Transitional Houses

The information from this page is somewhat outdated and is scheduled for update in the near future.

Shelter From the Storm

  • Safe, stable housing for men in Gainesville, Florida, vicinity
  • Bible studies
  • Church home
  • 12-step recovery program
  • Counseling
  • Job development/vocational training
  • Referrals within the community
Founder Jeffery Cobb is known as the guy who convinced a bunch of former felons to trade their guns for weed whackers, hedge trimmers, and a whole lot of respect.

Transitional Housing Assistance Upon Successful Completion

Our program offers a one-year resident occupancy. Upon employment, each client will be responsible to pay a weekly board cost as decided by the sliding scale of cost systems. For individuals with little or no job skills or individuals with a compromised background (criminal felony convictions), a vocational work program is available.

Our vocational program gives clients an opportunity to learn the skill of landscaping & horticulture. This program is run by Jeffery Cobb and is successful within Greater Gainesville. Clients within our program will be given priority hiring.

Our day-to-day operations will follow the schedule listed below. In addition, clients are expected to apply for Food Stamps from the Department Of Children & Families within the first week of arrival. Each client is responsible for his own meal preparation and supplying his own food. Shelter From the Storm will supply food until each client receives his Food Stamp allotment. All chores will be divided equally. Sunday morning is designated as clean-up day.

Daily Schedule

  • 5:30 am – Wake up
  • 6:00 am – Morning Devotion
  • 7:00 am – Work/job search
  • Mid-day prayer & study for those not presently employed
  • 1:00 pm – Appointments (i.e. Social Security cards, Food Stamps)
  • 5:00 pm – Evening meal preparation
  • 7:00 pm – Wednesday Bible study/church
  • 7:00 pm – Friday Bible Study/house

Saturday Sabbath Worship

  • 9:00 am – Sabbath School
  • 11:00 am – Worship
  • 7:00 pm – Soul winning/witnessing

Curfew is 9:00 PM Sunday-Friday
Saturday curfew is 12:00 AM

WCJB Channel 20 news broadcast profiling Jeffery Cobb and transitional homes.

Expansion Plan

We have a vision to open homes like this in various counties and states as God gives vision & provision. There are also future plans for a women’s facility in place.

Mr. Cobb is currently working with the community liaison in Ocala, Florida, to open a women’s facility as well as officials in Cocoa Beach, Florida, for an additional men’s facility.

It is the desire of this ministry to be able to purchase our own property and open an additional 10-bed facility in the immediate area.

It is the sincere hope that other ministries in our body will move forward in this like fashion to meet the needs of our communities.

It is the vision of this ministry, to become a model program that will serve as a witness to our community about God’s love, forgiveness and redemptive power.

Our Mission Statement

We are committed to providing a loving spiritual environment that will empower our residents to successfully integrate back into our society. We believe that this can be accomplished by providing unconditional love, encouragement, spiritual guidance, safe stable housing, counseling, and job development.


Jeffery Cobb, Director
1500 SE 23rd Lane
Gainesville, FL  32641
Phone: (352) 339-4732