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 over 120 countries. Nationally, we have over 62,000 employees and over 3 million volunteers.
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 International Mission Statement. In addition, new programs that address contemporary needs have been established. Among these are disaster relief services, day care centers, summer camps, holiday assistance, services for the aging, AIDS education and residential services, medical facilities, shelters for battered women and children, family and career counseling, vocational training, correctional services, and substance abuse rehabilitation.
The Central Territorial Headquarters is located in Des Plaines, IL. Within the jurisdiction of the Central Territory there are eleven states; Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. These states are divided up in to ten divisions within the territory.
The General, with the International headquarters in London, is the international leader of The Salvation Army.
In the United States, the functions of The Salvation Army are coordinated by the National Commander, whose office is at the National Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. For administrative purposes, the nation is divided into four territories: the Central with headquarters in Des Plaines, Illinois, the Eastern with headquarters in West Nyack, New York, the Southern with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Western with headquarters in Long Beach, California.
Each territory is under the leadership of a territorial commander. Territories are made up of units known as divisions. There are 40 in the United States and each is headed by a divisional commander. Divisions consist of corps centers for worship and service, which are the basic units of The Salvation Army, and various specialized centers. The functions of each corps include religious and social services which are adapted to local needs. Each corps is under the supervision of a corps officer.