Serving Palm Beach County Since 1922

*** 2016 marked the 125th anniversary of The Salvation Army serving in the Florida Division. The movement was started by pioneers William and Catherine Booth in the East End of London in 1865. The first Salvation Army started in Jacksonville January 8, 1891. During the first 15 years in Jacksonville the Army operated day care centers, an anti-suicide bureau, summer camp outings for poor children, free ice water in the summers and wood fuel in the winter, cleaning up the slums crusade and the annual Christmas Cheer program.

Did you know
  • Because Need Knows No Season, The Salvation Army provides assistance to those in need 365 days a year.
  • Founded by William Booth in 1865, The Salvation Army is an international organization that meets the physical and spiritual needs of people in 108 countries around the globe, and nearly 1,400 communities across America without discrimination.
  • The red shield dates from 1896 and serves as the trademark for the Army's social services.
  • Over 83% of your donation to The Salvation Army goes directly to program funding to help people who need it most.
  • Only 5% of the money you donate to the Salvation Army is used for fundraising efforts?
  • The Salvation Army assists more than 38 million individuals throughout the year in the United States - almost 6 million of those during the holiday season alone.
  • Salvation Army adult rehabilitation centers annually help more than 200,000 people from every walk of life fight substance abuse and return to their communities as participating, contributing members.
  • When you shop at Salvation Army family stores, you are helping individuals in our 160+ adult rehabilitation centers nationwide through work therapy.
  • The Salvation Army's Alegria program in Los Angeles provides transitional and permanent housing and specialized support services to homeless and low-income families affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • The Salvation Army has more than 3.3 million volunteers and provides assistance to those in need through more than 9,000 service units across the country.
  • The Salvation Army operates a Missing Persons Program, which provided service to more than 50,000 people annually.
  • The Salvation Army's League of Mercy visited over 4 million people with special needs in hospitals, nursing homes, and correctional facilities last year.
  • The Salvation Army assists over 20 million people with social service casework projects each year.
  • The Salvation Army provided an opportunity to camp for more than 180,000 underprivileged children, seniors, and adults last year.
  • The Salvation Army provided more than 31,000 job referrals last year.
  • The Salvation Army was at the frontlines in World Wars I and II, offering comfort and pastoral guidance.
  • You can replicate the donuts distributed by The Salvation Army's WWII Donut Girls in your own home. (go to WWI Donut Recipe).
  • The Salvation Army flag is the only flag, other than the U.S. flag, to have flown on the moon.
  • The American flag which flew in front of the demolished World Trade Center was a gift from The Salvation Army.
  • The phrase "on the wagon" was coined by men and women receiving the services of The Salvation Army. Former National Commander Evangeline Booth - founder William Booth's daughter - drove a hay wagon through the streets of New York to encourage alcoholics on board for a ride back to The Salvation Army. Hence, alcoholics in recovery were said to be "on the wagon."
  • The Salvation Army led in the formation of the USO - United Services Organization. The USO operates service units, which serve members of the armed forces abroad.
  • The Salvation Army is one of the largest churches in the world and all uniformed Officers are ordained ministers.
  • The red Christmas kettle debuted in San Francisco in 1891 in the guise of a crab pot. A depression had thrown many out of work, including hundreds of seamen and longshoremen. The campaign proved so successful that by 1900 it was imitated nationwide.
  • Kenny Rogers and George Foreman were members of The Salvation Army Boys Club.
  • Movie actors Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Mae West, and Joan Crawford have all appeared in movies with Army characters.
  • Mohammad Ali participated in one of our first Silver Gloves Tournaments at the Aldine Westfield Boys & Girls Club.
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy has ranked The Salvation Army as the Number 1 charity in the United States for eight consecutive years.
  • Peter Drucker, writer, management consultant, and self-described "social ecologist, called The Salvation Army "by far the most effective organization in the U.S.," in Forbes magazine.
  • Known for their brass band music, The Salvation Army has approximately 2,500 brass bands worldwide.
  • The first Salvation Army band was formed in 1882 by accident. Charles Frye and his sons offered their services as bodyguards for Salvation Army street preachers. They began playing music on their brass instruments to give them something to do while they protected the officers, and soon after quit their family business to lead the Army's music department.
  • Since the 1920's, a Salvation Army brass band from Southern California has marched in the Rose Bowl Parade.