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THE SALVATION ARMY
Aiken, SC
2017 Impact Report

Dear Friends,

In 1865, General William Booth brought the fight for good to the dark streets of Victorian London, England. He believed that ordinary people could come together and fight for the physical and spiritual welfare of the city’s poor. Today, General Booth’s fight for good continues in more than 120 countries worldwide.

In the Carolinas, The Salvation Army fights against poverty and homelessness. Feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, empowering our youth, and offering assistance that keeps families in their homes are the frontlines of our fight. Your support over the past year has made the lives of those in need a little easier. It has given them hope.

In this annual report, you will read how The Salvation Army is a refuge for people in their times of need. Thanks to your support and prayers, we are always ready to provide relief for their physical, financial and spiritual needs, and to bring hope and salvation through Jesus Christ.

Thank you for partnering with us in a fight that has lasted for more than 130 years in the Carolinas. You help provide relief for your community. You provide your neighbors in need with a tangible expression of God’s love. You fight for good.

God bless you,

Majors David and Amber Phelps

Friendly man volunteering for The Salvation Army Emergency and Disaster Response efforts

Naomi's Story

Most high school students aren’t thinking about how they can make an impact on the world. There are a lot of other things that compete for their attention. For high school senior Naomi, however, having a positive impact is very important. Her story begins with The Salvation Army.

“I got involved with The Salvation Army because I used to spend a lot of time with my cousins and they were members of The Salvation Army. I would come spend the night with them and would go to church with them. I loved it. It actually involved the kids and that’s what I liked about it.”

As a young child, Naomi quickly became involved with many of the programs offered at The Salvation Army, designed to teach spiritual values, and offer godly advice from mentors. She thrived in these programs but was most excited to have the opportunity to go to summer camp.

“I was really excited. It was just a dream for me to come to camp. I had so much fun. I met new people. I still remember my counselor – it was Miss Michelle. She was great. I really really enjoyed it and every year I came back to camp! I wanted to come back and work at camp because I felt God calling me to work wanted to give the children the opportunity to experience what I experienced when I was a camper.”

While attending one of The Salvation Army’s camping programs, Naomi participated in activities that invited her to share in the experiences of children who live in poverty. It inspired her to make a difference and she quickly invited her church community to get involved.

“Naomi’s Child is a fundraiser that I started for a kid in Ecuador. Her name is Brittney Gonzalez. She lives in poverty. Me and my church - we help her through the Salvation Army. It was just a thought at first but then I thought, ‘No, I need to!’. I went to talk to my officers and they found the girl. At first it was just me, but then I involved my church family and they started helping.”

Naomi has learned about the power of generosity and the positive impact that an individual can have. Through her faith in God and the support of her church family at The Salvation Army, Naomi has learned an important and lasting lesson that will help her have an impact on the world for years to come.

“Helping someone… it just feels good!”

Advisory Board Members

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to every Advisory Board member. Thank you for bringing your passion, intellect, insight, experience, and resources to The Salvation Army. Your service and leadership are essential in changing the lives of people in our communities.

  • Barry Adams
  • Carmen Armstrong
  • Willie Bell
  • Lee Boylston
  • Fred Cavanaugh
  • Paul Durban
  • Karen Olsen-Edwards
  • Jason Goings
  • Tom Hallman
  • Frank Harling
  • Bill Inman
  • Alice Kirkland
  • Roy Linburg
  • John Lindsey
  • Paul Matthews
  • Stewart Maurice
  • Clarke McCants
  • Rick Osbon
  • William Price
  • Buzz Rich
  • Dean Sackett
  • Tim Simmons
  • Joshua Stewart
  • Bill Taylor

Services

Serving Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell and Edgefield counties since 1927.

3,463

Persons Served

20,507

Meals Provided

6,490

Clothing Orders

5,554

Grocery Orders

149

Energy Assistance Orders

5,312

Nights of Shelter

The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, is one of the world’s largest and oldest providers of social services. Each year in the United States, your donations enable The Salvation Army to serve nearly 30 million people in need.

Revenue & Expenses

Expenses

$1,543,731

Revenue

$1,551,479


Supported in part by the United Way

Help Us Continue to Make an Impact

Thanks for your generous support over the past year. When you contribute to The Salvation Army, you make a lasting difference in the community. You are helping men, women, and children find hope through the Christ-centered services they receive.

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African American man standing by bed at The Salvation Army Shelter and smiling