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Pasco County Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Salvation Army can provide temporary assistance for basic and emergency needs. The organization operates centers in Pasco County and Dade City which can provide support in the form of food, emergency rental or utility bill assistance, clothing, holiday assistance and more. They are one of the leading non-profits to contact in Florida for help.

Many of the emergency assistance programs are offered as part of the Center of Hope. Some examples of what may be distributed from the Salvation Army are as follows. However, all resources are limited and will come with conditions.

Food pantries and a feeding program provides a free, daily hot nutritious meal for anyone who would like to site down and eat at their center. The pantries may have canned goods, perishable food, breads, formula, and other support. Volunteers of the Salvation Army may also deliver to the homebound or senior citizens in Pasco County.

Financial support is offered, and is done so the form of a hand up. This means that applicants need to be on the way to self-sufficiency and stability. The Pasco centers do not offer a hand out. Emergency assistance may be available for a partial rent, utility bill payment, or medication. A focus is always on the most at risk, such as seniors on a fixed income or families with young children. Basic needs such as clothing, school supplies, and referrals are available as well.

Obtain applications, and get help in applying for, public and government aid such as Florida Kidcare, food stamps, WIC, or Medicaid. Clients may be able to access Florida Department of Children and Families computer database. This is an option at the East Pasco Dade City Service Center.

For those low income or senior families that qualify, a wide range of other social services and resources are available. They include the following.





  • Case management, which incorporates community education, Professional Training, information and referrals, and even personal and legal advocacy.
  • Assistance with household goods includes emergency food/clothing, school items, professional work attire and related items. All goods are provided on a case by case basis.
  • Support Groups for Women and Children, Crisis Intervention, and a 24 hour hotline. This hotline gives information on Florida cash and public assistance programs as well as other support.
  • Pasco County Florida families can access the Brown Bag Lunch Program, which is currently open to all walk-ins. Currently, when resources allow, the free lunch consists of sandwich, a piece of fruit, and a fresh bottle of water.

A shelter is available that also provides clients with other assistance. Some of what may be provided by the Salvation Army for those that use this resource includes Case Management, Community Education, DV Dynamics Classes, Free Emergency Food/Clothing, Support Groups for Women and Children, Professional Training, Injunction Assistance, Information and Referrals, Crisis Intervention, and Personal and Legal Advocacy. There may also be Limited Transportation (Shelter Van) for senior citizens and assistance provided for victims Compensation/Relocation.

Family stores operate in the region. Some of what a regional thrift store may have for the general public is the following. Receive clothing for women, such as socks, hygiene products, dresses, blankets, linens, and over-the-counter medication. The thrift store may have children’s goods too, such as undergarments, pajamas, socks, diapers, baby wipes, baby shampoo, school supplies.

More general items are offered too. This can include cleaning supplies, freezer bags, paper products, storage bags, alarm clocks, pots and pans, silverware, plastic bowls, and plastic cups.

Additional holiday programs can assist the less fortunate. This can include programs such as Angel Tree and Adopt a Family. Children and seniors may receive goods, such as toys or free clothes, around the holidays.




Addresses and phone numbers of Pasco County centers

The Salvation Army may not only offer financial help or free stuff (toys, school supplies, food, etc.) from these locations in Pasco County, but they also coordinate case management as well as referral services.

8040 Washington Street, Port Richey, Florida 34668, dial 727-847-6321

East Pasco Dade City Service Center, 14445 7th Street, Dade City, FL  33523, main number is 352-521-3126.

By Jon McNamara

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