community resources


Call us at 941-923-6112. We can answer your questions and connect you with many local resources in Southwest Florida.


Commnity Resources include:


211/ First Call for Help

Provides information on community resources and referrals

Dial 211 or (941) 308-4357

American Red Cross

Provides fire and disaster related assistance

Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota

Provides after school care in North Port, Venice and Sarasota

Catholic Charities

Provides financial aid

Children First (Head Start)
Provides school-readiness program to low-income families

Consumer Credit Counseling
Provides help in reducing debt and making budget. Also has foreclosure related services


Department of Children and Families
Applications for food stamps, Medicaid and Temporary Cash Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County
Childcare Connection and VPK

Englewood Helping Hands
Provides a variety of free services, including food pantry, clothing closet and financial aid 941-474-5864


Federal Emergency Management (FEMA)
  Provides disaster related services

Girls Inc.
Provides after school program in Sarasota

Provides employment assistance and disabled housing


Gulf Coast Legal Services
Provides legal help for low-income persons

Housing Search
Provides a list of housing with individualized search criteria

Jewish Family and Children’s Services
Provides counseling and financial aid through “Building Strong Families Program”

Jobs Etc.

Provides job search assistance

Mothers Helping Mothers
Provides free clothing in Sarasota


National Runaway Switchboard
National Runaway Switchboard


North Port Social Services
Provides financial aid to North Port residents

Public Housing
Provides low-income housing

Salvation Army, Social Services
Provides financial aid, food pantry, and holiday assistance Sarasota (941) 954-4673
Venice (941) 484-6227
North Port (941) 240-5108

Sarasota County Health Department

Provides low-cost health care

SCAT (Sarasota County Area Transportation)
Provides public transportation

Take Stock In Children
Provides mentor program and college scholarships to low-income youth

Tenet Rights Handbook

Sarasota County Evictions Information