Social and Medical Resources

The Gainesville-Alachua area has a range of FREE and reduced cost services for residents. Please browse this list of excellent resources. If you do not see the resource you need, please see the Alachua County Community Resource and Social Services Guide (2019) for a complete listing.

Medical Services

primary and Specialty care

Equal Access Clinic Network

Houses four walk-in primary care clinics which are dedicated to providing a comfortable atmosphere for women, children, predominantly Spanish speakers, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

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primary and specialty care

Mobile Outreach Clinic

Delivers health care to the medically under-served in low income neighborhoods and rural areas in and around Alachua County, an average of 5 days a week. The bus contains two exam rooms, a laboratory, and a waiting area.

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Helping Hands Clinic

Aims to improve the physical and mental well-being of the homeless and low income by engaging the community. Clinic services are available every Monday and Thursday nights and include: primary medical care, HIV testing and counseling, dental care, clothing, meals, and more.

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Retreat for children with chronic illness

Deliver the Dream Retreat

Deliver the Dream provides free retreat weekends to families who have a parent or child living with a serious illness or crisis. Families will be involved in structured scheduling and recreation such as art, play, and drama based therapies.

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Child and parent services

Healthy Start of North Central Florida

Provides parenting education and support, including nutrition, breastfeeding, care coordination, and access to prenatal and child healthcare. Provides safe sex counseling, inter-conceptual counseling, and smoking cessation support.

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Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is a leading providers of high-quality, affordable healthcare, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education. Services include: birth control, HIV and STD testing, pregnancy testing, and services to women with or without insurance coverage.

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Gainesville Community Ministry

Offers medical advice and referrals, physical therapy, dental, counseling, and vision services. Walk-ins welcome for most services, excluding dental. For dental services, register in person Monday-Thursday, 9am-12pm.

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Mental health/crisis counseling

Haven Hospice

Haven offers Healing Hearts grief support programs in 18 counties across Florida as a community service. For more information on these programs and services, call 1.844.LIGHTEN (544-4836)

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Meridian Behavioral Healthcare

Offers rehabilitative services for adults and youth struggling with mental illness or substance abuse. Services include crisis services, outpatient recovery services, and rehabilitation services with 24-hour care.

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We Care Physician Referral Network

Provides access to primary medical, specialty medical, and dental healthcare to uninsured, low income Alachua County residents. Services are limited by the availability of a volunteer provider. Open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.

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Florida Department of Health in Alachua County

Provides clinical and nutrition services, wellness programs, environmental health information, vaccinations, birth and death certificate services, infectious disease services, and more.

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mental health/crisis counseling

Alachua County Crisis Center

The Alachua County Crisis Center offers 24 hr./day crisis and suicide intervention phone counseling to all residents of Alachua County. For more information about services, call 352-264-6785

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Santa Fe College Dental Clinic

Provides low-cost dental cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments, fillings, and crowns. The clinic does not offer emergency services for toothaches, extractions, periodontal surgery, orthodontics, or root canals. Medicaid and Medicare recipients are eligible for half-cost services.

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veterinary care

PAWS (Pets are Wonderful) Support

A student volunteer organization in UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine offers free veterinary care to Alachua County residents suffering from terminal or disabling disease. Call for eligibility and more information, 352-392-2213 ext. 5494

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Social Services

Domestic violence

Peaceful Paths Domestic Violence Network

A certified domestic violence center serving Alachua, Bradford, and Union County residents. Provides emergency shelter, a 24-hour helpline, counseling services, support groups, and empowerment education programs.

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Adult education

Alachua County Adult Education Program

Alachua County Public Schools provide services for adults to continue their education, including GED prep classes, GED test scheduling, adult high schools, adult basic education classes, literacy training, and English classes for people who speak other languages.

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Elder care

ElderCare of Alachua County

Works to advocate for the elderly by providing services that build capacity, maximize independence, and enrich quality of life for seniors. Services include: meal prep and delivery, daycare for Alzheimer patients through Al’z Place, homemaking, and transportation.

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education and jobs

CareerSource North Central Florida

Provides services and opportunities to employers and job seekers in the Alachua and Bradford areas. They provide career counseling, workshops, resume and interview assistance, job matching, soft skill training, and supplies for job seekers.

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Legal services

Three Rivers Legal Services

Provides free legal assistance for domestic violence, family law, foreclosure, bankruptcy, and other cases. Qualified individuals typically fall below 125% of the federal poverty line, have limited assets, and must be a United States citizen or fall within certain categories of legal resident status.

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food assistance and Family Resource

St Francis House

Aims to empower families with children in the transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. They provide case management, housing, food, training, daycare, and educational resources. Requires police clearance including: no outstanding warrants, no sex offender status, etc.

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Florida Department of Health

Provides many services to Alachua County residents including: clinical and nutritional services, wellness programs, environmental health information, vaccinations, birth and death certificate services, infectious disease services, and more.

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Housing assistance

Alachua County Housing Authority

The Alachua County Housing Authority provides rental subsidies and manages affordable public housing units for low income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Offices are open Monday-Thursday, 8am-5pm and Friday by appointment only.

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Department of Social Services

Their motto is “Reaching People, Helping People.” Provides general, health and wellness, waiver assessments, and case management services. Available only for eligible Alachua County residents.

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House Cleaning

Cleaning for a Reason

Provides FREE Housecleaning– 1 time per month for 4 months– to women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. To sign up, an online application must be completed.

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immigration assistance

Latina Women’s League

An all women, non-profit organization dedicated to contributing to the Latinx/Hispanic culture and art in Gainesville. Services include: networking, naturalization workshops, citizen preparation classes, and a bilingual story time for families.

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Welcoming Gainesville

Referral services for immigrants, policy education on welcoming new immigrants to Gainesville, linkage with faith communities, and assistance with learning English.

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SW Advocacy Group

Offers computers, internet access, printing, copying, faxing, books, games and toys for children, referrals for services, resume and application assistance, community dinners, food pantry, clothing, after school programs and tutoring.

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Community Resource Center

Library Partnership

Faxing, job assistance, and social services referrals. Monthly workshops include homework help, youth activities, zumba, notary, health education, one-on-one computer help, and more.

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Rural Women’s Health Project

Support the health justice needs of communities, offers linkage to services, trains communities in health education, coordinates health fairs for immigrant communities.

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Hospice Attic Thrift Store

Provides low-cost used clothing, furniture and household items. New items restocked daily, and you never know what you’ll find at the Attic.

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