Thousands of low income families in Flagler and Volusia County Florida receive help from the Salvation Army every year. The social services offered assist working poor individuals as well as people who are out of work. Many others who are faced with poverty can also use the Salvation Army programs. Emergency assistance is provided in order to help families make it through a crisis situation. Resources range from food assistance in the form of grocery vouchers or food bags, financial assistance to pay rent and utility bills, school clothing for children, and services that can help people secure prescription medications.
One of the key basic needs they try to meet is providing nutrition and food. The Salvation Army provides seniors and the needy with year-round food assistance through a soup kitchen. They will also provide a hot meal to anyone who needs it, including homeless people of all ages. Many people who request food may be down on their luck for a short period of time, and they may be in need of some extra assistance as they address their issues.
Emergency housing and shelter is offered. As a matter of fact, the Salvation Army runs the only Emergency Housing program that is currently available in the counties of Volusia and/or Flagler. Some of the housing assistance offered is as follows.
Transitional Housing is available to families and individuals who have been in the care of a Salvation Army emergency shelter in the past, and who need a little extra time and support before achieving mid to long term self-sufficiency. So clients of a shelter will be able to gain education and life skills training, both of which are critical to promoting the continued success of the inhabitants.
Emergency shelters are available across Florida as well. The agency welcomes all people who are faced with eviction or homelessness and who need help. The Salvation Army shelter services are available to a diverse background of people, including dual-parent families, single-parent families, women, single men, and married couples.
The Daytona Downtown Streets Team was formed from a partnership between the Salvation Army and the City of Daytona Beach. Homeless individuals and people who were recently evicted are provided meals, food, a room and other crisis support by the local Salvation Army center while they attend life skills training and also while they work full-time cleaning up the streets the community. So clients of this shelter do need to give back to the county.
This is a so called transitional program. It teaches people who use the shelter key life and job skills. They can acquire successful work habits such as learn the importance of getting to work on time, gain the satisfaction of completing tasks, and learn how to communicate effectively with both management and co-workers. All of this is done with the goal of building self-esteem and helping people re-enter the workforce.
Senior and elderly programs are offered. With the increasing number of senior citizens in Volusia County and the state of Florida, older adults living in poverty comprise a growing percentage and very vulnerable segment of the population. Many lower income seniors are in poor health and are unable to work to gain an income to pay their bills. Some senior citizens have no living relatives, or unfortunately, no one who will care for them and help them meet their needs. The Salvation Army offers senior assistance programs in order to help meet their needs.
The League of Mercy is a volunteer visitation program that provides comfort and companionship to older adults who are invalid, elderly, homebound, or otherwise shut-in. Several other senior programs focus on providing them with food, shelter, or emergency financial assistance in order to help them pay for and meet their meet their basic needs, including rent, medications, and utilities.
The Holidays can be a difficult time for many struggling families. Many children from low income families in Volusia county may not be able to receive a gift or toy because their parents are struggling. So the Salvation Army and their Angel Tree program can help provide for children around Christmas. Free gifts and toys are provided to children from low income families in the region, including Flagler County, who would otherwise be left out on Christmas and who would go without opening gifts. Each Angel Tag on the tree provides the clothing sizes, name, age, gender, and special Christmas needs of a child, and generous people or businesses from the community will buy the items for the child.
Meals are offered from a program known as Helpings from the Heart. Needy families can receive free Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Most of the support is offered to senior citizens, families, the elderly and other individuals.
More general food assistance programs are offered year round. Every week Salvation Army centers across the nation and Florida distribute food and groceries to families and individuals in need of help and who need assistance in providing for their family. Using contributions and donations from the greater Volusia community, the Salvation Army can provide turkey coupons, food boxes and gift cards to needy families, individuals, and senior citizens during the holidays. Dozens of full boxes and bags of groceries are passed out each week from pantries and other centers.
1415 Ridgewood Ave, Holly Hill, telephone number (386) 672-1848
663 Arnau Dr, New Smyrna Beach, FL dial (386) 427-1532 for intake
700 W 24th St, Sanford, (407) 322-2642
560 Ballough Rd, Daytona Beach, Florida, (386) 257-4391
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