Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation

The mission of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation is to assist children with leukemia and other cancers and specific bone marrow failure syndromes and their families by providing emotional and financial support to help reduce the stress associated with treatment and improve their quality of life. Child must be a permanent resident of North Florida or South Georgia. All financial assistance is determined on a case-by-case basis based on the needs of the child and family. To apply for assistance in Florida, families should contact patent’s clinic or hospital social worker.

Keli Coughlin, Executive Director
P.O. Box 50798
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240

Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration provides financial assistance to those who qualify for Social Security government funded programs. Program Include: Medical Disability and Financially Indigent Programs such as Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. Application process is required.

400 N SR 19, Ste. 53
Palatka, FL 32177

Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE)

This is a free insurance counseling program designed for elders and persons with disabilities and their caregivers. Highly trained volunteers assist elders with their health insurance questions. Provides assistance with and information on Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans, Medicare Savings Programs, Low-Income Subsidies assistance with Medicare Part D Plans, Patient Assistance Programs for help with prescriptions through the pharmaceutical companies.

For information on the location of SHINE Counselors in your area, contact the Elder Helpline: (800) 963-5337
Elder Options
5700 SW 34th Street
Suite 222
Gainesville, FL 32608

PAWS: Pets Are Wonderful Support

A student volunteer organization in UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine that aims to improve the quality of life for low income Alachua County residents suffering from terminal or disabling disease by offering free veterinary care. Call for eligibility.

2015 SW 16th Av.
Gainesville, FL 32608

Florida KidCare

Florida KidCare is Health Insurance for uninsured children ages birth through 18 years old. Covers Doctors visits, hospital care, medicines, lab tests and more. Fees may vary from $15 – $20 a month and are based on income and family size. Some programs may not be available in all areas. Call for additional information or application.


Elder Helpline

The Elder Helpline is a telephone information and referral service for seniors, persons with disabilities and their caregivers. The Elder Helpline is your starting point for seeking information and assistance about resources and programs available in North Central Florida.

Elder Helpline: 1-800-262-2243
Elder Options
100SW 75th St
Suite 301
Gainesville, FL 32607

Christian Services Center

Christian Services Center offers emergency services for food, clothing (every 4 months), housing (limited), limited financial assistance with utility final notice, bus tickets, gas vouchers, prescriptions (no pain) and medical equipment (walkers, canes, etc).

421 NW Washington Street
Lake City, FL 32055

Central Florida Community Action Agency- Chiefland

The Emergency Assistance program may help eligible households with immediate financial emergencies, and assist with disaster relief. Central Florida Community Action Agency has a limited amount of funding available to the community for one-time emergency needs. FCFAA cannot help with on-going crisis. CFCAA may provide direct assistance and referrals for basic needs, including rental assistance, energy payments, nutrition, transportation and temporary shelter.

Alachua: (352) 373-7667; Levy: (352) 493-1734; Marion:(352) 732-3008
215 SW 5th Street
Chiefland, FL 32626

Central Florida Community Action Agency- Alachua

The Emergency Assistance program may help eligible households with immediate financial emergencies. Central Florida Community Action Agency provides direct assistance and referrals for basic needs including rental assistance, energy payments, nutrition, transportation, temporary shelter and more. This program is designed to provide immediate assistance to individuals to overcome one-time situations of dire need.

411 N Main St.
Suite 210
Gainesville, FL 32601

Catholic Charities – Gainesville

Emergency assistance is provided for rent, food, utilities and limited prescription assistance. Must provide: Photo ID and Social Security Cards for everyone over 18 years of age living in the home. Food Pantry is open from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Monday – Thursday. Rent and Utility Assistance provided only once. RX Program is once every 6 months up to $20.00 at Wise’s Pharmacy. Programs also available that provide assistance with Thanksgiving or Christmas.

352-372-0294. Must call on Friday at 9 a.m. to schedule appointment for the following week.
1701 NE 9th Street
Gainesville, Florida, 32609