President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially recognized National Salvation Army Week in 1954. He stated that, “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood. Their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is a neighbor and kin to all Americans. Giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all.”
Across the country and right here in Indiana, we are celebrating National Salvation Army Week by highlighting programs and services that help millions of families and individuals each year. Since its founding 150 years ago, The Salvation Army has recognized that each community has unique needs. This is why services in one town may look very different those in a city in the same region. From food pantries and after school programs to rehabilitation centers and homeless shelters, The Salvation Army strives to do the most good for its neighbors in need.
In Indiana, women and children fleeing homelessness and domestic violence come to live and heal at The Salvation Army’s Ruth Lilly Women and Children in Indianapolis. In 2014, more than 2,200 of found shelter at the Center, where women could begin to rebuild their lives and create better futures for their children. More than 4,000 men and women struggling to overcome substance abuse and addiction found the help they needed at our Harbor Light Center. In towns across Indiana, thousands of children were provided with school supplies, toys at Christmas, and much needed winter coats and gloves.
Every day stories of hope and transformation are written across Indiana. Each of these successes was made possible because of the Hoosiers who have opened their hearts and communities in support of The Salvation Army’s mission. During National Salvation Army Week, we share these stories and invite you to learn more about the Army’s work in your own community and discover new ways that you can be a part of doing the most good in Indiana.