Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia
Behind This Shield is a Big Heart
For The Salvation Army in the United States, it all began in Philadelphia in 1879. That's when 17 year old Eliza Shirley conducted The Salvation Army's first meeting in Philadelphia. Today, The Salvation Army continues to serve Philadelphia and its surrounding communities with programs and services designed to meet the unique and ever increasing needs of the communities we serve. The Salvation Army is equipped to respond to both acute disasters, such as fires and floods as well as the daily, ongoing struggles of the region’s less fortunate individuals. Ever since its early beginnings, The Salvation Army has consistently maintained a record of success stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. Our programming operates community centers and residential facilities throughout the Philadelphia region, offering shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, anti-human trafficking programs, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation. The Salvation Army continually strives to be a beacon of hope for thousands of individuals and families throughout Greater Philadelphia- enriching and transforming lives of those in the greatest of 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.
Notes: The above descriptive information came from the organization's About the Salvation Army page. The organization's headquarters are in Wynnefield Heights, and it has locations throughout the city.
In The News
- A Salvation Army program helps sex workers survive in Philly. It can also lead them to a new life., Philadelphia Inquirer, February 15, 2021.
- Salvation Army Donors Adopt Families for Christmas, CBS-3, December 12, 2018.
- Philly Salvation Army Brings Emotional Support to Florida (video), NBC-10, October 15, 2018.