Polk County Health Department, Homeless Shelters, and Food Pantries

Polk County Health Department

1290 Golfview Avenue
Bartow, FL 33830
(863) 519-7900 X1002 
FAX 863-534-0293

Polk County Local Shelters

Lighthouse Ministries (Hope Center)         

117 E. Magnolia Street
PO Box 3112 (33802)
Lakeland, FL 33801    

Phone: (863) 687-3705
Fax: (863) 687-6305

Counties Served:     Polk 
Type of Program:     Homeless Shelter and Services, Domestic Violence Shelter 
Hours:     8-5, M-F 
Services:     Men and Women's Shelter (food provided for residents), drug and alcohol abuse Christian rehabilitation pgm 
Eligibility:     homeless men, battered women and children (over 18) 
Contact:     Steven Tuberville

Salvation Army Emergency Shelter (Center of Hope)         

830 N. Massachusetts Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801    

Phone: (863) 853-2214

Counties Served:     Polk 
Type of Program:     Salvation Army, Homeless Shelter and Services 
Hours:     9-4 M-F (closed 12-1) 
Services:     Emergency food and shelter for families, transitional living quarters, men and women's work program, soup kitchen (12-12:30pm and 6-6:30pm) 
Eligibility:     (food) Spicture ID, SS cards for everyone in household, referral from food stamp office (8am-12pm- 1-3pm) (shelter intake) 4:45 pm--first-come-first-served basis--picture ID and SS card can stay for 14 consecutive days, can only stay once in a 6-mo. Pd 
Contact:     Ask for someone in office.

Talbot House Ministries of Lakeland         

814 N. Kentucky Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801    

Phone: (863) 687-8475
Fax: (863) 802-1182

Counties Served:     Polk 
Type of Program:     Homeless Shelter and Services 
Hours:     24 hours; (food boxes) 8:00-4:30, M-F (STAFF AVAILABILITY) 
Services:     Emergency shelter and food, free clinic FOR HOMELESS, RENEWEL PROGRAM; CLOTHING, 
Eligibility:     MUST BE HOMELESS 
Contact:     Paula Beikirch, Executive Director

Women's Care Center         

490 E. Boulevard Street
Bartow, FL 33830    

Phone: (863) 534-3844
Fax: (863)534-3844
Email: wcc1041@yahoo.com

Counties Served:     Polk 
Type of Program:     Homeless Shelter and Services 
Hours:     8-5, M-F (someone there all the time) 
Services:     Transitional housing for abused women and children and homeless, provides food and clothing for residents and others not residing in the shelter. 
Eligibility:     Homeless or abused women & children 
Contact:     Mary Smith

Polk County Local Food Pantries

Lighthouse Ministries (Hope Center)          

117 E. Magnolia Street
PO Box 3112 (33802)
Lakeland, FL 33801    

Phone: (863) 687-3705
Fax: (863) 687-6305

Counties Served:     Polk 
Type of Program:     Homeless Shelter and Services, Domestic Violence Shelter 
Hours:     8-5, M-F 
Services:     Men and Women's Shelter (food provided for residents), drug and alcohol abuse Christian rehabilitation pgm 
Eligibility:     homeless men, battered women and children (over 18) 
Contact:     Steven Tuberville

Salvation Army Emergency Shelter (Center of Hope)          

830 N. Massachusetts Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801    

Phone: (863) 853-2214

Counties Served:     Polk 
Type of Program:     Salvation Army, Homeless Shelter and Services 
Hours:     9-4 M-F (closed 12-1) 
Services:     Emergency food and shelter for families, transitional living quarters, men and women's work program, soup kitchen (12-12:30pm and 6-6:30pm) 
Eligibility:     (food) Spicture ID, SS cards for everyone in household, referral from food stamp office (8am-12pm- 1-3pm) (shelter intake) 4:45 pm--first-come-first-served basis--picture ID and SS card can stay for 14 consecutive days, can only stay once in a 6-mo. Pd 
Contact:     Ask for someone in office.

Talbot House Ministries of Lakeland          

814 N. Kentucky Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801    

Phone: (863) 687-8475
Fax: (863) 802-1182

Counties Served:     Polk 
Type of Program:     Homeless Shelter and Services 
Hours:     24 hours; (food boxes) 8:00-4:30, M-F (STAFF AVAILABILITY) 
Services:     Emergency shelter and food, free clinic FOR HOMELESS, RENEWEL PROGRAM; CLOTHING, 
Eligibility:     MUST BE HOMELESS 
Contact:     Paula Beikirch, Executive Director

Women's Care Center         

490 E. Boulevard Street
Bartow, FL 33830    

Phone: (863) 534-3844
Fax: (863)534-3844
Email: wcc1041@yahoo.com

Counties Served:     Polk 
Type of Program:     Homeless Shelter and Services 
Hours:     8-5, M-F (someone there all the time) 
Services:     Transitional housing for abused women and children and homeless, provides food and clothing for residents and others not residing in the shelter. 
Eligibility:     Homeless or abused women & children 
Contact:     Mary Smith

 

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