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The Salvation Army is concerned with the needs of all humanity and helps all people in need- regardless of race, color, creed, sex, gender or age. The Salvation Army offers emergency disaster relief, emergency assistance, emergency shelter, housing, outreach programs, visitation programs, child care services, youth programs, a program to combat human trafficking, an adult rehabilitation center, and holiday assistance for needy individuals and families.
In local communities, The Salvation Army operates Community and Worship Centers (known as Corps) to deliver much-needed services and programs.
Majors Tim and Willie Mae Lyle
Majors Timothy and Willie Mae Lyle were commissioned as Salvation Army officers in 1984 as part of the Servants of God session. Together they served in Corps appointments in Sunbury, Darby and Lancaster, PA. They were responsible for the development and opening of The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Philadelphia, PA. Subsequent appointments led them to Cincinnati, Ohio where they served as General Secretary and Divisional Secretary from 2012 until 2017. Their next appointment took them to Territorial Headquarters where they served as Assistant Personnel and Assistant Program Secretaries. Most recently, they returned to Philadelphia to serve as General Secretary and Divisional Secretary for Greater Philadelphia until returning to Cincinnati to become the Divisional Commanders for the Southwest Ohio & Northeast Kentucky (SWONEKY) Division.
The Salvation Army Southwest Ohio & Northeast Kentucky Division
114 E. Central Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
In 1865, William Booth spent his days and nights preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor, the homeless, the hungry and the destitute people of London, England. Booth challenged the accepted concept of church, took his preaching to the streets and traveled throughout England conducting evangelistic meetings.
Booth's services were an instant success. He quickly became well known as a religious leader throughout London and attracted followers who were dedicated to fighting for the souls of men and women.
In 1867, Booth had only 10 full-time workers, but by 1874, Booth's followers had grown to 1,000 volunteers and 42 evangelists. At this time, the group was serving under the name "The Christian Mission." The group officially adopted the title of "The Salvation Army" in August of 1878.
The ministry migrated to America in 1885, where The Salvation Army's first meeting took place in Philadelphia. Later that year, in November, the first Salvationists established a presence in downtown Cincinnati.
The Salvation Army continued to expand its operation throughout the United States. Today, there are more than 9,000 Salvation Army centers and local neighborhood units in the United States.
In Cincinnati, The Salvation Army dates its earliest presence to 1885, when Salvationists first came to preach the Gospel and began to offer social services to the poorest of the poor. In 2010, The Salvation Army in Greater Cincinnati celebrated 125 years of service to the local community.