Parent/Caregiver Resources

Parents and caregivers of special needs children can find themselves feeling alone or frustrated. There are resources which can provide the assistance you need. Please review the following agencies and contact information. You may find a service that can work for you.

 POLK COMMUNITY RESOURCES This guide is a list of most frequently requested community resources and services.. 


ABUSE: CHILD & ADULT

Abuse Hotline………800-962-2873

Gulf Coast Community Care ……904-3000 Peace River Center

Domestic Violence Shelter -Women, Men & Families…..…413-2700


ADOPTION/GUARDIANSHIP

Guardian Ad Litem Program .......... 534-4605

Catholic Charities-Lakeland ...... 686-7153                         Winter Haven ............. 299-7983

Children's Home Society....... 413-3126                 Florida Baptist Children's Home ............... 688-4981                    Florida Adoption Info Ctr…………800-962-3678

ALCOHOL/DRUG ABUSE

ACTS ............ 428-1520                   Alcoholics Anonymous ............ 687-9275                   Al-Anon………………………………...687-3800 Toll Free……………….866-539-3030

Drug Helpline………………………800-662-4357

InnerAct Alliance .......................................... 802-0777

Narcotics Anonymous Helpline ................. 683-0630

Peace River Center....................................... 248-3311

Talbot House Ministries ......................... 687-8475

Lakeland Grace Academy……………… 647-1944

Tri-County Human Services .................. .533-4139


CONSUMER ASSISTANCE

Consumer Services (State)………….800-435-7352


CRISIS INTERVENTION

Behavioral Health Division – Access Line..…….. 800-723-3248

Peace River Mental Health Crisis ....... 519-3744

Rape Crisis ......... 413-2707

Tri-County Human Services .................. 533-4139


CHILD CARE

Early Learning Coalition of Polk..…….. 577-2450 800-843-9780

Head Start………………………………648-3051


COUNSELING/ HEALTH/SOCIAL SERVICES

Anchor House Ministries (Boys) ............... 665-1916

Bethany Center (Good Shepherd) ……... 968-1707

Behavioral Health Adult Counseling…….297-1702

Outpatient Counseling…………… 294-7062

Fla. Division of Blind Services ................... 499-2385

Catholic Charities-Lakeland ..................... 686-7153

Catholic Charities-Winter Haven ........... 299-7983

Children's Home Society......................... 413-3126

Florida Epilepsy Services ........................ 686-5880

Fl. Diagnostic and Learning Resource ...... 647-4258

Frostproof Care Center…………..863-635-5555

Help of Fort Meade ................................... 285-6600

Innovations in Counseling……….…….. 294-8845

Lake Wales Care Center………….... 863-676-6678

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill …..450-2943

Neighborhood Service Center ............... 294-5860

Peace River Center Lakeland .................................248-3300

Polk County Veterans Services .................. 534-5220

Women's Resource Center Winter Haven ................................ 294-5318

Salvation Army - Lakeland .................682-8179

Tri-County Human Services .................. 709-9392

Winter Haven Hospital Behavioral Health Division…………….. 294-7062

Youth & Family Alternatives…………499-2430


DISABILITY SERVICES

Achievement Academy, Inc. .................. 683-6504

Agency for Persons with Disabilities ........ 413-3360

Alliance for Independence.. .................... 665-3846

Arthritis Foundation ............................. 800-283-7800

Center for Independent Living .................. 413-2722

Central Florida Speech & Hearing ...... 686-3189

Easter Seals Camp Challenge……….352-383-4711

Florida Epilepsy Services ........................ 686-5880

Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resource . 647-4258

Fla. Div. of Blind Services ........................... 499-2385    Florida Relay Service (Voice) .............. 800-955-8770 TTY .................................................... 800-955-8771

Fla. School for the Deaf & Blind …..800-344-3732

Goodwill Industries ...................................... .701-1351

Gulf Coast Community Care……………904-3000

Polk County School Board. - Exceptional Student Ed ................... 534-0930

Sunrise Community ................................... 680-2817

Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind/Polk…..299-3633


DISASTER/EMERGENCY

American Red Cross ………..407-894-4141 x5633

FEMA …………………………. 1-800-621-3362

Special Needs Shelter Registration/Info...298-7027


EDUCATION RESOURCES Fl.

Diagnostic and Learning Resource ...... 647-4262

Learning Resource Center ...................... 688-9477
EMERGENCY SHELTER – YOUTH George Harris Youth Shelter………...595-0220


EMPLOYMENT & JOB TRAINING

Goodwill Industries/Suncoast Inc. ........... 701-1351

Experience Works (Seniors) ....................... 967-9631

Displaced Homemakers Prog. 683-5627 ext.3114

Polk Works – One Stop Centers Winter Haven ........................................... 508-1100    Lakeland…………………………… 683-5627

Tpa. Lighthouse for the Blind-Polk .... 299-3633 Veterans’ Services …………683-5627x 3135/3140

Vocational Rehabilitation – Lkld……….. 680-5534 - Wtr. Haven .. .291-5280


FAMILY & PARENTING RESOURCES

Family Fundamentals…………………686-1221

Head Start ………………………………….. 648-3051

Peace River Center Home to Stay . ....519-0575 x 1156


FINANCIAL SUBSIDY COUNSELING PROGRAMS

Dept. of Children & Families-Access Florida ………………..866-762-2237

Social Security Administration……….800-772-1213

Worker's Compensation……………. 800-342-1741


FOOD, MEDICINE, FINANCIAL AID

Agricultural & Labor Program (ALPI) .... 956-3491 Toll Free ....................................... 800-330-3491

Catholic Charities – Lakeland ………..686-7153            Winter Haven ...................................... 299-7983

Church Service Center .............................. 533-5822

Dept of Children & Families – Access Florida (WAGES, Food Stamps, Medicaid) .. 866-762-2237

Family Emer. Service Ctr. of WH ......... .294-1939 F

rostproof Care Center………….. 863-635-5555

Help of Fort Meade……………….….. 285-6600

H.O.P.E. Center………………….……..683-8182

Lake Wales Care Center……….……863-676-6678

Lighthouse Ministries ................................... .687-3705

Mulberry Community Service Center . .425-1523

Polk Co. Social Services ............................... .534-5387

Salvation Army – Lakeland ..................... .682-8179    Winter Haven…………………… 291-5107

Talbot House Ministries ......................... 687-8475

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) ……..519-7542

Women’s Resource Center ........................ 294-5318

HEALTH SERVICES & EDUCATION

Achievement Academy, Inc. .................. .683-6504

American Cancer Society - Lakeland ...688-2326

American Heart Association …….800-242-8721

Amer. Red Cross, Polk Co. Chpt. ........294-5941

Animal Services ............................................. .499-2600

Central Florida Speech & Hearing ...... .686-3189

Children’s Medical Services……………...413-3580 866-300-6878

Citizen CPR.................................................. .680-1277

Epilepsy Services of West Central FL . .686-5880

Florida Kid Care (Health Insurance)..888-540-5437 L

akeland Volunteers in Medicine ...............688-5846

Learning Resource Center ...................... .688-9477

March of Dimes ............................................ 687-8909

National Kidney Foundation……….800-927-9659

Polk County Health Department Clinics Auburndale……………………………965-5400 Bartow…………………..……….……519-7916 Haines City……………………… 863-421-3204 Lakeland………………………………413-2620 Lake Wales………………………..863-678-4144

Polk County Health Plan ………………533-1111 


HOME HEALTH & HOMEMAKER SERVICES

Good Shepherd Hospice… .................297-1880

Cornerstone Hospice………………….. 421-1482

Polk County Elderly Services ..................... 534-5320

Volunteers in Service to the Elderly….284-0828


HOUSING: LOW INCOME LOANS/AFFORDABLE CONSTRUCTION 

Habitat for Humanity Restore Lakeland .. 688-4660

Habitat for Humanity …………………. 682-3812

Habitat for Humanity - East Polk……… 292-2256

Keystone Challenge (Loans) ....................... 682-1025

USDA, Rural Development ........................ 420-4833


HOUSING – Emergency

Lighthouse Ministries .................................. 687-3705

Talbot House Ministries ......................... 687-8475

Salvation Army – Lakeland ..................... 682-8179

Winter Haven (Women & Children) .. 291-5109 Women's Care Ctr. (Women & Children) ..534-3844



HOUSING ASSISTANCE

Housing Authority Bartow .................................................... .533-6311 Haines City……………….………..294-7369 Lake Wales …………..…..… .. 863-676-7414 Lakeland ................................................ .687-2911 Winter Haven ....................................... .294-7369 Section 8 Housing ......................................... .534-5240 HUD..…………………………… 813-228-2026

TRANSPORTATION

Citrus Connection ........................................ 688-7433

Division of Motor Vehicles ........................ 499-2323

Tag Agency-Bartow ...................................... 534-4711                 Tag Agency-Lakeland ................................... 499-2351

Handy Bus ...................................................... 688-5438

Polk County Transportation…………….534-5500 




If you do not see the information you need listed please call to find help, . 2-1-1’s trained referral specialists will connect you with a program that can help you. Dial 2-1-1 or 863-648-1515.

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