Community Programs

Information and Referral

United Way 2-1-1 Manasota Hotline
Dial 2-1-1 to speak with an information and referral specialist 24 hours a day.  United Way 2-1-1 of Manasota has the most up-to-date and comprehensive information about available programs and services in Manatee County.
Location: 1800 Second Street, Suite 102, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 2-1-1 or 941-308-4357
Internet: www.uw211manasota.net

 

Domestic Violence

HOPE Family Services
This agency provides a Safe Shelter, free counseling for adults and children, advocacy, and food and clothing to those effected by domestic violence.
Location: Multiple locations, please call or see website for information and directions.
Phone: 941-747-8499
Internet: www.hopefamilyservice.org

 

 

Homeless

Turning Points
This agency coordinates the One-Stop Center which provides homeless information and referral, day resource services, and rental assistance.
Location: 701 17th Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205
Hours of operation for the One-Stop are Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 941-747-1509
Internet: http://tpmanatee.org/

 

Our Daily Bread
This agency provides free daily meals to homeless and to all who are hungry.  Meals are served between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., 7 days a week, excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Location: 701 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: 941-745-2992
Internet: www.ourdailybreadofbradenton.org

 

The Salvation Army
This agency provides emergency overnight shelter, as available, for men, women and children.  Evening meals are served daily at 5:00 pm.
Location:  1204 14th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: 941-748-5110
Internet:  none

 

Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness
This agency is the designated Continuum of Care agency dealing with homelessness and homeless prevention issues in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.
Location: Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center, 1750 17th St., K-1, Sarasota, FL 34234
Phone:  941-955-8987
Internet:  www.suncoastpartnership.org

 

Catholic Charities
This agency provides immigration information, help with credit issues, and provides emergency assistance funds as available.
Location: 1219 16th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: 941-714-7829
Internet: www.catholiccharitiesdov.org

 

Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Manatee County Rural Health Services
This agency offers medical care at locations throughout Manatee County, including family practice, pediatrics, OB/GYN, chiropractic, dentistry, podiatry, mental health, wellness, infectious disease care, acute care, vision, internal medicine and lab services.  A sliding fee scale is based on household income.
Location: Multiple locations, please call or see website for information and directions.
Phone: 941-776-4000
Internet: www.mcrhs.org

 

We Care
This agency prequalifies low income citizens to receive specialized medical care donated by participating doctors in our community.  The Agency also offers a Free Clinic at the One-Stop Center (701 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, FL  34205).
Location: 300 Riverside Dr E, Suite 2000, Bradenton, FL  34208
Phone: 941-755-3952
Internet: www.wecaremanatee.org

 

Manatee Glens
This agency provides free assessment and referral services, and assists with mental health and substance abuse issues (alcoholism, drug abuse) affecting children and adults.  Services are provided at various locations throughout the County.
Location of Hospital & Addictions Center: 2020 26th Ave. E., Bradenton, FL 34208
Phone for 24 hour Crisis Emergency Assessment:  941-782-4617
Phone for Outpatient Services:  941-782-4150
Internet: www.manateeglens.org

 

Legal Assistance

Legal Aid of Manasota
This agency provides free legal services to low income individuals and families in Sarasota and Manatee counties who cannot afford to pay an attorney. Local lawyers donate their time and expertise in the areas of domestic violence, family law, foreclosure, guardianship, landlord/tenant, senior wills, pro-bono legal services to non-profit agencies and other legal services. Monthly community education classes are also offered. 
Location: 1101 6th Ave. W., Suite 111, Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: 941-747-1628

  

Gulfcoast Legal Services
This agency provides legal help to income eligible residents with housing and mortgage foreclosure problems, family or domestic violence issues, immigration matters, SSI/disability and consumer matters. Gulfcoast Legal Services also has a special project to help seniors in Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota Counties.
Location: 430 12th St. W. (Old Main), Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: 941-746-6151

 

Transition Services

Women's Resource Center
This agency provides counseling, networking, computer and employment training/coaching, and a career closet to women in transition.
Location: 1926 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: 941-747-6797
Internet: wrcmanatee.org

 

Programs for Seniors

Meals on Wheels Plus
This agency provides nutritious meals and other services to home bound, elderly, and disabled individuals.  It also provides an Adult Day Center for functionally impaired older adults.
Location: 811 23rd Ave. E., Bradenton, FL 34208
Phone: 941-747-4655
Internet: http://www.mealsonwheelsplus.org/


Myakka City Community Center
This agency provides the Super Senior & Special People program to help seniors age 55 and over, and individuals age 18 and over with special needs, to develop a sense of community and self-worth.  It also delivers lunches to those who are home bound.
Location: 10060 Wauchula Rd., Myakka City, FL 34251
Phone: 941-322-8114
Internet: myakkacityfl.com

 

Programs to Assist with Disabilities: Developmental

Easter Seals of Southwest Florida
This agency provides services and programs that empower individuals with disabilities and their families. Services include adult day training, children’s respite, children’s therapy, creative arts and employment services.
Location: 350 Braden Ave., Sarasota, FL 34243
Phone: 941-355-7637

 

United Cerebral Palsy of Sarasota-Manatee

The agency provides services to children at risk of developmental delays and adults with developmental disabilities, including those with developmental disabilities including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, mental retardation, Down syndrome, autism and other disabilities. Services include group homes, adult day training, transportation services and advocacy/referral services.
Location: 2203 30th Ave. W., Bradenton, FL  34205
Phone: 941-201-1466
http://www.ucpsarasota.org/index.htm

 

Programs to Assist with Disabilities: Hearing

Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Agency provides sign language interpretation services and telephone access equipment for the deaf and hard of hearing. It also conducts workshops and training programs in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.
Location: Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center, 1750 17th St., Bldg. F, Sarasota, FL 34234
Phone: 941-366-0260 (V/TTY)

 

Programs to Assist with Disabilities: Physical

Suncoast Center for Independent Living, Inc.
The agency provides the professional support and services to help individuals with all types of disabilities to develop the necessary skills to live independently and to thrive within the community. Services include: Advocacy, Independent Living Skills Training, Information and Referral, Equipment Loans, Home Modification, Peer Counseling and Computer Equipment Loan and Repair.
Location: 3281 17th Street, Sarasota, FL  34235
Phone: 941-351-9545 (VOICE, TDD/TTY)

 

Programs to Assist with Disabilities: Vision

Lighthouse of Manasota
The agency provides Independent Living Adult programs, job readiness programs, support groups and clubs, and advocacy for visually impaired individuals.
Location: 7318 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota, FL 34243
Phone: 941-359-1404

 

Other Services

Suncoast Community Capital
This agency provides 1-on-1 small business (microenterprise) counseling and assistance, small business development classes and assistance, financial literacy education, free income tax preparation, Connect Your Community Digital Literacy classes, workforce readiness training, and referrals to Manatee Community Action Agency for family stability support services.
Location: 302 Manatee Avenue E. #240, Bradenton, FL  34208
Phone: (941) 744-2666
http://www.suncoastcommunitycapital.org/

 

MOTE Marine Laboratory
This agency provides 24-hour response to marine mammal and sea turtle strandings through its Stranding Investigation Program.
Location: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941-388-4441  (Emergency Marine Rescue Pager: 941-988-0212)
Internet: www.mote.org
 
Keep Manatee Beautiful
This agency inspires community involvement through its commitment to making Manatee County a cleaner and more beautiful environment.  Keep Manatee Beautiful develops networks of volunteers who help provide grassroots solutions to: Littering, Recycling, Illegal dumping, Beautification, and Solid waste disposal.
Location: 4410 66th St W, Bradenton, FL  34210
Phone: (941) 795-8272
Internet: http://manateebeautiful.com/