International Mission Statement
The Salvation Army, an international movement, 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.
Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Local Mission Statement
The Salvation Army, part of the universal Christian church, fosters an environment that improves self-sufficiency, promotes self-discovery and provides hope. We promote the well-being of all who come to us, including those who are unable to meet their basic needs or be self-sufficient. We coordinate a comprehensive array of services to meet human needs as our resources allow. It is our commitment to direct those in need to the most appropriate program or service available, whether offered by The Salvation Army or another agency or provider.
The Salvation Army was founded in London, England by William Booth, a Methodist minister, and his wife Catherine, in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Despite religious persecution, Booth's goal was to meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the total individual. Through courage and fortitude, he achieved his goals. From him was born the phrase often associated with The Salvation Army, "Soup, Soap and Salvation."
Today, The Salvation Army is active in 128 countries around the world. It is one of the most well-known and loved nonprofit service organizations in the United States. The Salvation Army is active in 7,546 centers in communities throughout the United States.
“If a man is hungry, feed him. Cold and tired, clothe and shelter him. Give him whatever he needs, bed, a job, a warm coat. But most of all, give him understanding, belief in himself. Help him help himself."~William Booth
Service to people is the mainstay of The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay provides programs and services which meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the community without discrimination. The Salvation Army began serving the people of the Green Bay area on February 14, 1891 and celebrated its 125th anniversary throughout 2016.
The Salvation Army has grown out of various locations throughout the Green Bay area and has been at its present site of 626 Union Court since its dedication on May 5, 1974. Often referred to simply as "The Corps", because it contains a church at the location, this site of The Salvation Army is regarded as a stable and respected partner in service to residents of the entire county.
In 2003, The Salvation Army, nationally, was gifted approximately $1.5 billion from the estate of Joan Kroc, widow of Ray Kroc, founder of McDonalds. The gift was restricted to the construction, outfitting and endowing of community centers that will provide opportunities to improve lives for the underserved and others around the neighborhoods in which they are built. With this money, The Salvation Army has built 26 Kroc Centers in communities throughout the country.
The Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay was fortunate to be one of only 6 cities throughout the Midwest to be granted a Kroc Center. In April of 2010, The Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay celebrated with the community, the ground breaking for the Green Bay Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. Programming includes: worship and performing arts, creative arts, educational and family enhancement, after school programming, summer camp, wellness and fitness, sports and aquatics. The Kroc Community Center provides The Salvation Army with another tool to reach out and serve those in need in His name.
Officers of The Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay
Captain Matthew O'Neil - Brown County Coordinator
Captain Malinda O'Neil - Senior Kroc Officer
Lieutenant Jake Turner - Corps Officer
Lieutenant Jessica Turner - Corps Officer