Who We Are
The Salvation Army is a worldwide religious and charitable organization, motivated by the love of God and concern for the needs of humanity. The Army's tradition of helping those in need began more than 150 years ago. Members of The Salvation Army serve the poor and needy in over 120 countries. Nationally, we have over 62,000 employees and over 3 million volunteers.
What We Do
The Salvation Army was founded with the basic social services principles of taking care of the physical and emotional needs of the hungry and homeless and remains an outward visible expression of the Army's strong religious principles, as described in our Mission Statement.
In addition, new programs that address contemporary needs have been established. Among these are disaster relief services, child care centers, summer camps, holiday assistance, services for the aging, veterans programs, shelters for women and children, family and career counseling, vocational training, correctional services, and substance abuse rehabilitation.
Where We Are
The Salvation Army of McLean County is part of the Heartland Division, which covers most of central Illinois and eastern Iowa, and our Divisional Headquarters is located in Peoria, Illinois. Within the jurisdiction of the Heartland Division there are twenty-four Corps Community Centers for worship and service, which are the basic units of The Salvation Army, and various specialized centers, including shelters, child care facilities and Service Centers. The functions of each corps include religious and social services which are adapted to local needs.
The General, with the International headquarters in London, is the international leader of The Salvation Army. The current General is André Cox.
In the United States, the functions of The Salvation Army are coordinated by the National Commander, whose office is at the National Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. For administrative purposes, the nation is divided into four territories: the Central with headquarters in Des Plaines, Illinois, the Eastern with headquarters in West Nyack, New York, the Southern with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Western with headquarters in Long Beach, California.
Each territory is subsequently made up of units known as divisions. We are the Heartland Division, under the leadership of Major Evie Diaz. Divisions consist of corps centers for worship and service, which are the basic units of The Salvation Army, and various specialized centers. The functions of each corps include religious and social services which are adapted to local needs. Each corps is under the supervision of a corps officer. Here in McLean County, we are under the leadership of Corps Officers Captains Paul & D.J. James.