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Community Resources

By Allan Jameson

“Impossible only means that you haven’t found the solution yet.”

There are many resources in Columbia County to help with the different needs of the homeless.  Below are a list of some of them.


Homeless Services Network of Suwannee Valley c/o United Way of Suwannee Valley

325 NE Hernando Ave., Lake City, FL 

(386) 752-5604

Business hours: 8:30-5:00 pm  M-F

Serves Columbia, Hamilton, Lafayette, and Suwannee Counties

Suwannee River Economic Council

(386) 752-8726

Business hours: 9:00-5:00 pm M-F

Serves Columbia County

*Assistance with rent and utility bills

Christian Service Center

Corner of Hilton St. and Washington St. in Lake City, FL

(386) 755-1770

Business Hours: 10:00- 4:00 pm  M-F

Serves Columbia County

*Emergency assistance with food, clothes, household items, prescriptions, bus tickets, partial assistance with rent or utilities

Department of Children and Families

1389 W. US Hwy 90, Lake City, FL 

(866) 762-2237

Serves Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee, and Lafayette Counties

*medicaid, temporary cash assistance to those qualified

Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc

258 NW Burk Ave., Lake City, FL

(386) 754-9180

Business Hours: 7:30-12:00 pm  M-F

Serves Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee, and Lafayette Counties

*Emergency assistance with food, utilities, rent, medications, shelter, bus tickets, and household items

Lad's Soup Kitchen

127 NW Escambia St., Lake City, FL

(386) 758-2217

Business Hours: Breakfast 7:30-9:30 am  M-F and Lunch 12:00-2:00 pm  M-F

Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc

334 NW Lake City Ave, Lake City, FL

(386) 755-5960

*Free civil legal services to eligible persons. Eviction and foreclosure defense, social security benefits, food stamps, and Medicaid/Medicare issues

Another Way or Vivid Visions

(800) 500-1119

*Shelter for domestic violence

Greenpath, Inc  

725 SE Baya Drive, Suite 107, Lake City, FL 32025

(386) 755-5350 or (800) 245-1865

Business Hours: Mon-Fri  8:00 am to 5:00 pm

*Provides credit and budget counseling, debt repayment plans, credit report review and financial education

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