Food for the hungry, clothing for the poor and shelter for the homeless, provided with care and compassion, is what The Salvation Army does best. It believes that a person’s life can be changed for the better and ministers tirelessly to that end.
Families who have shelter needs can remain together, while receiving short or long-term shelter care at the Red Shield Lodge in the Towers Memorial Social Services Center. The shelter is divided into men’s and women’s dorms, with a separate family section. Pregnant women can also receive shelter for the duration of their pregnancy and beyond birth through the Mommy-to-be program. The Cold Night Shelter, housed in the Jacksonville Citadel gymnasium, provides a safe, warm place for homeless men when the temperature dips below forty degrees.
Serving dinner for unsheltered homeless persons and the working poor occurs every night of the year and on Sunday mornings at the Soup Kitchen. Staffed through volunteers, the year-round food program is supported by churches, civic groups, families and individuals who want to give back to the community.
Food for Families, a food pantry program, provides supplemental groceries each month to nearly 2500 income-eligible households throughout six counties. Life Skills Assistance helps people get back on their feet with job preparation and placement, budgeting, transitional housing, debt relief counseling and educational programs. Each training program is tailored to the person’s individual needs and comprehensive case-management services are provided.
Each summer, at-risk children from low-income families in the community enjoy a week-long, overnight camping experience at 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.
For more information on any of the programs listed below, please call (904) 356-8641.
BASIC NEEDS ASSISTANCE
Rent and Utility Assistance: Monies provided through various funding sources to assist individuals in financial crises
Thanksgiving Food Boxes: Enough food for a complete holiday meal, including a whole chicken or turkey and assorted canned and dry goods. Canned food is donated through school food drives. Food boxes are distributed to income-eligible families.
Holiday Meals: 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.
Food Pantry: A food pantry program in partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank, serving about 250 income eligible households per week with supplemental groceries
Night Feeding: 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 ninety Northeast Florida children from low-income families enjoy a week-long, overnight summer camp experience at The Salvation Army’s beautiful Camp Keystone in Starke, 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 ASSISTANCE
Men’s and Women’s Dorms: Shelter care recipients may stay up to eight nights per month at no charge. If they wish to stay longer, they may pre-pay and have a bed reserved. Clients can choose to pay by the night, week or month. The fee is $10 per night, $70 per week. Monthly rates vary between $280-$310, depending on the number of days per month. 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.
Family Section: This section provides shelter care and case management to families suffering from homelessness. 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.
RESIDENTIAL CORRECTIONS PROGRAM
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.
Faith-Based Transitional Housing: In conjunction with the Florida Department of Corrections, this 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.
The Emergency Solutions Grant is sponsored by The Salvation Army and the State of Florida Department of Children and Families.
The Salvation Army is committed to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the delivery of services to qualified individuals with disabilities to include the deaf and hard of hearing. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. The Salvation Army will provide auxiliary aids and services to the deaf and hard of hearing clients and companions to allow for effective communication and participation in programs offered by The Salvation Army. These aids and services will be made available at no cost to the client or companion. Anyone who requires an accommodation or auxiliary aid/service for effective communication should contact The Salvation Army or Florida Relay 1 (800) 955-8770 (Voice) or 1 (800) 955-8771 (TTY).
Questions regarding any information contained on this website should be directed to the DCF Office of Civil Rights, 1317 Winewood Blvd., Building 1 Room 110, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0700. You can also call the DCF Office of Civil Rights at (850) 487-1901 or locally Mr. Richard Valentine Phone: 904-723-2097, 5920 Arlington Expressway Roberts Building, Room 216-L Jacksonville, Florida 32211.