Salvation Army of Southern California

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What does The Salvation Army do?
It is hard to list everything that The Salvation Army does since it does everything from feeding starving children and families through recovery from natural disasters, and more. They battle against poverty, addiction and homelessness. They are a kind face to comfort the sick and elderly, a wise spirit to support the education of all ages, and a giving heart to address need wherever it occurs. For more information about specific activities and programs offered, please see the Service section of our web site.

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Does The Salvation Army help only those of a certain religion?
The Salvation Army pledges to help people of all religions, as well as those with no religious base. We have an official "position statement" that says: "All social welfare services to individuals or families are given without discrimination, according to the capacity of the organization to serve in meeting the needs of those involved."

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Does The Salvation Army discriminate in its delivery of services against those of a particular race or sexual orientation?
We strive to meet the needs of vulnerable groups and those overlooked or ignored in our communities. We make no distinction based on ethnicity or sexual orientation.

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Why should I contribute to The Salvation Army?
There are several answers to this question. First, The Salvation Army has demonstrated its ability to effectively identify and efficiently meet urgent human needs in communities throughout the world for over 125 years. When you give to us, you know that your money is going to those who need it most. Second, the people we serve have multiple needs. The wide range of our programs means that we can deal with the whole person under the umbrella of a single agency. Third, our staff combines the expertise of professional training with the experience of working on a wide variety of social problems and emergency relief situations.

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My business has an interest in helping specific causes. How can I ensure that our contribution will go to these causes?
Donations that are specified or designated for a certain program or region are used to support that program and/or region directly. If you wish to specify your gift, this should be clearly noted when you make your donation. Our online donations feature gives you a special box to specify such information.

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Is The Salvation Army rich?
Yes and no! The Salvation Army is rich in the quality of devoted service given by its workers, the esteem in which it is held by the public, and in its Christian faith that is the motivation for all that it does. But The Salvation Army is not financially rich. Rather, it is a channel through which money passes to provide for those who otherwise would not be helped.  The Salvation Army receives no funding from its national office.  The wide range of services provided by the Army locally, are funded by caring members of our community.

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How is the money used from the Army's Thrift Store on New Circle Road in Lexington?
The thrift store on New Circle Road is operated by The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center located in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Store income is used to support the drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.  No funds are received by our local office.

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Who do I call if I have a question or concern related to the Thrift Store?
Please contact Major Beaushamp at (513) 351-3457.  The thrift store is operated by the Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center located in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Major David Payne is the administrator.

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Can anyone attend worship services at The Salvation Army?
Yes.  All worship services are open to the public.  Sunday School is at 9:45am and Worship service begins at 11:00am.

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Do you sell clothing donations that are dropped off at the Lexington Main Street Center?
No. Clothing is displayed and given free of charge to persons in need.

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Why Do Salvationists Wear Uniforms?
First, for those who see the uniform, the issue is identification. The Salvationist wears a uniform for many of the same reasons other service-centered personnel wear them. Whether the vocation is police work, the military, an airline pilot, or U.P.S. Delivery Driver, the uniform is an identifier. A link is made between the uniform and the one wearing it, giving the viewer a sense of the occupation. When someone sees an individual in a Salvation Army uniform, they associate that person with The Salvation Army; they see someone whose motto is "Saved to Serve"! 

Next, for the wearer of the uniform, it is a witness of their faith in God. No one wears the uniform unless they are a soldier (member) of The Salvation Army. By putting on the uniform, they are publicly sharing their love for God, their relationship with Him, and their desire to serve Him by serving others.