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Serving Manatee County since 1923
The Salvation Army has been serving Manatee County since 1923. While the needs of the community have changed in the last century, our mission has not. If you were to ask about us, the answer would be we are “Doing the Most Good.” This may mean our free evening meal program, our emergency overnight shelters, our case management and social service programs or one of our Christmas assistance programs, Angel Tree or Adopt-A-Family. In addition, The Salvation Army is a church and we hold worship services every week, plus other faith-based and character building programs for adults and youths.
Our programs and services
We offer a free, community dinner nightly beginning at 5 pm. Anyone is welcome to attend, but we are requiring dinner attendees to have a meal card. Cards can be picked up at 1204 14th Street West. Please call 941-748-5110 for more information.
In addition to feeding, we provide shelter. We offer shelter in the form of emergency overnight stays and associated case management programs. The Pathway of Hope program assists motivated families seeking security and stability in their lives.
Emergency Disaster Services
When most people think about The Salvation Army, they don’t think of about us as a responder in emergencies. The Salvation Army of Manatee County has helped feed first responders in several disasters, ranging from a local fire to assisting those in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Learn more about Emergency Disaster Services.
We couldn’t do it all without you!
One of the most recognized faith-based charitable organizations spanning the globe, we could not help those in need without your support. The generosity of the local community through donations, volunteer efforts and those who host our Angel Trees every year help us Do The Most Good. Click here to get involved!
Our Local Leadership
Trained, commissioned officers oversee the daily operations of The Salvation Army. They proclaim the gospel and serve as administrators, teachers, social workers, counselors, youth leaders, and musicians. The Salvation Army local leadership team is comprised of officers and management level staff members who oversee day-to-day activities. Officers and management work in partnership with a volunteer member Advisory Board.
Historically, officers of The Salvation Army receive appointments assigning them to a post. On average, Majors spend three to five years at an appointment. Newer officers, or Lieutenants, may spend a shorter time period at their first appointments. Staff members hired by The Salvation Army handle carry-out the services and programs, while ensuring a continuity of services. Finally, Advisory Board members volunteer their time to support the local efforts of The Salvation Army with guidance, fund raising efforts and oversight.
Majors George & Holly Patterson
Major Holly Patterson, born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada prior to entering The Salvation Army College for Officers in Toronto. She was ordained in 1977. A native of Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada, Major George Patterson was commissioned and ordained as clergy in 1978 at The Salvation Army College for Officers in Toronto, Ontario. His ministry has led him to serving as pastor to the native people in northern British Columbia, and to the prairies of Manitoba, where he married Holly and they began church ministry together. In the following years, the Pattersons served as pastors in Montreal, Smiths Falls Ontario and eventually, St. George’s, Bermuda. For the next 19 years, George worked as a Public Relations and Fundraising Officer in Toronto, Thunder Bay and Hamilton, all in the province of Ontario. At the same time, Holly worked in public relations, overseeing correctional services, with officer candidates and also with immigrant and refugee services. In 2008, the Pattersons transferred from Canada to USA South Territory resuming pastoral and Commander roles in St. Petersburg, Ocala and now Bradenton, Florida. The Pattersons have two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
Lieutenants Josh and April Davis were commissioned to Bradenton in June 2018 after completing training at the Evangeline Booth College in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to entering Officer’s training college, the Lieutenants were 2015 graduates of Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, majoring in Bible and Theology. In addition, Lt. April also studied Spanish. The Davis’ welcomed twin daughters to their family – Abigail and Eve in March of 2018.
With more than 22 years experience working for The Salvation Army, Julie Showers has organized and supervised feeding and shelter programs in small and large communities throughout the southern United States. Serving as the Program Director/Business Administrator for The Salvation Army, Manatee County since 2009, Ms. Showers supervises all daily operations of the community kitchen, shelters and social service programs.
The Salvation Army is an integral part of the Christian Church, although distinctive in government and practice. The Army’s doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasize God’s saving purposes. Its programs are centered abound the advancement of the Christian religion … of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole…
Below is a list of programs offered, based on location – either at The Salvation Army Center for Worship, located at 5328 24th Street East in Bradenton, or at our administrative office, 1204 14th Street West in Bradenton. For more information about Center for WorshipSunday Services
- Sunday School, 9:30 am
- Worship, 10:45 am
- Tuesdays, during the school year, 5:30, dinner included
- Annual Vacation Bible School Event
- Tuesdays, 10 am
- Thursday, 9:45 AM
- Bradenton Busy Bees (scrap booking, card making, stamping, Bible journaling, etc), 3rd Saturday of each month, 9 am to 5 pm
- Crop for a Cause, February 14-17, 2019
Social Services Programs
Women & Children’s Shelter
“What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.”
The Salvation Army in Bradenton has both seasonal and year-round opportunities for volunteerism that allow you as an individual, your family or a group to “Do the Most Good.” While some may look for a face-to-face interaction with those we serve, others may prefer to be more “behind the scenes” in their volunteer efforts. Fortunately, we can accommodate both.
- Emergency Disaster Services
- Community dinner
- Youth enrichment for children at family shelter
- Youth programs
- Angel Tree and Adopt-A-Family registration (September)
- Angel Tree andAdopt-A-Family toy shop sorting and distribution (December)
- Ring bells at our red kettles (November and December)
Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team
- This often means serving meals or passing out bottled water to first responders and disaster victims. EDS team volunteers can elect to receive short assignments, such as two hours in your community or a longer assignment that could require travel to another state for up to two weeks. Please visit our EDS website for more information on the EDS volunteer program, including training requirements.
- At times, we do have special projects that require the assistance of a volunteer. If you are already on our volunteer roster, you may be called to see if you are available to help.
Other ways to help:
- We receive calls from groups who would like to do a service project on our behalf. We welcome these calls and accommodate when possible.
- Sponsor a drive to support basic shelter needs.
- During the holiday season, host an Angel Tree at your business, club or church.
For more information on our volunteer opportunities or to complete an application, please call Melissa Fernandez at 941-748-5110 or email Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fine print: In most cases, volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Minors may volunteer when accompanied by a parent in some holiday positions. All volunteers are expected to complete an online application and profile and attend a one-hour orientation session.