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To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Our Motivation

At its heart, The Salvation Army is a church. This foundation is what motivates us to do the work that we do. We love God and serve others because of His love for all. That’s where our mission comes from – to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet needs in His name without discrimination. Because, we want others to come to know God’s love too. These are our marching orders.


Why an Army?

We’ve been around since 1865, originally called the East London Christian Mission. An itinerate pastor named William Booth started the organization as a grassroots effort with boots on the ground in London. He didn’t have buildings, but he did have a dedicated following who saw desperate need among the poorest of people and took to the streets to offer help. Booth referred to the organization as a volunteer army, because of the way they operated and served. As the organization grew, he used military-style rankings to describe the hierarchy of leadership. Leaders adopted a uniform apparel that mirrored military styles. Their mission was to serve others in Jesus’ name, meeting not only their physical needs, but also their spiritual needs. Booth described their work as providing “soup, soap and salvation,” eventually changing their name to The Salvation Army.

Today, the mission is the same and we’ve kept the Army structure. Our officers, or leaders, are ordained pastors.


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Harbor Light Complex

In existence for over 65 years, the Harbor Light Complex (HLC) has been a beacon of hope and help, 
providing services to the most disenfranchised members of society including homeless men, women and children, 
the alcoholic, the drug addict and the felon.

Founded in 1949 as a 10-bed program for homeless, alcoholic men, Harbor Light had an annual budget of $11,000. Today, with a budget in excess of $10M, Harbor Light is a multi-service campus that provides the following programs and services to the community:

  •  Emergency Shelter Services for Families
  • Transitional Housing Programs for Men
  • Community Corrections & Electronic Monitoring Services
  • Substance Abuse Treatment (medically supervised) & Intensive Outpatient Treatment
  • A canteen that distributes meals/snacks to the homeless, five (5) days a week 
  • Faith-Based Enrichment & Support through the New Hope Corps (Salvation Army Church)

Program success rates: 

  • Alcohol Drug Addiction Services – Approximately 75% of clients move on to the next level of care. The national average is 50%.
  • P.A.S.S. Program – More than 82% of men obtain permanent housing, about 50% secure jobs. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) expectations for transitional housing is 71%.
  • Community Corrections Program – 70% of the clients secure employment, 73% successfully complete the program. The average for successful completions in the State of Ohio is 69%.
  • Electronic Monitoring – 70% of clients complete the program. The entire State of Ohio averages 58%.
  • Zelma George Family Emergency Shelter – 72% of families achieve residential stability. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) expectations for transitional housing is 61%.
  • Community Corrections Program (2nd floor) – Approximately 83% of the clients successfully complete the program.



Key Partnerships  

American Correctional Association, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, Cuyahoga County Probation Department, Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections, The International Community Corrections Association, Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services, Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority,Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ohio Development Services Agency, United Way