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The Salvation Army’s social services range from the fight against human trafficking to providing arts programs to children in under-served communities. It has historically responded to changing social service needs meeting the homeless, the hungry and the forgotten where they are.

From being the first responders in disaster relief to providing housing and programs for those affected by HIV AIDS, or delivering housing and employment services to veterans, The Salvation Army is touching hundreds of thousands of lives every year.

Whether it’s a sit-down holiday meal for 2,000 — summer camp experience for inner city kids – services for seniors — a network of transitional and permanent housing programs — The Salvation Army is also here to meet the complete needs of humanity with soup, soap and salvation; offering spiritual care and counseling for those in need. Where there is a need, you will find The Salvation Army.

In 1887, The Salvation Army established itself in Southern California, holding a prayer meeting on the corner of Temple and Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. In the ensuing 130 years, the Southern California Division has provided services and hope from San Luis Obispo to Orange County. The Salvation Army’s history of public service dates back to 1865. Over the years, it has evolved into a social service provider of unmatched scope and breadth — delivering assistance to those in need.

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.


General William Booth


General André Cox


Commissioner Kenneth G. Hodder


Lt. Colonel Kyle Smith


Major Osei Stewart

While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while little children go hungry, I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, where there remains one dark soul without the light of God — I’ll fight! I’ll fight to the very end!
William Booth • The Salvation Army founder
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