DOING THE MOST GOOD IN EAST POLK COUNTY SINCE 1958
AT THE SALVATION ARMY, WE ARE DEDICATED TO
DOING THE MOST GOOD
Captains Dominic and Ivelisse Blanford
Captains Blanford as first-generation Salvationists, have dedicated their lives, skills, and service completely to God through the ministry of The Salvation Army.
Captain Dominic was born and raised in Orlando, FL and began attending The Orlando Citadel Corps at the very young age of 3. After achieving his associates in arts degree in Christian Ministry, Dominic, along with his wife, are currently continuing their education to obtain their bachelor’s degrees in Christian Ministry.
Captain Ivelisse was born and raised in Carolina, Puerto Rico. After graduating high school, she moved to Brandon, FL, where she attended Hillsborough Community College to pursue her degree in Social Work- something she’s very passionate about.
Dominic and Ivelisse met at “Camp Keystone” (The Salvation Army’s Camp in Starke, Florida). They married in 2010. In 2011, they moved to Winter Haven to pursue their calling as Salvation Army officers. For 3 years, Dominic worked in Youth Ministry as the Youth Director at the Corps and Ivelisse worked at the Social Services Department as a case worker. In 2014, they entered The School for Officers Training in Atlanta and they were commissioned and ordained in 2016 with the “Messengers of Light” session. Their first appointment was as Corps Officers at the Jacksonville Citadel Corps. They are now appointed as the Corps Officers of the Winter Haven Corps and they look forward to continuing the Lord’s work in the East Polk County communities.
The Blanfords celebrated 10 years of marriage in September 2020. They have 3 young children, two girls, and one boy.
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As the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are monitoring the situation daily. Safety is of utmost priority, so we have ramped up efforts to slow the spread of this virus among our employees, volunteers, and the homeless and other vulnerable people we serve.
In the United States, one in six people live in poverty, and more than 550,000 are counted as homeless. These populations severely lack access to proper care, hygiene, updated information, and medical resources, which makes them more susceptible to the virus. This is where we come in. This is who we serve.
We are working with local, state, and federal government and health authorities, including participating in situation awareness calls with federal partners like FEMA, CDC, DHS, and HHS. We are developing new hygiene and cleaning protocols to help keep safe our residents and others who depend on The Salvation Army’s programs and services to survive. In addition, all staff, volunteers, and program participants have been sent hygiene and prevention information as recommended by the CDC.
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