Our Story

Mission House was a dream of the faith community of the Beaches area for many years.  Members and volunteers of Christ Episcopal, Palms Presbyterian, St. Paul’s Catholic and St. Paul’s Episcopal churches (then known as St. Francis Seaside Ministry) were feeding and clothing people who are homeless from their halls, gymnasiums, and even the backs of their station wagons for over ten years.  In February 1997, these four churches along with over 162 donors purchased the property at 800 Shetter Avenue in Jacksonville Beach that is now known as “Mission House.”

Meet the founders

Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Goebertus
Mr. Tomm Gorny
Susan Griffin
Ms. Jessamine Haff
Ms. Claudette Helmick
Dr. and Mrs.  Gaspar Lazzara
Mr. and Mrs. Don Lynn
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Melching
Mr. and Mrs. John Moulton
Emily Riegel
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Simone
Mr. Robert K. Soloman
Mr. and Mrs. Fuller Tresca
Mr. Christopher Wadelton
Mr. and Mrs. Don Wolfson

The Rev. Dr. James Cooper
Mrs. Mary Crumpton
Dr. and Mrs. Ray Daly
Dr. and Mrs. Robert G. DePadua, M.D.
Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Gabrielle
Mr. Tim Lane
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lutton
Mr. Richard S. McIntosh
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Montgomery
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth G. Richards, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. William Simon
Ms. Virginia Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Tonsfeldt
Mr. Henry W. Tuten, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Williams

Mrs. Ceci Birk
Mr. Robert Brock
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Burnaman
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Christie
Mrs. Ruth P. Conley
Ms. Harriet C. Lemaster
Mr. and Mrs.  Robert A. McElroy
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mitrick
Mr. Marshall Reddy
Jim and Jeri Rogers
Mrs. DeVere L. Sheesley
Mrs. Peggy Tevepaugh
Ms. Mary Alice Wester

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hibben
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Hightower
Mr. Peter Holliday, Jr.
Ms. Angie Humbarger
Ms. Candace L Kelly
Mr. and Mrs. William Lee
Mr. and Mrs. Fleming McDaniel
Ms. Evelyn Meyers
Mr. and Mrs. Robert O'Pezio
Mr. Robert  Riegel
Mr. and Mrs. Gert Schumann
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Swann
Rev. Rick and Carole Westbury

Today, our number one goal is to assist the people who are homeless off the streets and back to productive and self-sufficient lives.

Mission House is the only day facility to help meet the needs of people who are homeless at the Beaches through compassion, faith, and programs designed to provide assistance at an individual level. Today, our number one goal is to assist people who are homeless off the streets of the Beach and back to productive and self-sufficient lives.  Clients who eat and shower at Mission House for at least a week must meet with our case manager.  This is the only way that we can learn how they arrived at this point in their lives.  Each case is as unique as the person themselves.  The face of homelessness has changed dramatically over the years.  Due to economic conditions, family background, and life situations, each one of our clients has faced a trial in their life that they may not have expected.  We are here to assist them in planning a way back to an independent and positive way of life.

Every doctor, nurse, pharmacist and intake person gives of their time and talent to provide medical care to hundreds of people who would otherwise have nowhere else to turn.

One of the critical issues facing people who are homeless is the lack of medical care.  Working in partnership with the Baptist Beaches Medical Center, the First Annual Beach Ball was held in May of 1998.  Proceeds from the ball funded the design and construction of a medical facility, which opened in October of 1998. As a part of the WeCare Referral Agency, Mission House Clinic assists people who are homeless and uninsured low-income adults every Tuesday evening and Saturday morning.  The clinic is staffed by 100% volunteer medical professionals.  Every doctor, nurse, pharmacist and intake person gives their time and talent to provide medical care to hundreds of people who would otherwise have nowhere else to turn.  For more information on eligibility to be a patient, see WeCare Patient Eligibility Guidelines.

Mission House has been sustained and supported by the generosity of our community.  That is people like you, churches, foundations, corporations, and over 400 volunteers.  We cannot exist without your assistance.  Please review our needs list, contact us, or click our DONATE NOW button if you are able to help.  We thank you in advance for your generosity.