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The Kearney Center delivers care in all forms to support homeless community

Posted at 5:55 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 17:55:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Since the doors to The Kearney Center are closed, volunteers are hitting the road to make sure people are fed.

Excitement and gratitude fills the air when Kearney Center residents see Bill Schack's car coming.

Schack, the Food Services director at The Kearney Center, says he's doing whatever it takes to keep them fed.

"When I pull up, you see everybody shows up," said Schack.

Schack loads his car up to the ceiling with food, delivering it to the homeless.

"To see Mr. Bill, it's like hot dogs, coleslaw, baseball bats, let's do it! Here's Mr. Bill," said Polly Austin, one of the food recipients.

With the Kearney Center closed, those depending on him are staying in hotels.

"I'd probably be off in the woods in a tent somewhere," Austin said. "It's very good to feel that you're eating everyday and you don't have to struggle or sell your body just to get things that you need in your everyday life."

The assistance doesn't end at food either. On Tuesdays, there's also medical help from Bond Community Health Center.

"Access to primary care is very important on all levels, particularly now," said Dr. Anneka C. Johnson, a provider with Bond Community Health Center.

Johnson says many of the people she has seen have other medical conditions, decreasing their chances of survival if they caught COVID-19.

"They are very thankful," Johnson said.

The Kearney Center is getting help from others. Grace Mission and Second Harvest also feed the people staying in hotels, plus various restaurants are also offering food.

The Kearney Center also has a wish list on Amazon, available here. If you would like to donate food or toiletries, click here.