Tampa (Jan. 30, 2015) — Every Friday from 11: 45 a.m. to 12:45  p.m. a group of volunteers from the Rivers of Life Church Ministries come to The Salvation Army in Hillsborough County to make a home-cook lunch for those in need . The meal is always different, ranging from chicken and rice to homemade pound cake. This mission started nearly two years by Jacquelyn Harper. Born in Tampa, she felt the need to give back to the community.

“I saw the need was great, and I was not even scratching the surface,” Harper said.

She was originally providing meals, water, toiletries and services to homeless men, women and children on 7th Avenue and Henderson’s street corner. But The Salvation Army facility allowed the group to serve more individuals in a safe environment.

“God kept telling  me to serve, but in a different way.”

For information on how to give back to the community and volunteer with The Salvation Army in Hillsborough County, go online at https://salvationarmyflorida.org/tampa/volunteer/ or call (813) 226-0055.


Tampa (Jan. 27, 2015) – Once a year young women from The Academy of the Holy Names volunteer at The Salvation Army  in Tampa/Hillsborough County, giving their time and resources to help those in need residing at the Women’s Transitional Center.  With smiles on their faces, nearly 21 students helped organize the pantry, hang up clothes and clean rooms of residents at the center.

“We think it is important for our girls to see what life is like for women whose life is different than theirs,” said Devan Adams, an  instructor at The Academy of the Holy Names. “Helping women in need represents the mission and morals of our institution.”

The Academy of the Holy Names is an independent, Catholic, coeducational elementary school and a college preparatory high school for young women, sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Our mission is to develop the spiritual, academic, personal and physical growth of each student within an atmosphere of care and concern, while providing quality educational opportunities for students of diverse ethnic, economic and religious backgrounds, and encouraging each student to realize his/her full potential as an intelligent and culturally, spiritually and socially aware individual. For more on The Academy of Holy Names, go to http://www.holynamestpa.org.

For more information on how you, your institution or organization can help at the Salvation Army, go to https://salvationarmyflorida.org/tampa/volunteer.

 Extensive training to teach prevention and restoration methods for labor and sexual exploitation

TAMPA, Fla. – (July 15, 2015)  The Salvation  Army in Tampa/Hillsborough County to hold a four-day Human Trafficking, Sex Industry Outreach and Aftercare training, July 15-18, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Area Tampa Command building, 1603 N. Florida Ave. The extensive training, based on curriculum by Beauty From Ashes ™ Ministries, raises awareness and educates on prevention, reach, rescue and restoration for victims of sexual exploitation, abuse and trafficking.

Founded in 2005, Beauty From Ashes ™ Ministries is Florida’s first and oldest overcomer-led human trafficking community service agency. The nationally recognized program, founded by Julie Shematz, Director of Social Services for The Salvation Army in Tampa/Hillsborough County, has served more than 1,300 survivors of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and sex trafficking. The training provides resources to help educate, empower and restore.

The event promises to be days of awareness and education. Classes address how to identify victims of human trafficking, bias and prejudice survivors face and mental health challenges of survivors. The training will also include information on strip club outreach, aftercare, mentoring and a day of equine-assisted learning.  Lunch will be provided. Tickets are $125 before July 3; general admission is $175. Student discount tickets are $50. Presenters of the event include Sue Aboul-hosn, BSSW, CSW, Regional Human Trafficking Coordinator Central and Suncoast Regions; Anita Albert-Watson, Human Trafficking Unit Program Manager, The Salvation Army Tampa Area Command;Yaro Garcia, LMHC, Chair of Southwest Regional Human Trafficking Coalition;Dotti Grover-Skipper, Divisional Anti-Trafficking Campaign Coordinator; Alex Oliveres, MSW, Southwest Regional Human Trafficking Resource Center Coordinator at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU); Julie Shematz, MA, Social Services Director, The Salvation Army Tampa Area Command; and Michael Victor, Police Corporal, Tampa Police Department Criminal Intelligence Bureau.

“I believe it is critical that survivors become leaders in the development of new services, shelters and response to sex trafficking in their community,” said Julie Shematz, Director of Social Services for for The Salvation Army in Tampa/Hillsborough County.

Human trafficking involves the commercial exchange and exploitation of humans including forced prostitution and pornography, involuntary labor, servitude and debt bondage. Human trafficking is a growing problem worldwide, recently rising to the second most common criminal activity behind the illegal drug trade. Florida has been identified as a hub for human trafficking activity, citing one of the highest incidences of human trafficking in the country.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s Human Trafficking and Sex Industry Outreach and Aftercare training or to purchase tickets, go to www.salvationarmytampa.org



Media Contact:
Wonetha Hall
Salvation Army Tampa Command

HOPEFUL organization, started by family in Tampa, prepares dinners at The Salvation Army for homeless


Tampa, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2015) — Katina Hickmon and her daughters spent hours working in their kitchen preparing a dinner of chicken with yellow rice and an array of egg and ham sandwiches. The University of South Florida family was on a mission: they wanted to create meals to feed the homeless men, women and children she saw in her community each day.  Hickmon wasn’t prepared for the number of people who would eventually come to her home in Tampa that day.

She fed more than 49 people.

Hickmon decided she needed to cook more meals for the homeless, who she calls Hopefuls, in Tampa. She went from preparing nearly 49 meals in her home to cooking for more than 300 in The Salvation Army Tampa Command kitchen.

For Hickmon, feeding the homeless in Tampa was her chance to give back.  She understands what it is like not to have a home because that was once her life. Without family support and pregnant at a young age, she found herself homeless and in need of assistance.  Though her life is much better than it was as a youth, Hickmon’s feelings from the past never faded.

“I felt so alone,” said Hickmon, executive director of HOPEFUL. “I would see all those cars passing by wondering what is it about me. I don’t ever what a person to have to feel like that. That’s why giving our resources to places like The Salvation Army is important to me and my family.”

Hickmon quickly discovered the need was great in the Tampa area, so last October she decided to create the organization HOPEFUL, Helping Our People Elevate their Faith Unified in Love. HOPEFUL is the name she gives to the homeless men, women and families she helps. She wants them to know that their situation is not hopeless.  The organization not only gives home-cooked meals, but every month they also  collaborate  with The Salvation Army in Tampa/Hillsborough County to help supply needed resources and toiletries to those in need.

“The Salvation Army is grateful for the partnership with the HOPEFUL organization. We are always excited to be a part of any community effort helping those in need,” said Major James Hall, area commander of The Salvation Army in Tampa/ Hillsborough County.

For more information on HOPEFUL or to find the date to their next community fair at The Salvation Army in Tampa/Hillsborough County, go to www.givehopetoall.org.

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2015)  ­ — Known for its Christmas-time giving, low-cost retail outlets and collection of gently used items, The Salvation Army is a staple organization for those in need in the Tampa Bay community. Nearly one million people in the Tampa Bay area look to The Salvation Army for a helping hand with needed supplies and services, or a safe shelter.

According to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report, Tampa has the largest number of homeless people for a mid-sized city and is sixth overall nationwide, with 7,419 living in shelters.  In an effort to decrease this number, The Salvation Army works with Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa to adopt initiatives to combat the area’s homelessness.  The Salvation Army’s housing programs help to ensure no person will have to experience chronic homelessness due to mental, physical illnesses or lack of support.

“Our hope, with the help of the county and the city of Tampa, is to provide sufficient housing and services for those in need in the community,” said Major James Hall, area commander of The Salvation Army in Tampa/Hillsborough County. “We want to make sure everyone knows that if they are in need, we are here to help.”

The Salvation Army in Tampa facilities provide 230 beds to those who are homeless each night. The Red Shield Lodge is the only emergency shelter in Hillsborough County open to homeless men and women all year-round. The transitional facilities named Hospitality House and Hope House are also available to homeless men, women and children attempting to make the transition from homelessness to independent living. The programs offer housing and access to training and services to help residents become self-sufficient.

The Salvation Army also has nearly 134 beds for men in need of rehabilitation assistance in Tampa. The Adult Rehabilitation Center offers residential housing, work and therapy.  The program has a high success rate with a majority of participants able to recover and resume regular lifestyles.

Long-term housing is the ultimate goal the organization strives for daily.  In the last year, approximately 250,000 nights of shelter were provided and more than 850,000 meals were served to men, women and children in the Tampa Bay area.

About The Salvation Army in Tampa Bay area

For the last 120 years, The Salvation Army has had a life-changing impact in the Tampa Bay community. In the last year, approximately 250,000 nights of shelter were provided and more than 850,000 meals were served to men, women and children in Tampa Bay. More than 55,000 Angel Tree gifts and toys were distributed to thousands of children living in poverty, more than 12,000 people were visited in hospitals, nursing homes and elderly residential homes, and more than 200 men graduated from the two drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Tampa Bay. For more information, please visit www.SalvationArmyTampaBay.org.

SAVE THE DATE: 21st Annual Fashion Show Luncheon & Silent

Auction 3/22/14

12-2-14WHAT: The Hillsborough County Salvation Army Women’s
Auxiliary 21st Annual Fashion Show Luncheon & Silent Auction
and accessories supplied by some of Tampa’s finest boutiques and The Salvation
Army Family Stores.

WHEN: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Silent Auction starts
at 10:30 a.m.
Luncheon/Fashion Show starts at noon

WHERE: Double Tree Hotel, 4500 W. Cypress St., Tampa FL

$1,100 or $550 per
$110 Patron ticket
$55 Individual ticket

CONTACT: Patty Harris, patty_harris@uss.salvationarmy.org
or 813-226-0055 x 372

All funds raised will remain in Hillsborough County to benefit Salvation
Army programs and services.



The Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions that so many of us take for granted–family feasts and gifts under the tree–are out of reach for many struggling Hillsborough County families.

As The Salvation Army prepares to help Hillsborough County families in need this Christmas season, we need volunteers to help low-income parents and guardians apply for toy and meal assistance at two application sites in September and October. With your help, we’ll be taking the first steps to providing Christmas joy to approximately 6,000 kids, as well as providing holiday meals to their families.

Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older and should be comfortable using computers, as applications are web-based. You will need to attend a 1-hour software training before the applications. Bilingual volunteers would be greatly appreciated, and it would be most helpful if you could volunteer for full days of application assistance (dates and times are below).

Training sessions will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 3 and Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 1100 W. Sligh Avenue. Training will start at 10 a.m. and is expected to conclude at 11 a.m.

Application dates and locations are as follows:


ADDRESS: 1100 W. Sligh Ave

DATES & TIMES: Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 9:00 a.m.-12 noon and 12:30-3:00 p.m. (applications will be taken until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, the 2nd)

Oct. 6-10, 9:00 a.m.-12 noon and 12:30-3:00 p.m. (applications will be taken until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, the 9th


ADDRESS: 7409 S. Hwy 301, Riverview (33569)

DATES & TIMES: Sept. 22-26, 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. and 1:30-6:00 pm.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like additional information, please contact Laura Ferrell at 813-226-0055 x 372 or by email to laura_ferrell@uss.salvationarmy.org. Please let her know which training session you’d like to attend and which days/locations you would like to volunteer to help with applications. Please let us know if you cannot attend either training session and we will try to accommodate your schedule with another time.

Thank you for your willingness to help us as we prepare to serve so many families in need of comfort and joy this Christmas season! Together, we are Doing the Most Good in Hillsborough County.


Doing The Most Good For Kids




Doing The Most Good For Kids

The Salvation Army announces the following dates and locations where Hillsborough County families at or below the poverty line with children 12 years of age and under (born 2002-2014) invited to register for Christmas toy and meal assistance:


The Salvation Army Worship Center
1100 W. Sligh Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604

APPLICATION DATES: September 29-October 3 and October 6-10, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to noon & 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

On October 2 and October 9, 2014, applications will be taken from 9:00 a.m. to noon & 12:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.



The Salvation Army Southern Hillsborough Co.
7409 US Highway 301, Suite 200, Riverview, FL 33569

APPLICATION DATES: September 22-26, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Please note that this year, The Salvation Army Angel Tree application age limit will be 12 years of age at the date of application. Families with children age 13 or above are referred to Metropolitan Ministries and Toys for Tots.

Applicants must bring: proof of all household income, current food stamp letter (if applicable), proof of monthly expenses, birth certificates for all children, and photo ID for the adult applicant.

Associate Area Commander, Major Leisa Hall, was recently recognized by the
Oklahoma Human Trafficking Task Force for her victim advocacy while serving in
the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army.

We are proud to have her in Florida, continuing the work here with one of
nation’s leading anti-human trafficking task forces.


Our sincere appreciation to the Sponsors & Partners who have made the 20th Annual Tree of Lights Breakfast possible!




We owe a special thanks for their matching gifts to …

Salvation Army Advisory Board member Gene McNichols & McNichols Company


Salvation Army Advisory Board member Don Mays & Craft Equipment Company



Thank you to our Northern Star Sponsor.




We are blessed by the support of our Platinum Star Sponsors.






We so appreciate the help of our Gold Star Sponsors.




We are thankful for our Silver Star Sponsors.




Tampa Christian Fellowship


We are grateful to our Bronze Star Sponsors.

Barbara Byars

Gregory, Sharer & Stuart


Dr. John L. Redd

Rivero Gordimer & Company


And we welcome the help and support of our Angel Sponsors.

AXA Advisors/Cassidy & Company, LLC

Rosemary Armstrong

Linda Barker

Melissa Buhler

John DeLaVergne

Abigail Dougherty

Hyde Park United Methodist Church

Richard T. Farrior, M.D.

Marie Gregorio

Margaret & Michael Kanter

John Kynes

Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church

Emma Morgan

Councilwoman Mary Mulhern

General & Mrs. William Studer

Tampa Family Health Centers

The Salvation Army Tampa Adult Rehabilitation Center

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary

Jon & Cathy Tileston

Sandy Weinberg

E. Ann Wootten

Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

Please consider supporting these community-minded groups, businesses, and professionals who have given so generously to help our neighbors in need throughout Hillsborough County. For those with logos, you may click on the logo to visit their website.