17 06, 2021

Resident Spotlight: De’Aundre and Ne’Shaun

By |2021-06-17T15:28:38+00:00June 17th, 2021|News|

On Monday, May 24, 2021, after much anticipation and dedication, two of our residents walked across the stage at their high school graduation. De’Aundre and Ne’Shaun, 18-year-old twin boys, came to Talbot House Ministries in March. With graduation around the corner, quitting was not an option. With the help of their case manager and their [...]

17 06, 2021

Preparing for Hurricane Season

By |2021-06-17T12:52:35+00:00June 17th, 2021|News|

As hurricane season begins this month and lasts until the end of November, Talbot House Ministries is preparing for any emergency. According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, “About 14 million people are being made homeless on average each year as a result of sudden disasters such as floods and storms.” When natural disasters hit, economically [...]

17 06, 2021

Meeting the Needs in Our Community

By |2021-06-17T12:52:22+00:00June 17th, 2021|News|

The Good Samaritan Free Clinic at Talbot House Ministries provides one-stop healthcare services to our low-income, uninsured neighbors. But as our community grappled with the effects of COVID-19, the Clinic found itself wondering how it could do more. Where were the most critical areas of need in Lakeland, and how could we reach those affected [...]

12 05, 2021

Mental Health Awareness Month

By |2021-05-13T14:03:56+00:00May 12th, 2021|News|

Currently, 60 percent of residents at Talbot House have a mental health diagnosis. This May, we recognize Mental Health Awareness Month as we work to break the stigma of mental illness in our community. The connection between homelessness and poor mental health is a complex relationship. Poor mental health is a major contributor to homelessness, [...]

12 05, 2021

Resident Spotlight: Chris

By |2021-05-13T13:59:16+00:00May 12th, 2021|News|

“I was lonely and I didn’t have anywhere else to turn.” Financial hardship and substance abuse led Chris to homelessness and, later, landed him in jail. Chris recalls the overwhelming sense of failure and disappointment in himself that led to a battle with depression. After serving his time, Chris arrived at Talbot House Ministries. “I [...]

12 05, 2021

Food Insecurity in Polk County

By |2021-05-13T14:00:18+00:00May 12th, 2021|News|

When was the last time you didn’t know where your next meal was coming from? Feeding America defines food insecurity as “a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life.” According to the United Way of Central Florida, 15 percent of Polk County residents [...]

12 05, 2021

Vermont Place Apartments: Move in Day

By |2021-05-13T14:01:18+00:00May 12th, 2021|News|

After much anticipation, the Vermont Place Apartments officially opened for our 16 tenants on Monday, April 19. For many of the tenants, it would be the first night in months, and even years, that they would be able to sleep in a place of their own. In the weeks leading up to move in day, [...]

16 04, 2021

A Grand Occasion: Opening the Vermont Place Apartments

By |2021-04-16T13:31:47+00:00April 16th, 2021|News|

Last week, the community of Lakeland celebrated the grand opening of the Vermont Place Apartments project and welcomed its first tenants. “This changes everything,” Rev. McEntire remarked as he opened the ceremony with prayer. While the 16 units at Vermont Place represent a relatively small project compared to the great need for affordable housing in [...]

15 04, 2021

Your Support Helps Talbot House Grow

By |2021-04-15T19:21:02+00:00April 15th, 2021|News|

This spring, Talbot House Ministries embraces the renewing influence of God’s love in so many areas. Lives are being transformed daily. Some projects are reaching completion, while others are just beginning. Your gifts to support our ministry make this progress possible. In John’s life, renewal has meant improving his physical and mental health at the [...]

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