Major Phillip Irish
Major Lynn Irish
For those experiencing homelessness in Marion County, the Center of Hope provides a critical safety net. We provide Emergency Shelter for women, men and families who would otherwise be at the mercy of the elements and those with evil intent. We offer a 40-bed men’s dorm, 20-bed women’s dorm, and six rooms for short-term occupancy by families with children.
Caseworkers help equip those experiencing homeless with tools necessary to get their lives on track. Trained staff provide case management, clothing vouchers, personal hygiene items, ID cards, daytime sleeping accommodations for individuals who work at night, transportation to medical appointments, and referrals to other agencies. We offer washers and dryers, showers, and a safe place for parents who are not yet working or have day-care.
Through collaboration with other local agencies, we also provide mental health counseling, anger management, work support group, on-line connection with CLM Workforce Connection, VA counseling, assistance with applications for Food Stamps and Social Security disability.
While many programs of the Center of Hope deal with tragedy and loss after the fact, our Family Emergency Services program assists families attempting to keep homes and jobs. We provide help with food, clothing, furniture, utilities (as funds are available), and housing.
Those who are homeless on the streets can receive assistance with clothing, personal items, and ID’s. Referrals are made to partner agencies on their behalf.
The Center of Hope provides two meals a day to thousands of homeless and low-income people every year. The meals offer balanced nutrition to men, women and children of Marion County who otherwise would go hungry. This program not only relieves the economic pressure on governmental and other social service agencies, but promotes health and well-being.
The Salvation Army provides holiday meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas to those who would otherwise go without. Food baskets, toys and clothing are provided to individuals and families who are unable to provide for their families.
Donations of good, gently used items from caring people in Marion County enable The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store in Ocala to provide household goods and clothing to those in need. Funds generated through sales assist clients of the Center of Hope and The Salvation Army’s other local programs.
Located at 120 NW 10th St., Ocala, FL 34475
The ministry of The Salvation Army extends to prisoners and parolees. The Salvation Army operates Marion County’s Misdemeanor Probation Department, working with Marion County courts to assist clients in fulfilling their court-ordered obligations.
330 N Magnolia Ave., Ocala, FL 34475
Our Evangeline Booth Apartment complex located on NE 14th St has 65 apartments for low-income seniors. The facility offers recreational activities geared to their interests and enjoyment. The housing is subsidized by HUD and thus adheres to all regulations.
2921 NE 14th St., Ocala, FL 34470
The Salvation Army offers character-building programs, music training, and summer camp. Call or email Lexie Chapman, Youth Coordinator at 352-629-2004 ext. 316 for more information.
- 9:30 am Sunday School
- 10:45 am Worship Service (Holiness Meeting)
- 10:30 am Senior Fellowship at Evangeline Booth Garden Apartments
- 4:00 pm Adult Bible Study at Evangeline Booth Garden Apartments
- 5:00 pm Men’s Community Basketball in Gym
- 5:30 pm Family Dinner (adult meal participants are asked to contribute $10 monthly)
- 6:00 pm Bible Study
- 6:00 pm Youth Character-Building Programs
- 7:30 pm Brass Band Practice
- 6:00 pm Men’s Community Basketball
- 6:30 pm Women’s Ministry & Men’s Club
- Answer phones
- Assist clients with calls or applications
- Evening Feeding (serving and clean up)
- Seasonal: Take applications during sign up weeks, Angel Tree, Red Kettle bell ringing.
2901 NE 14th St
Ocala, FL 34470-4817
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