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Martin, St, Lucie & Okeechobee

Doing The Most Good in Martin, St, Lucie & Okeechobee Counties

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821 SE Martin Luther King Jr. BLVD

Stuart, FL 34994

ITEMS NEEDED YEAR-ROUND IN OUR FOOD PANTRY

  • 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

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

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HOURS OF OPERATION

MON - FRI, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

772-288-1471

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HOURS OF OPERATION

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

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

772-464-4846 ext. 104

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HOURS OF OPERATION

Tuesday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

863-763-6020

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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.

facility

We have 8 bedrooms, each with its own a 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.

empowerment

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.

time

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

FAQs

  • 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 have a background in budgeting, nutrition, parenting, or self-improvement, we might be able to use your services as a volunteer counselor or mentor to our residents.

HOURS OF OPERATION

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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PATHWAY OF HOPE

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.

SUPPORT PATHWAY OF HOPE BY MAKING A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TODAY.

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.

Fridays

4:45 pm Devotional

5:00 – 6:00 pm Meal

"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

volunteer

Our volunteers are essential to what we do. If you would like to become a table host for the dinner,call us on 772-288-1471, ext. 202. Thank you!

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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
survivors.

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

The Salvation Army responds with
compassion and continues to serve until every
need is met.

We combat natural Disasters with acts of GOOD

Christmas Assistance

Making the holidays brighter for Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties residents.

THANK YOU TO OUR ANGEL TREE SPONSORS:

red kettles

All funds raised during the Red Kettle program stay local.

Money placed raise in every kettle helps our neighbors in need that are experiencing a crisis in their lives. When you donate to a red kettle, 87 cents of every dollar goes back to different programs and services in our community. From feeding programs to permanent shelter, you are helping make a difference right here in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. For more information contact  Kim Johnson Volunteer Coordinator (772) 266-8598 Office - Direct.

Tuesday

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Sunday

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.

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.

Today, the Women's Auxiliary boasts 59 members, and meets monthly either socially distanced in person or through virtual means.

For more membership information, please call our Membership Chair, Judy Scott, by phone at 772-763-9077 or e-mail JudyScott0703@gmail.com.

Eat, Drink & Be Giving

On October 15th, 2020, the Women's Auxiliary hosted a silent auction, Eat, Drink, & Be Giving which raised $42,000 for Compassion House.

Sponsors

Caring For The Community

  • Crary Buchanan | Attorneys at Law
  • Lori Baird
  • Raymond & Ginny Bargull
  • Muriel Franz
  • Phyllis Kordick
  • Wayne & Carolyn Magdalena
  • Osleber Family
  • Ted & Pat Tiemeyer

Inspiring Others

  • Agler | Kitchen, Bath & Floors
  • Airstron | Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Sales/Service/Installation
  • Joan Smith

Showing Compassion

  • Carol & Robert Weissman
  • Seacoast Bank

Showing Compassion

  • The Edward P. & Juanita J. Henson Foundation

Doing The Most Good

  • Jack & Char Meyering

IN THE NEWS

For Immediate Release: Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Raises $42,000 for Homeless Shelter

Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Raises $42,000 for Homeless Shelter

(STUART, FL, FEBRUARY 12, 2021) – The Salvation Army’s Women Auxiliary hails the success of its inaugural fundraiser—Eat, Drink & Be Giving. Last fall, the auxiliary hosted a casual, socially distanced gathering at The Dolphin Bar Shrimp House in Jensen Beach to benefit its homeless shelter, Compassion House. Through the generosity of sponsors, donations, ticket sales, and proceeds from the silent auction, Eat, Drink, & Be Giving raised $42,000.

Compassion House is the Army’s transitional homeless shelter for women and women with children. It provides far more than safety, clothing, and food. While living at Compassion House, each woman receives one-on-one counseling and the tools necessary to become self-sufficient. Kim Tolbert, Program Manager, helps residents secure employment and housing and provides resources needed for residents to be resilient in the event of a financial crisis in the future. To date, Compassion House has sheltered more than 600 local women and children, with very few “graduates” reverting to homelessness. The pandemic has brought on unique challenges for Compassion House and could have easily halted operations. Kim Tolbert explains, “Thanks to the Women’s Auxiliary, we can focus on our residents and their needs while doing what we can to curb the cyclical nature of homelessness.”

Eat, Drink & Be Giving marks another massive success for the Women’s Auxiliary. The silent auction alone yielded $7,000 in proceeds in part due to the overwhelming support of local businesses donating merchandise, gift certificates, and more. The event would not have been possible without the support of its sponsors; Jack and Char Meyering, the Edward P. and Juanita J. Henson Foundation, Robert and Carol Weissman, Seacoast Bank, Agler Kitchen, Bath & Floors, Airstron Air Conditioning, Crary Buchanan, Attorneys at Law, Lori Baird, Raymond and Ginny Bargull, Muriel Franz, Phyllis Kordick, Wayne and Carolyn Magdalena, the Osleber Family, and Ted and Pat Tiemeyer.

For Immediate Release: Publix Super Market Charities Gives $15,000 Donation to Compassion House

(STUART, February 4, 2021) – Publix Super Markets Charities recently donated $15,000.00 to support The Salvation Army’s Compassion House, its transitional homeless shelter for women and women with children. Since opening in 2012 in Stuart, more than 600 women and children have lived at the shelter with an ever-growing waitlist.

The Compassion House facility has eight bedrooms, each with a private bathroom, as well as a children’s playground and playroom, laundry room, computer workspace, and dining area. While living at Compassion House, each resident receives shelter, meals, and clothing. The women meet regularly for one-on-one counseling and receive access to resources designed to develop the skills needed to become self-sufficient. Additionally, the program is free, allowing residents to focus on achieving financial independence by not being burdened by bills. The goal is not only to help the women find and maintain stable employment and housing but also to help them become more resilient should they face a financial crisis in the future. The program boasts a high success rate as very few of its “graduates” fall back into homelessness.

Captain Sheena Marquis, local corps officer, expressed gratitude for Publix Super Markets Charities’ ongoing partnership, saying, “Because of their generosity, we can continue providing shelter to women and children who are transitioning out of homelessness. We look forward to serving many more families because of this grant, offering not only a safe place to stay and seek opportunity but hope where there was only despair.”

CORPS OFFICERS THANK THE COMMUNITY

As I sift through the chaos and hardships brought on by 2020, I find myself in awe of the resolve and support of our community.

The holiday season is a time of joy and happiness. But for many in our community, the holidays bring enormous pressure to struggling families. COVID-19 resulted in many of our neighbors experiencing these pressures for the first time. The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign and Angel Tree program sought to rescue Christmas for these families.

We began the holiday season by serving over 500 Thanksgiving meals to area residents on Thanksgiving Day, an enormous feat made possible by the many volunteers who gave up their holiday for others. The very next day, our Red Kettle Campaign. Due to a 50% drop in bell ringers, we adjusted our ringing days from 33 days in 2019 to 12 days in 2020. With fewer days, kettles, and foot traffic, we knew it would be an uphill battle. Fortunately, volunteer bell ringers found creative ways to engage donors without compromising safety restrictions; and donors found it in their hearts to give back. Even with these challenges, we raised 80% of our 2019 total despite only ringing 33% of the days. The 2020 Red Kettle Campaign raised more than $200,000.00 across Martin and St. Lucie Counties.

This year, the Angel Tree program had the challenge of making sure that 1,222 children experienced the joy of opening gifts on Christmas morning. This is only made possible by the generosity of our area sponsors and donors. In addition to toys, each family registered (521 families) received hygiene kits, laundry detergent and dish soap, diapers (if applicable), and two week’s worth of groceries.

On behalf of The Salvation Army and neighbors who seek support, thank you for rescuing Christmas.

God Bless.
Captain Sheena and Captain Jeff Marquis

State and National News

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  For Immediate Release: The Salvation Army Resume Weekly Food Distributions for Needy Families. The Salvation Army works with community partners to disperse 1,320 food boxes to food-insecure areas. ORLANDO, FL – (January 28, 2021) – The Salvation Army Orlando Metro Area Command is closely monitoring the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on local families. […]

Salvation Army Employment Opportunities

To apply, please contact Fabiola Cabrera, HR Generalist, at  (772) 288-1471 Ext. 210

Click below to access our current job openings:

Store Clerk Sorting Room Worker, Port St. Lucie Family/Thrift Store (Location: 10011 S US Highway 1, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952)

 Sorting Room Worker, Stuart Family/Thrift Store (Location: 1860 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, FL 34994)

Store Clerk Sorting Room Worker, Stuart Family/Thrift Store (Location: 1860 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, FL 34994)

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Questions, Comments, and Prayer Requests

Please be sure to include your phone number and/or e-mail address if you would like to be contacted regarding your inquiry.Prayer Requests: We would be honored to pray for you! If you would like to receive a prayer card from The Salvation Army, please include your mailing address.

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE

*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

DEPARTMENT EXTENSIONS: 

Corps Officer Capt. Jeff Marquis, ext. 204

Corps Officer Capt. Sheena Marquis, ext. 205

Corps Secretary, ext. 206

Business Administrator, ext. 207

Human Resources Generalist, ext. 210

Volunteer Coordinator, ext. 202

Public Relations, ext. 215

Corps Youth Director: 772-530 9794

The Salvation Army Responses to Coronavirus COVID-19

As the coronavirus COVID-19 has evolved into a pandemic, we are monitoring the situation daily. Safety is of utmost priority, so we have ramped up efforts to slow the spread of this virus among our employees, volunteers, and the homeless and other vulnerable people we serve.

In the United States, one in six people live in poverty, and more than 550,000 are counted as homeless. These populations severely lack access to proper care, hygiene, updated information, and medical resources, which makes them more susceptible to the virus. This is where we come in. This is who we serve.

We are developing new hygiene and cleaning protocols to help keep safe our residents and others who depend on The Salvation Army’s programs and services to survive. In addition, all staff, volunteers, and program participants have been sent hygiene and prevention information as recommended by the CDC.

We also anticipate a significant increase in need of emergency assistance for low-wage earners facing layoffs due to COVID-19. The support we provide – rent/mortgage, utility, and food assistance, among others – will become more urgent as the situation evolves.

Meanwhile, we will continue to work in close partnership with area government and health experts to prepare and respond to meet specific community needs. We will continue to update this page as developments warrant.

We need support from our communities to continue to meet the daily needs of these vulnerable populations. Your donations will continue to help us respond to the situation.

emotional and spiritual care hotline.

The Salvation Army is offering support through our emotional and spiritual care hotline. We understand that this time of social distancing can be difficult and worrying for many. If you need someone to talk to, call 844-458-HOPE (4673). We are here for you.

Tips for Managing COVID-19 Stress

The COVID-19 pandemic can be stressful and incredibly challenging, and it is crucial to prioritize physical and mental health during this time.
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Captain Jeff and Captain Sheena Marquis

Captain Jeff Marquis was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Salvation Army officers. His parents eventually settled in the suburbs of Chicago, where Jeff spent his adolescent years growing in his gift and love for music and the arts. He attended Asbury College, now Asbury University, in Wilmore, KY, where he studied and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Still involved with The Salvation Army church, Jeff began teaching music with the Army in both Texas and Florida. While in Texas, Jeff met his now wife and partner in ministry, Sheena.

Captain Sheena Marquis, born and raised in Dallas, TX, also grew up in the ministry of The Salvation Army. As a young girl, she and her family were assisted by The Salvation Army’s transitional housing center in Arlington, TX. Upon graduating from high school, Sheena served on a summer missions team to Kenya with The Salvation Army that nurtured her love for service. She received her Bachelor’s of Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, and later a Master of Social Work from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

In 2013, Jeff and Sheena accepted God’s call to deeper service as officers in The Salvation Army. Prior to coming to Stuart, they served as Corps Officers for three years in Clay County near Jacksonville. They have a young son, Caedmon.

Meet Our Team

Social Services

Jennifer Amaro

Jennifer Amaro

Social Services Program Coordinator - St. Lucie and Okeechobee Counties

Direct Phone Number: (772) 742-8659

Zenaida Wills

Zenaida Wills

Case Worker, Pathway Of Hope - St. Lucie County

Direct Phone Number: (772) 742-8660

Cody Gonzales

Social Services Worker - St. Lucie County

Tiffany Accord

Social Services Worker - St. Lucie County
Kim Tolbert

Kim Tolbert

Program Manager of Compassion House

Direct Phone Number: (772) 266-8623

Gary Blackmon

Gary Blackmon

Social Services Worker - Martin County

Direct Phone Number: (772) 266-8602

Flavia Souza-Pereira

Flavia Souza-Pereira

Case Worker - Martin County

Direct Phone Number: (772) 266-8599

Manoucheca Delicat

Social Services Worker - Martin County
Wendy Morgan

Wendy Morgan

Food Service Manager

Direct Phone Number: (772) 266-8595

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

Sharon Dorris

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

Susan Morgan

Susan Morgan

Corps Business Administrator

Direct Phone Number: (772) 266-8603

 Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson

Volunteer Coordinator

Direct Phone Number: (772) 266-8598

Fabiola Cabrera

Fabiola Cabrera

HR Generalist Accounting Clerk I

(772) 266-8617 - Office-Direct

Andrea Shaffer

Andrea Shaffer

Administrative Assistant

(772) 266-8588 - Office-Direct

Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones

Corps Youth Director

(772) 266-8621 - Office-Direct

Amanda Jones

Amanda Jones

Accounting Clerk & Corps Program Assistant

(772) 266-8594 - 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

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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

Paula Lewis, Board Member

Barry Grant Marsh, Board Member

Scott Montgomery, Board Member

Carl Muti, Board Member

Robert Shaffer, Board Member

Amber Woods, Board Member

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