Helping Hands Clinic for the Homeless


Helping Hands Clinic seeks to improve the physical and mental well-being of the homeless and poor by: delivering comprehensive health care, sensitizing providers to the special needs of the homeless and engaging the community in meaningful contribution.


Helping Hands is a clinic staffed by volunteer health professionals who have provided free healthcare to the poor and homeless in Gainesville, Florida since October, 1989. The clinic is staffed by registered nurses, advanced registered nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, and community service volunteers. Over the years, there have been 30,000 clinic visits with 7,000 individuals seeking care. More than half those served are homeless, ranging from months to decades on the streets.

Our Clients

  • 100% have incomes below the poverty level
  • 60% are homeless
  • 45% Male, 55% Female
  • 35% have substance use disorders
  • 51% suffer from mental illness

Monday and Thursday Night Health Clinic Services for the Homeless

  • A safe, welcoming, supportive social environment.
  • Primary care
  • Pharmacy
  • Discussion groups, women’s health presentations, QUIT smoking sessions
  • Health and well-being presentations
  • HIV testing and counseling
  • Massage therapy (Thursday only)
  • Psychiatric treatment
  • Dental care: Clients are screened at our clinic, then transported by volunteers from Trinity United Methodist Church to ACORN Clinic for treatment.
  • Nurses offer blood pressure and blood sugar testing, education, and foot care
  • Staff and volunteers provide assistance with obtaining eye care.
  • Acupuncture
  • Clothing
  • Cosmetologists provide hair Cuts, including personal hygiene items
  • Showers, evening meals, health screenings and referrals for outpatient medical services.
  • Volunteers provide counseling, and referral to community services.


Assistance with completing disability applications throughThree Rivers Legal Services.

How Donations support Helping Hands Clinic

Donations apply toward general operations in the following distribution:

  • Clinical Services: 79%
  • Pharmacy and Medical Supplies: 12%
  • Administration: 9%


Helping Hands Clinic is financially supported in part by generous private donors, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, the State of Florida Legislature City of Gainesville, and the Community Development Block Grant.