Did you think the Salvation Army was just a thrift store?

A group of people stand together next to a building.

For a long time, I only knew The Salvation Army for the thrift stores and the bell ringers that we see around the holidays. What I didn’t know until more recently is that they impact lives both here at home and around the world through the Salvation Army World Service Organization (SAWSO). SAWSO has spent […]

THE SALVATION ARMY WORLD SERVICE OFFICE (SAWSO): Success in Italy

Italy refugees

For decades, The Salvation Army in developed countries has been blessed to financially support the work of counterparts in developing nations, whether in emergency relief, community projects, or simply the daily costs of operating in some of the most challenging parts of the world. But what if The Salvation Army in wealthier countries could do […]

THE SALVATION ARMY WORLD SERVICE OFFICE (SAWSO): Empowerment in Africa

In the African nation’sKenya’s male-dominated culture, a woman’s husband is often her sole source of financial support. If she loses her husband – or he loses his ability to provide – the entire family can spiral hopelessly into poverty. That’s what the Salvation Army’s WORTH program – a microfinance banking and skills training program aimed […]

What COVID-19 response looks like around the world through the eyes of SAWSO

The Salvation Army World Service workers handle a shipment of medical goods in South Korea.

The COVID-19 pandemic dominates headlines as it continues to spread rapidly to corners of the world. It has stripped vulnerable communities of vital resources, such as medical personnel and hygiene supplies, further weakening their defense system against its contagion. Now more than ever, it’s crucial to support those at risk all around the world. We […]

THE SALVATION ARMY WORLD SERVICE OFFICE (SAWSO): Tijuana Anti-Human Trafficking

TIJUANA, Mexico – No one is at greater risk for victimization than those who are alone and without resources in an unfamiliar locale. And unfortunately, it’s an all too common story on the streets of Tijuana. Desperate and with seemingly nowhere to turn, recent deportees are easy targets for human traffickers. Among the most vulnerable […]