Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte Facts

Serving Mecklenburg and Union Counties since 1904

The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte provides care and encouragement to people in need every day. Below is a list of services of The Salvation Army of Greater:

Christmas Assistance: Red Kettles, Angel Tree and Silver Bells

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. The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte relies on the money raised through the Red Kettle Campaign to give the joy of Christmas to Charlotte-area families in need and to provide critical year-round services to homeless families and at-risk youth in our community. Also, each year, families in need in our community register for The Salvation Army’s Christmas assistance programs, including Angel Tree (children 12 and under) and Silver Bells (seniors 60 and over). In 2015, more than 11,000 children and 1,300 Silver Bells were provided Christmas gifts through these programs.

Homeless Services: Center of Hope

Through the Center of Hope. The Salvation Army helps homeless women and children in the community with their immediate needs of shelter, food, and social services. Located two miles north of Uptown Charlotte, the Center of Hope sleeps an average of 300 women and children every night. An active member of the Homeless Services Network, The Salvation Army is a leader in providing families with a successful way out of homelessness, helping them enter permanent, affordable housing through our Rapid Rehousing program and other programs tailored to the needs of individuals and families

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs

Since 1934, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs have brought light to Mecklenburg and Union county youth. The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs mission is to enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. There are eight Clubs in Mecklenburg and Union counties, serving more than 1,500 members.

Adult Rehabilitation Center

Donations of clothing or household goods to one of five area Salvation Army Family Stores make an important contribution to The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC). The ARC serves more than 100 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.

Disaster Services

Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) brings together Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers to provide food, shelter, clothing and spiritual comfort to first responders and survivors of disasters in the area and throughout the nation. Floods, fires and hurricanes do devastating harm. Since 1900, The Salvation Army has offered aid to people in places where we can do the most good—and stay as long as we are needed.

Senior Citizen Housing: Booth Gardens

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.

Camp Walter Johnson

Continuing a long-standing service and history of Salvation Army camping in the Carolinas, Camp Walter Johnson was opened in Denton, N.C. in 1974. Each summer, youth from many Salvation Army units all over the Carolinas come to Camp Walter Johnson on High Rock Lake for a life-changing week during the summer.


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 Salvation Army’s ministry. At these Worship Centers, people from all walks of life find healing and a sense of family.