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The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the buble. 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 descrimination

The Salvation Army probably represents the best return on a charitable contribution of any organization I can think of. – Governor Nathan Deal

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Divisional Commander As I review The Salvation Army Georgia Division 2015 Annual Report, I am simply amazed.

Majors Charles and Paula Powell

Through the faithfulness of God and the generosity of the people of Georgia, over 200,000 meals were served, 300,000 nights of lodging were provided, 200,000 toys were distributed during the Christmas season, and 1,700 children were given a camping experience this past year. My heart is encouraged to know this was made possible because of the thousands of people who volunteered their time, made contributions, and prayed for The Salvation Army. Together we made a difference in our communities. Together we changed lives for the better. As you review this report, I hope you take as much pride and encouragement in it as I did. Thank you for believing in the mission of The Salvation Army and trusting us with your confidence and contributions. We commit to you to continue Doing the Most Good for the most people in the most need. May God bless you,

major Charles Powell – Divisional Commander of Georgia


the salvation army of georgia programs and services The Salvation Army of Georgia offers numerous programs and services throughout the state, including; 26 Corps Community Centers, 25 Service Units, 15 Service Centers, 40 Family Stores, two Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers, three Corps Salvage & Rehabilitation Centers, three Boys & Girls Clubs, one residential Camp, one Senior Citizens Housing, Disaster Services, Youth Programs, 19 Emergency Shelters / Transitional Housing Facilities, Summer and Day Camps, a Human Trafficking Program, Project Hope, Project Share, Job Skills Training, Budgeting Classes, Holiday Assistance, Bible Study, Sunday School and Worship Services and more. 

Honoring volunteers Hundreds of Salvation Army programs are made possible through the time and effort of more than 75,000 volunteers statewide. Food Pantry workers, Corps Community Center program leaders, Sunday School teachers, Emergency and Disaster services teams, Family Store clerks, and Toy Shop elves are all volunteers. And they come from all walks of life, using their talents to strengthen the programs that serve their communities and our community.



Rodriguez’s story is like many of those in our communities who approach our doors in desperate need – often with no place else to go. It is a story of a life transformed by the love and grace of God through the people, ministry, and services of The Salvation Army. It is a story of a life transformed by hope.

Life did not start out easy for Rodriguez McGruder. Growing up poor without a dad was not his choice, but it was his experience. Yet, even in their poverty, Rodriguez’s mother always made an effort to help others in need. Kids from all over the neighborhood could be found at the McGruder house each day where they were cared for, fed, and loved. As a child, Rodriguez did not understand why his mother gave so much when their family had so little, so he grew up mad at her and mad at the world. The sad thing is, as he grew up and moved on, Rodriguez carried that anger with him down a tough and gritty road. Along the way, he hurt himself and he hurt people. And he admits doing many things that were not of God. After years of hardship, Rodriguez knew if he did not find a way to change, the road he was on would lead to a dead end. He had to find a way to be a better person.

In his struggle, Rodriguez asked God to open a door. The door God opened for Rodriguez was the door to The Salvation Army. Desperate to find another way of living, with no money and no hope for the future, he opened the door of The Salvation Army, and walked in. Since then, The Salvation Army taught Rodriguez how to love God and how to love himself. Exchanging the anger of the past for a present and abiding love, he now sees the goodness in God’s creation and that we are all here to help each other. Behind the services and programs of The Salvation Army critical to Rodriguez’s transformation, many donors and volunteers gave their time, talent, and treasure to make his new life a reality. Thanks to their generosity, Rodriguez now stands tall as a man of integrity with purpose in his life. In a soft voice and gentleness of spirit, he is quick to offer thankfulness for a life redeemed to those who he may never know. For Rodriguez, The Salvation Army simply continued what his mother taught him by the way she lived life – that God has put each one of us here to help one another. He now sees his new life as a way to carry on his mother’s legacy of love. After all, that’s what the Gospel is all about – loving God and loving people.  


the salvation army celebrates 125 Years of Service in Georgia In 1890, twenty-six years after an army burned, besieged, and pillaged the city of Atlanta leaving nothing but flaming ruins in its wake, another army besieged Atlanta. However, the weapons of this Army were not swords and muskets, but the Sword of the Spirit and the Word of God. Coming from Nashville, Tennessee, Major John Dale conducted The Salvation Army’s first open-air service at the corner of Marietta and Spring Streets in Atlanta. It was a great day as brave and selfless Salvation Army officers came in unwavering commitment to society’s most needy individuals and families to make a difference in the state of Georgia.

Salvation Army Georgia Divisional Commander Major Charles Powell said, “For 125 years, The Salvation Army red shield in Georgia has been the symbol of commitment to helping people in crisis. Wherever people are suffering from hunger, poverty, hopelessness or injustice — The Salvation Army is there to help, always without discrimination. Thank you to all the donors, officers, volunteers, and staff throughout the years who’ve made that possible. May God bless you as we continue to move forward in our great work together in Georgia.” Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said, “We are pleased that The Salvation Army has been in the state of Georgia for 125 years. During that course of that time they have served us exceptionally well. The Salvation Army is one of those organizations that I take great pride in, and they have a great presence here in our state. They do good work. They probably represent the best return on a charitable contribution of any organization I can think of.” Governor Deal added, “We are so glad that The Salvation Army has been in the state of Georgia for 125 years now, and hope it will continue indefinitely.” While the Salvation Army today is a respected and vital part of communities all over the state of Georgia, times were a little different in 1890. Some of the rougher elements of Atlanta society in those early days often greeted Salvation Army officers with salutations of over-ripe eggs, broken windows, and threats of violence. Getting to meetings in the early days often proved a battle in and of itself. Those who ran the local saloons and brothels constantly harassed and assaulted the Salvationists. In 1892, Captain Davis and Sergeant Brown, then in charge of the Atlanta Corps, were arrested for selling The War Cry, the Army’s official publication.


Victory was hard won, but Captain Anna Glosser eventually stopped the harassment by winning the hearts of the local community. She soon had a large and dedicated core of the newly saved that marched with her through the streets of Atlanta, beating drums and playing horns to attract attention. The scandalous novelty of hearing a woman preach brought hundreds of men, women, and children into the streets to hear the Good News. Many followed the Salvationists as they went to their meeting place at Marietta and Spring Streets, packing it out to standing room only, the floor covered with sawdust.

As the 20th century dawned, Atlanta was a thriving city, having been promoted to potential investors by Henry Grady, editor of the Atlanta Constitution, as the “New South” that would be based upon a modern economy and less reliant on agriculture. However, the rest of the state was heavily rural with an economy still based on cotton. The need for the Salvation Army was great and it expanded to meet the needs of people throughout the state by recruiting cadets, visiting those in jail, and gathering food for the needy. As the Salvation Army won the respect of Georgia’s citizenry, it quickly spread. From the first Marietta and Spring Street location in Atlanta, The Salvation Army expanded to Augusta (1891), Columbus (1895), Rome (1897), Macon (1899), Savannah (1900), Brunswick (1910), and Athens (1916). But it did not stop there. Over the years The Salvation Army provided a strong, steady, and capable witness in the state of Georgia with a continuingly expanding program. Now there are camping programs for underprivileged children and youth, emergency food, shelter, and assistance programs, Christmas toys and food for tens of thousands of our neediest neighbors, shelter for the homeless and battered, youth sports teams, gang prevention and intervention, infirmary care for the homeless, veterans services and ministry to military families, senior services and visitations, shelter and services for pregnant and at-risk girls… and new opportunities for service keep arising. Today in Georgia there are 26 Salvation Army Corps Community Centers, 25 Service Units and 15 Service Centers that provide services in areas throughout the state, 35 Family Stores, 2 Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers, 3 Corps Salvage and Rehabilitation Centers, 3 Boys and Girls Clubs, 19 emergency shelters, a state-wide disaster response program, and numerous other programs and services. Last year in Georgia The Salvation Army provided over 700,000 meals, more than 300.000 nights of lodging, and 200,000 toys for those in need. In addition, more than 1,700 boys and girls were provided a summer camp experience at The Salvation Army’s Camp Grandview in scenic Jasper, Georgia. Every year the services and programs provided by The Salvation Army are in great demand. Continued financial support from the community is crucial through donations from individuals and corporations, and funding from foundations and grants. The organization graciously accepts these gifts and responsibly shepherds them to the neighbors who need them most. Fiscal responsibility is steadfast; for every dollar donated, more than 83% goes directly to programs and services. For the last 125 years, The Salvation Army has been there to help Georgians in times of personal trouble and strife. Today, The Salvation Army looks ahead, ready to respond to new challenges and opportunities. If the past is an indication of the future, then the outlook for The Salvation Army in Georgia is bright. Locations, buildings, and methods may change, but the challenge to meet human needs without discrimination in Christ’s name remains the same. 


2015 At a glance ( Fiscal year: October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015 )

735,095 50,847 meals provided

food pantry orders

lives touched


people sheltered

256,674 volunteer hours

financial Highlights

nights of lodging provided


individual interviews / sessions provided


families helped with utility assistance


total visitations



Days of Camp provided


Total Clothing items distributed

total toys distributed


thanks to your contributions last year



total men, women and children

were helped in georgia

Operating Expenses   $27,154,278 Social services (43%)   $14,467,257 Corps community center (23%)   $8,021,493 Management and general (13%)   $6,455,871 Fund raising (11%)   $5,552,808 Residential services (9%)   $854,140 Rehabilitation services (1%) $62,495,847 Total operative expense


Volunteer • Serve food at a Salvation Army Shelter for the homeless



• Sort and pack non-perishables • Be a guest speaker about your special talents such as sales skills, personal finance, or painting • Execute a beautifying project like painting, gardening, or assembling

At Christmas season:

• Sort and pack toys for “Angel Tree” • Ring The Salvation Army Bell at a “Red Kettle” location

Give • Organize a drive of: school supplies, nonperishables, toiletries or other items of need • Plan your estate: wills, life insurance, payment trust, annuity, real estate, retirement, and memorial giving • Donate gently used items – call 1.800.SA.TRUCK (728.7825) • Make a monetary gift – visit to find and donate to your local community Salvation Army location. At Christmas season: • Host your own Red Kettle online at • Adopt underprivileged children for “Angel Tree” by giving toys and Christmas joy

Bequests Your continued interest in supporting the work and mission of The Salvation Army may be expressed by remembering The Salvation Army in your will. In addition, there are a wide variety of other Planned Gift opportunities which can provide a stream of income for you or a loved one. For further information, please contact your local Salvation Army office or the Georgia Divisional Planned Giving department at 678-418-4609. Once the decision to make a gift is made, careful planning will ensure the most beneficial result. Through conversation and consultation with your personal


advisors and a representative of The Salvation Army, we can develop a strategy of charitable giving that works both to your advantage and for those assisted by The Salvation Army.



Corps Albany Corps Community Center 300 West Second Avenue Albany, GA 31721 (229) 435-1428 Athens Corps Community Center 784 North Chase Street Athens, GA 30606 (706) 543-2508 Social Service Office: (706) 543-5350 Atlanta Bellwood Boys & Girls Club 777 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW Atlanta, GA 30318 (404) 486-2765 Atlanta Fuqua boys & Girls Club 405 Lovejoy Street NW Atlanta, GA 30313 (404) 486-2750 Atlanta International Corps 3771 Central Avenue Doraville, GA 30340 (404) 486-2820 Atlanta Kroc Corps Community Center 967 Dewey Street SW Atlanta, GA 30310 (404) 638-7195 Atlanta Peachcrest Corps and Boys & Girls Club 3500 Sherrydale Lane Decatur, GA 30032 (404) 486-2870/(404) 486-2880 Atlanta Red Shield Harbor Light Corps 469 Marietta Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30313 (404) 486-2700 Atlanta Temple Corps 2090 North Druid Hills Road NE Atlanta, GA 30329 (404) 486-2800 Augusta Kroc Corps Community Center 1833 Broad Street Augusta, GA 30904 (706) 364-5762 Social Service Office: (706) 826-7933 Brunswick Corps Community Center 1623 Union Street Brunswick, GA 31520 (912) 265-9381

Cartersville Corps Community Center 16 Felton Place Cartersville, GA 30120 (770) 386-6256

Savannah Corps Community Center 3000 Bee Road Savannah, GA 31405 (912) 352-8366 Social Service Office: (912) 651-7420

Columbus Corps Community Center 1718 Second Avenue Columbus, GA 31901 (706) 561-9026 Social Service Office: (706) 327-0275

Thomasville Corps Community Center 514 North Madison Street Thomasville, GA 31792 (229) 226-3772

Dalton Corps Community Center 1109 North Thornton Avenue Dalton, GA 30720 (706) 278-3966

Toccoa Corps Community Center 306 East Franklin Street Toccoa, GA 30577 (706) 886-5293

Gainesville Corps Community Center 681 Dorsey Street Gainesville, GA 30503 (770) 534-7589

Valdosta Corps Community Center 320 Smithland Place Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 242-6440

Griffin Corps Community Center and Boys & Girls Club 725 Meriwether Street Griffin, GA 30224 (770) 412-6561

Warner Robins Corps Community Center 96 Thomas Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 922-7585

Jonesboro Citadel Corps 130 Spring Street Jonesboro, GA 30236 (770) 724-1680

Waycross Corps Community Center 401 Ethel Street Waycross, GA 31503 (912) 285-7237

LaGrange Corps Community Center 806 Murphy Avenue LaGrange, GA 30241 (706) 845-0197 Social Service Office: (706) 885-9347 Lawrenceville Corps 3455 Sugarloaf Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30044 (770) 724-1660 Macon Corps Community Center 2312 Houston Avenue Macon, GA 31206 (478) 746-8572 Marietta Corps 202 Waterman Street SE Marietta, GA 30060 (770) 724-1640 Rome Corps Community Center 310 East Second Avenue Rome, GA 30161 (706) 291-4745

Douglas Service Center 110 South Gaskin Avenue Douglas, GA 31533 (912) 384-6530 Dublin Service Center 1617 Telfair Street Dublin, GA 31021 (478) 275-7336 Elberton Service Center 262 North McIntosh Street Elberton, GA 30635 (706) 283-1804 Jackson Service Center 178 North Benton Street Jackson, GA 30233 (770) 775-2940 McDonough Service Center 401 Race Track Road McDonough, GA 30253 (770) 957-8868 Milledgeville Service Center 420 East Hancock Street Milledgeville, GA 31061 (478) 452-6940 Newnan Service Center 670 Jefferson Street Newnan, GA 30271 (770) 251-8181

Service Centers

Sandersville Family Store 107 South Smith Street Sandersville, GA 31082 (478) 552-6300

Americus Service Center 204 North Prince Street Americus, GA 31709 (229) 924-5154

St. Marys Service Center 1909 Osborne Road St. Marys, GA 31558 (912) 882-2200

Bainbridge Service Center 600 Scott Street Bainbridge, GA 39818 (229) 243-7250

Tifton Service Center 1203 E. Highway 82 Tifton, GA 31793 (229) 386-1503

Canton Service Center 121 Waleska Street Canton, GA 30114 (770) 720-4316

Vidalia Service Center 204 Jackson Street Vidalia, GA 30475 (912) 538-8203

Carrollton Service Center 115 Lake Carroll Boulevard Carrollton, GA 30117 (770) 830-0413

William Booth Towers 1125 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306 404 875-7495

Covington Service Center 5193 Washington Street Covington, GA 30014 (770) 786-2107


Georgia Division 1000 Center Place, Norcross, GA 30093 Phone (770) 441-6200 | Fax (770) 441-6201  TheSalvationArmyGeorgia  TSAGeorgia

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