EXECUTIVES: Majors Ted and Pamala Morris, Area Commander
LOCATION: Orlando, FL
Since 1920, The Salvation Army Orlando Metropolitan Area Command has worked to improve quality of life for men, women and children. Originally located in downtown Orlando at Central and Magnolia, the organization moved its headquarters in 1968 to their current location on West Colonial Drive. The Army offers an array of social services, such as providing shelter for the homeless through the Men’s Shelter, a 116-bed facility. There is also the Women’s and Children’s Shelter, a
62-bed facility providing immediate shelter to women and their children. The Salvation Army provides permanent housing for low-income seniors through the Catherine and William Booth Towers, consisting of 293 one-bedroom/one-bath apartments with full amenities. Collaboration with local agencies helps the Army to combat homelessness, food insecurity and lack of affordable housing.
The Salvation Army also aids in disaster relief, supplying food, emotional support and other services. Working with government disaster agencies such as FEMA, the organization is focused on providing the best care to those affected in Orlando. The Salvation Army provided first responders meals after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016, as well as offered financial and emotional support to those families directly affected by this tragedy. It also provided assistance to those evacuating from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
The organization is able to connect with the community through various events. Last year, the Salvation Army hosted a Senior Fair, where information on healthcare, community resources and transportation were provided. In collaboration with Chick-fil-A, The Salvation Army was able to place its Christmas Angel Trees in more than 20 of its restaurants in Central Florida.
This year, the Salvation Army continues to have a strong reach throughout Central Florida. The organization’s annual “Give Hope, Change Lives” Gala and Silent Auction presents The Army to the Orlando Metropolitan area and also serves as a fundraising event. Proceeds benefit those who utilize services. The 2018 “Give Hope, Change Lives” Gala and Silent Auction takes place on Friday, April 27 and will feature world-class athlete and Olympian, Lolo Jones. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Rosen Centre, located on 9840 International Drive in Orlando.