Our HistoryThe Salvation Army has been active in Broward County since 1926. Ft. Lauderdale pioneer Ivy Stranahan was active in the formation of The Salvation Army in Broward County and was one of the original board members. The Salvation Army was founded by William Booth, a Methodist minister, in London in 1865. Booth worked with the poor and homeless in the East End of London, providing "soup, soap, and salvation." The Salvation Army came to the United States in 1879 through the work of a teenage girl in Philadelphia and expanded into New York in 1880. Within five years, The Salvation Army was operating in Canada, India, Switzerland, Sweden, Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand, and Pakistan and today is active in over 125 countries throughout the world. During World War I, Salvation Army "Doughnut Girls" served coffee and doughnuts to soldiers battling on the front lines. The Salvation Army was instrumental in forming the USO in 1941 in response to a request from President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt determined it would be best if private organizations handled the on-leave recreation needs of the rapidly growing U.S. armed forces. Roosevelt's call to action led The Salvation Army and five other civilian agencies to coordinate their civilian war efforts and resources to form a new organization - the USO (United Service Organizations).
The Open Door project provides safe shelter to 45 chronically homeless people each night. For some homeless people, especially those who have been on the street for a length of time, lack of trust in “the system” keeps them from seeking shelter. The only “commitment” at this facility will be a one night stay, which includes breakfast.
Each night, homeless people seek safety and a comfortable bed; they also have the opportunity to engage with our staff and some begin to believe that a different way of life is possible.
- Homelessness is a challenge shared by all members of the community, and The Salvation Army is taking a proactive approach to meeting a critical unmet need through the Open Door low demand shelter.
- The goal of the Open Door project is to build trust with chronically homeless people who then may be more willing to receive services to help them attain permanent housing.
- The Salvation Army collaborates with 211 Broward and other homeless providers in the Broward County Continuum of Care including Broward Partnership for the Homeless and Broward Outreach Centers.
If you’d like to donate and support the Open Door Project, here’s how.
- 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
- P.O. Box 230, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302
If you’d like to volunteer, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Alyse Gossman, at 954-712-2435 or Alyse.Gossman@uss.salvationarmy.org
Double Your Gift To The Salvation Army Through Your Employer’s Matching Gifts Program
Employer matching gifts are a great way to double your gift to The Salvation Army in Broward County. Ask your company if there is a matching gift program in place. Processing an employer match is easy. Just complete and send your section of the matching gift form provided by your employer — we’ll handle the rest! If you’ve already made your donation, you can still send us the completed matching gift form, and we’ll verify it directly with your employer.
Please send matching gift forms via email to Alyse Gossman email@example.com or mail to:
The Salvation Army ATTN: Alyse Gossman
PO Box 230
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33302