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Addiction Recovery Program 7th Anniversary Celebration – June 11, 2016
Saturday, June 11, 2016, The Salvation Army and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office will celebrate the 7th Anniversary of the Addiction Recovery Program of the Sarasota County Jail. A breakfast will be held to recognize community supporters, Sheriff staff, the volunteer instructors and graduates of the program at 8:00 a.m., in The Salvation Army media room, 1400 10th Street, Sarasota.
The Addiction Recovery Program launched in 2009 with one pod for 48 men who for the first time would be housed in an environment that was dedicated to recovery. Based on its initial success, a women’s recovery program was created which started with 16 beds. It now operates in a wing with 48 beds. From the inception of the “recovery pods” through the end of 2015, 998 unduplicated individuals have opted in to the program.
The program, run by The Salvation Army in partnership with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, is voluntary for inmates who request to live in one of the pods. Corrections personnel and Salvation Army volunteers work alongside inmates to provide promising opportunity to establish and maintain a sober and crime-free life. Sessions are conducted by more than 100 community volunteers, which means no cost to taxpayers.
One of the keys to the program is the supportive environment that participants are immersed in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Inmates assigned to the Addiction Recovery Program receive drug counseling and participate in other positive life-skills programs seven days a week. A new 12-week curriculum was implemented in 2016. June 2, 2016 marked the first completed 12-week program with 12 men and 9 women acknowledged for their accomplishment.
Another key to the program’s success is the link to continued support after release (when a drug user might return to the environment that supports the destructive habit). Once released, people who went through the program in jail are directed to one of The Salvation Army’s alcohol and drug programs and other community programs and resources.
The Salvation Army – Sarasota continues to seek solutions to community issues.
July 6, 2015 Gulf Coast Community Foundation Grant Helps Leverage
Federal Funds For Local Utility Needs
People are still struggling financially in Sarasota County. The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has provided a $30,000 grant to The Salvation Army- Sarasota. This grant is used to leverage more than $861,968 into Sarasota County for LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program).
Financially struggling families in Sarasota County may receive assistance in paying their electric bills. United Way 2-1-1 service can pre-qualify potential clients by calling (941) 308-4357. The Salvation Army – Sarasota has partnered with other agencies including North Port Social Services, Laurel Civic Association, Englewood Helping Hand, the Venice Salvation Army and Jewish Family and Children’s Service for closer access to help regardless of where clients may live within Sarasota County.
The Salvation Army – Sarasota Area Commander, Major Ethan Frizzell commented “Pivotal to using financial resources to do the most good in our community is having multiple partners to increase the impact. Gulf Coast Community Foundation is such a partner whose investment will change lives.”
June 18, 2015 Local Philanthropist Champions Mitigation
|January 18, 2013: The Salvation Army Sarasota was once again selected by the readers of the Herald-Tribune as the 2012-2013 Readers’ Choice “Best Non-Profit” in the Sarasota and Manatee counties. We thank you for the continued support.
Hurricane Sandy Update
|Gulf Coast Community Foundation Grant Helps Leverage Federal Funds
For Local Utility Needs
July 5, 2012: People are still struggling financially in Sarasota County. The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has provided a $30,000 grant to The Salvation Army – Sarasota. This grant is used to leverage more than $1.1M into Sarasota County for LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program).Financially struggling families in Sarasota County may receive assistance in paying their electric bills. United Way 2-1-1 service can pre-qualify potential clients by calling (941) 308-4357. The Salvation Army – Sarasota has partnered with other agencies including North Port Social Services, Laurel Civic Association, Englewood Helping Hand, the Venice Salvation Army and Jewish Family and Children’s Service for closer access to help regardless of where clients may live within Sarasota County. The Salvation Army – Sarasota Area Commander, Major Phillip L. Murphy commented, ” We truly appreciate the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, their continued support of this program and their efforts to help the entire community.”
|“Street Teams” Program Celebrates One Year Anniversary
The City of Sarasota in partnership with The Salvation Army launched the Sarasota Street Teams program on Monday, May 21, 2012. The Street Teams project is designed to address panhandling, loitering and littering by some of the homeless. This program will serve as a component of The Salvation Army emergency shelter program aimed at the chronically homeless. It will provide team members a work readiness program alternative to panhandling namely – cleaning the streets- that they previously loitered, littered and panhandled on.
| Sheets and Towels Needed at the Center of Hope-Homeless Shelter
It is not too late to do your “Spring Cleaning” and help those less fortunate in our community at the same time. We are in need of twin flat sheets, towels and washcloths at the Center of Hope. They do not have to match. We do not need the latest fashion colors or the highest thread count. New or used items will be put to immediate good use. The 200 bed emergency shelter runs with a 100% occupancy nightly and usually is in an overflow situation, so these items get heavy usage. Drop them by the Center of Hope at your convenience. We will be happy to provide a tax receipt for your donation as well. For additional information or to schedule a tour of the Center, please call 364-8845, ext. 221.
Why Send Money When I have All This Stuff I Could Send?
Anytime a disaster strikes there are two inevitable things that will happen. One is that people’s lives will be affected in some way, shape or form. The other is that people will want to donate “stuff”.
After every major disaster I have been part of, we have been inundated with donated goods. One thing is for sure…people have big hearts and good intent. On the surface cleaning out a closet to donate your no longer need pair of pants or t-shirts that you wore that one time only, seems like a good idea. The reality is this can be a huge burden on the disaster response.
Why do we ask for monetary gifts and not in-kind donations? First, a cash gift is much easier to handle. When a cash gift is donated it is immediately tracked from start to finish and can ba applied to specific needs as they come to light. With in-kind goods a lot of infrastructure is required to make those gifts manageable and able to be delivered to those in need. Warehouses must be secured, trucks lined up to transfer the goods, mechanisms in place to get the goods to the disaster survivors…and the list goes on. Much of this requires a lot of time and energy on the part of the agencies and their volunteers and ultimately will take longer to get into the hands of those that need it most.
One of the other benefits of a cash gift is that it can be used to purchase exactly what is needed. At times we will request specific items for donation, but most of the time it is more efficient to ask for monetary donations and purchase exactly what is needed to ensure we get the proper items. A good example is water. We could easily ask the public for water and could get any form of water under the sun, 20 oz. bottle, 16 oz. bottle, 1 gallon jugs, 1 liter jugs….When we ask for monetary gifts we can purchase exactly what is needed and only as much as is needed, allowing us to use the money saved for other needs of the disaster surviviors.
One of the biggest benefits of cash gifts is one that we don’t always see on the surface, and that’s the economic impact. Whenever we purchase goods during disasters we always try to do so within(or as close as possible to) the disaster affected region. This helps to boost the local economy which is always hard hit following the impact of the local community. At the same time monetary gifts allow us to purchase and utilize debit/gift cards for disaster survivors to spend within the community while also buying those specific items that they as a family need, not limited by only the items we have on hand.
Article written by Robert Myers III – Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Director for Pennsylvania and Delaware Division.
|5/2/11 The Salvation Army Meets Material, Emotional & Spiritual Needs of Storn Surviviors in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky
In support of reflief efforts, The Salvation Army of Florida has deployed ten mobile feeding units staffed by volunteers and Emergency Disaster Services personnel. The Salvation Army if grateful to the public for their continued support.The best way to help tonado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allows disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 800-SAL-ARMY
(1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak”. Checks may be made out to
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P. O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384
|March 26, 2009 ” WINDS OF CHANGE….STEADFAST IN OUT MISSION”
Sarasota Program Receives Top Award Nationally
Chicago 14-18, 2009 – “The ‘Winds of Change’ are rising and it is difficult, especially for the marginalized, to keep their balance in a windswept time such as this….If ever there was an era in the history of our mission to America requiring us to remain “Steadfast in Our Mission” it is the one in which we now live.” These are the words of Israel Gaither, National Commander of The Salvation Army, used during The Salvation Army 2009 National Social Services Conference. This conference exists to celebrate, promote, shape and advance The Salvation Army’s expression of practical response to human need. Officers and employees are able to explore emerging issues and new technologies in human service, share ideas and resources representing the best of Salvation Army programs and practices.During this conference, The Salvation Army – Sarasota – FAITH (Families In Transitional Housing) program was awarded The Salvation Army National Social Services Award For Program Excellence and Achievement. This award is given once every three years. The FAITH program competed with Salvation Army programs from across the entire United States for this highest award from The Salvation Army. Major Phillip Murphy, Sarasota Area Commander said “To have our FAITH program to be judged the best in the country by our peers is an extreme honor and we are humbled by this recognition.”This prestigious national award was announced locally on March 20th at The Glitz at the Ritz-Carlton – The Schoenbaum Humanitarian Award Luncheon. This year’s honorees were Tana and John Sandefur. Proceeds from this event benefit the Sarasota FAITH program of The Salvation Army. FAITH families are referred to the program for a variety of reasons such as domestic violence, no family support, divorce, no savings, no job, being evicted, too much debt and poor money management. For these homeless families in Sarasota – struggling to overcome debt and achieve self-sufficiency- the word “faith” has taken on a whole new meaning. Established in 1996, The Salvation Army Families in Transitional Housing (FAITH) program provides an effective and comprehensive approach to preventing families from sliding back into the cycle of poverty and homelessness. The FAITH program, while requiring parents to secure and maintain a full-time job, creates an opportunity for parents with children to save money, pay off debts, learn money management and other life enhancing skills; they are linked with permanent housing and become self-sufficient while keeping the family unite together. The FAITH program is bridging the gap from homelessness to housing…even to home ownership. Eighty-two percent (82%) of the formerly homeless families leaving the FAITH program in 2008 moved to permanent housing. (Those who did not – repaired relationships with friends and relatives and moved in with them.) Within the last two years, five FAITH residents have qualified for Habitat homes. CHRISTINA’S STORY:Christina said she felt she had gotten a second chance at life when accepted into the FAITH program. She entered the program, homeless with four children, ages ranging from one to ten. She had no place to live, not job and no transportation. A year later, she graduated from the FAITH program with a steady, full time job, 64% of her debts repaid, over $3200 in a savings account, passed her GED, now owned a car and moved into a rental house. She stated that she “never realized there were people who really cared about her and wanted to help her succeed.” Through the FAITH program, she has truly transformed her life and the future of her children.
|For more information please call 364-8845, ext. 221.|