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Brevard County Salvation Army emergency assistance programs.

The Salvation Army may be able to assist people in Brevard County that are facing a crisis or who are struggling. Several social services, case management, rent and electric bill help, and emergency needs can be met by the non-profit, as funding and resources allow. Applicants will need to meet qualifications and apply for assistance as well.

Shelters are offered in the county and across the state of Florida. The Salvation Army Corps provide shelter and transition housing as part of the Red Shield Lodge. While space is limited and the demand is high, the organization will try its best to meet the needs of the community.

People who stay in the housing units will also access case management. This will be provided by the Brevard corps Social Services Department. Case managers will try to identify and meet needs of the poor and low income. They will also try to establish a plan of service and link residents to community partners, including non-profits. During the relatively colder months or hot and steamy months in Florida, the number of people who can use the facility is temporarily increased. Everyone who uses a shelter will also be offered a dinner and/or a breakfast the next day.

Soup kitchens are located across the community. Some are run in partnership with churches and other charities. These can also serve a hot meal to people, including the homeless, who need a place to eat.

Much of the financial aid offered by the Salvation Army is known as Social Services. Each center will have a Food Pantry stocked with groceries and other non-perishable foods. While not as common, a center should also be able to distribute perishable items and fresh fruits or vegetables as they are received from local businesses.

Emergency financial assistance is also available, but is much more limited. The agency may offer assistance with paying for rent and mortgage, and this is done in an effort to stop homelessness. An eviction letter is also normally needed.





Other needs that can be met by the organization can include utilities or medications. In addition, additional basic needs are addressed when funding is available and eligibility criteria are met. For example, the organization may be senior citizens can receive a free box fan. Appointments are needed for any emergency aid.

A Domestic Violence Program is also administered. The Salvation Army offers a variety of services and assistance programs to victims of domestic abuse. Both residential and non-residential services are provided by Salvation Army staff and volunteers. All advice and guidance is confidential. Assistance is provided to victims without regard to gender, age, race, creed, national origin, religious beliefs, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, or their total income. The program will also try to make accommodations for persons with Limited-English skills or disabilities. This entire program is provided for free to individuals across Brevard County.

A thrift store is also on site. This will sell gently used goods, clothing, furniture, and more to people regardless of their income. It is open to the public.

There are several different centers around the county. Some due restrict the geographic territory served. Also, as indicated, the Salvation Army does have limited funding and a formal application process is in place too.

Often combined with the thrift store programs will be the Brevard County Salvation Army holiday resources. Most start to accept applications in the October timeframe. They provide parents and families with free toys at Christmas as well as other support. Two other holiday resources include Thanksgiving meals as well as back to school supplies.




Salvation Army locations in Brevard County Florida

Cocoa Social Service Office is located at 919 Peachtree St., Bldg B in Cocoa, Florida. Call (321) 632-6060

The Titusville Social Service Office is based at 1218 W. Main St., Titusville, FL 32780. Telephone number is (321) 269-3110

The soup kitchen that is referenced above is located at the Titusville office. Both lunches and dinners are served most days of the week. Please donate or volunteer if you can.

Thrift Store is located at 2300 S. Washington Ave. Titusville, Florida 32780.


By Jon McNamara

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