Basic Needs Assistance
Rent and Utility Assistance
Monies provided through various funding sources to assist individuals in financial crisis.
Thanksgiving Food Boxes
Enough food for a complete holiday meal, including a whole chicken and assorted canned and dry goods. Canned food is donated through school food drives. Food boxes are distributed to income-eligible families.
An open-house style meal for indigent and working poor individuals and families on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
Angel Tree / Toy Shop
A program providing toys, clothing and stockings for children up to twelve years of age at Christmas. Gifts are donated by local individuals, families, churches and other organizations at “Angel Trees” throughout the community and distributed at the Toy Shop shortly before Christmas.
A food pantry program in partnership with the Second Harvest
Food Bank, serving about 100 income eligible households per week with supplemental groceries
Dinner for unsheltered homeless persons and the working poor, seven nights a week and Sunday morning. The Salvation Army serves over 5,000 meals per month though this program, which is staffed by volunteers from area churches and civic organizations.
Residential Summer Camp for Low Income Children
Each summer, over seventy-five Northeast Florida children from low-income families enjoy a week-long, overnight summer camp experience at The Salvation Army’s beautiful Camp Keystone in Keystone Heights, Florida. This fun-filled week of play, rest and spiritual enrichment is provided at no cost to the campers’ families; private donors cover the cost of the camp program. Salvation Army officers and carefully trained counselors ensure a caring, safe and memorable camp experience for the children.
Stuff the Bus
Success in school depends on having the proper “equipment”. The Salvation Army’s “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive is conducted each summer in partnership with First Coast News, Publix Super Markets, Community First Credit Union, and other community groups. Over a thousand children from low-income households receive donated school supplies, eliminating the embarrassment and academic disadvantages of being unprepared in the classroom.
Basic Shelter Care
Men’s and Women’s Dorms
Shelter care recipients may stay for eight nights per month at no charge. If they wish to stay longer, they may pre-pay $100 per week and have a bed reserved. Integrated case management services are provided to assist with Life Skills, referral service assistance, job preparation and placement, advocacy, and housing. Clients are provided a guaranteed bed, bed linen, dinner, breakfast and a bag lunch, use of shower facilities and access to a washer and dryer and a locker for storage.
This section provides shelter care and case management on a short-term basis. Three meals per day, life-skills assistance, job placement assistance and financial guidance are included. Family members reside together in their own room while at our shelter.
Pregnant women who need shelter reside in our family section. Some challenges they face are a shortage of living facilities and difficulty getting employment. The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary assists with the costs incurred by this program. Clients in this program may remain in the shelter for the duration of their pregnancy and up to several months beyond the birth. Case management is provided throughout.
Residential Corrections Programs
Non-Secure Drug Treatment
A six-month program providing an alternative to prison for those convicted of a drug-related felony. The first two months involve intensive treatment involving three psycho-educational groups per day and one individual counseling session per week, along with other therapeutic activities. The following four months are spent in work release, with treatment continuing in the evenings. Group and individual counseling is provided in a therapeutic community setting. Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Celebrate Recovery are offered one evening per week, as well.
Probation Restitution Program
A residential six-month to one-year program that enables clients to pay off restitution and court costs while receiving case management services.
Post Release Transitional Housing
In conjunction with the Florida Department of Corrections, this program serves men recently released from the Florida State Prison System. The program helps them prepare for reintegration into society by providing life-skills assistance, case management and job placement assistance.