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Salvation Army Center of Hope

Provides Emergency Shelter for women, men and families who would otherwise be at the mercy of the elements and those with evil intent. We offer a 42 bed men's dorm, 19 bed women's dorm, and 3 rooms for short-term occupancy by families with children.

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Last Updated Ago Added Aug 9, 2016

Ocala, FL, 34478

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Last Updated Ago Added Oct 24, 2020

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If you have stayed in this shelter, how was your stay?

User Answers

  1. There is no help to find a more sutable housing. However, with one exception, the staff is kind and helpful. Because of covid, my stay has been extended. Staff is overworked, but I believe that they do the best that they can. It is a roof over my head, a bed and 3 meals a day. It is a blessing, for those of us who have no home.

    Answer posted on Nov 7, 2020 0
  2. It was nicely and clean well this was a few yrs back the employees were very patient and kind to me I was very grateful

    Answer posted on Dec 9, 2020 0
  3. It isn't like being in my own home. The staff is nice for the most part. They do fuss at you for not wearing a mask in areas where everyone congregates outside of the dorms. There are dorms that look like what you imagine in a summer camp with bunk beds and no real storage space. You're not allowed to have your own food and you have to eat whatever they serve unless you have food stamps or money to purchase your own. The director will call you in her office sometimes, which is scary. She is really nice but she is also matter of fact. She asked me to help by volunteering pack bags of food. I loved it. I felt like I was helping someone else besides myself. I imagined the people who would come get the food I bagged. I forgot about my own problems for a few hours. I loved working in the pantry.

    Answer posted on Nov 17, 2021 0
  4. A blessing.

    Answer posted on Feb 8, 2022 0

Is this a safe shelter to stay in?

User Answers

  1. No

    Answer posted on Aug 29, 2021 0
  2. I felt safe. They have security guards at night. The building is locked. There are cameras. Is it as safe as your home? Maybe not but it's safer than the streets and the woods.

    Answer posted on Nov 17, 2021 0
  3. Yes.

    Answer posted on Feb 8, 2022 0

Do they accept pets at this shelter?

User Answers

  1. Told me no 5 hours later

    Answer posted on Aug 29, 2021 0
  2. They let me bring my service dog but there's no signs that say they do or don't anywhere not even in their intake paperwork or rules they give you to fill out.

    Answer posted on Nov 17, 2021 0

Do you have any advice for those wanting to stay at this shelter?

User Answers

  1. Beats sleeping on the street especially in OCALA.

    Answer posted on Nov 6, 2020 0
  2. Bring your ID. They do a background check. Come after dinner, it seems to be the best time. Don't bring a lot of stuff because there's no place to store it.

    Answer posted on Nov 17, 2021 0
  3. Just ask staff for anything, God has them there for a reason.

    Answer posted on Feb 8, 2022 0

How long can you stay here?

User Answers

  1. Five hours

    Answer posted on Aug 29, 2021 0
  2. The staff says it's case by case. Some people won't be able to stay because they do a background check. Some people stay longer because they need a lot more help than others. The rules paper you get says it's an emergency shelter and that it's only 14-days. I know people are staying longer, maybe it's because there's no such thing as Affordable Housing in Ocala, FL, especially if you're making under $5000 a month.

    Answer posted on Nov 17, 2021 0
  3. 14 days.

    Answer posted on Feb 8, 2022 0
  4. 14 days

    Answer posted on May 19, 2023 0


  1. Om
    Dec 28, 2019Reply
    The employees are ride and they don't help with locating someone that calls for a ride from their facility.
  2. Andy
    Mar 9, 2020Reply
    Breakfast is supposed to be between 6:30 AM and 7:00 am Sunday yesterday I was told to leave while I was eating the everyone was told to leave at 6:50 Am could not finish eating.Today I have been told to leave they're not letting anyone eat anything because they can treat us like shit and get away with it

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