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If you are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless, we are here for you. Please review the following basic needs offerings and contact us for more information.


Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served free of charge every day of the year. Dietary requirements can be accommodated and bagged “to go” lunches are also available upon request. 

  • Breakfast: 6 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11 a.m.
  • Dinner: 4 p.m. 

Talbot House also operates a food pantry twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays) beginning at 8 a.m. Food boxes are available on a first-come, first-served basis to anyone in need. 

Emergency shelter

Emergency shelter for adult men and women is available for free 365 days a year. Shelter services include showers and clean clothes, dinner, dormitory-style accommodations divided by gender, and breakfast.

Check-in begins at 4 p.m. outside the Tennessee Avenue door. You will be asked for your name and social security number for registration. Beds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. During standard operations, the maximum occupancy of our emergency shelter is 120.

Eligibility: The emergency shelter is able to accommodate any adult able to properly take care of their own hygienic needs and follow the policies and procedures of Talbot House Ministries. Talbot House is not an assisted living facility and cannot accommodate individuals requiring medical supervision. Talbot House reserves the right to refuse service to those who demonstrate a danger to themselves or others. 

Talbot House’s low-barrier shelter is not equipped to serve children and families. We encourage you to contact Lighthouse Ministries or the Salvation Army of Lakeland for additional assistance. 

Medical & Dental

For medical emergencies, please dial 9-1-1. The Good Samaritan Free Clinic is available by appointment and offers free health care services to eligible patients. You can call (863) 687-8475 to schedule an appointment.

Additional resources

Talbot House strives to be a “one-stop shop” for individuals experiencing homelessness. However, we depend on a network of nonprofit partners to serve the community more comprehensively. Please consider reaching out for help from one or more of the following providers: 

Dial 2-1-1 for referrals to additional service providers. 

Peace River Center’s Emotional Support and Crisis Line: Call 863.519.3744 or text “TALK” to 863.204.3443. Available 24/7. 

Homeless Coalition of Polk County: If you are facing an eviction or in need of a housing referral, call 863.687.8386.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800.799.7233.