Crisis Assistance Programs & Partners
Many of our neighbors face unexpected illnesses, unemployment, house fires, or changes in income or living status – with nowhere to turn. We are committed to helping individuals and families experiencing a crisis, doing so with respect and compassion. At the same time, we expect those we help to take personal responsibility toward achieving self-sufficiency, both for their sake and so we may be good stewards of our limited resources.
Our approach is based on case management in order to help our clients overcome crisis, as well as connect them to services and resources they need to regain stability. Our short-term assistance is based on household income, need and individual circumstances, and can include the following:
- Rent, mortgage & utilities payment assistance
- Clothing & household items
- Bicycles for job transportation
- Case management & budgeting assistance
- Assistance in applying for benefit programs
- Referrals & information for additional services
If you are experiencing temporary crisis (or know someone who is), please click here.
If you want to help through financial contributions, donations, or as a volunteer, click here.
Community Partnerships are vital to our effectiveness. Read below to see how our supporters join to help those experiencing short-term crisis in Nassau County.
Partners : Nourishment Network, Hunger Coalition of Nassau County
Food pantry services are available for those in a food crisis. Pantry staff will assist Nassau County clients with emergency food once every 30 days. In addition, mobile food pantry deliveries are made on a rotating basis throughout Nassau County. Click here for more specific information on Food Pantry hours and locations.
Adult Bikes for Barnabas
Partners : Cycling & Fitness Center, Amelia Island Trail Project Team, Unitarian Universalist Church East Nassau Branch
Bicycles are provided to adults who have lack transportation to get to work or look for a job. Applicants are approved based on specific criteria, and the Cycling & Fitness Center will accept good used bikes to refurbish for people in need.
Services for Homeless Veterans
Partners : Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition of Northeast Florida (ESHC) and the IM Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless
This new initiative provides case management and housing assistance for veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The IM Sulzbacher Center conducts outreach throughout Nassau County to locate, identify and refer veterans to ESHC, which then screens veterans for eligibility and refers them to the Barnabas case manager for assistance in accessing housing and other critical services.
Budgeting Assistance & Financial Management
Partner : University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services
Nassau County residents needing assistance with budgeting or managing their limited income can receive assistance on-site at Barnabas. Individual and group sessions are offered by the University of Florida Extension Service.
Nassau County Community Resource Guide
Partner : Nassau County Health Improvement Coalition
We are part of a group of nonprofit organizations, churches, businesses, and government agencies that have joined together to participate in a comprehensive guide to resources in Nassau County. Compiled and published by the Nassau County Health Department, this resource guide includes detailed information on a wide range of resources that can help residents access important services and get back on their feet.
For a downloadable copy of the Nassau County Community Resource Guide (full 38-page guide), click here.
For a downloadable copy of the Nassau County Community Resource Directory (phone numbers only), click here.