I must go, not only to those who need me, but to those who need me most.

~ William Booth, first General of The Salvation Army

Why is The Salvation Army uniquely poised to take on this ambitious, mission-fulfilling initiative?

History and a global footprint.

Our founder William Booth embarked on his ministerial career in 1852 by walking the streets of London to serve the hungry, homeless and destitute. Today, The Salvation Army works in 126 countries around the world promoting healthy lifestyles that help prevent disease and save lives, creating livelihoods that build economic independence and helping people move forward with hope for the future.

The Army’s recent accomplishments, achieved in 2013 with the assistance of over three million volunteers, include:

  • Serving over 58 million meals .
  • Providing nearly one million Angel Tree gifts for disadvantaged children at
    Christmas time while also serving four million families and children throughout the
  • Delivering 10 million nights of shelter for the homeless and displaced .
  • Assisting 324,000 individuals rebuild their lives after disasters .
  • Providing over 203,000 underprivileged children with childcare services and summer
    camp experiences.

It’s all about the individuals and families who trust The Salvation Army in times of need. By providing these basic services, The Salvation Army’s staff and volunteers commit themselves to loving their neighbors as themselves. One dedicated Kansas City volunteer, John Miller, explains, “I think it’s my obligation to try and make the most of every day I’ve been given … I am just one of many who give and give and give.”

This spirit of giving reflects our desire to model Christ in seeking out the poor, the lost and the disenfranchised. Services provide a spark of hope and the means to make it through another day.

After nearly 150 years of serving, The Salvation Army stands poised to expand its impact. We see an oppottunity to provide more than a spark of hope. This is an opportunity to light a path forward out of poverty and suffering for qualified program beneficiaries. We call it Pathway of Hope. With this initiative, we are furthering the vision that inspired the bhth of The Salvation Army. We are changing the way we help families escape chronic poverty. Commissioner David Jeffrey, National Commander of The Salvation Army in the United States, sums up our approach with a statement used by The Salvation Army throughout the years: “our first business is to awaken hope.”