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Salvation Army

  • By: Richard Gifford
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

The Salvation Army is an evangelical, Protestant, Christian church. It is also one of the world's largest and leading charitable social service organizations. In addition to the Salvation Army's work in disaster relief, it is most prominently recognized for its thrift stores, shelters, and feeding centers. Less prominently, the Salvation Army operates children's homes, medical centers, community centers, and schools from pre-K through universities. It also offers addiction intervention and benevolence assistance. The Salvation Army is present in nearly 120 countries and territories, and is the second-largest charity in the United States. The Salvation Army's annual expenditures approach $3 billion, with over 80 cents per dollar allocated to relief and social service work. In 2006, the Salvation Army received the largest-ever philanthropic gift to an ...

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