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About Us


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About Us


2016 Annual Dinner

Thursday, October 27, 2016
7:00 - 9:00 pm
The Lakeland Center
701 Lime Street
Lakeland, FL 33815


Talbot House is the largest and the most comprehensive care center for the poor and homeless in Polk County.

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Our vision goes beyond basic needs services to empower all who come through our doors to become self-sufficient, productive members of society. For over 35 years we have been blessed to serve those in need and facilitate the life renewal of men and women.

Our Mission


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Our Mission


Through the love of God, Talbot House Ministries provides those in need with immediate basic services and opportunities for life renewal.

Our Vision

To empower all who come through our doors to become self-sufficient, productive members of society.

Our History


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Our History


Talbot House Ministries is named after Matt Talbot, who lived in Dublin Ireland from 1856 to 1925. After overcoming a 16 year struggle with alcoholism, Matt became a devout servant of God to the poor, homeless, and others in his community. The story of his life’s renewal has become an inspiration to many people around the world.

Talbot House was founded in 1979 by St. Joseph’s Church in Lakeland Florida. After operating as a soup kitchen for the homeless, the organization moved into a building on Massachusetts Ave, and expanded its reach to become a multi-denominationally supported ministry.

Over the next ten years, Talbot House expanded its programs and services to include a night shelter, residential program, and a free medical clinic. In the late 1990’s, Talbot House was informed that its building would have to be demolished to make way for the extension of Bartow Highway. After a capital campaign, a new facility was built at our current location in June 2001. Our current facility enabled us to expand the programs and services we offer to the homeless, a growth that continues to this day.

The soup kitchen of early years has now become a multi-service support agency for the poor and homeless. Our legacy and breadth of services make Talbot House the most comprehensive care center in Polk County.

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Shelter


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Shelter


Food

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Clothing

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Shelter

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Talbot House is our community’s largest provider of basic needs services for poor and homeless men and women.

Our Basic Needs services provide each person who comes to our door with the immediate needs of clothing, food, and shelter. We provide men and women who would otherwise be on the streets a place of safe refuge, and basic needs.

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Basic Needs Services include:

  • Men's & Women's Overnight Shelter

  • Daily Meals & Food Distribution

  • Clothing

  • Showers

  • Daytime Safe Haven

We also provide an alternative refuge to business or commercial areas through our Daytime Safe Haven shelter for the homeless. 

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Leadership


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Leadership


Board of Directors


Bob Alexander

James Lobinsky

Eva Johnson

Position Open

Ron Daniel

Dave Prosser 

Charles Burdette

Dr Fran Morris

Patti Rose

Kristy Osterholtz

Georgianna Kelly

Fr Ramon Bolatete

Mark Sessums

Eric Greenhow

Ron Henkelman 

Jay Thomas

Denis Grant 

President

Vice President

Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

Treasurer

Finance Chair

Nominating Chair

Community Outreach Chair

Public Relations Chair

Volunteer Chair

Auxiliary President

Member At Large

Member At Large

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Staff


Dr. Anthony Fusaro, PhD

Michelle Card

Melody Bastidas

Dr. Judy Snow, DNP ARNP

John Burns

Sharon Leathers, LMHC

Nani Murphy

 Susan Muth

Charles Gary

Kurt Anderson

Bruce Robinson

Executive Director

Director of Development

Business Manager

Good Samaritan Free Clinic Director

THE Solution, Job Skills/QC Director

Mental Health Services Director

Homeless Prevention Director

Renewal Program Director

Operations Director 

HMIS & IT Support

 Kitchen Manager

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