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Housing: The Sue M Pridmore Center

Is the only transitional center in Brevard County, the Sue M. Pridmore Center for Homeless Women and Children provides shelter, food, spiritual comfort and emotional support to women, with or without children.  To help those seeking to break free from chronic homelessness and unemployment, the Center offers an wide range of life-skills training to help its residents successfully transition into the local community and become productive, self-sufficient individuals.

Every day, families in the Melbourne area are facing disaster. It’s not a hurricane that threatens their well being, but a lost job, medical bills, and the high cost of living in our community.  Sometimes these challenges overwhelm a family and they become homeless. Mothers with children are especially at risk as they face the challenges of juggling employment, child care, and living expenses. Often they lack the education, support, and mentoring they need to overcome the adversities they face. When they become homeless, these families need more than a roof over their head; they need a support system to build upon.

For women without young children, the challenges they face are different; being displaced homemakers, widows or recently divorced with no prior work history, laid off from long term jobs only to find they are over qualified to find immediate employment in their career field, etc. Whatever their challenges are, they still require the same support system to overcome their situations and regain self-sufficiency. The Pridmore Center is the only transitional shelter in Brevard County that will intake a woman without children.

That is why The Salvation Army offers our transitional housing solution for women with or without children to help them break free from chronic homelessness and unemployment. The Sue M Pridmore Center for Women and Children is providing these women stability through shelter, self-sufficiency through life skills training and, most of all; personal transformation by helping them to overcome the challenges in their lives and turn their lives right side up.

Mission Statement

Serves to provide shelter, food, spiritual comfort and emotional support to homeless women with or without children.  Serves to provide a variety of services in a caring, loving and Christian environment.  Serves to provide training in a wide range of life skills in order for the women to successfully transition into our local community.

These women will be afforded every opportunity to become productive, self-sufficient individuals, who possess the essential skills to contribute to and succeed in the community.  They will function as responsible employees, respected citizens, nurturing parents and conscientious neighbors who are also able to maintain their own dwelling.  In turn these women will have overcome the crisis of homelessness.

Center's Namesake

The center is the only transitional shelter for women with or without children in Brevard County and is named in honor of Sue M. Pridmore.  Mrs. Pridmore was a life-long supporter of The Salvation Army and desired to help alleviate homelessness in Brevard County.  To that end, she and her husband endowed funding for the building of the Sue M. Pridmore Center for Women & Children.  The Salvation Army Melbourne, FL Corps will forever be grateful for their generous and unselfish contribution.


Residential Services

Amenities

  • An eight-apartment, 48 bed facility (includes 16 adult female beds and 32 beds for children)
  • Business/computer station
  • Case plan management
  • Classes, mentoring & worshops
  • Clothes closet
  • Dining Facility
  • Gathering Room
  • Indoor/Outdoor play areas for children
  • Laundry room
  • Library
  • 60-90 day length stay

Support Services

Case Management

Residents will work collaboratively with in-house case managers throughout the duration of their stay for the purpose of establishing and implementing well-defined goals leading to self-sufficiency.  Case managers will serve as counselors and resource persons, to our residents.

Career Development

Residents will receive one on one and group career development instruction; with an emphasis on promotion and growth.  In addition, the center will partner with established community-based career developers to meet this need.

Housing Retention Education

Residents will work with case managers to devise a realistic and practical plan toward short and long term housing retention.

Self Improvement

The center will make a number of self-improvement resources available in the forms of classes, workshops and mentoring.  Areas of focus will include (but are not limited to):

  • Budgeting and Finance
  • Fostering Healthy Relationships
  • Self Care