Downturn in Economy Results in Increased Need
As you all know, the economy is suffering, joblessness is up, and as a result we have experienced an exponential rise in the numbers of families who need our assistance. In 2008, about 30 families came to the office each week to collect food. That number has risen to 150-200. The Soup Kitchen is now providing from 180-200 hot lunches each weekday. That number has roughly doubled from two years ago.
We are doing all we can, but we really need your help!
Donations can be brought to 242 Lafayette Circle, Tallahassee, FL 32303, which is to the right off 6th Avenue just before Thomasville Road. Monmetary donations can be made on this web site under the heading HOW TO DONATE or can be nailed to our main office
If you are a member of a church or organization that is looking for a way to give back, please consider Good News Outreach.
We are the largest provider of housing and food for the poor and homeless in the area.
Accomplishing these things is never easy, and we can alway use help.
God bless you for your generosity!
Good News Outreach Mission Statement
Good News Outreach is a private sector, volunteer driven, multi-denominational Christian faith-based organization dedicated to relieving physical, mental, emotional and spiritual suffering to those within our surrounding community regardless of their religious beliefs or lack thereof. Good News Outreach has a twenty plus year history in Tallahassee as a non-profit 501 (c), 3, Florida corporation and accomplishes its mission through five programs;
The Food Service program distributes food to those in need through the "soup kitchen" at The Shelter, the bagged food program at Lafayette Circle and the Bond Community, and direct food delivery for families and homebound elderly. This program is operated in partnership with Publix, Second Harvest, USDA and many faith communities, private businesses and individuals throughout Tallahassee.
The Elder Care program coordinates volunteers to visit the elderly in their homes and residences and assists with food and transportation needs on an individual basis.
The Mission Oaks Apartments offers formerly homeless men the opportunity to live in a safe, permanent, affordable, highly ordered environment that is conducive to rebuilding self esteem and accepting personal responsibility.
The Mercy House program is dedicated to men recently released from prison who have asked for a second chance to successfully reenter society through the assistance of Good News Outreach volunteers and various church communities. This 6 to 8 month transitional housing program is operated in conjunction with the State of Florida Department of Correction as well as several faith communities and private sector businesses. The "Walking the 12 Steps with Christ" program is offered on-site to those who have addiction problems.
The Maryland Oaks Crossing homeless housing campus is oriented to families with children who are moving toward independent living. Maryland Oaks provides a safe, family oriented living environment with some limited rental assistance in cooperation with Tallahassee Housing Authority, private sector businesses, and church communities.
Good News Outreach seeks to provide services to those who might not otherwise receive them. The focus of all Good News Outreach ministries is concentrated in areas that are not adequately addressed by other non-profit organizations or governmental agencies. Good News Outreach does not attempt to compete with other service providers. Good News does not require clients to participate in religious programs as a precondition to receiving services.
The volunteers and supporters of Good News Outreach come from many faith communities, community organizations, business and government offices, public and private corporations and foundations, as well as individuals and families who wish to make a difference in our area. Good News Outreach provides the essential framework for these many, many volunteers who each, together, successfully relieve suffering and encourage individuals and families to move toward independence and self-sufficiency.