The Salvation Army is uniquely equipped to respond to both acute disasters such as fires and floods as well as the daily, ongoing struggles of the less fortunate individuals and families and has a record of success stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually.
The basic social services developed by founders, William and Catherine Booth, have remained an outward visible expression of The Salvation Army’s strong religious principles. We seek to be adequate and adaptive, helping anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Food pantries, soup kitchens, and meal programs are the most fundamental social service program offered at nearly every Salvation Army location. These programs provide nutritious, warm meals to individuals and families struggling to make ends meet. Many Salvation Army locations increase these programs during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season which are both financially and emotionally straining on many households.
Trained and experienced Salvation Army officers and social workers provide counseling services for a wide array of needs ranging from household budgeting and finance to family matters such as parenting and more. The Salvation Army not only provides spiritual guidance, but will also refer clients to other agencies that may offer additional resources for the individual or family.
Numerous career development programs provide a myriad of support for local job seekers. In addition to resume building, interview techniques, and job search skills, these programs provide assistance with online tools and resources assisting candidates in finding meaningful employment opportunities.
The Salvation Army Soup's On! Project is a culinary arts job training and placement program. The program recruits under- and unemployed individuals from various Salvation Army, CareerLink, P.W.D.C., and Welfare to Work programs. Soup’s On! Project provides participants with new skills through on-the-job training and is designed to teach students all facets of the culinary arts industry including cooking, marketing, distribution, and business management. Program graduates earn a ServeSafe certificate from the National Restaurant Association.
And while the iconic Salvation Army red kettles truly are the ultimate sign of the Christmas season, we remain extremely grateful to numerous media partners for their generosity in remembering the children and seniors during this time. Thanks to WBEB-FM, KYW-TV, WCAU-TV, and WBSG-TV, children throughout the Delaware Valley have received new toys on Christmas morning. And the WGAL-TV Coats for Kids campaign has allowed The Salvation Army to provide warmth to children across the Susquehanna Valley.
Each holiday season, thousands of people donate gifts and clothing items that we are able to share with children and families in need. The Salvation Army also reaches out to those who may be feeling alone during the holidays. Our volunteers visit hospital patients and nursing home residents to bring them Christmas cheer, gifts, and fellowship. We make sure to visit with families who have members incarcerated in correctional facilities so they too know how much God loves them.
Through all of our efforts, The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas and throughout the year.
Adoption and Foster Care
Corps Community Centers
Music and Arts