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The Salvation Army is Busy Changing the Lives of
Homeless, Hungry and At-Risk Families in Tampa Bay

The Salvation Army is dedicated to meeting human needs in His name without discrimination. We are committed to doing all we can to demonstrate God’s love in the communities we serve by providing a listening ear, a hot meal and a hand up to those in need.

The latest census data confirms there are more than 22,000 homeless men, women and children living in Hillsborough County alone. Thousands more families struggle to make ends meet, and often must make the impossible decision between putting food on the table or gas in the car.

The Salvation Army's social service programs encompass a wide range of safety net, rehabilitation and relief programs to help individuals and families overcome daunting obstacles. The Salvation Army's social work approach has always been one of empowerment, enabling those in need to change their life's circumstances and overcome challenges that stand in their way.  Services include children’s services, food for the hungry, emergency and transitional housing for the homeless, emergency assistance with rent and mortgage payments, self-sufficiency training, character-building programs, counseling and case management, nursing home visits, services for the elderly, referral services and much more.


Red Shield Lodge Emergency Shelters                      

The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Lodge Emergency Shelters are open 365 days a year. Sober homeless adult men and women who have no place to go can stay. Residents of the Red Shield Lodge are provided with a safe place to sleep, nutritious meals and a warm shower. Support and referral services are available to those who wish to access them.  Homeless men and women committed to regaining their independence and living self-sufficiently can move from the emergency shelter into one of our Transitional Housing Programs.


Transitional Housing Programs

Families trying to overcome poverty face many challenges, including lack of education and job skills, inadequate housing, and limited social support. Transitional housing is a concept in which people in need of housing are assisted for a time to help them stabilize their lives, make permanent living arrangements and reach self-sufficiency. The Salvation Army’s transitional programs provide temporary housing and support services for homeless men, women, and women with children. We also work closely with the Veterans Administration to provide housing and training for homeless veterans. Educational and vocational training scholarships are available for those who qualify.


Family Service Programs

Each year, thousands of families in need in the Tampa Bay area come to The Salvation Army for assistance. Their need may be physical, alleviated by a bag of groceries. The need may be spiritual, a thirst quenched through prayer and counseling. The need may be emotional, the result of abuse, depression, or a crisis situation. Our Family Services Program works with individuals and families from all walks of life, helping them regain hope and make it through tough times.

Year-round, Family Services provides assistance to hardworking individuals and families experiencing job loss, a fire or an unavoidable emergency. Assistance includes help with paying utility bills, rent or mortgages, bus passes, groceries, school supplies and Christmas gifts.

Family Services aims to prevent people from being forced into homelessness due to unpredictable and unforeseen events. Through support from the community, Family Services provides seasonal assistance to needy families throughout Tampa Bay, including:

  • Groceries for hungry families
  • School supplies for children and teens
  • An opportunity for local at-risk children to spend a week at summer camp
  • Christmas gifts for children and teens through the Angel Tree program
  • Bus passes enabling transportation to doctors appointments and job interviews
  • And much more


Feeding the Hungry

Each weekday, The Salvation Army feeds serves thousands of hot and nutritious meals to hungry men, women and children in Tampa Bay.

Children’s Services

Sallie House is a safe haven for children, infants to eleven years of age, who have been removed from their home because of abuse or, neglect or --- even abandonment.  Children may stay there as long as needed -- for a few hours or several months -- until they can be safely reunited with parents, placed with relatives, taken into a foster home, or adopted by a loving family.

In the 18 years since the doors were opened to these most vulnerable members of our community, Sallie House has sheltered more than 1,600 children.  But the need is great - and growing.  The current facility can no longer meet the high standard of care The Salvation Army is committed to delivering for these children.  Just as they stepped up in 1990 when Sallie House first opened its doors, Army and community leaders are once again prepared to step up and address the urgent needs of these children by taking Sallie House to a higher level.

Children's Village is designed to provide stable, long-term placement for large, hard-to-place sibling groups who have been removed from their families and not reunited because the risk of neglect or abuse is too great.  In addition, adoption planning has been unsuccessful and remains unlikely.  Each home in Children's Village serves six children ranging in age from birth to 18 years.  The Salvation Army's Children's Village provides a home, a neighborhood and a community theses youngsters can call their own-with the security of knowing they can live in the Village throughout their childhood.


Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC)

The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers provide spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves

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 have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and resume a normal life.

Every potential participant undergoes a comprehensive intake interview to ensure the ARC program is the best possible match for them. If the interview process determines it’s not, we’ll make every effort to refer them to a program that will be.

A long-term commitment of at least six months is required so patterns of poor decision-making can be broken and replaced with positive life choices – changes that will help them become productive citizens of their community.

Applicants with a desire to get help may be referred by families, friends, courts, clergy and community leaders or may simply call the Intake Office at 1-800-SA-TRUCK (728-7825) to make an appointment or get more information about local ARC programs.


Music Programs

Music has played an important part in Salvation Army ministry and life from its earliest days in England. Early Salvation Army musicians used brass instruments to attract people and speak of God's love for them. From those early beginnings, Salvation Army music has traveled around the world.

Salvation Army composers and arrangers have produced a vast repertoire of musical works which are used to accompany congregational singing during Sunday and mid-week services. The music additionally provides a very attractive concert program for brass bands and vocal groups.

The Salvation Army has produced some of the most outstanding brass bands in the world, with the International Staff Band from London, England, serving as the principle Army band in the world. Outstanding American brass bands can be found functioning as the New York Staff Band, Chicago Staff Band, Southern Territorial Band, National Capital Band, Pasadena Tabernacle Band, and Tustin Ranch Band.

Many Salvation Army officers and soldiers play musical instruments and participate in informal musical sessions. Bands and songster brigades (choirs) are recognized for their achievements and often are called upon to participate in community activities. Famous conductors and composers have commended Salvation Army bands for their musical excellence. Many prominent musicians throughout the world have received their music training in The Salvation Army.

Music programs are available at all local Salvation Army commands.


Disaster Relief

The Salvation Army is often among the first on the scene when disaster strikes. Officers, staff members and volunteers are trained to meet all kinds of emergencies by providing food, shelter, clothing and spiritual comfort. Disaster canteens have become familiar sights to firemen, policemen and victims alike.

The Salvation Army is officially recognized by federal, state and local governments across the country as a sanctioned disaster relief and assistance organization. The Salvation Army was involved in the development of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) recently released National Response Framework. The Army is recognized within this framework.  

The Army provides relief services to communities impacted by both natural and man-made disasters until the service is no longer needed by the community. When initiating a disaster relief operation, the first aim is to meet the basic needs of those who have been affected, both survivors and first responders. Even at this level, The Salvation Army's workers are ministering in that they serve as a means of expressing God's love to those in need. The Salvation Army's primary goals are to offer:

  • Material comfort
  • Physical comfort
  • Spiritual and Emotional comfort


Community Worship Centers

The Salvation Army’s Community Worship Centers are located throughout the Tampa Bay area. Each Community Worship Center is open to the public and holds worship services every Sunday. Programs include traditional church services with singing, Bible reading and preaching. We are a holiness based church that is eager to reach out to the lost of our community and invite them to join with us as we strive to live our lives for Jesus.

We offer a variety of programs geared toward men, women, children, senior citizens, and the greater community at large.  Some of the programs are designed to help build character in our youth as they grow up in a day and age that constantly challenges them and their faith. We also offer programs for men and women that provide fellowship, education, food and fun. 

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