Community Resources

Member Application and Referral Form

Click here to download. Then fill out and send in this form in order to join and become a member of Gainesville Opportunity Center.

For further information contact: Brett Buell, Community Engagement Director, or Maggie Hannon, Program Director (phone (352) 224-5523)


Ten week course in Gainesville for anyone living with a major mental illness interested in maintaining wellness

Join people like you who are interested in learning about recovery. Gain knowledge and concrete practical skills to manage your life and handle stress. Share common experiences with your peers and learn from each other.

The NAMI Peer-to-Peer Course is a free 10-week course for people living with a major mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. It is a university tested evidence-based national educational curriculum.

Click here to learn more on NAMI Gainesville website.

Street Card
Info about free shelters, meals, street laws, etc. in Alachua County
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Fun stuff to do in Gainesville and Alachua county
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List of many mental health resources in Alachua County
Click here (on NAMI Gainesville website)

Free Medical and Dental Care in Alachua County

mobile outreach clinic

Mobile Outreach Clinic (a big bus) each Monday night (6:00 – 9:00 pm) at the Tower Library. Website: Free medical services. No insurance needed. Ooperated by University of Florida physicians

4th Avenue Family Medical free clinic for people without insurance who will need followups (last I heard, they had openings for new patients) Website: 625 SW 4th Avenue, Gainesville. Phone (352) 392-6771 Hours: 8:00-5:00 Monday – Friday

UF Shands Eastside Community Practice, free for people without medical without insurance who will need followups (may be closed to new patients now—check). Website: 410 NE Waldo Road, Gainesville Phone (352) 265–7020 Hours: 8:00-5:00 Monday – Friday

Helping Hands Clinic for free medical and psychiatric care limited to homeless without insurance. Website: Location in Epworth Hall at First United Methodist Church 419 NE 1st Street, Gainesville Phone (352) 372-8523 This clinic only takes homeless clients without any insurance. No Medicaid no Medicare. Psychiatric Services (free clinic and meds) 2nd and 4th Mondays and 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month Medical Services for men and women on all Mondays from 5:00 – 7:00 PM Women’s Health Clinic for women exclusively in on Thursday afternoons 3:00 – 7:00 PM (also showers and meals that day for women only). Prescription services

The Equal Access Clinic Website: .Phone (352) 327-8005. Free healthcare and other services for the medically underserved in the Gainesville community. Run by University of Florida students from the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, and Public Health. Medical — Thursday nights at Family Practice Medical Group, 625 SW 4th Avenue, Gainesville. Walk-ins only. Starts at 6:00pm and sees about 15 patients on a first come first serve basis. The line starts forming very early (4:00 pm). Medical — Tuesday nights at Gainesville Community Ministry, 238 SW 4th Avenue, Gainesville. Appointment patients and walk-ins. Starts at 5:30 pm and sees about 5-8 patients. Women only — Thursday Nights at 625 SW 4th Avenue, Gainesville. Appointments for Women’s clinic can be made in person at Thursday night medical clinic (above) every Thursday night. Women’s clinic is held on the first Thursday of every month starting at 5:30 pm and sees 4 patients.

Acorn Clinic Website: The Alachua County Organization for Rural Needs ( “ACORN”) 23320 North State Road 235 Brooker, FL 32622 Low income clinic and family health care Medical clinic: (352) 485-1133 Dental clinic: (352) 485-2772.

RAHMA Mercy Clinic
Primary care for the under-served and uninsured whose income is 200% below the federal poverty level.
Main focus is primary and preventative health care.
Routine Adult Medical Care
General Pediatrics (limited basis)
Speciality Care and Diagnostic Studies through the ‘We Care Network’
Appropriate Referrals for Choices, Medicaid, KidCare and other health insurance options
Appropriate Social Services Referrals including ACCESS
Discounted Lab Services
Located in the Hoda Islamic Academy, 5220 SW 13th St.
Open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dental shuttle bus from Gainesville Only procedures like extractions, they don’t do routine cleanings. Appointments are two steps. Step 1: Monday night at the Helping Hands Clinic site phone 352-372-8523 (see above description, and website you come to schedule an appointment (no dental procedures done this visit); then Step 2: Actual treatment appointment will be scheduled for first or third Tuesday of each month in which the patient must be at the Helping Hands Clinic at 9:00 AM (First United Methodist Church 419 NE 1st Street, Gainesville) to take a special dental van to the actual dental clinic which is in Brooker Florida at the Acorn Clinic.

Needy Meds Program Website: A resource for people who cannot afford medicine or other healthcare costs

Samaritans Clinic
Primary care for for those who cannot afford conventional health care. This group includes but is not limited to the homeless, migrant workers, the disadvantaged, students and the uninsured.
Dental care
Located on the corner of W Newberry Rd and NW 98th St. Please use the west lobby church entrance.
Phone (352) 333-7700 extension 134