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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


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