We provide vital services to low-income families, meeting
human needs and helping our community’s most vulnerable residents reach their
potential. Our international mission statement is: “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.”
comprehensive support to low-income families, helping them reach their
potential. We serve families from throughout Central Kentucky through our Area
Command office in Lexington and locations in Nicholasville and Georgetown.
The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 by a minister named William Booth who took the gospel message and social outreach programs to the homeless and the hungry on the streets in London, England. His mission was to meet the needs of London’s most desperately poor, bringing them food to fill their stomachs and the hope of salvation to fill their souls. Since then, The Salvation Army has continued to serve those in need in communities throughout the world, spreading to 126 countries.
The Salvation Army began serving Central Kentucky in 1897 and has been offering hope and vital services to those most in need in the area for over 100 years. We are committed to serving the whole person - body, soul, and spirit - with integrity and respect, using creative solutions to positively transform lives. Our programs include:
We strongly believe in strategic programming that brings
about positive life-changing results. We are pleased to report that the
following outcomes were achieved last year:
In July of 1865, William Booth set up a tent in London’s East End. His mission was to meet the needs of London’s most desperately poor, bringing them food to fill their stomachs and the hope of salvation to fill their souls. It was from this humble beginning that The Salvation Army, an organization which now serves nearly 30 million people in the U.S. alone each year, was formed.
Doing The Most Good - it’s a slogan that appears on The Salvation Army’s logo and publications nationwide including those here in Central Kentucky. If this is the first time you’ve heard it, or even if you’ve heard it many times before, you may be wondering what exactly does this mean. Is it a statement of accomplishment, as in “we’re doing more for those in need than anyone else”? It’s true that The Salvation Army is one of the most pervasive and influential organizations in the world, meeting human needs in more than 126 countries. But, in truth, the work that we do is dependent upon the gifts and service of others. We are simply humble stewards of other people’s generosity. We are not alone. We work in partnership with more than sixty social service agencies in Lexington alone, collaborating together to address complex issues like poverty, hunger, and education. No, Doing the Most Good is not a statement of bragging.
Doing The Most Good is a promise we make to those who are generous enough to share their bounty with us. We know you work hard for the financial gifts you give us. We know your time you give is valuable beyond measure. That’s why, with everything we do, we promise to Do The Most Good we can with the resources we are given. As board chair, I am honored to serve alongside a phenomenal group of staff, volunteers, and fellow board members who are committed to this promise in each and every action we take. Whether they are preparing meals, cleaning shelter rooms, drafting budgets, or doing any other of the millions of tasks that must be done the people of The Salvation Army strive to do our best. Nothing less will do when we are working to transform lives. It is this promise that we make to you today and every day. Trust us with that which is precious to you and we will use it to Do The Most Good possible for our community.
Bruce K. Davis Advisory Board Chair Central Kentucky Area Services The Salvation Army
Majors Thomas and Susan Hinzman began serving as Area
Coordinators at The Salvation Army Central Kentucky Area Services in July 2015.
We provide shelter and supportive services to homeless women and single parent families, meeting immediate needs and helping them build a stronger foundation for their future. Our doors are open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. We are ready to help whenever homelessness strikes. Families arrive in immediate crisis with no safe place to live, no way to meet their basic needs, and no plan for their future.
Our licensed and STARS-Rated program serves low-income children who are among the most vulnerable in our community. Last year over one-third of the children we served were homeless. Many of these children have never had access to a structured learning environment. As their families struggle to make ends meet, basic needs like food and shelter are prioritized over early education.
We seek to give youth access to one of life’s most important resources - opportunity - through education. Our program provides a diverse group of financially disadvantaged children with comprehensive support that helps improve classroom performance, builds self-esteem, and encourages personal responsibility.
Tutoring and homework help is provided by licensed Fayette County Public Schools teachers, helping children build academic knowledge and develop a habit of daily homework completion. Skills in core academic subjects are built using the Lexia Reader and Quarter Mile Math Programs. Children participate in health, life, and social skills classes promoting teamwork, healthy living, and positive choices. Music classes are offered, with instruments provided free of cost, so that youth may develop their talents while building self-esteem. Activities are available after-school during the school year and all day during the summer so that children may always have a safe place to learn.
Families in poverty face an ongoing struggle to meet their daily basic needs for food, shelter, and medical care. Kentucky Youth Advocates finds that more than half of renters in Kentucky cannot afford Fair Market Rent without spending more than 30% of income. These families are at a high risk of becoming homeless as each week they earn barely enough to meet their family’s basic needs. At times of crisis, we help families avoid becoming homeless or going hungry by meeting basic needs including food, clothing, medical care, prescription medications, rent, utilities, and personal hygiene items.
Many families who come to us in need are experiencing a short-term crisis, such as a job loss, and our immediate support fills the gap during such transitions. For those requiring long term support, we provide referrals to other resources obtainable either through The Salvation Army or through our community partners.
When disaster strikes, The Salvation Army responds with food, supplies, shelter, counseling and HOPE. The Salvation Army staff and volunteers are often the first on the scene and the last to depart, honoring a century-old commitment to serve those in need, at the time of need, and at the place of need. The red shield continues to be a beacon of compassion; of immediate aid, psychological support and spiritual counsel to individuals and families whose lives have been disrupted or shattered by forces beyond their control. Salvation Army disaster response teams, coordinated and directed by commissioned officers and trained personnel, supported by volunteers, are "on call" to serve at all disasters and civil disorders which place a community at risk or which may disrupt or destroy family security and well-being. A community response to floods, tornados, fires and other disasters can make all the difference to people who have lost everything. The Salvation Army joins other agencies in helping people put their lives back together after a disaster.
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Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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