Who We Are
Last year, The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties impacted more than 71,000 lives.
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)
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.
Schedule Donation Pick-up
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: 2476 Edison Avenue in Fort Myers. Please call 239-334-3745
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.
The food pantry is housed at our Outreach Service Center (2476 Edison Avenue, Fort Myers 33901). We try to help everyone who comes to us for food or referrals to to other services at The Salvation Army or elsewhere in the community.
The pantry is largely supported through the work of volunteers who help manage and distribute the food.
Red Shield Diner Anyone in the community who is hungry is invited to dinner at our Outreach Service Center (2476 Edison Avenue, Fort Myers 33901). Meals are donated by local restaurants or they are cooked in the kitchen of our Red Shield Lodge. 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
2476 Edison Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33901
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Donate clothing to our Family Stores.
For information, contact the Community Relations Office at (239) 278-1551.
Family Store Locations
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.
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 Corrections contracts with The Salvation Army to provide guidance and substance abuse rehabilitation.
A number of local agencies work together at the Emergency Transitional Shelter to reduce overcrowding in jails and emergency departments. This center also serves homeless veterans.
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.
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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Family Night & Youth Ministries