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The Salvation Army was the first organization to establish suicide prevention programs. Founder William Booth established a suicide prevention bureau in the UK in 1907.

The Salvation Army's campaign to end sexual trafficking began in the 1880s and continues today. For the past 25 years, we have partnered with other organizations internationally to help survivors return to healthy, normal lives.

Our mission

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.


In Durham, Orange, and Person counties, The Salvation Army serves:

At-risk children, ages 6-18, with programs offered ...

  • Afterschool
  • Evenings and weekends
  • All day during the summer

People threatened with homelessness. Emergency rent and utility assistance keeps a roof over their heads.

People in immediate need. Direct assistance is offered without discrimination, and includes:

  • Groceries, in cooperation with the North Carolina Food Bank, the Durham Public Schools, and many friends
  • Coats for Kids, in cooperation with WRAL
  • Christmas assistance, including childrens' clothing and toys, in cooperation with Toys for Tots and many Angel Tree sponsors.
  • A thrift store

The Salvation Army serves in more than 110 countries and is widely known for its service during natural disasters.

The Salvation Army is also known for spiritual ministries and community services that reach all kinds of people in a community, without discrimination.  


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