Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs without discrimination.

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The Salvation Army is proud of its 110 years of service to those in need in The Coastal Bend. The Salvation Army addresses under-met needs of men, women and children who simply need a helping hand and a message of hope for a brighter tomorrow.

The organization offers people the opportunity to grow, learn and become self-sufficient in our challenging society through Corps (church) activities, spiritual care, social services assistance including emergency shelter and transitional housing, family services, youth character building and mentoring programs, disaster assistance, and a myriad of other programs to provide assistance to those in greatest need.

When Families, Veterans, and Individuals come to The Salvation Army we focus on case management. By doing so, we are able to determine the needs and how to better assist those that come to The Salvation Army. Our goal is for all of our clients to gain their independence back as a family or an individual. Once our clients are employed, they continue to work with their case managers and develop a game plan, this includes budgeting and saving a percentage of their income. We strive for our families, veterans and individuals to become a self-sufficient individuals of our community.

****DID YOU KNOW?****
From January 2017 to August 2018, The Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend provided financial assistance for 950 individuals, including 344 veterans and veterans' dependents, 369 households, and 512 children. Thanks to our donors, The Salvation Army is able to assist these individuals with a total of $682,355.00, annually.

1,071 individuals have secured employment while receiving assistance at The Salvation Army Coastal Bend within a 20-month time frame.

Within a 20-month time frame, 19,822 individuals, including 766 single women, 6,228 families and 4,582 children, have received food, clothing and essential supplies. Thanks to our donors, over 600 individuals are assisted every month with dry goods and canned goods, clothing and essential supplies from your local Salvation Army Food Pantry.

3,872 individuals including 432 families, 671 children and 220 veterans have been assisted with shelter from January 2017 to August 2018. Thanks to our donors, an average of 205 individuals are sheltered every single day.

The Salvation Army has taken action against hunger by preparing hot meals to 279,734 individuals and counting within a 20-month time frame. Thanks to our donors, 460 individuals are provided a hot meal every single day of the year at The Salvation Army soup kitchen.

****Hurricane Harvey Assistance and Recovery****
The Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend has assisted 1,700 families.
A total of 63,200 hot meals were distributed after Hurricane Harvey made landfall and during the aftermath of the storm.
An average of 300 food boxes were being distributed daily out of The Salvation Army food pantry located at 1802 Buford Street.
An average 26,200 drinks and 53,500 snacks were distributed every week during the recovery period of Hurricane Harvey.
With the help of trained case workers, The Salvation Army continues to provide long term recovery to meet individual and family needs.
Thanks to our donors, The Salvation Army has assisted with over 1.5 million dollars to individuals and families in need.
"My life has changed....With the help of The Salvation Army, I was able to actually keep this job because they offered to buy me the tools, tool box and boots I needed to be able to start this job. I was able to enroll my son and in a daycare to help me while I work. My son and I attend church every Sunday morning. My whole life has changed for the better, thanks to The Salvation Army. Calling The Salvation Army was by far the best decision I have made..."- John

"We had been staying in our vehicle before The Salvation Army gave us a room for my family and I...I just want to thank The Salvation Army and all the staff for what they have done."-Sonia

"I like volunteering at The Salvation army because I like meeting people, helping people and talking to people"-Delma

" I am from Aransas Pass, I came here to the Salvation Army because my family lost everything and heard they could help us. It was the best idea we had yet. Thank you for the help, now I just hope for the best. Thank you!" -Karla