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I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, Inc.

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Causes: Community Clinics, Food, Food Programs, Health, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters

Mission: The mission of The Sulzbacher Center is to empower homeless and at-risk men, women and children to achieve a better life through a full range of services, both direct and in collaboration with community partners, thus renewing hope and restoring lives back into the fabric of our community.

Geographic areas served: Northeast Florida

Programs: Provided 149,658 nights of shelter for homeless residents and served 563,904 meals.

25,423 visits to health center and 1,952 visits to behavioral clinic, attending to health and mental problems and referrals to physicians and hospitals for treatment. Donated services to the health center includes $307,096 in physician's fees.

2,984 visits to dental clinic for oral hygiene maintenance and treatment of various dental conditions. 327 visits to vision services.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this place. Me and my family and our volunteers go to shelter every few weeks and have adult game and family night. The staff is so polite and the residents are the best. We received volunteer of the month. This a great place to come and spend time.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff went above and beyond allowing us to host a meeting for the men who stay there. They would make sure the library was set up for us and remind the guys who did want to go (but might have forgotten) that we were on site. The administration also supported us by finding new places to meet when the library had to be used for Swine Flu isolation. All-in-all, a great place, and the only place to offer comprehensive help to homeless men.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I commend the Sulzbacher Center for finding ways to keep their many different services and departments in operation, especially in the current economic climate. They offer everything needed to help get people back on their feet. I appreciate their creative methods of reaching out to the community to raise funds. Their functions are interesting and personable. The center continues to transform many many lives, and is an important part of Jacksonville's community.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Sulzbacher Center is a safe haven for those in need. Through the provisions that the center has made, people who are facing or on the verge of homelessness have somewhere that they can temporarily call home until the lulls of life are resolved. I totally am excited to work with and support the Center, and definately recommend it as a resource to anyone who needs shelter.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless is a God-send to the thousands of people who find themselves in difficult financial and personal crises. Without the care of Sulzbacher Center, Jacksonville would have people who have no place to shelter, eat and be safe. The Sulzbacher Center helps men,women and familes find a safe-haven to get their lives in order and start feeling confidence in their future. The programs offered by Sulzbacher Center and other volunteer organizations and churches give support spiritually, mentally and physically. No one is turned away for the meals that are shared. I have served meals and talked with many of the men and famlies and I find them to be hopeful for their future because of the Sulzbacher Center. The staff has a huge heart for those sheltered there and they truely care about getting them back on the road to a productive life.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am at Sulzbacher every Monday night helping to lead a men's group/Bible study. Needless to say the men there do not want to be living at a homeless center but they will tell you that it sure beats sleeping on the streets and going hungry. They get a place to stay, three meals a day and a helping hand to get be back on their feet. I have been involved with several of the men over the past year and I have seen a number them make the transiton out to a job and better living conditions. The ones that are still there are working on putting their lives back together, finding a job and starting over. I am thankful Sulzbacher is there to provide a safe harbor.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a retired person I have chosen the I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless as my first choice among non-profits to support. I receive email updates from the Suzbacher Center letting me know of needed items, such as clothing, toiletries, etc. and my friends and I collect and deliver those items. I have served meals there and also helped with painting and sprucing up. I am very impressed with the overall atmosphere of the place. There is so much need and yet I always notice how the staff shows kindness, professionalism, respect, and and occasionally bring order into some very difficult situations. The Sulzbacher center feels safe to me. I never feel nervous about volunteering there. The food is good! No hungry person is turned away. Another thing I have noticed is that they know how to make use of whatever resources they have. There is no waste that I have been able to see. They really stretch the dollars there. I wish they had more funding and room to expand. The need is so great! I am thankful for The Sulzbacher Center.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been doing volunteer work for the Sulzbacher Center for nearly 3 years. The caring atmosphere encourages us to do all that we can to help those less fortunate. Our weekly pickup of Second Harvest food from participating Pizza Huts supplements meals provided by the center. By assisting with fund raising we feel that we are raising an awareness of how valuable their services are to our homeless community. To see the employees at the Sulzbacher Center interacting with the residents, stopping to say a kind word or just sharing a smile is truly heartwarming. I have never seen an employee too busy to stop and chat with a resident or address their needs. Our reward is just seeing the sparkle in the eye of an adult or child when we decorate a Christmas tree for them to enjoy. The Sulzbacher Center needs the support of our community so that no homeless family has to be turned away. The services they provide are unmatched by any other facility in the area!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work that the Sulzbacher Center provides for the Jacksonville homeless is truly amazing. Through their compassionate outreach to the less fortunate in our area many are helped. The joint efforts of the Sulzbacher team is truly inspirational.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

About 2 years ago, I started looking for a place to volunteer, when I came across the Sulzbacher Center, and am I glad I did. I've been volunteering there now for over a year and a half, and the changes it has made in my life are huge. The Sulzbacher Center is a place that truly cares about its clients and the homeless community. Through their active case management and top notch facility, they are able to have a real and positive effect on the homeless condition. I have a great time and feel like I'm making a difference, no matter if I'm helping to prepare a meal to serve, painting the buildings, or lending advice.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Through my employment with another non-profit agency in Jacksonville, I worked closely with the Sulzbacher Center. They do an excellent job providing the needed services for the homeless, especially as the economy worsens and more people are in need of their services. The health care clinic is a phenomenal service. It is also really wonderful that Sulzbacher makes an effort to reach out to other non-profits to collaborate in order to better provide for the needs of their residents. They have also done an excellent job assessing the primary needs of residents, and as budgets shrink ensure that the most necessary services stay (like the health care clinics and free meals for the city's homeless). I think there has also been an increase in Sulzbacher's identity within the Jacksonville community, which is very beneficial for fundraising. It is great that they have started to let people know how hard they work and all of the services that they provide. Of course, in the field of the non-profits, there is always more to do. It would be great if Sulzbacher could one day provide daycare for its residents. But, these things need money, and that is so scarce these days. I salute them for the hard work that they do!