Mission and History
History of The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army provides assistance to those in need 365 days a year.
Founded by William and Catherine Booth in 1865, The Salvation Army is an international organization and evangelical part of the universal Christian church that meets the physical and spiritual needs of people in more than 125 countries around the globe, without discrimination.
With nearly 7,500 centers of operation in almost every zip code in the United States, The Salvation Army assists more than 28 million individuals nationwide throughout the year – that’s about one person every second – over 3.5 million of those during the holiday season alone.
The Salvation Army arrived in the United States in 1880, first operated in Illinois in 1885 and began assisting those in need in the Galesburg area in 1890.
Today, our Corps Officers are Envoys Tim and Lisa Thorson.