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The Salvation Army, Miami Area Music Program was established for the growth of music education in the communities surrounding the four Corps/Community Centers in the Miami Area Command.

Major Tom Overton, former-Miami Area Commander, envisioned a Music Program that reach at-risk youth in these Miami communities, following The Salvation Army tradition.

Since September 5, 2004, music classes, which include theory courses and instrumental practice (brass) have been given to youngsters of Miami Citadel, Edison, Hialeah and Sunset. The program has become an opportunity for success and character building for young participants.

  • Brass instrument instructions (with theory and practice)
    Instruments: Bb Cornet, Bb Baritone, Bb Trombone, Bb Tuba, Eb Tuba etc..
  • Praise & Worship Combo instruments
    Instruments: Drums, Bass guitar, Electric/Acoustic Guitar and vocals.

The Salvation Army Miami Music Program is open to all youngsters in the community between the ages of 7 to 18 upon spot availability. In order to maintain membership in any of The Salvation Army music forces, participants must show good behavior and commit to the program’s disciplinary guidelines.

The Salvation Army Order & Regulations for Bands and Songsters
Every member of The Salvation Army music sections or groups should be acquainted with the governing orders and regulations.

1. Supreme purpose: Salvation Army bands and songster brigades exist to proclaim the Army’s message: Salvation from sin through Jesus Christ; and to accomplish the Army’s purpose: The Salvation of souls.

“Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his might heaven!
Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness!
Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horns; praise with with the lyre and the harp!
Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes!
Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!
Praise the Lord!” (NLT)

Red Shield Lodge:

The Salvation Army, a faith-based nonprofit serving Miami since 1913, extends a resourceful hand of assistance to families in greatest need so that they may lift themselves from crisis to stability and independence. The Salvations Army Red Shield Lodge offers 280 beds distributed among three lodges: Men’s, Women and Family, and Here’s Hope (for the sick) that provide temporary housing to women and families, single men, veterans, and persons dealing with HIV/AIDS and/or other infirmities. These temporary programs are designed to empower residents to regain their independence and return to being self-sufficient members of our community. The Social Services Department is shaped as a support network that assists shelter residents with day-to-day care and services. This support system consists of Case Management, 24-hour and 7-days a week staff supervision, janitorial and kitchen staff. Additionally, the department offers life skills, short-term crisis counseling, employment resources, substance abuse classes, and group therapy.

For information on admission to The Salvation Army’s Programs, call 305.637.6700

Become a Volunteer

Bell Ringing

Income from our Red kettles supports our seasonal activities as well as other programs that benefit struggling individuals and families.  Businesses, churches, civic clubs, schools, families, friends and individuals can sign up to ring at one of our kettle locations around Northeast Florida.  There are many 2-hour, half-day, full-day and full week slots available.  Sign up early to get your preferred location and dates!

Christmas Drivers 

Volunteers with a clean driving record needed Monday through Saturday for pickup and delivery of items that assists the success of the delivery of the Christmas Programs.  You must be able to lift, carry, load and unload at least 50 lbs.

Christmas Driver Assistants

Volunteers are needed Monday through Saturday to assist the driver with pickup and delivery of items that contributes to the success of the delivery of the Christmas Programs.  You must be able to lift, carry, load and unload at least 50 lbs.

Food Pantry

Our Food Pantry serves an average of 250 households with bagged groceries each week.
Tuesday and Thursday – 9:00am-3:00pm

  • Helpers – Volunteers are needed to assist with sorting, bagging and distributing food.


Our Kitchen prepares and serves up to 1,500 meals weekly to the residents of the various programs of The Salvation as well as to the homeless and any one that comes to our door for meals.

Breakfast: 7:00am-8:00am, Lunch 12:00pm-12:45pm, Dinner: 5:30pm- 6:30pm

Feeding the Homeless: 
Individuals, families and groups are welcome to help cook and/or serve a meal to the homeless at The Salvation Army every day of the week. We ask that volunteers notify us a week in advance of when they would like to serve, and arrive 30 minutes prior to the shift.

  • Kitchen Helper – Volunteers are needed to assist with food preparation, serving meals (cafeteria style) and general cleaning of the kitchen and dining areas.
  • Volunteers can also assist with washing plate ware, glassware, silverware, pots/pans and kitchen utensils and place on specified shelves according to sanitation and cleaning procedures.  Keeps dish areas clean by sweeping, mopping floors, wiping countertops, and emptying trash.

Canteen/Disaster Services

Have you always wanted to help after a disaster but didn’t know how to get involved? Train now to be a Canteen volunteer!  The Canteen is the response vehicle that The Salvation Army sends to local emergencies and to disaster stricken areas to serve food and beverage to survivors and service workers. Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve food and beverages, drive and set up the vehicle and clean and maintain the vehicle.  Short term assignments are usually up to a 24 hour period and long term opportunities usually lasts up to 14 days.

Academic Tutors

Volunteers are needed to give support to students academically in subject(s) our shelter children are seeking to improve.  Instill the value of education for personal growth and development.  Ability to communicate well with people of diverse backgrounds, maintain a non-judgmental attitude, be culturally sensitive.  Patience is extremely helpful.  A play room is provided with various books and learning materials. The ideal hours would be between 3:30 – 8 p.m.  A maximum one hour of your time per visit.  A background check is required.

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Mail to: The Salvation Army – Miami Area Command 1907 N.W. 38th street Miami, Fl 33142

Miami Area Command

Contact Info

Miami Citadel Corps

Contact Info

Captains Manuel & Ibis Santana
911 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130
t. (305) 545-9164
f. (305) 545-8365


9:45am Devotional
10:00am Sunday school
11:00am Holiness
8:30am to 1:00pm Home League (Women Ministry)
5:30pm to 7:30pm Kid, Corps Cadet and J. Soldier
7:30am 9:00am Food Distribution
5:30pm to 7:30pm Music programs

Edison Corps

Contact Info

Lieutenants Pryne Pierre & Claudia Pierre
361 NW 67th Street
Miami, FL 33138
t. (305) 757-1509
f. (305) 758-0997


10am to 11am Sunday school
11am to 1pm Holiness Meeting
7:00pm to 8:30pm Home Leagues
7:00pm to 8pm Bible Study & Prayer Meeting
7:00pm to 8:30pm Men’s Club
6:30pm to 8pm Music Ministry
6pm to 8:30pm Youth Night/Corps Cadets

Hialeah Corps

Contact Info

Lieutenant Kelvin & Niuris Garcia
7450 West 4th Avenue
Hialeah FL 33014
t. (305) 557-0981
f. (305) 557-9302


9:00am to 9:30am Open prayer in Chapel, Sharing of coffee & bread
9:30am to 10:30am Spanish Sunday school, English Holiness Meeting
10:45am to 12:15pm English Bible Study, Spanish Holiness Meeting
7:00pm to 8:30pm Music Classes of Varied Instruments
Monday to Friday
6:00am to 6:00pm Daycare
6:00pm to 9:00pm After school basketball, The Ball Go Get It
7:30pm to 9:00pm Bible Study, All groups combined
7:00pm to 8:00pm Women’s Ministries, Men’s Club, Youth Games in Gym
8:00pm to 9:00pm Community Care Ministry, All Youth & Cadets Classes
9:00pm to 10:00pm Corps Praise Band Practice
Fundraising Events or Educational Training,(announced in advance)
9:00am to 6:00pm after school basketball, The Ball Go Get It

Sunset Corps

Contact Info

Captains Angel & Maria Hernandez
8445 SW 72nd Street
Miami, FL 33143
t. (305) 270-9373
f. (305) 270-9377


10:00am Sunday School/English & Spanish
11:00am Holiness Service & Children Church
12:30pm Fellowship Lunch every other Sunday
Monthly – 2nd Monday Advisory Council
7:00pm Women’s Ministries Home League
7:00pm Men’s Club
7:00pm Bible Study the last Tuesday of the month
7:00pm Youth Activities to Teenager and Young Adults
7:00pm Music Classes – Piano/Brass Band
7:00pm Brass Band & Praise Band rehearsal
7:00pm Basketball/Softball
7:00pm English School
7:00pm Prayer meeting the first Sunday of the month

Miami Adult Rehabilitation Center

Contact Info

Majors Gerald and Teresa Street
2236 NW Miami Court
Miami, Fl 33127
t. (305) 573-4200
f. (305) 573-4208

More Info

In many communities there are men whose lives are in shambles. Some suffer from drug addiction. Some suffer from alcoholism. Some are unemployed and lack the skills needed to find a job. Many wander the streets, without homes or help. The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers offer these men a second chance, an opportunity to start again.Each center provides individual and group counseling, training in job skills, and other tools for rebuilding positive lifestyles.Each in-residence program puts the men into clean, comfortable living facilities. Regular meals, medical check-ups and Alcoholics Anonymous programs combine to make each center a place for new beginnings. Each center also offers a very comprehensive spiritual regeneration program in which all clients are expected to participate. Unlike many programs, these centers are self-supporting.Clothing and household items are collected from communities.These items are brought to the center’s workshops where they are repaired and refurbished, then resold in Salvation Army family stores. The centers are open to all men who have an identifiable and treatable handicap regardless of race, color or religious belief.The success rate of this Salvation Army program is high. There are over 100 centers across the United States. Many include similar programs for women. [ visit our website ]

Area Commanders
Captain Enrique Azuaje

(305) 637-6701

Captain Nancy Azuaje

 (786) 774-6690

Administrative Assistant to the Area Commanders
Martha Juste

(305) 637-6703

Martha was born and raised in Miami. Her experience in administrative work dates back to 2013 where she worked for her local college as an advisor for the School of Business.

Aside from being an advisor, she has also taught college level course in management. In 2015, she started working for The Salvation Army Miami Edison Corps as a secretary. She was transferred to Miami Area Command in 2015 as Administrative Assistant to Miami Area Commanders where she currently holds that position.

Martha received her BS in Criminal Justice from Miami Dade College and her Master’s degree in Management from St. Thomas University.

In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family and her pets.

Favorite Quote: “Does not God make us see that our character before Him is of more consequence than our service to Him?” -Samuel L. Brengle
Favorite Bible Scripture: Psalm 18

Human Resources Manager
Maria Saenz

(305) 637- 6727

IT Systems Manager

Juan Kruger

(305) 637-6700 ext:26631

Property Manager

Robert Taylor Jr.

(305) 637-6705

Development Director

Macey Markowitz MA, CPCA

(305) 637-6729

Macey moved to South Florida from Toronto, where she has acquired extensive experience and a strong track record of success in management, program administration and fundraising coordination for nonprofits.

Macey has held development positions with The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies and The Salvation Army in Toronto and Wisconsin. She also worked at a Toronto nonprofit that supports learning and self-development opportunities for young adults with physical and cognitive challenges.

Macey obtained her Master’s Degree from York University in Toronto and holds a designation as a CPCA (Certified Professional Consultant on Aging).

In her spare time Macey enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Director of Social Services

Jose Fontanez

(305) 637- 6700 ext. 26629

Food Service Manager

Geraldo Valdes

(305) 637-6700 ext: 26609

Gerry moved to South Florida from Cuba. He graduated from the University of Florida as a UF Certified Dietary Manager CDM, FSP, ServSafe.
Gerry has held positions as the Food production Manager and Chef at Aramark higher Education, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Morrison Healthcare, and Baptist Health System.
In his spare time Gerry enjoys cooking for his family.

Accounting Supervisor

John McCall, MBA, CPA

(305) 637-6700 ext: 26615

Music Director

Mozart Charles

(305) 637-6700 ext: 26684

Program Coordinator

Gwendolyn Alvin

(305) 637-6700 ext: 26662

Gwendolyn was born and raised in Miami Florida, where she obtained her supervisory and case management expertise while working for non-profit organizations.

Gwendolyn has worked for non-profit organizations like Betterway of Miami, Camillus House, and now the Salvation Army. Gwen’s passion has always been working with high risk populations. Gwen’s passion can be demonstrated by her love for “people” and the words she lives by, “each one reach one, each one teach one.”

Gwendolyn obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Miami Dade College and holds a certification as a Certified Behavioral Health Technician.

In her spare time Gwendolyn enjoys watching movies, cooking and spending time with family/friends.

Staff Spotlight- Valerie B., Monitor 1999-present (19 years)

Valerie began working with The Salvation Army Miami Area Command in 1999 and was originally hired as a housekeeper. One year later, she was promoted to Case Aid Worker, where she worked directly with the shelter residents and Case Managers. Valerie also helped in other various positions such as Driver, where she drove shelter residents to and from appointments as well as joining the Emergency Disaster Relief team during a hurricane.

Born and raised in Miami Gardens, Valerie is no stranger to the difficulties surrounding this neighborhood including drugs, poverty and gun violence.

One year ago, Valerie’s son Tyquan Malik Ham was shot and killed in front of her home. This was a very difficult time for Valerie and she views her work with The Salvation Army as therapy.

“Having the opportunity to see people walk away happy makes me happy. The compassionate clients that I speak with, helps me “Valerie Says.

Valerie also spends a lot of time helping out in the food pantry filling boxes and distributing them to clients.

“I know the situation of people not having food. As a single mother I know how it is.”

In addition to her busy workload, Valerie is currently raising a four-year-old child. She relies on The Salvation Army’s Apple Tree program to assist her with this.

Marie first came to The Salvation Army Miami Area Command in July 2018.

Originally from Haiti, Marie grew up in a community where they

practiced “voodoo ceremonies.” Marie began attending Church

regularly and accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior.

When Marie recently moved to Miami, she had been sharing an

apartment with her sister. One day they had a disagreement, and

Marie was told to leave. There were other family members

that Marie could have stayed with; however, she did not want to be around voodoo worship. “Every time I stayed with my family, if I opened my bible they would turn out the lights” says Marie. “For the first time ever at The Salvation Army, I can sleep with both eyes closed” says Marie.

Since coming to The Salvation Army, Marie has had many blessings. She has been reunited with her children and received three job offers. Additionally, Marie’s case manager Ana encouraged her to enroll in classes to obtain her security license. Having this license has allowed Marie to apply for jobs earning a higher wage and for that she is truly thankful. “I love The Salvation Army. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have a place to stay. Here I can take out my bible and pray without having any fear. I love the Church services on Sundays and everyone here is so nice” says Marie.

Marie has finally found peace at The Salvation Army. She is extremely motivated to continue moving forward in a positive way and we are certain God will be on her side.

Katrina came to our shelter in April 2018 after her husband lost his job due to an illness that landed him in the hospital. Katrina and her four children tried to hang on for as long as they could but were not able to pay the rent and wound up homeless. They first began staying in hotels and their car, finally they were referred to The Salvation Army Miami Area Command.

Shortly after arriving at The Salvation Army, Katrina got a job and began working full time hours. Katrina has been overjoyed about not having to worry about providing three meals a day for herself and her four children. “I can’t believe how difficult it is to find a shelter willing to take an entire family with both mom and dad. It’s been an enormous blessing to have our family stay together” says Katrina.

Katrina was assigned a case manager, Rosa who also made a huge impact on Katrina and her family’s life. “Rosa was very understanding and gave me the courage and hope I needed to stay positive” says Katrina.

Katrina was recently notified that she was approved for housing and is looking forward to a fresh start. “I couldn’t have done this without The Salvation Army. All of our money would have gone into hotels.” Katrina still plans on visiting The Salvation Army and hopes one day to give back to the organization that saved her life.

Help Make Our Wishes Come True!

Below is a wish list of items that The Salvation Army could use to support its operations across the Miami-Dade area, serving those in the most need in our community. If you have something on the list you no longer need, please consider donating it to The Salvation Army. Other options range from purchasing an item to contribute or simply finding it in your heart to make a monetary contribution.

Baby Items                                                     Food

Baby Food                                                            Turkeys

Diapers/Wipes                                                   Hams
Baby Oil/Soap/Lotion                                      Snacks

Shelter Needs                                               Potatoes
Cleaning Supplies                                              Vegetables
Sponges                                                                Stuffing
Mops/Paper Towels                                          Bread
Toilet Paper                                                         Pasta
Laundry Detergent                                            Cereal
Dish Soap                                                            Pizzas
Dishwasher Detergent                                  Gift Certificates
Bleach                                                                    Walmart
Towel Sets                                                             CVS/Walgreens
Pillows                                                                    Home Depot
Sheet Sets (Twin and Full)                                  Old Navy
Waterproof Protectors                                         Pre-paid phone cards
Garbage Bags Light Bulbs                                  Pre-paid gas cards
Alarm Clock
                                                           Dunkin’ Donuts

Women’s Needs                                              Men’s Needs
Suits (all sizes)                                                      Suits (all sizes)
Socks                                                                       Socks
Underwear                                                            Underwear
Sports Bras                                                            Sweat Suits
Sweat Suits
Curling Irons

Emergency Materials Wishes

Special Requests
Professional Camera

Many of our clients are in need of furniture and bedding. However, the majority of the people we service rely on public transportation. Therefore, we are looking for portable furniture and bedding options that can be easily carried and transported by individuals and families.

We are in need of Lowe’s Gift Cards to purchase folding tables and chairs for our clients.

Family: $74.90
Individual: $57.94

To accommodate the need for emergency beds and bedding, we need Walmart Gift Cards to purchase Raised Air Beds and Sleeping Bags.

Twin Raised Air Bed: $89.88
Queen Raised Bed: $94.99
Adult Sleeping Bag: $30.51
Youth Sleeping Bag: $13.97

We appreciate the generosity of our donors, who provide many of the necessities we use each day. You can help us by keeping our food pantry full. A great way for your church, business, or organization to get involved is hosting a food drive.

Help feed hungry men, women and children by conducting a food drive at work, school, church or in your neighborhood! Collect staples such as: Cereal, rice, pasta, instant potatoes. Canned fruits, vegetables and meats. Sugar, cooking oil, salt and pepper. Commercial sizes welcome!