Who We Are
The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties is dedicated to making a difference where it matters, right here at in our local community.
In 2022, we worked to provide:
- Over 795,000 pounds of food to our hungry neighbors
- Christmas to almost 4,000 children through our Angel Tree Program
- Temporary shelter to over 600 people at The Salvation Army Center of Hope
- A permanent place to call home to over 450 families
- Over 10,000 Food Boxes and cleanup kits distributed to those devastated by Hurricane Ian.
Red Shield Community Resource Center
The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Community Resource Center (RSCRC) formerly known as our Homeless Resource Day Center (HRDC) provides a respite for those experiencing homelessness, or general adversity related to the challenges we face in our daily lives. Access to wrap-around services provided by The Salvation Army and on-site partner agency representatives to help meet basic and overarching needs holistically and sustainably, with care and compassion.
Learn more about our Red Shield Community Resource Center (RSCRC)
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Area Commanders for The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties,
The Gargis’ came to The Salvation Army after having careers in restaurant and business management in Oklahoma. God then called them into full time ministry with The Salvation Army. Commissioned and Ordained in 1999, The Gargis’ have had appointments in Shawnee and Bartlesville Oklahoma, Fort Smith Arkansas, and Area Commanders of Oklahoma City. Most recently serving as the Administrators/Pastors of Jacksonville Florida’s Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center.
The Gargis’ daughter and son-in-law reside in Texas with their two children.
Associate Corps Officer
Captain Emmanuella Prudent comes from the Georgia Division with her three children. She was enrolled as a Soldier Easter Sunday 2010. She was commissioned as a Salvation Army officer in June 2014, member of the Disciples of the Cross session. She has served at the Jonesboro Citadel Corps as the Corps Officer, and at the Atlanta Kroc Center as the Officer for Program Development.
She lived in Haiti and Guadeloupe (French West Indies) until her family relocated to Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated with a bachelors in English Literature.
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Family Thrift Stores – two locations to serve you!
Drop off items and shop at these stores
4506 Del Prado S., Cape Coral (239) 540-0265
15418 S. Tamiami Tr., Ft. Myers (239) 267-9652
Monday - 10:00 - 6:00 pm
Tuesday - 10:00 - 6:00 pm
Wednesday - 9:00 - 6:00 pm
Thursday - 10:00 - 6:00 pm
Friday - 10:00 - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 -6:00 pm
Your donations to our Family Stores lead to sales which help fight for good against homelessness and hunger through our outreach centers and shelters.
Furniture, clothing, housewares, appliances, antiques, collectibles, and more! You want it? We have it at a fantastic price. Have it but don’t need it? We’ll take it.
Need to do some household cleaning but can’t bear to throw away a favorite sweater you don’t wear anymore or a comfy recliner you no longer have room for?
We accept clean, gently used furniture, housewares, bedding, bikes, kitchen items, jewelry, clothing, electronics in working condition, tools, sporting goods, and cars, boats, motorcycles in running condition.
Drop Off Items at the Following Locations:
- 10291 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers 33919 (Please no furniture at this location)
- 2400 Edison Ave. Fort Myers 33901 (Please no furniture at this location)
- 15418 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 33908
- 4506 Del Prado Blvd, Cape Coral 33904
- 26820 Old U.S. 41, Bonita Springs 34135
Call for a Pick-up (239) 337-0955
When you donate your car to The Salvation Army, you’re helping us heal broken lives and assist individuals on the road to recovery and stable housing. Your used vehicle will help change the road ahead for someone who’s lost direction. Proceeds from the sale of your donated automobile are used to help fight for good against homelessness and hunger through our outreach centers and shelters.
Please call (239) 337-0955, and we will pick up your car, boat, truck, motorcycle or RV at no charge to you. When we pick up your vehicle, we will provide you with an IRS-approved receipt for your donation. Additional information will be mailed after your vehicle has been sold.
To volunteer at our Family Thrift Stores. Call Kris Volpone at (239) 278-1551 or email at
Sometimes a personal crisis
such as a job layoff, a house fire, an illness, or an injury can set a family back. We may be able to help by providing crisis services such as emergency FOOD and CLOTHING, assistance with UTILITIES, as well as referrals to other community resources to help families and individuals meet basic needs.
Our Outreach Service Center is located at: 2450 Edison Avenue in Fort Myers. Please call 239-789-1169
Donations of money and goods are needed to assist these families who come from The Salvation Army shelter and, therefore, have little or nothing when they are placed in their homes. A list of needed items is to the right.
For information on how you can help, contact us at (239) 278-1551.
Children cannot do well in school when their stomachs are empty, and it is difficult to hold a job when you have not had enough or anything at all to eat. Last year, with the help of the generosity of those in our community, schools in Lee County, and the purchasing strength of the Harry Chapin Food Bank, The Salvation Army provided food assistance.
Our Red Shield Food Distribution Center provides one box of food per family, once a month! It is located at 2476 Edison Ave. Fort Myers, FL 33901.
- Registration for the Red Shield Food Distribution Center is every Friday from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Red Shield Diner Anyone in the community who is hungry is invited to dinner at our Outreach Service Center (2400 Edison Avenue, Fort Myers 33901). Meals are donated by local restaurants or they are cooked in the kitchen of our Center of Hope. Last year, volunteers served an average of 674 meals per week.
You Can Help! We need individuals and groups who to help serve and/or prepare meals and bring them to our location to be served to our dinner guests. This is an incredible hands-on opportunity to truly serve our neighbors in need. Church groups, civic organizations or businesses can support the program on a regular basis, adopting a day per month or quarter to help us help others throughout the year.
- coordinate a canned food drive
- donate hygiene items (shampoo, laundry soap, diapers, feminine hygiene products, disposable razors, etc.)
- individuals, groups or restaurants can bring in enough dinner for 80 people to Sally’s Cafe
- volunteer to serve dinners
- work at the food pantry
To learn more about these and other community service opportunities contact our volunteer coordinator at 239-278-1551.
We assist families with verifiable emergencies with both clothing and furniture vouchers to use at our local Family Thrift Stores. To quality, you must have verification of an emergency.
To see if you qualify, call the Outreach Service Center at (239) 334-3745 to set up an appointment. We accept walk ins on Wednesday-Friday.
The Outreach Service Center is located at
2450 Edison Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33901
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Donate clothing to our Family Stores.
Family Store Locations
- 4506 Del Prado S., Cape Coral
- 15418 S. Tamiami Tr., Ft. Myers
With proper resources, shelters provide the range of protection and support services necessary to help people regain independence.
Shelter at The Salvation Army means families stay intact, women are assisted in breaking the cycle of abuse, people secure living wage employment and housing, and
improved quality of life for our guests.
The Salvation Army shelter is is located at our Center of Hope and homeless women and families find a safe place to live within its walls. While in residence, clients are given the life skill tools necessary to lead self-sufficient lives.The Center of Hope is within the Social Services Center at 2400 Edison Avenue. Single women, women and/or men with children, and families reside at the shelter up to 90 days depending on the progress they make toward their individual goals.
Our social workers help residents identify barriers to independence and provide guidance to obtain success in those areas. This includes life skills classes, employment assistance, case management, and connection to community resources.
Clients meet regularly with our staff to determine their goals and staff members help clients create individualized action plans.
If you or someone you know is in need of our shelter services, please call (239) 334.3745.
Help our clients to independence
As our clients move into their own homes, these items are needed:
- Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, napkins)
- Cleaning supplies (broom, mop, cleaning and laundry detergents, sponges, vacuum cleaner, toilet brush, dish soap)
- Personal hygiene products (tooth brush and tooth paste, razors and shaving cream, deodorant, sanitary products, soap, shampoo, conditioner)
Please bring items to any of our locations.
Questions? Call 334-3745.
View our Auxiliary Aid & Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Plan
The Salvation Army believes people coming out of the prison system should have opportunities to put their lives back together. Our comprehensive approach to corrections services helps people become productive members of society.
- All data collected, and review reports are maintained by the PREA Coordinator and reviewed yearly. A data collection tool is used to gather information necessary to answer all questions. (PREA 115.287) and is posted on the agency’s website (PREA 115.288)
Our PREA Facility Audit Report is available here
Corrections Mission Statement
The Salvation Army Corrections Services Department of Southwest Florida provides effective person-centered approaches through evidence based practices while in a residential setting. We guide offenders, veterans, and targeted individuals in their endeavors to achieve their personal, spiritual, emotional and physical goals, all while providing opportunities for successful re-entry into society by capitalizing on community partnerships.
Corrections Vision Statement
We, the staff of The Salvation Army Correctional Services Department, see ourselves as an integral component of the community based corrections system in the State of Florida. Our programs will be known for their quality, integrity and compassion. We will be equitable and professional in our dealings with colleagues and clients. Participation in our programs will be a beneficial experience for all clients.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons calls on The Salvation Army to provide effective programming for some individuals under the jurisdiction of the criminal justice system. The State Department of Corrections contracts with The Salvation Army to provide guidance and substance abuse rehabilitation.
There are two components to Corrections Services:
The Federal Bureau of Prisons facility uses a half-way house model. Program residents comply with strict rules and regulations and work with case managers to determine their individual goals. Included in the program are
- assistance in making positive transition back to the community
- opportunity to work outside the center and earn free time to gradually reunite with family
- participant monitoring to ensure positive activities take place during transition
- life skills courses such as money management, parenting, anger management and cognitive skills training
- bi-weekly meetings with case mangers to monitor progress
Florida Department of Corrections is a jail diversion approach for drug-related offenses. The six-month program offers intervention to break the pattern of use and gradually moves participants back into society. Residents are referred by certified addictions professionals, and the program is licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services
- intensive treatment phase in the first two months requiring participants to stay at the facility
- opportunity to work in the community during the next four months
- aftercare treatment following the six-month program
For more information about Corrections Services at The Salvation Army, contact Kat Hannemann , Program Manager, at (239) 332-0140.
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, Lehigh Acres, and LaBelle.
Bonita Springs Mission Station
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m-12:00 p.m. 1:00p.m. -4:00 p.m. – Friday 9:00 a.m. -12:00 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 (Tuesdays) – 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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.)
- Food Pantry and Bread Day – every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- 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
- Angel Tree – 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
in Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties
Volunteers are the lifeblood of The Salvation Army.
To ensure the safety of those we serve, all Salvation Army volunteers and staff are required to complete a background check.
Featured Volunteer Opportunities:
The Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores
- Click the “Be a Volunteer” button below!
Court Ordered Community Service
The Salvation Army is worksite opportunity to fulfill court-mandated community service.
To fulfill court ordered community service hours you must:
- Be 18 years of age.
- Have a valid photo ID
- Have documentation of required hours, including case numbers and/or Department of Corrections file numbers
- Be available for the minimum hours of service per day; 4 hours
Please register with Danielle Dimakarakos, Volunteer & Angel Tree Coordinator by calling 239-278-1551. Complete the required forms, including a volunteer application and an authorization for a background check. No violent charges can be accepted.
Emergency Disaster Services Volunteer
The Salvation Army is here before, during, and after the storm!
Our volunteers are trained and ready to deploy when disaster strikes! The Salvation Army aims to walk alongside survivors of a disaster providing food and hydration and spiritual and emotional care.
Please click here to create a profile and take the Introductory class right now, online. Be sure to indicate Fort Myers as your affiliation.
WAYS WE HELP
The Salvation Army is serving more people in the United States than ever before. We are already seeing large increases in the number of Americans seeking the basic necessities of life – food, shelter, and warmth. Approximately 30 million people received help from The Salvation Army last year.
Support for Adults
Come worship with us!
The Salvation Army is first and foremost a church, also known as a corps, located at 10291 McGregor Boulevard.
The Salvation Army Fort Myers Corps is a loving, diverse, and inclusive congregation fulfilling the ministry of God in our community. This is accomplished through Biblical preaching, teaching, and serving in the name of Jesus Christ through the leading of the Holy Spirit.
- 10:45 a.m. – Worship service (nursery provided for children 0-5 years)
- 11:00 a.m. –Home League Women’s Ministry
- 6:30 p.m. – Pastor’s Table
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Family Night & Youth Ministries
Wednesday evenings are for fun, growth and family fellowship!
5:30 p.m. – Family dinner for all ages
6:00 p.m. – Youth Character Building classes
- Moonbeams: Boys and girls in pre-k and kindergarten
- Sunbeams: Girls in grades 1-5
- Adventure Corps Explorers: Boys in grades 1-5
- Girl Guards: Girls in grades 6-12
- Adventure Corps Rangers: Boys in grades 6-12
6:00 p.m. – Adult Bible study
7:15 p.m. – Church Band Practice
For more information about our Family Night, call Lt. Elyse Doborwicz or Taylor Truesdale at (239) 278-1551.
A holistic Christian education experience for girls and boys in pre-k and kindergarten. The Moonbeam program supports physical, mental, and social development in a safe, age-appropriate, Christ-centered environment.
Sunbeams & Girl Guards
A holistic Christian education experience for girls in grades 1-5 (Sunbeams) and 6-12 (Girl Guards). These programs help girls develop positive social and communication habits, decision making and life skills and gives girls tools to develop character and leadership skills. Programs encourage a sense of personal identity and character; Christian values and Biblical principles; physical, mental, spiritual and social development in a safe environment.
Adventure Corps consists of the Explorer program (grades 1-5) and the national Ranger program (grades 6-12). Much like scouts, both programs are organized as individual troops and are led by volunteers and Salvation Army personnel. Adventure Corps gives boys an opportunity for personal growth spiritually, mentally, physically and socially, and increases boys’ understanding of service to others by exploring God’s word and God’s world.
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Psalm 105:2
On Thursday evenings, we make joyful noise!
The Fort Myers Fine Arts Academy (FMFAA) offers music instruction for children ages 10-17. FMFAA offers a Fall and Spring semester. Dinner is provided at 5:30pm followed by music and creative arts classes at 6:00pm.
For more information on dates and classes, please call Lt. Elyse Doborwicz or Taylor Truesdale at (239) 278-1551.
The Salvation Army offers Men’s Ministries to address the unique issues of male identity, character development, and leadership. Men are welcomed and encouraged to exercise their integrity and promote well-being for themselves and others as they develop and employ important leadership skills.
Our Men’s Club currently meets one Saturday a month and consists of fellowship meals, community-service projects, sports events and other activities.
For more information on our Men’s Ministry, call Lt. Chris Doborwicz at (239) 278-1551
The Salvation Army has many locations and services:
Administrative & Corps Office (Church)
10291 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33919
Center of Hope (Social Services, Family, Medical, and Corrections Services)
2400 Edison Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33901
Outreach Service Center (Evening Meals at Red Shield Diner, and Food Pantry)
2476 Edison Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33901
Bonita Springs Mission Station
26820 Old U.S. 41 Rd.., Bonita Springs, FL 34135
LaBelle Outreach Center
133 N. Bridge St. LaBelle, FL 33935
Lehigh Acres Outreach Center
25 Homestead Road, Unit 42A, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
Make Donations and shop at our Family Stores (thrift stores)
(239) 337-0955 or (800) SA-TRUCK 1-800-728-7825
- South – 15418 S Tamiami Trl, Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 267-9652
- Cape Coral – 4506 Del Prado Blvd, Suite D, Cape Coral, FL 33904 (239) 540-0265
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