The Salvation Army of Broward County
The Salvation Army has been active in Broward County since 1926, working to fulfill our mission of “meeting human needs in His name without discrimination”. Lauderdale pioneer Ivy Stranahan was active in the formation of The Salvation Army in Broward County and was one of the original board members. Over the past 94 years, our work has had many expressions in the community, always aimed at helping the poorest and those most in need. As society’s need change, The Salvation Army has the ability to respond locally to shape and modify our services to meet the needs of the local community.
Our organization provides housing to 44 families with children and 125 single men and women experiencing homelessness at any given time. Besides housing and meals, the program provides supportive services including case management, life skills classes, and employability skills training.
In addition to working with people experiencing homelessness, The Salvation Army provides enriching educational programs to children and teens, recreation and education programs to seniors and emergency rent, utilities, and food assistance to needy people in our community. Those experiencing generational poverty partake in an 18 week Getting Ahead group aimed at helping participants identify, build, and leverage resources to build economic stability. Special holiday activities and emergency disaster services round out the agency’s programs.
To learn more about us, or schedule a tour of our facility, contact Joshua Myers, Director of Development, at 954-712-2431.
Soon after beginning his ministerial career in England in 1852, William Booth abandoned the concept of the traditional church pulpit in favor of taking the gospel of Jesus Christ directly to the people. Walking the streets of London, he preached to the poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the destitute.
When fellow clergymen disagreed with Booth’s unconventional approach, he and his wife Catherine withdrew from the church to train evangelists throughout England. The couple returned to the East End of London in 1865, where many followers joined their fight for the souls of lost men and women. Within 10 years, their organization, operating under the name “The Christian Mission," had over 1,000 volunteers and evangelists.
Thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, and drunkards were among their first converts to Christianity. And soon, those converts were also preaching and singing in the streets as living testimonies to the power of God.
When Booth read a printer's proof of the 1878 “Christian Mission” annual report, he noticed the statement "The Christian Mission is a volunteer army." Crossing out the words "volunteer army," he penned in "Salvation Army." From those words came the basis of the foundation deed of The Salvation Army.
From that point onward, converts became soldiers of Christ and were known then, as now, as Salvationists. They launched an offensive throughout the British Isles that, in spite of violence and persecution, converted 250,000 Christians between 1881 and 1885. Their message spread rapidly, gaining a foothold in America and soon after Canada, Australia, France, Switzerland, India, South Africa, Iceland, and Germany.
Today, The Salvation Army is active in virtually every corner of the world and serves in over 100 countries, offering the message of God’s healing and hope to all those in need.
Majors Stephen Long & Connie Long, Area Commander
BROWARD COUNTY LEADERSHIP
Lilly Gallardo, MSW
Social Services Director
Esther M. Rush, MBA
2022 Advisory Board Members
The Salvation Army Advisory Board includes influential business and community leaders who provide their time and wisdom to support the work and programs of the organization. The board members assist the officers and staff in solving complex community needs and identifying strategic opportunities to advance the The Salvation Army’s mission. They work tirelessly to connect The Salvation Army of Broward County to the community in meaningful ways.
Dom Pino – Chairman
Marivi Bryant | Principal MVB Consulting
Dan Aimone | President MaPo Builders
Gerald (Gerry) Cahill
Patricia (Pat) Houchens
Pam Masters | Realtor Galleria International Realty
Robert (Bob) Moorman, Jr. | Owner Carroll’s Jewelers
Stephen Nesi l South Florida Office Managing Partner l PwC
Curt Nichols | Consultant
John Rodstrom | Attorney, Conrad & Scherer
Romney C. (Cam) Rogers | Partner Rogers, Morris & Ziegler LLP
Pete Sudler | VP, Associate Services JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
The Salvation Army Ambassadors group, founded by Virginia (Ginny) Miller, was brought together with a primary mission to inform the community of The Salvation Army’s importance and relevance. Ambassadors are advocates of The Army. Ambassadors meet once or twice a year for networking and an informative presentation regarding current and future endeavors of The Army. They are educated as to the way The Army works, how it is funded and operates. Ambassadors will be “the first to know” when we are heading off to assist in some disaster recovery out of the area – and of course, in our backyard as well. The expertise and talents of members of the Ambassadors are utilized to further the mission of The Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army is pleased to partner with foundations, corporations and community organizations to raise funds and awareness around The Salvation Army and our mission.
We would like to thank the following Partners for their contributions:
- Jim Moran Foundation
- William R. Watts Foundation
- Fabrize Foundation
- Broward Homeless Initiative Partnership
- Amaturo Foundation
- The Cheesecake Factory
- Publix Super Market Charities
- G. B. Knecht Foundation
- United Way of Broward County
- Kearns Family Foundation
- Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation
- Food For All
- Helen Ingham Foundation
- Charles F. and Esther M. Frye Foundation
- Allen Foundation
- American Plumbing
- Medallion Decorating Center
- John and Nellie Bastien Memorial Foundation
- JM Family Enterprises
- Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund
- Josephine S. Leiser Foundation
- City Furniture
Center for Worship and Service
The Center for Worship and Service in Fort Lauderdale offers the opportunity for people of all ages to participate in worship, service, youth programs and other community activities each week.
Salvation Army centers of worship are called “corps.” We invite you to worship with us every Sunday at 11:00 am.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Please call 954 524-6991 and ask to speak to one of our Ministry Staff to learn more about our Worship Services and programs.
Worship Center Address: 100 SW 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Due to the ongoing pandemic, our worship services have been modified for safety.
Tuesday: Zoom Youth Bible Study- 6:00pm
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Wednesday: Zoom Youth Bible Study- 6:30pm
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Thursday: Women’s Ministry In person and on Zoom- 10:30am
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Sundays: Zoom Adult Discipleship Class- 9:45am
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Worship Service- 11:00am in person with livestream on FB @SAFTL1926
Youth Camps coming Summer 2021
Community Feeding – The Salvation Army opens its doors for dinner 6 days a week to anyone who is in need. Dinner is served at 4:15pm Friday through Wednesday.
Food Pantry – This program provides non-perishable grocery items and fresh produce to residents in need in Broward County. The pantry is open every Thursday from 9:00am-12:00pm.
Rent & Mortgage Assistance – Provides assistance with one-month payment of rent or mortgage to prevent households from becoming homeless. For more information and to apply for the program please call 954-524-6991.
Disaster Services – The Salvation Army assists the community during times of disaster, both man-made and natural. The Army assists both regionally and locally.
Emergency and Transitional Housing for Individuals and Families
Emergency and Transitional Housing for Individuals and Families – Provides emergency and transitional housing services to households experiencing homelessness. Clients are assisted with case management, childcare, life skills, food, and other supportive services.
- Plymouth Colony located in Hollywood, is home to 33 families, which includes approximately 90 children. The facility allows the families to stay up to 2 years with the opportunity and resources to work towards transitioning to stable, independent, and permanent housing. Residents are helped to identify the underlying issues that brought them into their current situations and to develop practical strategies to return to mainstream society. Case management and life skills, including budgeting and parenting classes, are some of the ways we help our clients make permanent, positive changes in their lives.
- New Beginnings The New Beginnings Program was established to offer a safe, stable environment for expectant mothers who are homeless.
The women in the program have become homeless for many reasons, including poverty, unexpected pregnancy complications that cause them to lose employment, and domestic abuse. Each family in the program receives a private room with bath, meals, day care for older children, case management, life skills training, job and medical referrals, as well as educational classes.
The goal of this structured program is to increase the self-worth of each mother and motivate them to work towards independence for themselves and their family.
If you would like to support our mothers-to-be, please consider donating a “Baby Shower Basket.” Suggested items include diapers, wipes, lotions, clothes, bottles, etc.
For more info, please contact Niecy Choice, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Door Project
Open Door Project - 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.
Rapid Rehousing – This program is designed to place households experiencing homelessness in permanent housing. Support services include ongoing case management.
Angel Tree – Provides Christmas gifts for children in need. Children must be between 0 and 10 years old. This program serves approximately 1,500 families each year. Application process starts early Fall. Call for more details.
Thanksgiving Dinner – A Thanksgiving meal is served to nearly 400 individuals each year.
Cold Weather Services – We open our shelter to all those experiencing homelessness when the temperature drops below 45 degrees.
Day Respite – Offers respite from being on the street through a variety of basic needs, life skills classes, and structured activities. The goal is to build trust with those experiencing homelessness with the intent of engaging clients in further services, including stable housing placement.
Career Connections – A career skills training program that provides job search knowledge and motivational skills resulting in career employment, advancement, and permanent economic self-sufficiency.
Senior Program: Home League – Each Thursday, 70 seniors gather for fellowship, educational programs, lunch and volunteer opportunities.
Children’s Programs – Children’s programming includes character building for elementary through high school aged children from low-income neighborhood families and families living in our shelter.
To apply to become a volunteer, please download the volunteer application onto your computer, print and fill out all fillable entries and mail it to our administrative offices.
You may also fill out an application at our administrative offices – 1445 W. Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
The Volunteer Coordinator will review your application. If you meet the basic requirements, she will contact you to set up an interview.
If you have additional questions regarding out volunteer program, or need additional information please call 954-712-2435.
Volunteers help to prepare and serve meals to individuals and families living in our shelter, along with other kitchen tasks. Currently there is a great need volunteers daily with a morning shift at 8:00am – 12:00pm. There are also volunteers needed between 3pm-7pm as each day we have community feeding, which provides meals to anyone in the community beginning at 4PM.
Volunteers stock, sort, bag, and distribute non-perishable and perishable items for county residents in need of assistance. We currently need volunteers to help in the food pantry Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00AM – 12:30PM.
Volunteers are needed to assist the public during times of disaster, both locally and regionally. Advance training is required. To learn more about our disaster services, please click here. (The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (salvationarmyusa.org)
Child Care Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to help teach children living in our shelter various activities while their parents are attending life skill classes. Classes are scheduled on weekday evenings in Fort Lauderdale. All childcare volunteers must be 18 or older and successfully pass a background check along with fingerprints.
Life Skills Classes
Volunteers teach life skills to clients in evening classes ranging from computer skills to knitting. This is a great opportunity to use your talents to help others. Creativity is highly encouraged, so if you have an idea for a class, please let us know! With the opening of our apartment facilities at Plymouth Colony, we are especially interested in finding instructors for classes in nutrition and general homemaking skills.
Volunteers assist our maintenance staff in general upkeep of our facilities. Hours are anytime Monday-Friday.
Product Drive Coordinators
Volunteers coordinate various product drives through their school, church, or neighborhood to be donated to our shelter. Examples of drives include food, toiletries, and baby care items. All items collected and donated will go to the thousands of individuals and families we help right here in Broward County.
Red Kettle Volunteer
Volunteer to be a bell ringer at one of our many locations across Broward County. The Kettle season starts early November and runs until Christmas eve each Year. This is a great opportunity for groups and volunteers needing community service hours. For more information email our Volunteer Coordinator and let her know you are interested in being a bellringer. Recruitment is all year long!
Angel Tree Volunteer
Our Angel Tree program exists to provide Christmas gifts to underserved Broward County youth. Each year we provide gifts for over 1,500 families and rely on volunteers to help us serve as many households as possible.
Mall Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to staff our mall Angel Trees. Volunteers aid the public in "adopting" angels and collecting gifts. The gifts collected through our Angel Trees help The Salvation Army distribute over 6,000 gifts to 3,000 underprivileged children throughout Broward County. The Angel Tree program runs late November through mid-December at the following malls: Westfield Broward, Galleria Fort Lauderdale, and Pembroke Lakes.
Toy Shop Volunteer: Volunteers sort and package toys for each child adopted at our Angel Trees and prepare the toys for distribution. This position requires a lot of mobility and some lifting, but in exchange for some sweat, you get to feel like you work at the North Pole!
Distribution Day Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to help distribute gifts to those families in need. Come see the joy on families' faces as they realize they will be able to provide Christmas gifts to their children.
Volunteers work with the Development Director to generate ideas, plan and manage special fundraising events throughout the year. This opportunity requires a strong familiarity with the community and its resources, as well as a continuous time commitment. If you are interested in this opportunity contact Michael Cash directly at Michael.Cash@uss.salvationarmy.org.
***Please note: All volunteers working directly with children will be subject to a background check.
Ring in the season with the Salvation Army of Broward County!
HIRING CHRISTMAS BELL RINGERS
Flexible shifts available at over 50 locations in Broward County.
Join us at one of these Bell Ringer Job Fairs and meet with our volunteer coordinators who will help you register to support the Salvation Army of Broward County's holiday fundraising efforts at one of our Red Kettle partner locations.
JOB FAIR DATES
Tuesday, October 12 • 10 am - 12 pm
Wednesday, October 13 • 1 pm - 3pm
Thursday, October 28 • 10 am - 12 pm
The Salvation Army Community Center 100 SW 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
For more information, please call 954-712-2680 or e-mail Robert Beasley, Volunteer Coordinator.
The Salvation Army in Broward County is Community Based, Community Funded. Your donation will help The Salvation Army shelter the homeless, feed the hungry and provide emergency assistance to keep people from becoming homeless. In all, we serve over 15,000 Broward County residents every year in a multitude of ways. More than 70% of The Salvation Army, Broward County’s funding comes directly from the community – individuals, groups, and businesses like yours. Every gift to The Salvation Army has a direct impact on transforming lives of people who are hurting and in need. Person by person, we are creating a lasting, positive change in the lives of men, women and children in our community. The Salvation Army depends on the support and generosity of individuals, foundations, and businesses to help thousands of individuals and families every year.
The funds raised are used in your local community where the needs are the greatest. You can also become a Monthly Sustainer or give an Honor/Memorial gift.
To donate by phone, please call 954-524-6991 and ask to make a donation over the phone. We accept all major credit cards.
To donate by mail, The Salvation Army P.O. Box 230, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302-0230
To donate through our website, please visit give.salvationarmyusa.org.
Homeless Supplies for Broward County:
More people than ever in our community are struggling to make ends meet which leads to homelessness.
Help us provide the necessities from clothing to personal care kits for those who come to our shelter with nothing.
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When you donate goods to The Salvation Army, those items are then sold at our Family Stores. And the proceeds are used to fund our Adult Rehabilitation Centers, where those struggling with drugs and alcohol find help, hope, and a second chance at life.
Call 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825) or visit satruck.org to schedule a pick-up and find the location near you.
Donate Nonperishable Food Items:
Each week hundreds of individuals line up for our food pantry. Since COVID19 many individuals have found it more difficult to provide food for their families. We rely on donations to keep our food pantry open to those most vulnerable. Help us continue to serve the community. Drop off canned goods and other nonperishable items today.
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 Joshua Myers or mail to:
The Salvation Army ATTN: Joshua Myers, PO Box 230, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33302
For many of the residents introduced to our transitional housing and shelter, receiving basic needs such as food, shelter, and clothing is a priority concern. Once these initial needs are met, we begin to explore ways in which to further bring hope, confidence, and happiness back in to their lives.
We rely on the generosity of our community members to help brighten up the lives of our residents in a variety of ways. Here are a few examples:
Gift cards for $10 – $25 to Publix, Winn Dixie, WalMart or Target. These are used to reward the “Client of the Month.”
Baby Shower Basket
For expectant mothers, the inevitable life-changing event can be overwhelming. Receiving donated pregnancy and baby items can help alleviate some of the worry. Suggestions include a baby blanket, diapers and wipes, clothing, bottles, etc.
For clients who are moving into an apartment or home, procuring the necessary items can be a daunting task. We forget, most who are homeless have little to no possessions. Receiving a head-start to a stable, independent residence eases the transition from homeless to a home. Suggestions include pots & pans, plates, bowls, & utensils, towels, sheets, etc.
Each night 45 individuals who would otherwise be sleeping on the streets of Ft. Lauderdale come to our Open Door shelter. Zip lock bags containing small toiletry items – soap, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, comb, and snacks (raisins, small cans of juice, granola bars, trail mix) would be a welcomed gift.
Group Adoption and Volunteering
Last year, through Angel Tree, The Salvation Army of Broward County distributed new toys and clothing to nearly 3,000 children! This feat was largely accomplished because of Group Adopters—you decided to make a difference in a child’s life. When the community comes together, big things happen.
WHAT IS ANGEL TREE:
Angel Tree provides Christmas gifts for families in need during the holidays. To participate, children receiving a gift must be living with a family that resides within Broward County, Florida and must be between the ages of birth to 10 years old. Additionally, families must complete the online application found on our website by Sunday, October 23rd.
GETTING INVOLVED WITH ANGEL TREE:
This year, because of rapidly changing economic conditions, many families in our community are in need, and some more than others. As a result, the Army needs your help. We are looking to partner with you to give children in Broward County a Christmas to remember. There are three ways to get involved:
1. Become a Group Adopter
2. Volunteer with Angel Tree
3. Make a financial gift to the Salvation Army
CLICK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Michael Cash - Group Adoption & Volunteer Coordinator
Angel Tree Locations:
- Coral Square Mall (In front of North Entrance)
- Broward Mall (In front of Macy’s)
- Pembroke Lakes Mall (Right next to Churromania)
- Galleria Mall (Next to Macy’s)
- Davie Walmart (4301 S. University Drive, Davie, FL 33328)
- Coral Springs Walmart (6001 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33076)
- Ft. Lauderdale Walmart (2500 W. Broward Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312)
- Cooper City Walmart (4700 S. Flamingo Rd., Cooper City, FL 33330)
1445 West Broward Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
Administrative Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Donation Mailing Address
To make a donation, make checks payable to:
The Salvation Army
PO Box 230
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302-0230
Corps Community Center
100 S.W. 9th Ave
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
Thrift Store Donations
To schedule a pickup of your donated household items in Broward County, call the Thrift Store Administration Offices
The Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) is an effective residential work therapy program that offers men addicted to drugs and alcohol the opportunity to recapture their dignity, pride, and families through emotional, physical, and spiritual rehabilitation. Job training gives residents valuable technical skills in a number of vocations and in-house classes provide life skills and the opportunity to earn a GED certificate. Residents have the opportunity to regain sobriety, self respect, and a new start in life.
This rehabilitation program is solely supported by income from the thrift stores and monthly car and boat auctions.
Thrift Store Locations
1801 W Broward Blvd
2300 SW 56th Ave
7707 Commercial Blvd
310 N State Rd 7
451 E Copans Rd
888 N. University Drive
Kettle Krush 5K
A community fundraising event where participants complete our 5K course to raise money for our programs.
Red Shield Redesign Bash
Redesigners will show off their unique skills and donate a repurposed, reimagined, or redesigned piece for auction. Proceeds from the event and auction support our shelter, feeding, and social services programs.
National Donut Day
The Salvation Army of Broward County, together with Dunkin’, will celebrate National Donut Day on June 3, the sweetest day of the year, by honoring local public servants, first responders and healthcare workers.
The Salvation Army helps put new clothes and toys under the tree for 1 million children across the United States who usually have to go without Christmas gifts. Anonymous donors adopt these little “angels” in an expanding Christmas tradition that makes the season brighter for both the gift giver and receiver.
Stuff the Bus
Did you know that The Salvation Army sees an increase in need every September? That’s partly because family finances are strained every year by the expense of providing backpacks, pens, pencils, notebooks, glue sticks, and other basic back to school items. Parents then have to make unfair choices like paying for school supplies or groceries, the electric bill or car insurance.
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