About Us

The Salvation Army mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The Salvation Army, founded in 1865, 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 and a practical concern for the needs of humanity.

The Salvation Army in Your Community

Learn more about the locations of The Salvation Army in Rockford/Winnebago County here.

Realizing the future of a society is never brighter than the present for its children, The Salvation Army places a great emphasis on families and offers a wide array of children’s services such as quality daycare, tutoring, basketball leagues and summer camps. There are character building programs that help kids get off to the right start in life and develop attitudes and skills which can lead to success. In many cities there also are specialized programs to aid children in crisis.

In fact, The Salvation Army is recognized as one of America’s foremost leaders in social services and dramatically alters the lives of hundreds of thousands each year who face daunting circumstances such as unemployment or homelessness. From making the holidays happier for less fortunate families with seasonal assistance to providing quality housing for low-income seniors, reuniting missing persons, offering free health clinics or teaching children to read, The Salvation Army is intrinsically involved in people’s lives and your community. Where there are no corps community centers and other Salvation Army facilities, often in very rural areas, dedicated members of our service extension units fill the gap.

The History of The Salvation Army

Founded in 1865, The Salvation Army has a long history in serving others.  Watch this 3-minute video for more information.