With heart to God and hand to man, The Salvation Army strives to meet the basic needs of all who come seeking help. Taking immediate care of the basic human needs of food, shelter, clothing and safety is an important first step in the development of a more positive and permanent change in the people we help.
It is essential to note that at no time may participation in denominational activities be required as a condition for receiving needed services. All service given in the name of Jesus for meeting human needs and caring for hurting persons is in and of itself valued as a spiritual ministry.
Principles of Service
Each of our social service programs serving seniors, youth, families, men and women adheres to the following Principles of Service:
- Treatment of all people as God’s children;
- Demonstration of warmth and personal interest in each person;
- Listening without being judgmental or condemning;
- Regarding all information as confidential;
- Recognition of its own limitations to assist, and seeking needed help from others;
- Establishing a meaningful relationship with the applicant (whether brief or lengthy) through a caring interest in him or her as a person;
- Recognition of the worth and dignity of each individual and affirmation of the right of each one to make his or her own decisions.