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The Salvation Army's Social Services Department encompasses a wide range of programs to help individuals and families overcome daunting obstacles.  The Salvation Army's grand design in social work 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 emergency assistance, self-sufficiency programming, counseling, referral services and much more.   

Job Merit Program is designed for single men and women or women with children who are looking for an opportunity to change their lives.  A Job Counselor is available to assist in employability skills to improve the clients job and economic situation with a goal of  self-sufficiency.  A component of the Job Merit Program is the "Workers Program" which is designed for single men and women who may stay with us up to thirty(30) days.  Participants must have a steady job or be working day labor and be willing to show proof of an active savings/checking account.

Faith Based Transitional Housing, with stays of up to one year, clients have access to educational classes and job preparedness training, clothing, meals, toiletries, linens and   recreation.  Clients are referred by the Department of Corrections.

Workers Program is designed for single men and women who may stay with us up to thirty days.  Participants must have a steady job or working day labor.  Many clients  transition into  the Job Merit Program.

Temporary Case Managed Shelter are managed through Suncoast Mental Health.  Designed for single men and women with mental illness or mental illness combined with substance abuse, the client's case plan is focused on permanent housing or entering a treatment center.

Emergency Shelter is designed for individual men and women who choose not to  participate in our programs but just need a good night's rest, a hot shower and a hot meal.  Limited to 30 consecutive nights.

 

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

Financial Assistance is available once every twelve months for electric, gas or water bills but is limited to emergency situations.  Emergency situations are justified by producing a Shut-off Notice or a Notice of Eviction.  No deposits or rent.

New Shoe Program provides a voucher to purchase new shoes for school for students who have received a referral from a school social worker.  Families can request a voucher once every twelve months.

Furniture Assistance is available for extenuating circumstances.  A voucher for The Salvation Army's Family Stores can be issued for the necessary furnishings (i.e. bed mattresses, frames etc.)  Victims of disaster or fire must be referred by the American Red Cross and live in South Pinellas County.

Emergency Food is available to individuals with appropriate cooking facilities.  It is limited to couples, elderly and families as the homeless population are encouraged to take advantage of the Red Shield Soup Kitchen.

Emergency Clothing is available for extenuating circumstances.  A voucher for The Salvation Army's Family Stores can be issued for three (3) days of clothes.  Victims of disaster or fire must be referred by The American Red Cross and live in South Pinellas County in order to receive a voucher for seven (7) days of clothes.

 

 


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