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Salvation Army

Salvation Army citadel, Prince Albert (no date).
Saskatchewan Archives Board R-A1673-2

The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 by General William Booth and his wife Catherine in London, England. Booth’s motto was “soup, soap, and salvation”: he believed that no one would hear the gospel if they were hungry or dirty. The work of the Salvation Army was born in an effort to meet the needs of the marginalized. The Army grew rapidly, and in 1886 the first Army Corps was opened in Canada. In the early 1890s, the work of the Army spread west with the first officers arriving in Moose Jaw. Today, the Salvation Army operates in thirteen cities in Saskatchewan, providing a variety of services including shelter, food, pro-bono services, homes for teenage girls, and other essential services to those who are less fortunate.

Kristiana MacKenzie

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