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Causes: Agricultural Programs, Community Health Systems, Food, Health, Human Services, International, International Development, Salvation Army

Mission: To support and strengthen the salvation army's efforts to work hand in hand with communities to improve the health, economic, and spiritual conditions of the poor throughout the world.

Programs: Disaster relief and recovery services: a large portion of support and corresponding expenses for relief, recovery, and reconstruction services for the years ended september 30, 2014 and 2013, related to super typhoon haiyan that hit the philippines in november 2013. Sawso responded immediately supplying food, water, shelter repair materials, and medical services. Assistance to the area of japan affected by the march 2011 earthquake and tsunami continued in the upgrade of the portal center, which is used as a community meeting space for minamisanriku. The interior of the building was upgraded to make the building usable for concerts and children's activities. In january 2010, a devastating 7. 0 earthquake rocked the country of haiti, causing massive damage and loss of life to one of the poorest countries in the americas. In 2013-2014, the response has focused on a recovery and reconstruction phase. Sawso's focus is in three primary areas: long-term housing reconstruction projects for displaced families, which include vocational training, income generation, and capacity building, strategically located in the north, south, and west areas of haiti. Primary health care focused in port-au-prince and fond-de-negres. Integrated community development programs implemented in 50 communities throughout haiti. The integrated community development programs are helping community programs address concerns such as clean water, income generation, access to education, and food security. In addition, these programs also help develop an infrastructure to mitigate future disasters. Other significant relief and reconstruction took place in indonesia, eastern ukraine, the central african republic, and chile.

health programs: sawso's health programs are designed to help end poverty and improve quality of life. Sawso supported health initiatives work at the community level through 15,000 salvation army corps serving the poor and vulnerable, increased access to health care by strengthening salvation army health facilities' community-based services, and enhanced health service quality at salvation army hospitals and clinics. Program focus areas are: maternal child and adolescent health; hiv care and prevention; non-communicable diseases; and community health and health facilities. In sri lanka, sawso supports salvation army staff doing community outreach in an area beset with deadly kidney disease, identifying cases early and referring them for life-saving treatment. In angola, the salvation army (tsa) is an esteemed partner in a high-profile project to eliminate polio by increasing immunization and conducting surveillance. In eastern uganda, the score project provides services to vulnerable children and families many affected by hiv and aids. In nigeria, sawso responded to the needs of the lagos state community to help reduce the rate of new hiv infections, to provide equitable care and support for those infected and affected by hiv, and to reduce the stigmatization and discrimination in that area.

anti-human trafficking and livelihood programs: sawso seeks to improve economic conditions of families through economic, spiritual, and social support of women and children. In 2014, sawso continued the worth project in kenya, which supports women through literacy training, business training, access to savings and lending services, insurance, and workshops that address harmful social conditions including human trafficking, hiv, and other health issues. This project has grown to include 17,000 members. In partnership with the salvation army pakistan, sawso continues to support family sustainable livelihood development through literacy training and vocational or small business training skills and is working to expand this program in over 50 communities. Sawso supports over 15,000 women in self-help groups in india through micro-loans, and savings and health awareness. Sawso's livelihood programs in haiti include vocational education, micro-loans, and agriculture training.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I worked for the Salvation Army as a Case Aide in a Women's Shelter located in Dallas, TX. I thought this was a great opportunity to serve others who greatly needed it. However, during my service I was surrounded by people who were very ill. It was very difficult because I would get very sick due to being surrounded by ill individuals. I had to utilize the emergency room and hospital constantly. This caused me to be overwhelmed with medical bills that have now impacted my credit report and made it difficult to find other work.

When I notified the Salvation Army about this, they did not offer to help and ignored me. They're response was so cold-hearted and made me feel like they had no concern in regards to the amount of impact the medical bills have had on my life. The aftermath of it all dealing with various collection agencies and seeing the impact of the bills on my credit report has truly devastated me. I feel helpless. I wanted to help others but now I need help because of my service. Please send me an e-mail at summertime7865@gmail.com if you'd like more information.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I worked for the Salvation Army in Dallas, TX at their Carr P. Collins Social Services Center. I just wanted to share my experience. I did not have a good experience working for this organization because of multiple reasons. I witnessed the majority of their staff verbally abuse and mistreat their clients. The management also engaged in training new staff to do this very same thing. While it may seem unbelievable that the Salvation Army would permit this to go on, it occurs nearly every single day. Staff at this location even engaged in stealing donations , and I though this was very unfair to the people that they are supposed to be serving. Everytime a donation is stolen it's as if they're stealing from the very people that they serve.

While working at this facility, I was attacked by one of their clients with a trashcan. While I was an outstanding employee, the Salvation Army feared a Worker's Compensation Claim and terminated my employment. If you take a look at www.indeed.com, you will find many people complaining about the way this organizations treats it's employees.

I was very disappointed in the Salvation Army at this location.

Review from Guidestar



Rating: 5

the salvation army is the first to respond to any kind of an emergency. this is why we need to support them


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

When the earthquake hit Haiti, The Salvation Army was able to be "first responder" because we have about 60 locations in the country and approximately 800 people on the ground, year-in, year-out. We serve in 119 countries globally, focusing in the impoverished communties that are always worst hit in disasters like these.