Social Services in Florida
The Salvation Army in Florida is actively meeting human needs without discrimination. We invest in our communities by investing in individuals, not only meeting short-term basic needs, but providing a caring continuum of services to the families and individuals we serve. Last year The Salvation Army assisted more than 1.1 million people in the state through social services. We offer many unique, comprehensive and sophisticated programs, which address the multiple needs that are evident across the state. Our services are extensive and differ in our various locations. They include emergency assistance, homeless services, food distribution centers, transitional housing, domestic violence shelters, supervised visitation, foster care, day care and after school programs, summer camps, elderly residential centers, medical and dental clinics, HIV/AIDS housing, crisis counseling, career counseling and job training, probation counseling, tutoring, adult rehabilitation, drug treatment centers and Christmas cheer programs. Ministry to the whole person – body, mind and spirit – are the hallmarks of the services offered by The Salvation Army. We see a need and try to meet that need. We’ve been doing it since the 1800s, and as the needs have grown, so have our programs.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
The Salvation Army has been providing social services since its inception in 1865 beginning in London’s East End. It has since expanded into a remarkable network of services throughout the world.
Building on a solid foundation of comprehensive social service ministries for over a century, The Salvation Army in Florida offers a wide range of services from basic emergency needs to comprehensive programs that reach the total needs presented by our clients. All services are designed to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
» Emergency Assistance
Assistance including food, clothing, utilities and/or rent. On some occasions transportation, prescriptions and other basic needs are provided. Referrals to other resources are included where The Salvation Army cannot provide assistance.
» Emergency Lodges
Lodges and Shelters are located throughout the state and house men, women and children, and families. The Salvation Army embraces the philosophy of quality care that impacts the lives of individuals and families.
» Domestic Violence Shelters
Three Salvation Army Shelters are located in Florida with a combined capacity of 79. Counseling services are provided in each shelter. Additionally, there are supervised visitation centers throughout the state.
» Transitional Housing Programs
Several programs exist throughout the state which allow individuals and families to stay up to 24 months while necessary skills and financial stability are acquired to become self-sufficient. Life skills training is an ongoing part of the programs including GED completion, self-esteem classes, anger management, budgeting, parenting, coping skills, and job placement. In many cases child care is provided.
» Day Care/After School Programs/Day Camps
At least nine Day Care Centers exist in Florida which are fully licensed by the State. There are also After school programs that include tutoring. Day Camp programs are provided in the summer.
» AIDS Program
In one location, a housing program operates for persons with HIV/AIDS. Comprehensive case management is provided. In two other locations some HIV/AIDS services are provided
» Emergency Children’s Shelter and Foster Care
Opened in 1990 in St. Petersburg, the shelter accommodates 18 children from infancy to 12 years. Children are referred by Protective Services and remain in the shelter until permanent placement or Foster Care can be made available for the child.
Children’s Village in St. Petersburg is a unique foster care program. The children brought to the Village are made a solemn promise: “This is your home for the rest of your childhood.”
The Salvation Army
5631 Van Dyke Road
Lutz, FL 33558
Phone (813) 962-6611
Fax (813) 962-4098