Local Charities Making a Difference 


Season 3 STAFW proudly introduces St. Augustine Youth Services as a Donation recipient. We are so thankful to S.A.Y.S for serving our youth and enriching the lives of those incredible boys in need. Visit their site to learn more on how you can help this amazing organization. http://sayskids.org/

Alpha-Omega Miracle Home offers:


Mission: To demonstrate God’s love and provide housing education and counseling to those who are most vulnerable: young mothers, their children, and senior women.

Alpha-Omega Miracle Home, a 501(c)(3) faith-based non-profit founded in 1997, offers:


Transitional Housing for Single Mothers and Children through a 24-month holistic program, whose ultimate goals are to assist them in securing permanent housing, and becoming productive and self-supporting women by the time they transition out of our program. Participating mothers receive the following support: continuing education, stable employment, financial literacy training, life-skills courses, free counseling services with a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and encouragement from the faith-based community.


Permanent Supportive Housing for Senior Women through a low-income, safe housing program for senior women 60 and over. Residents receive supportive services from on-site case managers and counselors. The formerly displaced and homeless seniors are paired with young, single mothers and children as part of a mentorship initiative.   Their respective life experiences and talents are drawn upon to lend further support to the young mothers, and to renew their personal sense of purpose.


AOMH is also dedicated to community-wide outreach through the following initiatives:

  1. Community Diaper Bank – provides free diapers, formula and baby food for families experiencing serious economic need. 7,280 diapers and wipes were given out last year.
  2. Shoes of Hope – Our annual back-to-school give-away. On August 1st, 2015 AOMH gave-away 600 shoes to children in need from St. Johns County. Our goal for 2016 is to give-away 800 backpacks along with shoes.
  3. Extended Families Program - a Christian foster family program for children of parents in crisis, usually single parents in need of in-patient addiction recovery, with the goal of reuniting families once the parent has had a chance to seek help and healing.
  4. Alpha-Omega Thrift Shop - Not only do proceeds from the thrift store fund Alpha-Omega’s housing programs, but the thrift store provides on-the-job training to our residents, and vouchers to homeless and poor families to redeem for clothing, shoes, and furniture.
  5. Adoption Assistance Services – While not an adoption agency, AOMH “walks” pregnant women through the option of adoption, educating them on their rights as the birth mother and connecting them with an adoption attorney and agency that fits their needs.  If they choose the gift of adoption we assist them in safely navigating the adoption and family selection process, ensuring that babies are placed in the embrace of stable and loving families. Finally, we make sure birth mothers get the counseling and support they need.



How can you help Alpha-Omega?

As for what interested community members can do to support us, we welcome:
1. Monetary Donations
2. Volunteerism - Contact Dorothy at AOMH to register at 904-823-8588
3. Material Wishlist Donations: personal hygiene supplies, cleaning supplies, household items, children's books as recommended by the American Library Association. Contact AOMH for specific book titles.
4. Donations to our Thrift Store 
Thank you Alpha-Omega Miracle Home for all you do for our Community! 


ASSIST of ST. Johns County 

ASSIST of St. Johns County School District
St. Johns County School District ASSIST
(Aid & Support for Students in Sudden Transition) Program
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St. Johns County School District ASSIST
(Aid & Support for Students in Sudden Transition)

Every Child Has the Right to an Education


  • sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;
  • living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
  • living in emergency or transitional shelters;
  • abandoned in hospitals;
  • awaiting foster care placement;
  • having a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  • living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings;
  • (Migrant) migratory children who qualify as homeless because the children are living in circumstances described above;
  • an “unaccompanied youth”, a youth who is not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian.

School Board Policy On Homeless Students

If you are homeless, you have a right to:

  • Go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there.
  • Continue in the school they last attended before you became homeless or the school they last attended, if that is your choice and it is feasible.
  • Receive transportation to the school they last attended before your family became homeless or the school they last attended, if you as a guardian requests such transportation.
  • Participate in school programs with children who are not homeless.
  • Enroll in school without giving a permanent address.
  • Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment.
  • Enroll and attend classes in the school where you are seeking enrollment even while the school and you seek to resolve a dispute over enrolling your child.
  • Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs
  • Free Lunch and Breakfast program



St. Johns County Education Foundation
(ASSIST) Program
Chris Stone, Homeless Liaison
40 Orange Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 547-7587


    Betty Griffin House is the only center in St. Johns County that has been providing free services to all victims of domestic and sexual abuse for the past 25 years. Betty Griffin House= currently provides a wide range of services within St. Johns County that includes Safe & Secure Shelter, 24-Hour Hotline, Sexual Assault Recovery Services, Rape Crisis Unit, Confidential Counseling, Transitional Housing, Support Groups, Peace Club, Legal Assistance, Court/Individual Advocacy, Community Education/Training and Thrift Shoppes which are used as a resource for participants and a source of funds from community donations.  


    The primary purpose of the agency is to provide holistic services that directly relate to the victims’ experience of abuse which will increase safety and security for both the victim and the family.  As a full service domestic and sexual abuse center, Betty Griffin House provides information and referral, a 24-hour crisis hotline, court advocacy, civil legal representation, free HIV testing and other support services to shelter and outreach participants.  Betty Griffin House also provides a Sexual Assault Recovery Program for advocacy, service management, legal representation, rape crisis unit forensic exams, advocacy coordination, and crisis counseling services.  In addition, Betty Griffin House community educators provide primary prevention education on domestic abuse and sexual assault in the community and St. Johns County School District K-12, and local colleges.


    Betty Griffin House is a dual domestic violence and rape crisis center with 24 hour sexual assault hotline, crisis intervention and medical and criminal justice accompaniment.  The Rape Crisis Unit provides for the needs of rape victims in an area separate from the Emergency Room.   Betty Griffin House’s crisis hotline advocates call a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) whenever there is a request for a rape exam.  Exams are performed by a SANE that specializes in the delicate task of collecting forensic evidence while maintaining the dignity of the victim.   


How can you help Betty Griffin House?  

  1. Make a tax deductible donation online at www.bettygriffinhouse.org or send a check to 1375 Arapaho Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084

  2. Make a “Wish-list” donations item at 1375 Arapaho Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084.  Items needed are diapers, personal hygiene items, socks and underwear of all sizes., cleaning products and toilet paper.

  3. Donate household and furniture items to one of our Thirft Stores.  For pick up of large items call (904) 495-8216.  

  4. Invite us to speak at your civic or church group. Contact Malinda Everson at (904) 808-8544.

  5. Volunteer at one of our events or at our thrift stores.  Call Andrea Rix at (904) 808-8544.

For additional information check our website at www.bettygriffinhouse.org  


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