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 16 communities (and surrounding regions) stretching from Fairbanks south 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.
While often better known for its social service programs, The Salvation Army is, first and foremost, a church. Character building youth programs, Sunday School (for adults and children), adult ministries for women and men as well as Sunday worship services are held weekly in most communities. (Contact your local Salvation Army for current program schedules.)
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!