For many, the ringing of bells and the clatter of change in The Salvation Army's now-iconic red kettles signal the start of the Christmas season. Together with the Charlotte community, The Salvation Army has provided Christmas for families in need since 1904. Each year, a record number of families register for assistance each day. From October to the first week of November, the line of families registering their children for the Angel Tree program wraps around the building of The Salvation Army Christmas Center.
We help single women and women with families with their immediate need of shelter, food, and social services and help them leave the crisis of homelessness and enter permanent, affordable housing through our Rapid Rehousing program and other programs tailored to the needs of individuals and families.
Children are our future and for too many of them that future is dark. Since 1934 The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs have brought light to Mecklenburg and Union county youth. Our mission is to enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Our work falls into three strong pillars: character, education, and healthy lifestyles.
When you donate clothing or household goods to a Salvation Army Family (Thrift) Store, you are making an important contribution to The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC). In 2012 proceeds from our stores helped more than 300 men successfully conquer chemical addition. The ARC serves 117 men at a time, providing housing with work, group, and individual therapy to help these men break the chains of addiction, recognize the value of their lives, and learn skills essential for their transition from chemical dependency to independence and self-sufficiency.
The disaster relief teams bring together Salvation Army officers, staff, and volunteers who provide food, shelter, clothing, and spiritual comfort to first responders and victims of disasters in Charlotte and throughout the nation. Floods, fires, and hurricanes do devastating harm.Since 1900, we have offered aid to people in places where we can do the most good—and stay
as long as we are needed.
Continuing a long-standing Salvation Army service, and a long history of Salvation Army camping in the Carolinas, Camp Walter Johnson was opened in Denton, NC in 1974. Each summer, youth from many Salvation Army units all over the Carolinas come to camp, situated on High Rock Lake, for a week that can literally change their lives.
CWJ's summer staff, under the leadership of Divisional Youth Secretary, is well-trained and works very hard to help campers grow and develop socially and spiritually; all while having fun with new friends from all across the region. Camps generally last one week and attendance will vary from week to week. Each summer, boys, girls and coed camps are scheduled beginning mid-June and lasting through August.
Camp Walter Johnson also offers adult and seniors camps. These typically occur in May before the height of the camping season (and the end of the school year).
Charlotte is home to two Salvation Army Worship Centers (known as corps), Temple Corps and Belmont Avenue Corps. These churches are at the center of the Army Ministry. At our Salvation Army Worship Centers, people from all walks of life find healing and a sense of family. Eveyone is welcome.
With rising costs for housing, health care, and transportation, many elderly and disabled citizens find it impossible to get by on limited income and no savings. Located in Charlotte’s historic Fourth Ward, The Salvation Army Booth Garden Apartments senior living community offers low-income seniors and disabled individuals a safe, affordable place to live where they can remain independent, preserve their dignity, and socialize with peers in a family atmosphere.