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The Kearney Center in Tallahassee will no longer accept new residents during COVID-19 crisis

Will move more than 100 current residents to apartments, hotel rooms
Posted: 11:01 AM, Mar 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 11:04:47-04
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Starting Thursday, The Kearney Center, which provides emergency shelter to the homeless, says they will no longer be accepting any new residents into their facility and will move more than 100 current residents to apartments and hotel rooms.

While The Kearney Center will no longer accept new clients directly, they say they will partner with 2-1-1 Big Bend to provide "expert case management for individuals and families with housing issues."

Additionally, to better meet CDC recommended guidelines to have those in shelters spaced at least 6-feet apart, The Kearney Center will also be moving over 100 clients to individual apartments and hotel rooms.

“Our clients are part of our family. Many of our clients are elderly, many have health issues, and all of them deserve the best this community can offer," said Rick Kearney, the founder of the center. "We especially thank Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Elder Care Services and ALSCO Inc. for helping us to plan continuation of health, food and linens as we provide our services at varied locations.”

The Kearney Center is also taking donations through their COVID-19 fund. Gifts may be made online at or by calling Holly Bernardo at 615-525-1903.

“I urge everyone to look for ways to love their neighbor right now and the people at The Kearney Center are some of our most vulnerable community members," said Pastor Nicholas Quinto.