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St Francis House and its Arbor House property are established service providers in Gainesville, Florida. Their shared purpose provides assistance for homeless women and children. Immediate needs stabilize homeless people Families are first sheltered. Services addressing their needs come first. Both AH and SFH provide safe places to live. Once they are stable, case management…(Read More)

  A housing dedication ceremony at Arbor House is a big event for case management. It celebrates permanent supported housing. I attended one recently. The family being honored were my clients for one year. They were a pleasure to work with. The mom worked full time during their year at AH. During that time she…(Read More)

Permanent supported housing comes from persistent effort for homeless people. St Francis House recently sheltered a 55 year old woman for one and a half months. She had saved two disability checks to put toward permanent housing. Hard luck aside, her motivation was strong. While a shelter resident she worked hard, even when she was…(Read More)

  Our mission at Arbor House focuses on helping families to view their dilemma realistically in order to get permanent supported housing. We encourage them, combined with case management support. This strategy frequently results in dramatic progress for them. A twenty-eight year old woman came to St. Francis House. Her two children were living…(Read More)

Residents at Sunrise Apartments, permanent supported housing for St Francis House, Gainesville, Florida, receive ongoing case management. Resumé writing, college admissions, online employment applications, job-searching, job retention tips, budgeting, healthy eating, and more, combine support that seeks to insure permanent self-sufficiency for them. Referrals to outside agencies help residents reach their health, education…(Read More)

Girls Scout Troop 1688, Gainesville, Florida, took up a collection and raised money for immediate needs to assist women and children at Arbor House. They learned about Case Management, too, and the role it plays in providing services to AH residents. During their time visiting AH, several girls said they were interested in learning about…(Read More)

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A mother with four children came to St Francis House shelter services in August. She was employed when she and her family arrived, and found a second job that supplemented her income working shifts on an as needed basis. She cares for her children, who are attending school. She located an apartment, where they eventually…(Read More)

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Ambition and Assistance


Young woman seeking self-sufficiency When a 23 year old woman recently returned to her home town, Gainesville, Florida, she came to St. Francis House for temporary shelter. Within days a local restaurant hired her to work for them. Another job opportunity came soon. Meanwhile, she has signed up for housing with the Alachua County…(Read More)

Arbor House Success Story July 2016 One of our clients, after job-hunting for months, received sponsorship in July, and started working as a customer service representative for a car dealership. Once hired, she was ecstatic to to learn that she was one of three people selected out of 300 applicants. After struggling to find…(Read More)

Summary A description of needs and services at St Francis House since 2002. December 7, 2015 The Bob Rose Show 97.3 WSKY FM News Kent Vann, who has worked with St Francis House, Gainesville, Florida since 2002, and as Executive Director since 2005, discussed in this interview how services to homeless individuals and families…(Read More)