The Salvation Army

Website | 2019 Annual Report


General William Booth


General Brian Peddle


Commissioner Kenneth G. Hodder


Lt. Colonel John Chamness


Major Osei Stewart

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 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 California South Division has provided services and hope from San Luis Obispo to San Diego 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.