110 Years of Service to People

110 Years of Service to People

Since 1906, The Salvation Army of the Midlands has served local people in need. Currently, The Salvation Army provides life-changing programs and services to residents of Richland, Lexington, Fairfield, Newberry, and Kershaw Counties.

The Salvation Army reaches out to people in our community who live in poverty and/or have experienced crisis situations. The Salvation Army serves three nutritious meals a day –
breakfast, lunch, and supper – at Transitions; helps homeless adults and families and house fire survivors find permanent housing and provides clothing and furniture from its Family Store; assists people with rent, electric, heat, and water bill payments; provides boxes of groceries for the hungry and hygiene items to the homeless; improves reading skills of students who read below grade level; equips children with new clothes, sneakers and backpacks to start the school year with confidence; and provides Christmas toys and food.

Each year The Salvation Army sends local children to Camp Walter Johnson (CWJ), a beautiful camp owned by The Salvation Army which is set in Denton, North Carolina. Each summer, youth from Salvation Army units all over North and South Carolina, including the Midlands, attend CWJ for five days that can literally change their lives socially and spiritually. Children are given opportunities to learn about the Bible, swim, make crafts, ride on paddle boats, enhance teamwork skills on the high ropes course, eat three substantial meals a day, and more.

One of our first time campers from last summer said her favorite part about attending camp is being with the counselors who take the time to listen and invest in their lives.

“When I grow up I want to become a camp counselor to help other kids,” she said. “While at camp I was able to overcome my fear of heights by riding on a zip line that was five stories high. The ropes can be scary at times, but just like life you have to depend on others to help you.”

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