Historical Background


(Please note that not all services and programs listed in our Historical Background are currently being provided. Please refer to our website's menu for a listing of current services and programs now being provided.)

1986 -- Originated as Good News of Pensacola, Inc., operating a girls' group home and providing outreach to the poor.

1989 -- Incorporated as Good News of Tallahassee, Inc., adding the soup kitchen, drug rehabilitation, AIDS, and prison ministries.

1995 -- The group home for girls incorporated as Good News Foster Home, Inc. Good News of Tallahassee continued its other ministries.

1996 -- Began caring for elderly and homebound as well as feeding and clothing the poor. The group home acquired a second contract as a children's mental health provider, hired a Program Director, and began to operate as a boys' home.

1997 -- Acquired two residences on Macon Road to house Program Directors and families; hired three staff to serve in boys' group home.

1998 -- Board of Directors formed and hired an Executive Director; began to do business as Good News Outreach; initiated plans to open a women's medical clinic; founded Mercy House, a program to reintegrate released prisoners into the community.

1999 -- Expanded Mercy House to two locations to accommodate a total of 11 men; Open Door Women's Clinic accepted its first client.

2001 -- Mission Oaks apartment complex opened to provide low cost housing for up to 23 adult men who were homeless or at risk of being homeless. Residents pay rent and are assisted by vouchers from the Tallahassee Housing Authority.

2002 Added a second foster home for up to six girls, ages 10-17, removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. The home, maintained in partnership with the Florida Department of Children & Families, offered a safe, structured environment with emphasis on developing social and independent living skills.

2003 Added Maryland Oaks Crossing in cooperation with the Florida Department of Children and Families. This renovated mobile home park provideds rent-subsidized housing for 48 famlies. Occupants are single-parents with children, veterans, and the handicapped.

The Open Door Women’s Clinic purchases a new location for the clinic at 410 E Sixth Avenue in Tallahassee.

2004 Open Door Women’s Clinic begins operation at its new facility.