Who You Help

For more than 125 years, The Salvation Army of Southern California has provided services and hope to those in need. Social services are provided at 40 separate program sites, 33 Community Centers and 43 area Thrift Stores and Adult Rehabilitation Centers. When you register today to support The Salvation Army you can choose from our many areas of services. 


The Salvation Army operates one of the largest homeless shelters west of the Mississippi as well as the only family emergency shelter in Los Angeles. Its network of shelters and service extension units provided more than 700,000 nights of shelter to men, women and children throughout Southern California every year.


William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army said that as long as someone goes hungry, he would fight. That was 150 years ago and hunger is still with us and The Salvation Army continues to alleviate this serious social problem through its network of more than thirty food pantries, meals on wheels programs, holiday season food distributions and assistance to those experiencing food insecurity in our communities.


Programs aimed at assisting at-risk youth and providing children with the vital scholastic and physical education components for success are a high priority with The Salvation Army. Each year, more than 13,000 days of summer camp are provided for inner city children and more than 22,000 children participate in a variety of programs at Salvation Army facilities where they engage in sports leagues, after school care and personal enhancement activities like computer lab, art, dance and tutoring.


Readjusting to civilian life can sometimes be difficult for the men and women who have worn our country’s uniform. That’s why The Salvation Army, which has been providing services to veterans for nearly a century, operates programs exclusively for these heroes – providing in-patient and out-patient care, biofeedback therapy for PTSD, job skills training and mental health care. All of these veterans programs resulted in more than 120,000 nights of shelter for deserving vets.


The Salvation Army’s drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs have provided spiritual, social, and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves. Centers offers residential housing, work, and group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment. The physical and spiritual care that program participants receive prepares them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment. Many of those who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and resume a normal life.


The Salvation Army operates several residential facilities for older adults that provide affordable housing to those on a fixed income. They are places where seniors live in an atmosphere of love, acceptance and encouragement. There are also day-care service centers for those seniors who need specialized services and shut-ins find assistance through the Salvation Army Corps’ programs in their neighborhoods


From Santa Maria to the north and Santa Ana to the south, The Salvation Army, through its Corps and Community Centers has a presence in almost every Southland community. These locations, many of them located in economically disadvantaged areas, are often seen as beacons of hope, providing children with a safe place to be after school, working poor with that little extra help to make it through the month and spiritual ministry that change lives forever.  The Salvation Army planted its flag in Southern California in 1887 and to this day, continues to provide a comprehensive social safety net to those in need without discrimination.

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