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We are an organization dedicated to Doing the Most Good in your community.

Who We Are

At The Salvation Army, we are dedicated to Doing the Most Good. We are made up of thousands of officers, soldiers, staff, volunteers, donors, and partners working together to holistically meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. We do this through programs designed to combat homelessness and hunger, provide safe spaces for kids after school and on the weekends, achieve and maintain sobriety, and give hope to the hopeless. The Salvation Army North and Central Illinois Division provides these services to people in need throughout greater Chicagoland and Northern Illinois.

The Salvation Army is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by U.S. law.

Mission Statement
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.

Vision Statement
The Salvation Army is a fully equipped and empowered Army of Christ’s followers passionately and effectively engaged in holistic ministries that are restoring people spiritually, emotionally and physically.

What We Do & How We Help
People often ask why The Salvation Army offers so many different services and programs. The programs and services differ in order to meet the unique needs of the people in the communities we serve. We take a holistic approach to Doing the Most Good where there is the most need without discrimination, whether it be disaster relief, emergency assistance, substance abuse rehabilitation, or educational programs for children. To learn more about The Salvation Army North and Central Illinois Division, you may review our most recent Annual Report. You can discover the global legacy of The Salvation Army at

If you find yourself in need — whether that need be practical, recreational, spiritual or emotional — we hope you will seek our assistance.

North and Central Illinois Divisional Headquarters

The Salvation Army North and Central Illinois Division
5040 N. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, IL 60630
Phone: (773) 725-1100 | Fax: (773) 725-2822

With a presence in nearly every zip code in America, there is a local Salvation Army near you. There are 37 Corps Community Centers within the North and Central Illinois Division. To find The Salvation Army in your community, type in your zip code in our location search tool here.

For information on The Salvation Army's work in other parts of the United States, visit our National website. And visit The Salvation Army International website to learn how we're Doing The Most Good around the world every day.

The Salvation Army is led by officers – ordained ministers – who supervise the many programs and services provided in your area. They also serve as administrators, counselors and youth leaders.


The Salvation Army is proud to welcome new divisional leaders, Lt. Colonel Jonathan Rich and Lt. Colonel Barbara Rich as divisional commander and secretary of officer development respectively. The Riches have served as officers in The Salvation Army, sharing their leadership experience, vision and ministry. They are supported by numerous officers, dedicated staff, and board members.


Divisional Leadership Staff

Lt. Colonel Jonathan Rich
Divisional Commander

Lt. Colonel Barbara Rich
Divisional Leader for Officer Development

Major Caleb Senn
General Secretary & Chicago Area Commander

Major Stephanie Senn
Divisional Secretary for Program

Major K. Kendall Mathews
Associate Chicago Area Commander

Major Michael Cho
Divisional Secretary for Business

Major Alisha Cho
Divisional Secretary

Major Joanna L. Rose
Divisional Women’s Ministries Secretary

Captain Jessica Martinez
Divisional Secretary, Hispanic Ministries

Leon Denton
Divisional Social Services Director

Majors Anthony and Brianne Bowers
Divisional Youth Secretary
Divisional Candidates' Secretary

Major Jaqueline Palmer
Community Care Ministries Secretary
Veterans’ Admin Representative
Older Adult Ministries Program Director

Majors Joel and Rhonda Harmon, Special Services


Chicago Advisory Board

The Chicago Advisory Board is comprised of community and business leaders dedicated to helping The Salvation Army fulfill its mission of serving our most vulnerable neighbors throughout the greater Chicagoland area. Members serve in an advisory capacity, helping the Army deliver its services in and the most caring and efficient manner possible.


The Salvation Army Echelon seeks to mobilize the next generation for The Salvation Army by providing opportunities for young adults to engage with the organization through volunteerism, fundraising and advocacy among other young professionals.

Public Relations and Media Inquiries:

Kristin Williamson Swenson, News Media Contact


Phone: 217-343-1594

Brian Duewel, Director of Communications 


Phone: 773-551-9069

Recent Media Coverage

Ways to Give

Discover ways to support The Salvation Army on our Ways to Give page.

Donate Goods

To schedule a free donation pick up please call 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825). To learn more about our Thrift Stores and donation centers visit

Mobile Text Alerts:

To receive mobile alerts from The Salvation Army choose from the options below. Once you have received your invitation, reply Y to activate.

Events and Fundraising Opportunities


Volunteer Opportunities
Text VOLUNTEER to 51555.


Job Alerts
Text SAJOBS to 51555.


Local Disasters Alerts
Text DISASTERS to 51555.


Sunday Inspirationals
Text BLESSED to 51555.


Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 51555 to stop. Text HELP to 51555 for help.


If you are interested in a career within The Salvation Army, visit our Careers website to view current job opportunities.


To find ways to volunteer and support your community, view our regional volunteer locations, or contact our Volunteer Resources Office.

The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to help with mortgage/rent, utility bills, clothing, medication bills, and other needs in order to keep families in their homes. For more information or support contact your local Corps Community Center or Service Extension.

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