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