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September Q&A: Our New Callahan Location with Linda Ellis

This month, Barnabas Chief Program Officer, Linda Ellis, MA, MSW, LCSW, reports on the recent move of our Barnabas location in Callahan.
Where is the new Callahan office and when is it open?
At the end of July, we moved our Callahan office to 45103 Green Avenue. It's a yellow house behind Callahan Baptist Church. Our hours of operation remain the same: Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm. 
What types of services are available in the Callahan office?
Barnabas provides crisis assistance for rent and utilities, vouchers for clothing and furniture, a bike for transportation to work, and emergency food. Anyone seeking assistance must be a Nassau County resident and meet specific income requirements.
Can West Nassau County residents also receive services at the Fernandina Beach office?
Yes. Not all Barnabas services are available in our Callahan office. Our main Barnabas Center in Fernandina Beach provides primary medical and dental care for the uninsured at significantly reduced fees. And, Gerri's Corner also is located in this main office, offering free resources to women with cancer.
How do individuals obtain Barnabas' services at the Callahan office?
We continue to encourage West Nassau County residents who are seeking our assistance to first contact our main office at (904) 261-7000 to schedule an appointment with a volunteer or resource coordinator during the Callahan office hours.
How can donors and volunteers help?
If you're interested in volunteering at any of our Barnabas locations, donating clothing, furniture and food, please contact our main Barnabas Center at 1303 Jasmine Street, Fernandina Beach, 902 261-7000. Thanks in advance for your generous support!

Join Us in Welcoming Physician Assistant Wilbur Johnson
We are pleased to welcome Wilbur Johnson, PA-C, to the Barnabas medical services clinic located in our main Fernandina Beach offices. Wilbur graduated from the University of Florida physician assistant program and earned his master's degree in health from the University of North Florida. He recently retired from the UF Health clinic in Yulee, where he had worked since 1993. Wilbur is working 12 hours per week at our health services office on Wednesday afternoons and all day Thursdays. His additional hours will help us assist more primary care patients. Wilbur is from Jacksonville, but has lived in Nassau County for the past 25 years. 

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We're Collecting Insect Repellent Donations to Help Prevent Spread of Zika Virus

Barnabas is currently collecting insect repellent donations at our Fernandina Beach office and distributing it to our clients to help them protect themselves from the Zika virus. Zika has been linked to serious birth defects and is transmitted mainly by mosquitoes.  Please drop off your insect repellent donations at 1303 Jasmine Street, Suite 101, Fernandina Beach, FL  32034, Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thank you!

Only Two More 'Empty Bowls' Bowl Painting Parties to Come!

Only Two More 'Empty Bowls' Bowl Painting Parties to Come!
Twenty enthusiastic painters, ages 7 to 70 years old, participated in the August Bowl Painting Party and had a great time. Don't miss the chance to contribute your creativity at our last two Bowl Painting Parties, where you'll learn how to paint these symbolic bowls used during the Barnabas Empty Bowls fundraiser in November. Adults and supervised children are welcome to paint bowls for free. Bowl Painting Parties will be held September 19 and October 17 at 4:00 pm in the Barnabas Food Pantry, 1303 Jasmine Street, Fernandina Beach. Please RSVP by the Friday before the party date to Audrey McLain, Development Assistant, at (904) 261-7000 ext. 106, or

Tickets on Sale for Empty Bowls Fundraiser on November 14
Tickets are now on sale at for the third annual Barnabas Empty Bowls fundraiser at Atlantic Recreation Center on November 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Seat reservations are $30 and you'll get a free handcrafted bowl to take home as a reminder of all the empty bowls remaining in our community and in the world. What is Empty Bowls? An empty bowl is the symbol of hunger. In support of our neighbors coping with poverty and hunger, Barnabas is hosting a simple meal of soup, bread, and dessert contributed by local businesses. Purchase your Empty Bowls tickets today at before the event sells out! 

Nassau Health Foods Hosts Healing Workshop and Donates $500 to Barnabas

Nassau Health Foods recently hosted a lecture on Ayurvedic healing and donated proceeds from the event to Barnabas Center. More than 60 participants gathered to learn more about Ayurveda, or Ayurveda medicine, a system of medicine with historical roots from India. Ayurveda therapies have varied and evolved over more than two millennia, and are typically based on complex herbal compounds. The lecture was presented by Shannon Kelly, including an opportunity to make a donation to Barnabas. We're thankful for the $500 that was raised at the event. For more information on Ayurvedic healing and Nassau Health Foods, contact Terrie Holloway at .

New to You New Hours

We are pleased to announce new store hours at New to You Resale Store!  Customers and donors are excited about our longer store hours. We are now open 9AM to 6PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, and 9AM until 7PM on Friday. We hope you will stop by and see us.  And remember, your New to You donations and purchases help support all Barnabas programs.

We Invite You to Discuss How a Planned Gift Will 
Benefit Barnabas

Did you know we're here to help you protect your estate and support the causes you care about? Making a bequest to Barnabas is a simple way to support programs and services that are consistent with your ideals and beliefs. And you may also gain a tax benefit from your planned gift. We would be pleased to help you name Barnabas as a beneficiary of your will, trust, retirement plan, life insurance policy or financial accounts. For more information about making a planned gift that would benefit the critical work of Barnabas in Nassau County, please contact Tania Yount, Chief Development Officer, at (904) 261-7000 ext. 107.

Help & Hope Report July- August 2016

* New To You resale store aided 53 households in need of clothing and home goods
* Barnabas helped stabilize 66 households with rent, mortgage and utility  
   payments and provided 8 bikes through the Bikes for Barnabas program
* Barnabas provided 35,722 pounds of food to 966 households
* Barnabas instructed 10 households with cooking & nutrition classes through our      Cooking Matters program
* Barnabas Health Services treated 570 patients with medical, dental and mental  health services
* Barnabas provided crisis intervention services and counseling to 30 women    through the Women's Health Initiative Nassau grant program 

Upcoming Events
September 8th                           Great Chefs of Amelia Island
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.                 Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

September 19th                         Empty Bowls Paint Party
4:00pm                                        Barnabas Food Pantry

October 17th                               Empty Bowls Paint Party
4:00pm                                        Barnabas Food Pantry

November 14                          Empty Bowls Luncheon
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.          Atlantic Rec Center

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