Who We Are
Who we are
The Salvation Army is a worldwide religious and charitable organization, motivated by the love of God and concern for the needs of humanity. The Army's tradition of helping those in need began more than 150 years ago. Members of The Salvation Army serve the poor and needy in 127 countries. Nationally, we have over 62,000 employees and over 3 million volunteers.
What we do
The Salvation Army was founded with the basic social services principles of taking care of the physical and emotional needs of the hungry and homeless and remains an outward visible expression of the Army's strong religious principles, as described in our Mission Statement.
In addition, new programs that address contemporary needs have been established. Among these are disaster relief services, child care centers, summer camps, holiday assistance, services for the aging, veterans programs, shelters for women and children, family and career counseling, vocational training, correctional services, and substance abuse rehabilitation.The Salvation Army Mission Statement
In 1867, Booth had only 10 full-time workers, but by 1874, Booth’s followers had grown to 1,000 volunteers and 42 evangelists. At this time, the group was serving under the name “The Christian Mission.” The group officially adopted the title of “The Salvation Army” in August of 1878.
The ministry migrated to America in 1880, and was in full bloom by 1885, when The Salvation Army’s first meeting took place in Philadelphia. After receiving a warm welcome, The Salvation Army expanded its operation throughout the United States. Today, there are more than 9,000 Salvation Army centers and local neighborhood units in the United States.
The work of the Army in what is now the Heartland Division also began in the mid 1880's, when several locations began their work, including Peoria in 1886. Peoria is not only home to a Corps Community Center, but also serves as the Divisional Headquarters.