Families in Polk County who are faced with a crisis, such as lack of food or an eviction notice, may get assistance from the Salvation Army. The agency administers a number of social services and outreach for those who are homeless, struggling to feed their family, and those with an emergency.
The SHIELD Outreach Center is available for those who are faced with a crisis or an unexpected emergency. It offers assistance to low to moderate income families, homeless, the unemployed, and people who are struggling. If you find yourself with an eviction notice or utility shut off notice, or run out of food, call a Salvation Army Center in Lakeland or the greater Polk County region. Another service offered is an identification assistance program that can help homeless persons obtain state I.D. cards in order for them to access community services or help them get a job. After all acquiring new skills and obtaining full time employment is the best way to resolve homelessness.
Emergency Family Shelter and Nutrition Program is provided at the Center of Hope. The Polk County location can accommodate over 10 regional homeless families with children. It is available to families whether their need for shelter is due to a domestic situation, a natural disaster or loss a home. Homeless families who live at the Salvation Army shelter are provided additional support as well, which includes three meals a day, a clean bed, hot shower, as well as free day or childcare while the parents seek work. The shelter also serves as a temporary emergency service where trained social workers can assist clients in finding more longer term solutions to their problems.
In addition, the low income and those who are hungry can take advantage of the free community lunches and meals that are offered as part of this nutrition center/program. Healthy food is offered for families, children, and the needy.
Self-sufficiency services are offered as part of the Family Living Center. The program can help low income and homeless families acquire and develop the necessary skills and tools to maintain and achieve self-sufficiency. The goal is to get people into a permanent living arrangement in the Florida area.
Some of the social services offered by the Salvation Army include life-skill training in education, budgeting, credit repair, money management, nutrition, and parenting. Qualified families are provided the opportunities to obtain a self-supporting level of independence and self-sufficiency. The facility provides apartments, free child care, and other support while parents are working.
Other social services may be provided. Salvation Army centers are always a great place to contact for referrals, guidance, and support. Learn about local food pantries in Polk County, homeless prevention programs, and government programs such as LIHEAP and section 8 vouchers. Salvation Army centers also help families during the holidays. In particular children can benefit from programs such as the Angel Tree. Receive gifts, toys, and Christmas meals and joy.
A licensed child care facility in the Polk County region is the H.A.L.O. Child Enrichment Center, and it was created for homeless children whose families are currently residing in the Family Living program, Emergency Family Shelter, or other local shelters in Lakeland or Polk County. HALO is staffed with highly trained child care professionals who offer stability, love, and support to you and your children. They work to create an atmosphere for your child to be successful. Parenting skills and advice is also offered.
There are two main locations in the region. They are 1898 U.S. 17, Winter Haven Florida (call (863) 294-7493) as well as 830 North Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL. Telephone (863) 682-8179.
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