As the need for emergency shelter in Hillsborough County continues to grow, the Glazer Vision Foundation joins the fight against homelessness with renovated facility in Tampa Heights.

TAMPA, FL (August 25, 2021) – To inspire the Tampa community to support The Salvation Army’s work, the Glazer Vision Foundation is proud to announce a $100,000 matching gift. Now through September, friends and supporters have the opportunity to double their donations by participating in this special fundraising campaign. This gift will finalize the Red Shield Center, a state of the art, emergency shelter for homeless men and women in Hillsborough County. The fully renovated building will be located in the Tampa Heights neighborhood at 1603 N Florida Ave.

“For more than a century, The Salvation Army has been a guiding light for underserved children and families throughout our community,” said Glazer Vision Foundation President Darcie Glazer Kassewitz. “We are proud to support the new Red Shield Center and the continued efforts to provide comprehensive care and critical resources to men, women and children in Hillsborough County.”

The new facility will be a 39,000-square foot, one-stop social services and residential facility, and will be located on a campus-like setting with state-of-the-art amenities, expansive capabilities, and flexible spaces to suit many needs. Currently, the renovation is projected to be complete by Fall 2021. Tony and Lauren Dungy serve as honorary chairs of the capital campaign.

“We are honored to be the recipients of this incredibly generous gift,” said Major David Swyers, Tampa Area Commander. “This gift will help us to support the growing needs of the most vulnerable population in Hillsborough County.”

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps nearly 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter: @Salarmytampa and #DoingTheMostGood

About the Glazer Vision Foundation
For over a decade, the Glazer Vision Foundation has been committed to full-treatment vision correction for underserved children. The foundation honors the legacy of the late Malcolm Glazer, who attributed his first pair of prescription glasses to an enhanced ability to learn and succeed. To date, the foundation has provided more than 100,000 free eye screenings and over 20,000 free pairs of prescription glasses to children throughout Tampa Bay. The Mobile Vision Clinic is the centerpiece of the Glazer Vision Foundation’s commitment to providing these critical eye care services and resources, bringing doctors, nurses and eye care specialists, along with an on-site prescription lens lab and a full selection of eyeglass frames, to communities and schools throughout the region. Follow @glazervisionfdn on social with #OneShareOnePair and visit GlazerVisionFoundation.org to learn more.

TAMPA, FL (July 2, 2021) – The Salvation Army announces the appointment of Major David Swyers and Captain Beth Swyers to lead the work of The Salvation Army in Tampa/Hillsborough County. For the past four years, they led the work of The Salvation Army in Kerrville, Texas.

The new officers intend to position The Salvation Army of Tampa as the premier social service and holistic care provider that will address the root cause of homelessness. In addition to leading the emergency shelter, they will be implementing community-based youth programs that will help to develop character, confidence, and spirituality.

“When people think about what’s good in Tampa, I want them to think of The Salvation Army”, said Major David Swyers, Tampa Area Commander. “Here in Tampa, we will focus on stewardship, others, transforming lives, and restoring hope.”

The Swyers have six children; four adult children and two that will be joining them here in Tampa. As an alumnus of The University of South Florida, Major David Swyers considers the move to Tampa a homecoming. Captain Beth Swyers is a graduate of Antietam Bible College in Maryland. Captain Beth will be leading the youth programs at the 1100 W Sligh Ave location.

“My goal is to foster the next generation through music and arts, character building, and Sunday school programs,” said Captain Beth Swyers, Tampa Area Commander. “When the children in our community set foot into our building, I want them to feel safe and experience the love of Jesus.”

In addition to leading the work to end homelessness, the Swyers will be overseeing the completion of the Red Sheild Center, located at 1603 N Florida Ave. The new facility will be a 39,000-square foot one-stop social services and residential facility located in a campus-like setting, with state-of-the-art amenities, expansive capabilities, and flexible spaces to suit many needs.

TAMPA, FL (July 6, 2021) – With the approach of Tropical Strom Elsa, The Salvation Army of Tampa is prepared to activate its emergency disaster teams and resources to meet the needs of the community and first responders. The Tampa Command has its Mobile Feeding Unit, which can provide 500 meals at a time, ready and on standby. Here is what The Salvation Army of Tampa can provide:

  • 1,500 meals per day
  • Water
  • Financial resources to those directly effected
  • Spiritual and emotional care

In addition to the Salvation Army of Tampa providing resources to the community, The Salvation Army’s state headquarters for emergency disaster response is also located here in Tampa.

“We are uniquely situated in that we have more Salvation Army disaster response resources than any other County in the State,” says Major David Swyers. “We are prepared to meet the needs of our community before, during, and after the storm.”

The Salvation Army will continue to monitor the storm and adjust its services as necessary.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps nearly 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter: @Salarmytampa and #DoingTheMostGood