The Salvation Army is continuing to care for people who are most vulnerable in our community. Due to COVID-19, food and financial assistance are by appointment only. 

For more information please call one of our community centers listed below or visit here to see more program hours by location.

Locations and Contact

Area Commanders Majors Roy and Kathy Williams

1907 NW 38th Street

 Miami, FL 33142

Telephone: (305) 637-6700

Food Pantry Hours of Operation:  

Tuesday – Friday | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Social Services Hours of Operation:  

Monday – Friday | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Majors Josue & Gilda Prieto

911 West Flagler Street

Miami, FL 33130 

Telephone: (305) 545-9164

Food Distribution | Thursday, 4:00 pm

Majors David & Raquel Lorenzo

361 NW 67th Street

Miami, FL 33150

Telephone: (305) 757-1509

Fax: (305) 758-0997

Food Distribution

Every 3rd Thursday of the month

10:00 AM -1:00 PM

Sunday Services 

9:30 AM | Spanish Service

11:00 AM | English Service

Major Teresa Della Monica

8445 SW 72nd Street

Miami, FL 33143

Telephone: (305) 270-9373

Food Distribution:

Wednesday | 1 PM- 4 PM

Thursday | 10 AM- 12 PM & 1 PM – 3 PM



10:00 AM| Sunday School & Corps Cadets Class

11:00 AM | Holiness Services

11:30 AM | Children’s Church & Jr. Soldier Class


7:00 PM- 8:00 PM | Women’s Ministries & Men’s Ministries

8:00 PM-9:00 PM | Bible Institute

Majors Mark and LaNelle Winters

2236 NW Miami Court, Miami, Fl 33127
t. (305) 573-4200
f. (305) 573-4208

2021-2022 Advisory Board

The duty of the Advisory Board is to advise and assist The Salvation Army in all its activities, programs, and services in the community. We thank all our Advisory Board members, current and past for their support of The Salvation Army.

2021-2022 Executive Members:

Advisory Board Chair: Ray Barreto

1st Vice-Chair: Karen Godfrey

2nd Vice-Chair & Development Committee Chair: Karyn Cunningham

Finance Committee Chair: Newall Daughtrey

Property Committee Chair: Matthew Riggs

Program Committee Chair: Fernanda Kuchkarian

2021-2022 Advisory Board Members:

Dan Arguellas

Dory Caplin

Dana Clay

Juan V. Collado

Michael Connor

Valerie Dacks

Christa Dotson Dean

Larry Gautier

Oliver Gilbert

Harvey Goldman

Owen  Harvey

Diana Kassabov

Thomas Kenny

Justin Lindsey

Jack Lowell

Stuart A. MacMillan

Thomas Overby

Lawrence Percival

Shellie Ransom-Jackson

Bruce Ross

Benjamin Salz

Eli Silva

Natividad Soto

Clark Spurrier

Life Members:

Dana Clay- Joined 1970

Newall Daughtrey – Joined 1982

Edward Easton- Joined 1981

Jack Lowell – Joined 1986

Past Advisory Board Chairs

Albert Dotson*

Matt Riggs

Graham Miller*

Jack Lowell

Charlie Babcock*

Edward Easton

Roger Barreto*

Charles Whitcomb*

Ray Goode*

* Denotes a deceased member

Emeritus Members

Albert Dotson

Bowman Brown

Dane Jean Loach

Interested in becoming a part of The Salvation Army Advisory Board?

Please reach out to the Director of Development, Alicia Powell at

The Center of Hope 

Doing the most good takes place 24/7 and at the Salvation Army, our doors are open every day, and night of the year. Through our emergency housing facilities, homeless shelters, transitional living centers, group homes, and family shelters, we provide over 10 million nights of lodging annually.

In addition to supplying shelter from the elements, beds, food, and basic hygiene resources to those in need, we help combat long-term homelessness in America by serving homeless adults, veterans, and children with holistic physical, emotional, and spiritual support.

Pathway of Hope Program

Poverty in the U.S. is an epidemic and includes one in five children, according to the latest Census figures. Children who live in poverty for half their childhood are 32 times more likely to remain in poverty (according to The Urban Institute).

The Salvation Army works with many of these families by addressing immediate needs. Pathway of Hope is the next step for us to help them break the cycle of poverty.

Health Resource Center

The Health Resource Center on-site at the Center of Hope shelter operates every weekday in partnership with Camillus Health Concern to provide residents with primary health care.

It was established through the hard work, dedication and support of the Health Foundation of South Florida, Camillus Health Concern and other community partners. As residents work to secure stable housing they also can access immediate medical treatment at the center for acute and chronic conditions to improve their health and wellbeing. Residents can also access specialists at Camillus Health Concern and long-term primary care there following shelter discharge.

The Health Resource Center serves about 40 residents a month and has dramatically reduced preventable and costly emergency room visits.

Emergency Disaster Service Command Center

The Salvation Army began helping disaster survivors after a major hurricane hit Galveston, TX in September 1900.

Since then, The Salvation Army has responded to numerous natural disasters, transportation accidents, civil unrest situations, and terrorist attacks. By providing beverages, meals, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and survivors, The Salvation Army strives to bring hope and healing to people who find themselves in the midst of extremely difficult situations.

Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC)

The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers provide spiritual, social, and emotional assistance for men who are facing challenges coping with their problems and providing for themselves and their families.

Each center offers residential housing, work, and group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment. The physical and spiritual care that program participants receive prepares them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment.

Many of those who successfully complete the rehabilitation program are reunited with their families and resume a normal life.


Music & Creative Arts

Whether it’s playing in a brass band, singing in a choir, participating in a praise band in Sunday worship, or dancing and performing dramatizations, these programs provide participants with a lifetime of fulfillment through musical excellence with spiritual purpose. Trained staff pursue this mission through educational, performance, and resourcing efforts that benefit local music and arts programs, and through the administrative work and professional development of program leaders.

The Miami Area Command Music and Creative Arts programs are open to kids starting at the age of 6 to 18 and are hosted at various locations across Miami-Dade.

For information on our programs or to sign up visit here.

For more information please Contact

Mozart Charles
Music & Youth Director

Camp Keystone

Many children from low-income families rarely experience life outside their immediate neighborhood. That’s why The Salvation Army’s annual summer camp programs are so important. Every year, thousands of kids get a fresh perspective on life as they meet new friends, discover new activities, and get a taste of the great outdoors. As campers learn to swim, play sports, create music, make art, and scout, their trained counselors help them navigate the complicated emotions and struggles often associated with their lives back home.

Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative

For more than two centuries, The Salvation Army has stood firmly behind women and children subjected to organized commercial sexual exploitation. In the 1800s, we pioneered an undercover sex trafficking investigation, which directly shaped the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885. By 1900, The Salvation Army had created over 100 “rescue homes” throughout London to help those fleeing prostitution. Over a century later, we remain fully committed to abolishing the sex trade from every corner of the world.



The funds raised are used in your local community where the needs are the greatest. You can also become a Monthly Sustainer or give an Honor/Memorial gift.

To donate by phone, please call: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Credit card donations are accepted via phone.

To donate by mail, The Salvation Army of Miami-Dade | 1907 NW 38th St., Miami, FL 33142

To donate through our website, please visit here.

To learn about Planned Giving, Wills, Gift Annuity, and Trusts opportunities please contact Gary Erhard at (813)376-5253, or visit

To learn about current Major Gift donations of Cash, Stocks, Mutual Funds, IRA Rollover, Real Estate, Endowment Naming Opportunities, Commodities, Art, Collectables please contact Clyde Preston at 954-856-5391,



Help us provide the necessities from clothing to personal care kits for those who come to our shelter with nothing.

By shopping on the Registry for Good, you can make a purchase and have it sent directly to The Salvation Army guaranteeing your support goes directly to a family or individual in Miami-Dade County.

Apple Tree Program

(School supply distribution)

More than 350,000 kids head back to school every year in Miami-Dade County. Working together with community partners, The Salvation Army makes it possible for some local families to confidently send their children to school, knowing they are equipped with the necessary supplies.

You can become a corporate sponsor by hosting a school supplies drive, sponsoring backpacks, and monetary support.

Learn more about the program here!

Donate Goods

When you donate goods to The Salvation Army, those items are then sold at our Family Stores. And the proceeds are used to fund our Adult Rehabilitation Centers, where those struggling with drugs and alcohol find help, hope, and a second chance at life.

Call 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825) or visit to schedule a pick-up and find the location near you.

Red Kettle Challenge

The Salvation Army exists to meet human needs without discrimination in every ZIP code across the United States. Funds from the Red Kettle Challenge go directly to helping individuals and families experiencing homelessness or those on the verge of homelessness by providing nourishment, shelter, compassion, and care through the holiday season and beyond.

To learn more on how you or your group can sponsor a Red Kettle please visit

Virtual Red Kettles

Individuals, companies, schools, and churches can accept the challenge of the Red Kettle Challenge and create a team to raise $1000. By raising funds at a business or with a virtual team, the Red Kettle can go further than ever before!

Registration for 2022 coming in October!

Angel Tree Program

(Christmas toy distribution)

This program strives to make Christmas memorable for children and families throughout Miami-Dade County. Anonymous donors adopt these little “angels” in an expanding Christmas tradition that makes the season brighter for both the gift giver and receiver. You can become a corporate sponsor by providing new, unwrapped gifts, monetary support or by putting an “Angel Tree” in your corporate office.

For more information go here or contact or 305-637-6700 for more information.

Become a Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with The Salvation Army! Here you will find information about applying to be a volunteer. Whether you are looking for a one-time opportunity or something ongoing, read on to learn how you can sign up and do the most good in your community.

If you have any questions about volunteering or are interested in volunteering with a group please email Arbeilla Wilson at or call (305) 916-1937 at any time.

Food Pantry

Our Food Pantry serves an average of 250 households with bagged groceries each week.

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

Food Truck Assistant

Volunteer assistance is needed by our Food Pantry Coordinator with food pickups. Every Monday, The Salvation Army picks up pantry items from Farm Share in Homestead to be used during weekly distributions. The volunteer will meet at Miami Area Command, ride in the box truck to assist in picking up pantry items, and bring the items back to Miami Area Command.

Heavy lifting is required.


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.

Emergency Disaster Services (EDS)

The best resource we have in an emergency is trained volunteers.  Joining The Salvation Army of Miami on the Emergency Disaster Services team is a great way to get involved and see the mission in action.

One way to get involved with EDS is as a Canteen volunteer.  The Canteen is the 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 last up to 14 days.

Sign up to volunteer with the EDS team here.

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 Miami-Dade County.  There are many 2-hour, half-day, full-day and full week slots available.  Sign up early to get your preferred location and dates!

Visit for more information and sign up today!

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.

2nd Annual Golf for Good

Date: September 23, 2022
Location: Miami Lakes Golf Course
Sponsorship and registration information can be found here!

Food Distribution (Walk & Drive-Up)

  • Every 3rd Thursday of the month (10:00 AM -1:00 PM)


  • 11:00 AM | United Service (English/Spanish)

Starting May 1:

  • 9:30 AM | Spanish Language Service
  • 11:00 AM | English Language Service


Starting May 1:

  • 7:00 PM | Men’s Club


  • Zoom Bible Study


  • 5:30 PM | Club 316
  • 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM | Community Band Program (Through May 11, 2022)
  • 7:30 PM | Spanish Bible Study


  • 7:00 PM | English Bible Study


  • 6:00 PM | Women’s Ministries
    • TBD Spanish Women’s Ministries 1-2 times monthly

Major Teresa Della Monica
8445 SW 72nd Street
Miami, FL 33143
t. (305) 270-9373
f. (305) 270-9377

Food Distribution:

Wednesday | 1 PM- 4 PM

Thursday | 10 AM- 12 PM & 1 PM – 3 PM



10:00 AM| Sunday School & Corps Cadets Class

11:00 AM | Holiness Services

11:30 AM | Children’s Church & Jr. Soldier Class


7:00 PM- 8:00 PM | Women’s Ministries & Men’s Ministries

8:00 PM-9:00 PM | Bible Institute

Majors Josue & Gilda Prieto
911 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130
t. (305) 545-9164

Food Distribution

  • Every Thursday | 4:00 PM
Schedule & Services:
Sunday Services
  • 9:45 AM | Devotional
  • 10:00 AM |  Sunday school
  • 11:00 AM | Holiness


  • 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM | Home League (Women Ministry)
  • 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM | Corps Cadet and Junior Soldier


  • 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM | Music programs
  • 1907 NW 38th St Miami, FL 33142
  • (305) 637-6700
  • Food Pantry | Tuesday – Friday | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Social Services | Monday- Friday | 9:00 AM- 4:30 PM

Majors Mark and LaNelle Winters
2236 NW Miami Court
Miami, Fl 33127
t. (305) 573-4200
f. (305) 573-4208

What is the ARC?

The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers offer people a second chance, an opportunity to start again. Each ARC center provides men with individual and group counseling, training in job skills, and other tools for rebuilding positive lifestyles. Each in-residence program provides residents with clean, comfortable living facilities. Regular meals, medical check-ups, and Alcoholics Anonymous programs combine to make each center a place for new beginnings.

Unlike many rehabilitation programs, these centers are self-supporting. By collecting donations of clothing and household items, 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 regardless of race, color, or religious belief. Women’s centers are also available.

To learn more or find an ARC near you visit the ARC website.

Registration has reached capacity and is now closed.

We have opened a waitlist for interested students. This does not guarantee a spot in the summer music program, if we have the room you will be contacted directly.

Waitlist Registration Here

If you have additional questions or concerns regarding our 2022 Music Program, please reach out to your local Salvation Army Corps or reach out to Mozart Charles at 

Summer Music Program:

When: June 13- July 9

Who: Students aged 7-16

Where: Miami North Corps (Formally Edison Corps) | 

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Miami Music Camp is funded in part by The Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami Dade County. It gets support from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.The Miami Music program is also funded in part by MONAT Gratitude.

Year-Round Music Program

  • Please see the class location and recital information listed below. Dates are subject to change.

Citadel Corps (Little Havana/Downtown):  911 West Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130 

  • Classes Run: Summer Break
  • Recital: Summer Break
  • (305) 545-9164  

Sunset Corps: 8445 SW 72nd St., Miami, FL 33143 

  • Classes Run: Summer Break
  • Recital: Summer Break
  • (305) 270-9373 

Miami North Corps361 NW 67th St., Miami, FL 33150 

  • Classes Run: Summer Break
  • Recital: Summer Break
  • (305) 757-1509 

Apple Tree

Apple Tree is back for another year of supporting kids going back to school! Although backpacks won’t be distributed until August*, registration is open now to sign up your student(s) for school supplies.


  1. Live in Miami-Dade County
  2. Between the ages of 4-18
  3. Provide proof of Miami-Dade residency and of age
    1. Proof of residency includes but is not limited to a FPL Bill, License, etc. 
    2. Proof of student age includes but is not limited to a birth certificate, school ID, etc.

*Backpacks will be distributed in August at Salvation Army Corps locations. More information to come.

Register for Apple Tree here!

Please contact Arby Wilson at  or (305) 916-1937 with questions or concerns.


We need you to make the Apple Tree program a success! We have a few ways to get involved:

  1. Corporate Sponsorship: Your company or group picks some “apples” and fills up backpacks. We come and pick them up. (Minimum 10)
  2. School Supply Drive: Your company or group collects items for students to be used to fill backpacks.
  3. Financial Support: Donate to our school supply fund and we will get the supplies.
  4. Individual Sponsor: You pick one (or more) “apples” and drop off the filled backpacks at The Salvation Army.

Contact Arby Wilson at 305-916-1937 or  to find out how you can get involved today! 

The Salvation Army of Miami Receives Grant from the Suncoast Credit Union

A New Pathway of Hope to support Miami-Dade families.

(Miami, FL) (May 3, 2022) – The Salvation Army of Miami is proud to announce the receipt of a Suncoast Credit Union Foundation grant for $10,000 to help serve families in the Pathway of Hope program.

 On the surface, The Salvation Army and Suncoast Credit Union may not seem like they have a lot in common, but in reality, they both have a commitment to improving the lives of children and families in Florida. This grant will help provide extended practical support for families with children at the Miami Area Command’s emergency shelter and in the community to break the cycle of poverty.

The Pathway of Hope program was established by The Salvation Army in 2015 and was launched at the Miami Area Command in 2019. The program goal is to meet the immediate needs of families and help them identify long-term, sustainable and holistic solutions to increase stability. Case managers meet with clients biweekly over two years to overcome challenges like unemployment, unstable housing, and lack of education and work towards increased self-sufficiency and identified goals. Suncoast partners with Salvation Army Miami to support families at a critical time with a housing affordability crisis declared April 8 by Miami-Dade County. Suncoast serves 40 counties across the state and is Florida’s largest credit union.

The grant will be used to help provide financial support to families to rebuild their lives and build a solid base as they find housing and work through the program. Families will see their income increase and work to rise out of poverty, which will benefit children who when in poverty for over half their childhood are 32 times more likely to be in poverty as an adult.

Poverty in the United States is an epidemic that includes one in five children. Together, Suncoast Credit Union and The Salvation Army will be able to fund more stories of hope and address the challenges of poverty one family at a time.


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West Kendall Toyota

South Dade Toyota (Homestead)

Teaming Up With Toyota!

Miami, FL. – (March 2022)

For a third year, the Toyota Lexus Minority Owners Dealership Association (TLMODA) renewed its national partnership with The Salvation Army to address the increasing food insecurity challenges families face across the country during spring break. The Salvation Army of Miami is proud to be involved with two of the twenty-six dealerships across the nation that are taking part in the movement!

“Many families depend on school lunches to help feed their children on a daily basis, so when schools close, food insecurity can be a grueling reality. Through our partnership with TLMODA, those essential needs are met for thousands of families in our communities,” said The Salvation Army National Commander, Commissioner Kenneth Hodder.

By working with local Toyota dealerships in West Kendall and Homestead, food boxes were distributed to more communities in need. Over the course of two days, the distributions taking place at the West Kendall Toyota and South Dade Toyota dealerships handed out 400 boxes of food.

We are thankful to our partners at Toyota for their commitment to this day of service and for helping us tackle food insecurity across Miami-Dade County.

You can check out more of the photos from both distributions here.


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A Miami Heat Filled Holiday

Miami, FL. – (December 24, 2021)

On Christmas Eve, a special guest visited The Salvation Army of Miami’s Center of Hope. Tyler Herro, from the Miami Heat came to spread the holiday cheer, serve meals, and deliver presents to our families who are currently calling the Center of Hope home.

Herro took the time to visit with all our families and even the staff who keep the shelter running.

Pictures don’t fully capture how much this visit meant to the families and staff this Christmas season! The impact of this visit will be felt not only during the holiday season but year-round.

Tyler and his team are truly out doing the most good and we at The Salvation Army are so thankful!


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A Home for the Holidays

Miami, FL. – (December 8, 2021)

In May of 2021, a man named Mr. V came to the Salvation Army looking for help. Not only was he dealing with homelessness, but he was also blind. Enter the case management team at The Salvation Army. Over the next six months, his team helped him navigate the system to find sustainable and holistic solutions to find housing, benefits, and independent life.

The Salvation Army was able to provide a temporary home for Mr. V., but even more importantly, by being at The Center of Hope he was able to work daily with his case managers to achieve his goals. Together, they were able to get his social security straightened out to receive payments, which in turn provided a stable footing to live independently.

Securing benefits was only part of what was needed to bring Mr. V out of his literal dark place, regaining his vision would be next. Working with his case management team, they were able to secure a free trial eye surgery to help Mr. V regain some of his vision and provide him with more independence.

For Pamela, one of his case managers, benefits and vision restoration wasn’t enough. “I realized, that since Mr. V had an income and he could see, we should try our luck at housing,” Pamela said. In August of 2021, she began the process of finding a place for Mr. V to live independently.

By October 2021, Mr. V had keys to his new apartment. He went from not being able to see to write his own name on his paperwork, to looking at the face of his case management team with happy tears in his eyes when he found out he would have a home for the holidays.

Situations like the one Mr. V was in do not get solved overnight and are unfortunately all too common in Miami-Dade County. By supporting The Salvation Army we will be able to continue helping individuals and families find their way out of their darkest moments towards one of hope and light!

Name changed for privacy.


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The Salvation Army of Miami Responds in New Orleans

New Orleans, LA. – (Sept. 24, 2021)

When Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana at the end of August, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) mustered teams from Florida, Texas, and the Alabama Louisana Mississippi (ALM) region to respond across the state. Two staff members from The Salvation Army of Miami were called to respond in Lousiana during the first two-week deployment. Captain Alvaro Chils from The Salvation Army, Sunset Corps, and Kristen Reeves, the public relations manager for Miami Area Command, were part of a group that was first on the ground to lend assistance to those in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes.

Captain Chils provided emotional and spiritual care to those impacted by the hurricane and could be found walking from home to home to provide prayer, food, and water to those who couldn’t leave their homes. Kristen was involved with coordinating and planning where canteen feeding teams would set up to provide food, water, and other resources to different pockets of the community stranded without power. Both were part of an initial effort that provided over 120,000 meals in two weeks to those impacted by Hurricane Ida in the New Orleans area.

The Salvation Army of Miami stands ready to respond to any disaster that takes place in Florida and beyond. As Miami continues working through hurricane season, we remain vigilant in case of any emergency. If you would like to join our Emergency Disaster Services volunteer list and help us prepare for future disaster responses, register here.

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First responders get coffee and water from The Salvation Army Rapid Response Unit. Surfside, FL

Miami, Fla. – (July 2, 2021)

The Salvation Army of Miami EDS and the Surfside Response

Since June 24, when news broke of the tragic building collapse in Surfside, FL., The Salvation Army of Miami Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team has been on-site and responding to the rapidly changing needs of the Surfside community and requests from emergency management teams on the ground.

At the start of the emergency, Miami-Dade EDS deployed their rapid response vehicle to provide roaming support to first responders, survivors, and media in the area. Officers from the local Corps also were also on-site to provide emotional and spiritual care. At another point, The Salvation Army deployed its mobile laundry unit, with four washers and four dryers, to provide laundry services to the first responders.

As the situation evolved, so did The Salvation Army response. For over three weeks, The Salvation Army was stationed at the Surfside Family Assistance Center and worked in tandem with over twenty other community organizations to directly support the survivors of the collapse and the families of the missing. 

As one of the nation’s largest disaster relief organizations, it is the mission of The Salvation Army to meet human needs without discrimination. The Salvation Army of Miami Emergency Disaster Services team will continue to prepare and be ready to respond when any disaster strikes. By providing beverages, meals, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and survivors, The Salvation Army strives to bring hope and healing to people who find themselves in the midst of extremely difficult situations.

If you would like to support our future emergency efforts, you can support the Emergency Disaster Services efforts by going here.

Volunteers ready the food bags to be distributed at food distribution.

Miami, Fla. – (April 21, 2021)

For over 108 years, The Salvation Army in Miami has been serving the community and has been relying on our essential corps of volunteers to reach those most in need. With five locations in Miami-Dade County, we have found that requests for aid have only continued to grow and assistance from our volunteers to meet those needs is imperative to continue doing the most good.

The Salvation Army of Miami counts on volunteers within all the various programs and initiatives it runs including:

  • Food pantry distributions
  • Grocery bag packing
  • Fundraising and Advisory Board support
  • Seasonal Programs
  • Summer Music Camp
  • Emergency Disaster Services
  • And more…

This Volunteer Appreciation Week we want to say thank you to all the volunteers who have given their time, commitment, and spirit to The Salvation Army. The impact of a volunteer who even spends just an hour with us can be felt for a lifetime within the walls of The Salvation Army and out in the community we serve.

Feeling compelled to join our ranks and help your neighbor? Check out our volunteer opportunities here and find an option that fits your schedule and interest. The Salvation Army works year-round to serve the community, so join us today!

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MIAMI, FL – (February 10,2021) – Maria Ballarta is only one of the thousands of local residents who have benefited from The Salvation Army of Miami, Mission Essential Campaign. Maria explains that she is living with her daughter and three grandchildren.  When her daughter lost her job in April due to the pandemic, they only had her social security checks to depend on. The money she was receiving monthly was just not enough to provide for a family of five. “It is hard to see your children and grandchildren worry.” Maria says, “My daughter was worried about the bills and contracting the virus while she was looking for a job, my grandchildren were worried about school and getting me sick. I am in the at-risk population, I felt helpless.” One day Maria’s friend shared some vegetables and produce with her. When Maria asked her where this food came from her friend told her from The Salvation Army.  Since then, Maria has come to The Salvation Army Miami Area Command to get food to nourish her family and alleviate some of the worries they face.

One in six people in our community live in poverty – that is over 115,000 including 40,000 children-and nearly 7,000 are experiencing homelessness. The Salvation Army of Miami Mission Essential Campaign raises funds to provide our neighbors in need today with nourishment, shelter, compassion, and care. As we work to buffer our neighbors against the worst impacts of the outbreaks, we also prepare for an equity-driven response in the recovery effort that lies ahead. Your help today allows us to help those in need now and prepare with the purposeful expertise needed for a community-based recovery.

We will remain a responsive pillar while enduring a rapid growth in requests for essential support in our community. To help contribute to The Salvation Army’s efforts in Miami, visit Mission Essential Campaign – Miami 2020 ( 


Donations needed to reach the annual fundraising goal

Miami, FL (December 10, 2020) – When Salvation Army officials discovered the gold coin in one of their Red Kettles Tuesday night in front of a Miami Lakes storefront they were filled with joy, enthusiasm and honored that community members were supporting their neighbors in need. With fears that the annual fundraiser will bring in 50% less funds in a year where more people are in need, The Salvation Army leaders knew that a gold coin could be the difference between a family waking up in their home or being evicted this Christmas. In the wake of the pandemic, The Salvation Army Miami Area Command made a goal to help “Rescue Christmas” for 3,000 local children and over 1,500 families. Finding the gold coin affirmed that they were approximately $1,800 closer to providing hope for many. Their excitement quickly wore off after flipping the coin over and seeing the word “COPY” stamped across it.

“I called Gables Coin and Stamp Shop immediately Wednesday morning, hoping that our suspicions were wrong,” said Major Roy Williams, Administrator for The Salvation Army in Miami. “I was disappointed when it was confirmed that the coin was indeed a fake, funds would have been used to support local families who are really struggling right now.”

The Salvation Army bells will continue to ring outside stores through Christmas Eve and the organization is optimistic that, with the community’s support, they can still reach their fundraising goal. Contributions to the red kettles stay right here in the Miami community to serve those experiencing hard times and provide a pathway to self-sufficiency for people in need in need.

Donations to The Salvation Army can also be made online at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Red Kettle Campaign. It is not too late for individuals, families, groups, and businesses to sign up to volunteer to ring the bell! Visit and select the location, day, and time you would like to volunteer.

For more information on the Red Kettle Campaign or any other Salvation Army program, please call 786-509-3391.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

 2021 Angel Tree is now closed.

 We look forward to serving families in 2022.

Angel Tree FAQ

How does it work?

During the Christmas season, if you are in need of gifts for your children, ages 0-12, you may be eligible for Angel Tree Program. Based on your zip code, you will either be asked to register for an appointment or fill out an online application to sign up for the program.

Eligibility (for registrants)

  • Children ages 0-12
  • Live in Miami-Dade County (proof of residency required)
  • Children must be registered by a legal guardian
  • Registrant must provide proof of residency, and birth certificate(s) to show proof of age for children.
  • We encourage all families who receive free/reduced lunch, SNAP benefits, or other economic support to apply (not required for eligibility)

Who does it benefit? 

All donations will be distributed to kids and families in the Miami-Dade community to ensure kids will have a happy holiday season.

 May 9th-May 15th 2022



From sit-down programs that provide nutritious hot meals and valuable human interaction, to mobile meals delivering sustenance to those who cannot reach a food distribution center, to feeding programs across our hundreds of shelters and residential facilities, we help the most vulnerable members of society escape the daily burdens of food insecurity.


Veteran Programs & Services

The Salvation Army provides housing and individualized case management for Veteran men, women and families who are experiencing homelessness. Veterans stay in our program for a few months or up to a year while they work on getting connected to benefits through the VA, work with ours Case Management Specialists on barriers to housing, and address any other challenges they face on building a stable life. The Veteran’s Program supports Veterans and their transition to independent living and reconnect to community.


Our Shelter Programs assist those experiencing homelessness by providing a safe clean shelter, showers, meals, and personal hygiene supplies for families, single men and women, young adults, and veterans in our city. We operate a Day Shelter, Overnight Shelter and maintain temporary housing efficiency apartments in our Emergency Family Shelter units. Each night many people sleep at The Salvation Army as we strive to help them gain hope, stability and success.


Community Ministry Programs & Worship

Our Corps serve as neighborhood resource hubs with Salvation Army activities, ministries and other services. At our Corps, you will find a variety of place based programs including weekly worship services, youth character building activities, senior citizen activities, food pantry, resources and recreation.


Youth Development Programs

At The Salvation Army, children of all ages come through our doors every day. Some want to attend a week of overnight summer camp, play in the gym, or learn a new skill after school rather than going home to an empty house. Some need an adequate dinner or help with homework. Others just want to have a conversation with someone willing to listen and that’s what we do.

No matter the need, we see each child’s potential in life and help them see the path to a brighter future.

Welcome to the Red Kettle Resource Hub. Here you will find all things for the holiday season Red Kettle Challenge and Bell Ringing.

The Red Kettle Challenge will resume in October 2022! Stay tuned for more details on signing up and getting involved. From bell-ringing to creating a corporate Red Kettle Challenge team, there is something for everyone.

Want to support the programs and initiatives of The Salvation Army? Join our crusade to provide Mission Essentials here.

Red Kettle Challenge:

Individuals, companies, schools and churches can accept the challenge of the Red Kettle Challenge and create a team to raise $1000. Funds from the Red Kettle Challenge go directly to helping individuals and families experiencing homelessness or those on the verge of homelessness by providing nourishment, shelter, compassion, and care through the holiday season and beyond.

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Bell Ringing:

Did you know that spending 60 minutes bell ringing can feed 13 people? Signing up to be a bell ringer is a rewarding way to give back and raise money to support 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 Miami-Dade County. Sign up early to get your preferred location and dates!

You can sign up for a shift at 

Have questions for a specific location? See the contact information below:

Edison Corps (Little Haiti)

Contact: Captain David Lorenzo


Phone: (305) 757-1509

Sunset Corps (Kendall/South Miami)

Contact: Major Teresa Della Monica


Phone: (305) 270-9373

Citadel Corps  (Little Havana)

Contact: Major Josue Prieto


Phone: (786) 592-8332



Whether you need essentials like food, household items and water, or know someone who does, we hope that this information hub can be a resource for you and for those you love. When the most vulnerable in our community need support, The Salvation Army is working diligently to meet the unique needs of the community during this time.


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