The Salvation Army Family stores in Fort Myers and Cape Coral are NOW OPEN!
The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties has been in emergency response operations due to COVID-19. We will continue to provide assistance for those most in need as we are seeing an unprecedented amount of families requesting assistance.
We will continue to provide Help, Hope, and a Home for those in need here in SWFL. Follow us on facebook.com/ArmySWFL/ for frequent updates.
We are closely monitoring the ever evolving situation within our local communities and country. Here are a few updates during our transition into emergency response here in Lee, Hendry, and Glades:
The Salvation Army is NEEDING the following supplies:
- Nonperishable food, pop-top serving cans, and produce
- Baby supplies
- Hygiene products
- Cleaning and sanitizing items
- Paper products
You can drop off donations at any Salvation Army location near you!(Please only food donations!)
The Salvation Army is unable to pick up any donations other than food, due to lack of personnel.
Monetary donations allow The Salvation Army the most flexibility to meet immediate need while helping stimulate local economy. You can mail checks to 10291 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33919.
We have extended our pantry hours to help meet increasing needs.
New hours at The Salvation Army’s Fort Myers Food Pantry
- Tuesday: 4 – 6 pm
- Wednesday: 1 -3 pm Canteen (mobile food truck) delivery
- Thursday: 10 – 12 pm Canteen (mobile food truck) delivery
Last year, The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties impacted more than 71,000 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 Shelter and Emergency Transitional Shelter (12,328 bed nights)
- Crossroads Substance Abuse Recover (387 clients)
- Medical Respite Unit (2,612 bed nights)
- Federal and State Corrections (267 clients)
- Transitional Housing (43 clients)
- Rapid Rehousing (121 families)
- Bob Janes Triage Center/Low Demand Shelter (1,040 clients)
- Meals served to residential guests (189,310)
- Emergency Needs/Food Pantry ( 14,044 individuals; 2,869 families)
- Meals provided at Red Shield Diner – Outreach Service Center (15,142 meals)
- Health Care for Homeless Clinic (1,043 patients treated)
- Elderly persons visited (2,037 with 4,179 gifts given)
- Christmas gifts to children (26,940)
- Summer away campers (100)
- Clients served in Glades County (1,607)
- Bonita Springs residents served (basic needs assistance – 5,381) (family food bags -16,853)
- Hendry County residence served (family support services – 1,681), (food bags – 4,696)
How did 170 employees accomplish so much? (2018) With the help of 4,493 volunteers who served 25,923 hours!
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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’ have one daughter and Son in Law who also serve as Salvation Army Pastors in Big Spring Texas with their only Grandson, Oliver.
Assistant Corps Officer
Lt. Sarah Nance was commissioned and ordained as a Salvation Army officer in June 2019 with the Messengers of Compassion session. She began attending The Salvation Army as a young child at the Decatur, Illinois corps and became a Sr. Solider in 2003. Lt. Sarah was the After-School Program Coordinator at the Leesburg, FL corps for nine years. In 2017 she was formally accepted to attend the Evangeline Booth College for Officer Training. Today, she serves as Assistant Corps Officer in Fort Myers, Florida.
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.
From the Shelter to a Home
Corrections Mission Statement
The Salvation Army Corrections Services Department of Southwest Florida provide effective evidenced based programming in a residential setting. We guide offenders, veterans, and targeted individuals in their endeavors to achieve their personal, spiritual, emotional, and physical goals, while providing opportunities for successful re-entry into the 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 Correctionscontracts with The Salvation Army to provide guidance and substance abuse rehabilitation.
A number of local agencies work together at the Bob Janes Triage and Low Demand Center to reduce overcrowding in jails and emergency departments. This center also serves homeless veterans.
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.
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 Kate Geist, director, at (239) 332-0140.
The Bob Janes Triage Center and Low Demand Shelter is a facility which provides a jail diversion program to help reduce overcrowding of jails and hospital emergency departments, and shelter for homeless veterans.
The center serves those experiencing behavioral health crises, who are homeless, indigent and/or intoxicated. Non-violent offenders are voluntarily placed at this shelter by law enforcement agencies or by Lee Memorial Health Systems.
The 58-bed shelter is operated by The Salvation Army, in cooperation with Lee County Human Services, Lee Memorial Health Systems, the Veteran’s Administration, SalusCare, the United Way and local law enforcement agencies. It is staffed by medical and behavioral health professionals. Services include:
- comprehensive mental health/substance use assessment
- short-term shelter at no cost for individuals and veterans including three meals a day
- case management
- housing referrals
- referrals for treatment
- mental health and substance use education
- medication management
- financial assistance
- assistance with government benefits
For more information about the Bob Janes Triage and Low Demand Shelter, contact Sabrina Gadson, program manager, at (239) 275-3222.
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, Lehigh Acres, 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
Due to the current pandemic, scheduled events for the Corps have been adjusted. Please email or see below for updated information.
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.
We are currently holding online worship due to the pandemic. You can view our services here: https://www.facebook.com/TSAFortMyersCorps/
9:45 a.m. – Sunday school for all ages (Not available online. We will update soon.)
10:45 a.m. – Worship service (nursery provided for children 0-5 years)
Tuesday – Women’s Ministry
10:00 a.m. – Sunday school for all ages
10:45 a.m. – Worship service (nursery provided for children 0-5 years)
Wednesday – Bible Study at 6:30 pm via Facebook Live. Join us here: https://www.facebook.com/TSAFortMyersCorps/
Thursday – Fort Myers Fine Arts Academy (fall and spring semesters) (currently suspended until further notice.)
5:30 p.m. – Dinner
6:00 p.m. – Music/Creative Arts classes
Saturday – Monthly Men’s Club (currently suspended until further notice.)
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Delivering hope to local doorsteps
Pantry delivery serves vulnerable families during pandemic
Meal and grocery delivery services became a staple for many families under Safer at Home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, already and newly vulnerable people were left with fewer options to provide basic needs like food for their families. Wage and job loss, changes to public transportation and increased food insecurity as a result of the pandemic brought increasing uncertainty and, in some cases, hopelessness. Enter, The Salvation Army.
Sarah Rafiq, Social Services Program Coordinator for The Salvation Army in Bonita Springs, started a pantry delivery service of sorts to help make sure local families didn’t go hungry.
“Food insecurity is a year-round issue,” said Rafiq. “But it is heightened during.” Rafiq was quick to recognize new challenges for people to access the pantry in its usual form at the local Salvation Army office. “The most vulnerable…do not have access to reliable transportation,“ she noted. “Even if someone walked to the [pantry] distribution, it can be challenging to carry the items back.”
Rafiq was determined to help when the community needed it most. She delivered that help – and hope – right to the doorsteps of struggling families who couldn’t travel to the outreach office for food pantry.
Some weeks, visiting 26 families on delivery day, Rafiq donned a mask and gloves to leave non-perishable food, hygiene supplies, diapers and other needed items in driveways and at front doors in Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida. Much of the response to this new initiative has been gratitude and relief, “I could not repay you for your kindness, but I pray that God will,” read one text message.
The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties has provided nearly 160,000 pounds of food to local families in need through drive-through and mobile pantry service in Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Labelle and Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida – including Rafiq’s doorstep delivery outreach.
You can help meet the needs of local families when you visit www.SalvationArmyLeeCounty.org to donate or drop off nonperishable food items, hygiene and baby supplies, paper goods or cleaning and sanitizing supplies at any local Salvation Army office. Collecting food items among neighbors and using grocery delivery services to send items directly to your local Salvation Army office are great ways to help, stay safe, and practice social distancing.
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