporary housing for 35 individuals, including women, men, and children
During severe weather nights we provide 60 beds
We own three properties that provide transitional housing
We own 33 efficiency apartments that provide permanent housing
Our case management is designed to address job placement, education, permanent housing, and other needs, including community resources

Organizational Goals and Characteristics

St. Francis House provides emergency, transitional, and permanent housing. That mission along with its assets, puts SFH in a unique position among emergency shelters. More than a source for food, clothing and shelter, it provides guests with opportunities to overcome their problems, motivating them and training them to move forward.


We feed, shelter, provide public phone access, Regional Transit System bus passes, laundry services, and clothing vouchers. Along with tutoring, our case management and referral services provide education and partner agencies who can offer victim advocacy, job opportunities, GED certificates, life skills classes, in safe compassionate environments.


provide ongoing services for clients. The strength of their services, through private and corporate support, helps clients write their own success stories.

I Want to Support St Francis House, Gainesville, Florida

Support by donating time, funding, and in kind

Without funding, volunteers, and partners, we cannot stem the tide of chronic loss that creates homelessness, or provide housing first.

Communities rely on vision, capacity, tolerance, and extra effort, when we reach out to homeless people. We help when we can, because it makes sense.