Serving Marion and Polk Counties
The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 in England by William Booth, and his ministry as been spreading throughout the world ever since. The Salvation Army arrived in Salem, OR in 1886. For over 125 years we have been feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and helping the disenfranchised, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with shelter, food, and other basic needs.
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.
Who is being served?
We believe in meeting the needs of the whole person; including the physical, emotional, and spiritual. In 2014, The Salvation Army in Marion/Polk County served 29,926 meals, provided 10,818 shelter nights, distributed 11,764 emergency food boxes, and distributed 7,146 toys to local children in need and gave 1,256 backpacks stuffed with supplies to kids going back to school. A total of 52,877 individuals were served.