Last year, The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties impacted 38,303 lives.
We offer a wide variety of outreach services ranging from help with utility bills to residential substance abuse program for men and a residential program for families and women.
Outreach services include:
- Family Services Unit and Emergency Shelter (12,681 bed nights)
- Crossroads Substance Abuse Recover (447 clients)
- Medical Respite Unit (2,606 bed nights)
- Federal and State Corrections (176 clients)
- Transitional Housing (1 client)
- Bob Janes Triage Center/Low Demand Shelter (590 clients)
- Meals served to residential clients (137,954)
- Emergency Needs/Food Pantry (225,909 meals; 12,201 people; 4,463 families)
- Meals With Compassion – Outreach Service Center (33,906 meals)
- Health Care for Homeless Clinic (1,701 patients; 409 no-cost prescriptions)
- Elderly persons visited (3,413)
- Christmas gifts to children (4,214)
- Summer away campers (68)
- Clients served in Glades County (326)
- Bonita Springs clients served (basic needs assistance, mental health counseling – 941) (family food bags -238)
- Hendry County clients served (family support services – 5,190), (basic needs clothing vouchers – 196), (food bags – 994), (summer away campers – 22; back to school packs – 222)
How did 170 employees accomplish so much? With the help of 5,227 volunteers who served 32,937 hours!
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Would you like a speaker at your next meeting?
The Salvation Army Speakers’ Bureau provides a terrific way to learn how we provide services in our community. Get information on how your business or organization can get involved.
Salvation Army speakers come to your business/organization to share their personal experiences and stories and the results of our work.
- Volunteer opportunities
- The Red Shield Lodge – our emergency shelter
- Outreach services – food pantry, Meals with Compassion, our free evening meal
- Medical and dental services
- Crossroads – our drug and rehabilitation program
- Programs for veterans
- Jail diversion program
- How The Salvation Army responds during a disaster
- The history of the red kettle and how it has become a symbol of hope
- How to make a Planned Gift
Take a tour and visit our Social Services facility and see first-hand the services we provide.
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For more information, contact Kris Volpone at (239) 278-1551.
No child should miss out on the joy a gift can bring.
If you are a family in need of Christmas Assistance this year, please click here :
That’s why we need your help! Partner with The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree to bring families all over Lee County hope this Christmas season.
What is an Angel Tree?
The Angel Tree is a partnership with local businesses, clubs, churches and individuals who want to make Christmas bright for disadvantaged children. Through their generosity, thousands of children in Lee County will receive new toys, clothing and gifts for Christmas.
Once toys are collected from the different partners, Salvation Army employees and volunteers sort and distribute gifts to families that registered for Christmas assistance through a screening process. Each angel represents a real child in our community who needs our help.
Host an Angel Tree
Businesses, corporations, individuals, churches, clubs or groups – place an Angel Tree in a prominent location like a lobby. Request from us the number of Angels you want to adopt. We’ll deliver the Angel tags to you to adorn your tree!
The Angel tags have a numerical code on them with the child’s first name, age, gender, clothing sizes, one toy wish and one clothing need.
Your employees, organizational members, volunteers and/or family members choose one or more angel and shop for items described on the tag(s). The sponsoring organization collects the unwrapped gifts, makes sure the proper tag and code number are affixed to each item or bag with the gifts. You may deliver the gifts to The Salvation Army or we can schedule to pick them up.
- If you would like to participate in the Angel Tree in Collier County, call (239) 273-2001
- If you would like to participate in the Angel Tree in the Charlotte County, call (941) 629-3170 x402
To host an Angel Tree (10 or more Angels), fill out the online form (below), or call (239) 278-1551.
Adopt an Individual Angel
Stop by any of the following locations beginning November 5th to pick up angel tags and return the new, unwrapped gifts in the same fashion by December 12, 2018.
Pick up your Angel(s) beginning November 5, 2018
Return unwrapped gifts by Wednesday, December 12, 2018
For information, call (239) 278-1551.
Many thanks to our 2018 Angel Tree Hosts
Pioneer Printing & Signs
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.
Arctic Air Auto & Service
Bishop Verot High School
Blue Moon Pizza
Growing Room Bonita
Infinite Professional Center
FSW – Hendry Glades
Lee County School District
Salvation Army Thrift Store (S. Tamiami Trl.)
Salvation Army Family Thrift Store (Del Prado)
From the Shelter to a Home
The Salvation Army provides, through the We Care program, a variety of healthcare – medical and dental – services through the collaboration of qualified volunteers and staff.
We Care is a partnership between The Salvation Army and the United Way, with support from community agencies and local dental and healthcare providers. We Care offers both comprehensive specialty medical and dental care services. We Care is Lee County’s only resource for limited, no-cost care.
We Care of Lee County – Coordination of Specialty Medical Care
We Care is a medical specialty referral and case management program. Medical care is provided by physicians and other healthcare professionals who provide their services voluntarily.
Healthcare services are provided to patients who are between the ages of 19-64 and who meet specified guidelines.
Providers of these specialty healthcare services are protected by sovereign immunity, as defined in section 766.1115, Florida Statutes.
- income criteria is 200% of the defined federal poverty level
- must have an acute medical condition which cannot be treated/managed by a primary care physician
- reside in Lee County for at least six months
- uninsured and not eligible for any source which would pay for the needed services (i.e., vocational rehabilitation, workman’s comp, litigation, VA, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.).
primary care, second opinions, motor vehicle accidents, injuries or illnesses that occurred in other states or countries, cosmetic surgery, disability or disability claims, epilepsy, screenings, worker’s compensation claims, pregnancy, infertility, birth control, litigation cases, substance abuse, elective surgery, any chronic illness such as hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, Chron’s disease, Alzheimer’s, pain management, emergency room or ambulance costs, or medical expenses already incurred. We Care is not an insurance agent and does not pay providers.
Cases must be referred by a primary care physician, clinic, or other medical facility.
We Care Dental Clinic
Made possible with the generous support of Ron Gardner, M.D., and Gardner Orthopedics, the Dental Clinic allows the Salvation Army greater opportunity to reach those who most need free dental services.
The clinic is located at 3033 Winkler Avenue in Fort Myers (33916). Before getting an appointment, those seeking dental care must first be evaluated at our 2400 Edison Avenue location. Evaluations are by appointment only. Call (239) 628-1454.
Dentists or hygienists who would like to be part of the We Care Dental Clinic should contact Paul Whitear or Lizeth Luna at (239) 628-1454.
Primary Care Clinic
Primary Care services provide treatment of minor illnesses to uninsured individuals who are homeless. Services include, but are not limited to, physical exams, x-rays, medications and sub-specialty care referrals. Care is provided by licensed healthcare providers in collaboration with Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida.
Healthcare for the homeless educates and empowers patients to have an active part in their health and well-being. This initiative also reduces the need for patients seeking non-emergent medical care in the emergency room. This comprehensive healthcare approach increases the likelihood that clients will be better equipped to enter the mainstream society.
Medical Respite Services
Our Medical Respite Unit (MRU) provides shelter while a client is recovering from an acute medical condition. The Salvation Army MRU provides homeless men and women with a no-cost, safe, and healthy environment to recover and heal from acute medical illnesses. Medical care, housing, transportation and meals are provided at no charge while the client successfully recuperates and participates in his/her “Plan for Living” and progresses toward obtaining employment, income and permanent housing.
Through on-site case management, clients who participate in our services are able to access the following in-house or by referral:
- Assistance finding permanent housing
- Vocational assessment for job placement
- Employment leads
- Life skill classes (budgeting, job interview skills, etc.)
- Counseling (domestic violence, mental health, addictions, etc.)
- GED classes
To be admitted to the Medical Respite Unit, one must be homeless/indigent with acute medical issues. Primary admission preference is given to those patients referred through Lee Memorial Health System (our community partner). Patients must be alert/oriented, medically stable with the need for recuperation, not using narcotic/pain medications and must be mobile (may have use of assistant devices). All patients must have a background check for clearance prior to admission.
Questions? Contact The Salvation Army Health Services Department at (239) 334-3745.
Crossroads Adult Rehabilitation Center provides spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves.
Crossroads offers residential housing, work, plus group and individual therapy in a clean, wholesome environment.
The physical and spiritual care that program participants receive prepares them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment. Many of those who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and resume a normal life.
Crossroads Adult Rehabilitation Center is unique in terms of length of program. The commitment at Crossroads is 26 weeks. This longer-term recovery process gives each participant a better chance at changing habits and building better lifestyles.
Each program participant is provided with a clean and healthy living environment, good food, work therapy, leisure time activities, group and individual counseling, spiritual direction, and resources to develop life skills and a personal relationship with God as provided by Jesus Christ.
How Crossroads is Funded
The work program at Crossroads supports The Salvation Army Family Stores, which fully funds Crossroads. Family Store work activities include collection and repair of donated items for the stores. Restored materials are then sold at moderate prices. Crossroads participants also help staff the stores.
For more information about Crossroads, please contact us at 239-334-3745.
To reach and serve as many people as possible, The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties has service centers in three outlying areas: Bonita Springs, Clewiston, and LaBelle.
Bonita Springs Mission Station
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – noon; 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
26820 Old US 41 (Literacy Council Gulf Coast building)
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Phone: (239) 948-5200
All services offered in English and Spanish
Food Pantry (Thursdays) – Families and individuals may come once a month for food bags (dry and canned goods) and frozen meat from Harry Chapin Food Bank and community donations. We ask each household to complete an annual intake documenting basic household information and verifying their income eligibility.
Bread and Pastries donated by Public (Tuesdays) – We are grateful to receive a large quantity of bread and sweets from Publix on Tuesdays and invite our families and individuals to come any Tuesday for these fresh items.
Diapers and Hygiene Items – We make small packs of diapers, wipes and hygiene items available as donations permit.
Emergency Financial Assistance – To qualify for help with past due rent and past due utilities, individuals must show proof of a loss of income or verifiable crisis. The client then takes part in a full assessment and plan, referrals and case management. We use private donations and administer funds from the Care to Share FPL assistance program for emergency assistance and partner with other local agencies to meet the client’s needs.
Baby Basics – We partner with Baby Basics of Collier County for distribution of diapers to families that have at least one adult working in the household and do not receive government assistance such as Food Stamps or Cash Assistance (Medicaid and WIC are ok). This is available for children 3 and under. Participating families come each month for a short educational lesson and receive a large box of diapers.
Red Shield Academy – A long term self-sufficiency program with intensive case management for individuals ready to increase their independence and earning potential.
ACCESS – The Salvation Army is an ACCESS Florida location and has a public computer available to apply for Food Stamps, Medicaid, Cash Assistance, etc. Assistance for the application and renewal process is available in English and Spanish.
Prayer and Spiritual Care – As a church, The Salvation Army offers prayer and spiritual counsel to all clients, volunteers, donors or members of the community at large who request it. All services in our offices are offered to anyone who qualifies, regardless of their religious belief.
If you need help: Please call us at (239) 948-5200
Volunteer Opportunities – The Salvation Army in Bonita Springs would love to have you as a volunteer! Call or stop in anytime to learn about regular and seasonal opportunities. You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wish List – If you would like to donate items to help vulnerable families in Bonita Springs, current needs include:
- Diapers size 1-6
- Baby wipes
- Children’s clothing and shoes
- Hygiene items (shampoo and toothpaste in particular)
- Laundry pods
Click here if you would like to make a donation in support of The Salvation Army’s work in Bonita Springs and the surrounding areas.
Clewiston Service Unit
Hours: Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – noon (for walk-in emergent needs only)
969 W. Sugarland Hwy
Clewiston, FL 33440
Phone: (863) 233-6190
Fax: (863) 805-0386 fax
Emergency food pantry assistance available during normal business hours for Hendry County.
Financial assistance with rent, utilities and prescriptions (on a limited basis) There is an application process for these services.
LaBelle Service Center
Hours: Monday – Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
133 N. Bridge St.
LaBelle, FL 33935
Phone: (863) 674-1441
Fax: (863) 674-0867 fax
Food Distribution (There is an application process for these services.
- Mobile Pantry – 2nd Tuesday of the month, from 9-11:00 a.m. at Barron Park (Harry Chapin Food Bank Mobile Pantry truck)
- Food Pantry for Glades County residents – 2nd Wednesday of the month, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the LaBelle office.
- Bread Day – every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m.-noon
- Emergency food pantry assistance available during normal business hours for Hendry and Glades counties at the LaBelle office location.
Financial Assistance with rent, utilities and prescriptions (on a limited basis)
There is an application process for these services.
Family Self Sufficiency Program – available on a limited basis (please call for more information) provides case management for families.
Back to School Supplies – grades K thru 8th (on a limited basis)
Thanksgiving – community is invited to a hot meal on Thanksgiving day (sit down or to go)
- Bell ringing throughout Hendry County – contact the LaBelle Service Center to volunteer
- Christmas Cheer – toys for children in need in partnership with Toys for Tots. There is an application process for this service.
Lehigh Acres Service Center
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
25 Homestead Road, Unit 42A
Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
Services: Florida Power & Light assistance (requirements apply), emergency food (on a limited basis), referral to other agencies, crisis management
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