What We Do
The Salvation Army is dedicated to caring for the poor, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, loving the unlovable, and befriending the friendless. This dedication has produced an international network of helpful ministries.
The Salvation Army's ministry in Alaska began in 1898 and quickly spread throughout communities in Southeast Alaska. By the 1950's, the Army's ministry had expanded north, to serve the needs of individuals in communities, including Anchorage and Fairbanks.
Above: Salvationists at a 1930's Kake Fish Camp
Today, our ministry reaches 17 communities (and surrounding regions), from Fairbanks to Klawock. Under the leadership of Majors George & Jeanne Baker, a broad array of social services are offered, including providing food for the hungry, safe haven for abused children, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, recovery services to individuals battling addictions and relief for disaster victims. Character-building youth programs, Sunday School (for adults and children), adult ministries for women and men as well as Sunday worship also take place weekly in most communities.
Services offered in Alaska include:
- Children's Programs - Our programs provide children with wonderful opportunities through after-school clubs, a music program and summer camp programs such as The Salvation Army King's Lake Camp.
- Emergency Support Services - The Salvation Army Alaska's Emergency Support Services include family shelter, assistance in crisis, transitional housing, and disaster response.
- Recovery Services - The Salvation Army Alaska Division offers two separate recovery services: the Adult Rehabilitation Center and Clitheroe Center.
- Senior Services - Serendipity provides care and support to those with Alzheimer's. Our Older Alaskans program provides meals, transportation, and homemaker services.
- Spiritual Services - Each Sunday, The Salvation Army holds church services in community corps across Alaska as a way to communicate God’s message through music, personal experience, drama and the Bible.
Contact your local Salvation Army for current program schedules. (To find contact information quickly, use the "Find a Location" search bar at left. For local updates posted online, please go to Where to Find Us and use the dropdown to find your region and community.)
In the words of General Booth the founder of The Salvation Army:
"While women weep, as they do now, I'll fight;
While little children go hungry, as they do now, I'll fight;
While men go to prison, in and out, as they do now,
While there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor girl upon the streets,
While there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I'll fight ...
I'll fight to the very end!