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Maryland Oaks Crossing

Strengthening at-risk families

Maryland Oaks Crossing gives low-income households a place

to thrive.

We offer an attractive and affordable housing community with wrap-around services for the entire family. Residents who participate in these programs can develop greater self-sufficiency and may increase their annual income.  Incoming residents participate in case management to develop life plans to meet their individual needs.

Services for adults include job and job-training referral, budgeting, life coaching, and “Getting Ahead in the Workplace” a 15-week workshop focused on moving up and out of poverty. Children’s services include academic tutoring, mentoring, summer enrichment,  bible study and other programs. The Director of Housing Manager receives input from residents in order to offer new programs as needed.

 

This community offers two- and three-bedroom manufactured homes for rent.  We focus on families with children, but set aside some units for people with disabilities.

Key extras include:

  • Laundry facilities

  • Monthly on-site pantry

  • A summer enrichment program for schoolchildren

  • A playground and

  • A community center for residents, with separate computer rooms for adult and children, a television-and-library area and meeting space.

  • Monthly food pantry

 

Chapman Community Health Program — from the FSU College of Medicine — brings free health screenings, wellness workshops, tutoring for children nd social events. The center also hosts other educational programs, including Bible studies.

Maryland Oaks Crossing is zoned for Sabal Palm Elementary, Griffin Middle and Godby High School.

To qualify for available housing, you must:

  • Meet income limits for HUD-assisted housing;

  • Be eviction-free for at least three years; and

  • Have no sexual-crime or violent-crime convictions.

  • Be willing to participate in wrap-around services for the entire family.

Households must have minimum monthly incomes of $1,400 to be eligible for a two-bedroom home or $1,600 for a three-bedroom unit.

Our on-site housing director works with agencies that can help with move-in costs, depending on your needs.

Got questions? Email info@goodnewsoutreach.org or phone us at (850) 412-0016.

 
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Embracing Seniors

Helping seniors stay in their homes

Food assistance is crucial, but only part of our elder services.  

Good News Outreach volunteers don’ t hesitate to cultivate friendships while dropping off groceries.

That can mean helping with small tasks while chatting about grandchildren, gardens, current events and more.

Along with food, the elders get nutritional supplements, adult hygiene products — and when possible, reading glasses and necessary kitchen tools.

It makes a world of difference to seniors who might be struggling with tight budgets, health setbacks and loneliness.

Our program is open to people age 55 or older.

We provide grocery delivery and phone contact monthly on a case-by-case basis. We serve a limited area. Please call (850) 412-0016 to learn how we might help you.

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If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse, please report it to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Advocates are available 24/7 to help anyone dealing with abuse, mistreatment or neglect.

 
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A New Chance at Freedom

Helping men lead productive lives

Mercy House welcomes formerly incarcerated men as they begin the journey to become contributing members of society. They will face challenges such as making their own decisions as they strive to overcome the negative and often hopeless impacts of prison life.

 

The program begins for successful applicants as soon as they are released from prison.  Applicants are referred to Mercy House by a correctional institution's chaplain, classification officer or other agency. 

 

The program serves males only and excludes sex offenders. We focus on men who have had substance abuse issues in the past, but are looking for a way to stay sober and change their futures. The program also serves felons with life sentences but who have been approved for release provided they participate in a re-entry program for a year. 

Participating men live at the Mercy House in northeast Tallahassee and receive help with substance abuse, clothing, medical needs, job searching, education issues and other activities of daily living. Mercy House has room for 11 men and expects to serve about 24 each year.

Good News Outreach volunteers and staff are there to lend a hand to the men throughout the six to nine-month program. Their caring support along with generous spiritual and monetary donations from local community members, make it possible for the men to achieve such goals as:

  • Finding a job

  • Securing housing

  • Managing their money better

  • Acquiring a GED or other training for employment

  • Freedom from substance abuse

  • Regaining the support and love of family members

  • Contributing in some way to society

  • Avoiding situations and activities leading back to prison

How to apply for the Mercy House program

Contact Good News Outreach by phone, email or letter

Provide the applicant’s Department of Corrections number.  An application will be sent to you to complete and return to Good News Outreach

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Food Services

548 E. Bradford Road

Good News Outreach food ministries include a meal delivery service for seniors and a pantry for others experiencing food insecurity.

Good News Outreach food ministries include a food delivery service for seniors and a pantry for others experiencing food insecurity. Together, they’ve served 4,978 bags of food from January through July 2020. That put food on the table for 10,931 people. The attachment shows how the coronavirus/covid-19 virus created a significant increase in demand that has remained high.

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Food Pantry Details

Open

Wednesday

9am-2pm

Thurdays

8am-2pm

  • Bring proof of residency in Leon County

  • Clients receive groceries once a month

  • Transportation to the pantry provided by Big Bend 2-1-1’s Lyft program. Call 2-1-1 in advance to schedule your ride.

The Elder Services program for seniors 55 or older is responsible for meal deliveries. Call (850) 412-0016 or email info@goodnewsoutreach.org for more information about receiving deliveries. Helping this service is simple. A donation of just $138 provides bags of food for one person for a year.

The pantry depends on volunteers to sort nonperishable donations, check expiration/sell-by dates and pack bags of food for people in need. A bag is enough for eight meals and there is no cost to our clients, thanks to our supporters. The pantry operates out of the Good News Outreach office at 548 E. Bradford Road, which is conveniently located on the S bus line, and is about a quarter-mile walk from the StarMetro K bus line stop at Thomasville Road. StarMetro’s Dial-A-Ride service also may be available to persons with a disability.

 
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