The Salvation Army will celebrate National Salvation Army Week, May 13-19, by highlighting its programs and services around the city of Indianapolis. Last year, more than 1,900 homeless and abused women and children received care at our Shelter for Women and Children, nearly 2,300 men and women struggling to overcome substance abuse and addiction found the help they needed at our Harbor Light Center, and over 100 children regularly attended our after school programs at our community centers. In addition, The Salvation Army provided 2.1 million meals and 96,000 safe nights of shelter for those in need. The public is invited to learn more about The Salvation Army by visiting these programs on the following days:
- Tuesday, May 15 – Open house at The Salvation Army’s Fountain Square Corps Community Center from 10am – 6pm. 1337 Shelby Street. Learn about Salvation Army programs for youth and older adults. The Floribbean Flair food truck will serve lunch on location.
- Wednesday, May 16 – Open house at The Salvation Army’s Eagle Creek Corps Community Center from 10am – 6pm. 4400 North High School Rd. Learn about Salvation Army after school programs and other special services.
- Thursday, May 17 – Open house at The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center from 10am – 6pm. 2400 North Tibbs Ave. Learn about the Salvation Army’s programs for those struggling with addictions.
- Friday, May 18 – Open house at The Salvation Army’s Shelter for Women and Children from 10am – 6pm. 540 North Alabama Street. Learn how The Salvation Army is fighting homelessness and domestic violence with this very special program. Johnson’s BBQ Shack food truck will serve lunch on location.
Founded in London England, The Salvation Army came to the United States when Lieutenant Eliza Shirley left England to join her parents, who had migrated to America in search for work. In 1879, she held the first meeting of The Salvation Army in America, in Philadelphia. On March 10, 1880, Commissioner George Scott Railton and seven other officers arrived in New York City to begin the Army’s mission there. Three years later, Railton and other Salvationists had expanded their operation into California, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
National Salvation Army Week was officially recognized by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954. President Eisenhower 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.”