About the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
The Salvation Army began as a ministry to the unchurched. In 1865, William Booth, former Methodist pastor and now an independent evangelist, began to preach in the slums of London's East End. It was not his plan to establish a church, but when he attempted to send converts to local churches, they did not feel at home because of their poor appearances. In order to provide places of worship for these converts, William and Catherine Booth established Christian Mission Centers. In 1878, under the name, "The Salvation Army," these centers assumed a military character and Booth took the title of General. Ministers became "Officers," members were called "Soldiers," and the mission centers were called "Corps." The Army's work in the United States started in 1879 and came to Chattanooga in 1893.
Today, The Salvation Army continues to share the Good News while 'doing the most good' to meet the needs of the hungry, the homeless and the hopeless. Its ministry touches millions of lives every day. The Salvation Army is active in 126 countries, and is preaching the gospel in over 180 languages. It is the policy of The Salvation Army to suit its programs to the varying needs of people throughout the world. The sun never sets on the work and ministry of The Salvation Army.