Martin, St, Lucie & Okeechobee

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Meet Our Team

Captains Deanne & Nathan Jones

Captains Deanne & Nathan Jones

Corps Officers

Phone Number: (772) 288-1471 x.204

Social Services

Jennifer Amaro

Jennifer Amaro

Social Services Program Coordinator - St. Lucie and Okeechobee Counties

Direct Phone Number: (772) 742-8659

Wendy Morgan

Wendy Morgan

Food Service Manager

Direct Phone Number: (772) 266-8595

Gary Blackmon

Gary Blackmon

Social Service Program Coordinator - Martin County

Direct Phone Number: (772) 266-8602

Kim Tolbert

Kim Tolbert

Program Manager of Compassion House

Direct Phone Number: (772) 266-8623

Family Store

Marco Cruz

Marco Cruz

Family Store Program Manager

Direct Phone Number: (772) 419-7377
Mobile: (772) 521-0339

Rosa Chuy

Rosa Chuy

Manager, Family Store - Port St. Lucie

Direct Phone Number: (772) 212-7578

Mark Witt

Mark Witt

Manager, Family Store - Ft Pierce

(772) 742-8658 - Office-Direct

Teresa Goodman

Manager, Family Store - Martin County

Scott Jennings

Assistant Manager, Family Store - Martin County

Angela King

Assistant Manager, Family Store - Port St. Lucie

Judy Stapleton

Assistant Manager, Family Store - Ft. Pierce

Administrative Team

 Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson

Director of Development

Direct Phone Number: (772) 266-8598

Fabiola Cabrera

Fabiola Cabrera

Accounting Operations Supervisor

(772) 266-8617 - Office-Direct

Devonte Lawson

Devonte Lawson

Corps Mission Associate

(772) 530-9794 - Office-Direct

Jennifer Sanchez-Castillo

Jennifer Sanchez-Castillo

Accounting Clerk I - Martin County

(772) 266-8602 - Office-Direct

Mike O’Grady

Building Maintenance Worker/Driver - Martin County

Direct Phone Number: (772) 266-8616

Carrie Dwyer

Administrative Assistant

772-419-7882 - Office-Direct

Dustin Pappas

Volunteer Coordinator

772-288-1471 - ext. 216

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Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is a team of local professionals dedicated to the mission of the Salvation Army. The Board strives to further the Army’s goal of “doing the most good” while maintaining responsible stewardship of the Army’s resources.

Vicki Davis, Chair of the Board

Carl Hensley, Co-Chairman of the Board

J. Charles Stracuzzi, Treasurer

Garfield Bowen, Board Member

Daniel Braden, Board Member

Bill Buchalter, Board Member

Robert Johnson, Board Member

Ryan Strom, Board Member

Paula Lewis, Board Member

Wayne Magdalena, Board Member

Barry Grant Marsh, Board Member

Scott Montgomery, Board Member

Carl Muti, Board Member

Robert Shaffer, Board Member

Amber Woods, Board Member

Jimmy Smith, Board Member

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary was founded by Mary Helen Keim in 2000.  In 2002, the Auxiliary began raising money to open a homeless shelter in Martin County.  By 2012, Compassion House, the Army’s transitional homeless shelter for women and women with children officially opened.

Through the years, the Auxiliary has raised funds to help with Salvation Army programs and services, including purchasing a new 15-passenger van; purchasing a new 18-passenger bus; sending hundreds of children to summer camp; funded Vacation Bible School projects; assisted and funded Back-To-School backpack distribution; staffed the Red Kettle at Christmas; Assisted with Angel tree processing and distribution; and assisted with merchandising at the Family Store.


Gretchen Dewey, President
Kathy Span, Vice President
Lori Biard, Recording Secretary
Karen Harrison, Treasurer
Dawn Blair, Sunshine Secretary
Mary Waller, Chaplain
Kathie Voldish, Historian
Carolyn Magdalena, Volunteer Coordinator


For more membership information, please call our Membership Chair, Judy Scott, by phone at 772-763-9077 or e-mail


Tuesday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Schedule an appointment


Mon - Fri, 9 AM - 2 PM (pantry)

Mon - Fri, 2 PM - 4PM* (appointment only*)

772-464-4846 ext. 104



Mon - Fri, 9 AM - 2 PM (pantry)

Mon - Fri, 2 PM - 4PM* (appointment only*)

772-288-1471 ext.201

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Compassion House

The Salvation Army's transitional shelter for homeless women and children.

772-288-1471, ext. 502

Please call for more information.

About us

Often individuals and families struggling with homelessness simply need a short-term solution to help them get back on their feet again. We offer safe, secure shelter, meals, clothing and counseling while residents work to once again become self-sufficient.

Our Clients

Compassion House is our shelter for homeless women and women with children in Martin County.


We have 8 bedrooms, each with its own private bathroom. Moreover, we have a children’s playroom and playground, laundry room, computer workspace and dining area. The shelter is fully staffed to provide security and assist the residents as needed.

no charge

We do not charge ANY fees.  We are funded through grants, private donations, The United Way of Martin County, local foundations and profits from The Salvation Army Family Store.


Residents meet with case managers weekly to tailor goals to overcome their individual barriers to housing and stability and are introduced to local resources to meet those goals. Depending on the individual needs of the resident, we may provide assistance with daycare, job-seeking skills, debt management and budgeting, GED classes or college classes - whatever is necessary to help them be successful.


There is no set time that a woman can stay as long as she is working toward her goals.  An average stay is 3-6 months.

"Compassion House is more than just a shelter. We empower women to be more resilient when they face life's challenges."

Kim TolbertProgram Manager of Compassion House


  • How do the women qualify to become residents? They fill out an application and meet with the shelter coordinator who determines whether they would be a good fit for CH. They must not have a recent record of violent crime or drug charges. They can’t be using drugs or alcohol and must be willing to work to regain control of their lives. We currently have a waitlist of homeless women seeking help.
  • Do the residents have to pay anything? No. All their needs are met so they can save their money to eventually afford an apartment of their own. We provide meals, linens, toiletries, laundry supplies, and clothes, as well as classes and counseling - everything they need to get back on their feet.
  • What do the children do while they stay at CH? They are in school or at daycare during the day. During the summer, they enjoy activities at the Boys and Girls Club. In the evenings and on weekends, they play in the playroom or on the playground. Many participate in the youth and church programs available here at the Salvation Army.
  • What can I do to help? We are always in need of twin-size sheets and comforters, bath towels, diapers and laundry supplies, and of course, monetary gifts are always appreciated. If you own an affordable rental property in our area, we would love to talk with you!


Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday

Shelter: 24 H - Monday - Sunday

Partner With Us

Partner with us to make a difference in the life of many. For more information call 772-288-1471, ext. 202.

Compassion House is funded in part by:

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Meeting your family’s needs while building a better life can be hard. The Salvation Army helps navigate challenges on the path to a brighter future.

What Is Pathway of Hope?

The Pathway of Hope initiative is an approach launched by The Salvation Army in 2011 to provide targeted services to families with a desire to take action to break the generational cycle of crisis and enable a path out of poverty. It is rooted in a case management approach, focusing on client needs through a strength-based lens.

Targeting families with children came from the desire to have an intergenerational impact on poverty. By positively influencing the lives of parents, the Salvation Army can create better living conditions for children. Influencing children in their development years is crucial, as studies show that children who spend more than half of their life in poverty are 32 times more likely to be in poverty as an adult.

The Pathway of Hope Approach Includes:

What Does the Initiative Involve?

Caring for your family’s needs, while building a strong future can be challenging in today’s economic times. The Salvation Army team will offer support, guidance and assistance as we walk alongside you on your family’s journey:

Mapping it out
Meet with a caseworker to develop your personalized action plan.

Tracking Progress
Chart your progress and see your success with your dedicated case worker on a regular basis.

Passing Milestones
See where you are at six months and decide what’s next on your journey.

Looking ahead
Celebrate your successes. Adjust any further goals.  Encourage others.


Donating to Pathway of Hope and The Salvation Army ensures that our programming can continue to help people in need in Martin, Saint Lucie, and Okeechobee counties.

Join us for a hot meal and fellowship!

Our Booth’s Cafe soup kitchen

Is free and open to the public.


To-go Meals available
4:30 - 6:00 pm

"We are proud to provide a FREE meal to the community weekly on Friday nights. Everyone is welcome to enjoy food and fellowship"!

Wendy MorganFood Service Manager


Our volunteers are essential to what we do. If you are interested in helping with our mission, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 772-288-1471, ext. 216.

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The Salvation Army: There When It Matters

When people have lost everything in a disaster, The Salvation Army is there to provide emergency assistance to

We  provide emergency assistance to help meet survivors’ most urgent needs for food, clothing, shelter, and medical services.

Salvation Army disaster volunteers are specially trained for this mission. For more information, visit

We combat natural Disasters with acts of GOOD

Mail Donations To:

821 SE Martin Luther King Jr. BLVD

Stuart, FL 34994


  • Fruits, fruits canned in own juice or 100% fruit juice such as peaches, pears, or pineapple
  • Grains, whole-grain foods such as, brown rice, oatmeal, cereal, or multigrain pasta
  • Dairy, boxed, low-fat milk or milk alternatives such as, skim, 1% milk, almond milk, or soy milk
  • Condiments, such as salsa, oil, mustard, mayonnaise, pasta sauce, or salt-free seasonings
  • Vegetables, canned vegetables such as green beans, tomatoes, peas, or corn
  • Protein, lean sources of animal and plant-based protein such as canned chicken, tuna, peanut butter, dried or canned beans
  • Snacks, healthy foods for on-the-go such as granola, nuts, seeds, breakfast bars, or crackers

Items may be dropped off during regular business hours at any of our social services offices.

*Please note we are unable to take partially used or opened packages.

Our Family Stores accept gently-used furniture, clothing, books, linens and other household items. Your donations help in so many ways! People in need of clothing or other items can apply at our social services offices for vouchers to shop for those items in our stores. The proceeds from store sales help to support Compassion House, our shelter for homeless women and children, and our other many services. Click here for store locations and hours.

The Salvation Army strives to meet the needs of the homeless in our area. Donations of twin-size sheets, towels, laundry supplies, packages of new socks and underwear (children’s and women’s sizes) and hygiene items are always appreciated for our Compassion House homeless shelter. Donations of tents, tarps, bug spray, batteries, backpacks, new socks, razors and other toiletry items are always needed for the homeless clients who visit our social services offices. Donations can be dropped off at any of our social services offices.

Your vehicle donation to The Salvation Army helps us serve the most vulnerable members of your community and rehabilitation programs that heal addictions, change lives, and restore families.  To learn more click below:


Click below to sign up or call Dustin at 772-288-1471, ext. 216, to learn more.

Planned Giving, Wills, Gift Annuity, Trusts

Some people’s legacies are written on monuments. Yours can be written on lives. The Salvation Army has many financial planning options to help you plan your estate. Salvation Army planned giving advisors are professionals with many years of experience in estate and gift planning who care about your goals and plans. They will work with your attorney or accountant to explain the many gift opportunities available to you and the financial advantages of each. Contact The Salvation Army to learn how confidential, personal financial planning can help you achieve your goals while helping to sustain our life-changing mission.

Planned Gifts
The principal benefits of planned gifts accrue to The Salvation Army at a later time, after your death, or the death of your last named beneficiary. Planned gifts take many forms, providing additional income for you and/or your heirs, reducing income and estate taxes, relieving you and your heirs of complicated financial management responsibilities, and helping to fulfill your personal, humanitarian, and charitable objectives. Planned gifts can be made in cash, real estate, stocks, bonds, personal property, or life insurance.

Bequests by Will
One of the simplest planned gifts is a bequest through your will in which you designate either a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate after other disbursements. In addition to supporting The Salvation Army, it serves as an example to your heirs of the values and ideals you hold dear. A bequest also can reduce the amount of your taxable estate, which may increase the actual amount available to loved ones.

Gift Annuity
A gift annuity is an agreement between you and The Salvation Army. In exchange for your irrevocable gift, The Salvation Army pays a fixed dollar amount during your life and/or the life of a designated loved one. The amount you receive is determined by the size of your gift, your age, and the age of your beneficiary. Your income is guaranteed, regardless of market fluctuation. A major portion of your income is a tax-exempt return of principal, and the income may be deferred until a later time as part of your retirement plan.

Charitable Remainder Trust
A charitable trust transfers ownership and management of cash and/or appreciated securities to The Salvation Army. The Army manages the trust and pays income to you for the remainder of your life and/or the life of another beneficiary. An annuity trust provides a fixed annual income for those wanting consistent, predictable payments. A unitrust pays a variable return based on market changes, providing an effective hedge against inflation.

Pooled Income Fund
A pooled income fund is a trust designed to provide variable yet reliable income. Like a commercial mutual fund, it combines your gift with the contributions of other fund participants, wisely investing the sum for a balance of income and growth. Dividends are paid to the shareholders in proportion to each person’s contribution. Your donation results in a tax deduction for the year your gift was made, elimination of capital gains tax if you invest appreciated securities, and reduction of estate taxes for your heirs.

Life Insurance
Contributions of life insurance can provide a substantial gift to The Salvation Army. The value of an ordinary policy at the time of the gift is tax deductible. If you continue paying the premiums, they also are deductible as charitable contributions. If a paid-up policy is given, the cost of purchasing a new paid-up policy at your current age is the value of the charitable deduction.

Hometown Endowment
A hometown endowment is a perpetual gift that can be designated for a specific Salvation Army location or program. The original gift remains intact, and the income is used toward the designated area of service. An endowment can be established in memory of a loved one, or a donation can be added to an existing fund that will contribute to your local community indefinitely.

Join Us For Worship

"All are welcome!"


10 am - Sunday School

11 am - Holiness Meeting

The Doctrines of the Salvation Army

  1. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and that they only constitute the Divine rule of Christian faith and practice.
  2. We believe that there is only one God, who is infinitely perfect, the Creator, Preserver, and Governor of all things, and who is the only proper object of religious worship.
  3. We believe that there are three persons in the Godhead – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, undivided in essence and co-equal in power and glory.
  4. We believe that in the person of Jesus Christ the Divine and human natures are united, so that He is truly and properly God and truly and properly man.
  5. We believe that our first parents were created in a state of innocency, but by their disobedience, they lost their purity and happiness, and that in consequence of their fall, all men have become sinners, totally depraved, and as such are justly exposed to the wrath of God.
  6. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has by His suffering and death made an atonement for the whole world so that whosoever will may be saved.
  7. We believe that repentance toward God, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit are necessary to salvation.
  8. We believe that we are justified by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and that he that believeth hath the witness in himself.
  9. We believe that continuance in a state of salvation depends upon continued obedient faith in Christ.
  10. We believe that it is the privilege of all believers to be wholly sanctified, and that their whole spirit and soul and body may be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  11. We believe in the immortality of the soul, the resurrection of the body, in the general judgement at the end of the world, in the eternal happiness of the righteous, and in the endless punishment of the wicked.


*Please note this office serves as administration for Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee Counties.

ADDRESS: 821 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Stuart, FL 34994

HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

PHONE NUMBER: 772-288-1471


Interim Corps Officer Colonel Dennis Strissel, ext. 204

Corps Secretary, ext. 215

Business Administrator, ext. 207

Building Maintenance, ext. 209

Human Resources Generalist, ext. 210

Volunteer Coordinator, ext. 216

Public Relations/Development, ext. 202

Food Service Manager, ext. 212

Corps Youth Director: 772-530 9794

The 21st annual Wings of Hope Luncheon & Silent Auction

Saturday, November 5th at the Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa in Jensen Beach

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary invites you to join us for this year’s Wings of Hope to be held in the ballroom of the fabulous Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa.  Chief Deputy John Budensiek of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office has graciously agreed to be our keynote speaker.  Enjoy a delightful lunch and peruse a large array of silent auction items on which to bid.  All proceeds go to Compassion House, the Army’s transitional shelter for homeless women and children.

A special thank you to our sponsors!

Bill Lichtenberger
Char & Jack Meyering
Reed & Joan Smith
Bob & Carol Weissman
Pat & Ted Tiemeyer
Team Parks
Mr. & Mrs. John Grimmer
Rob & Kim Johnson
Brenda & Albert Auer
Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney
Agler Kitchen, Bath & Floors, Inc.
Florida Power & Light
For tickets and information, visit or call 772-288-1471, ext 202.

Salvation Army Employment Opportunities

Accounting Clerk I

For more information, contact HR Specialist Fabiola Cabrera-Manan at 772-288-1471, ext. 210.

10 Years Transforming Lives

Compassion House

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of Compassion House and we want to celebrate with you!
Please take a look at the life-changing work that our supporters have enabled us to do in our community.

10 Years Impact on the Treasure Coast


homeless women and children
served since our opening


nights of shelter provided

We have seen so many lives transformed during these ten years that it will be almost impossible to mention them all, but here are two stories we want to share with you.

Ten years is just the beginning for us. We have optimized so many processes along the way that we have become one of the most well-regarded shelters for homeless women and women with children on the Treasure Coast.

Today you have an opportunity to be part of this movement that is changing the lives of dozens of vulnerable women in your community.

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