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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.

Where We Serve:

190 South Maple Street
Akron Ohio 44302
General Office Phone: 330-762-8481

Major Robert Watson, Corps Officer
Lt. Frankly Caraballo, Assistant Corps Officer
Lt. Jashira Figueroa, Assistant Corps Office

Located with the Akron service unit, the Citadel conducts the worship programs -- Sunday School, Sunday worship, Bible studies, and prayer meetings -- of The Salvation Army for the greater Akron area. The Citadel is where music groups such as the brass band, songsters, timbrels, mime, and drama meet. The Citadel also provides social development programs for the neighborhood and the community, such as:

  • Women's Ministries, a program of service, education fellowship and worship for women of all ages 
  • Men's Fellowship, a similar program for men of all ages 
  • Community Center programming for all ages, which includes games and sports in the gymnasium 
  • Occasional classes and workshops for various ages that relate to life issues, such as parenting, budgeting, and backyard gardening classes

Sunday Service Times:
Adult Sunday 

Children Sunday School 

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Holiness Meeting

560 Wooster Road
Barberton, Ohio 44203
General Office Phone -  330-745-2836

Envoy Kristina Lackey

Learn more about Barberton Salvation Army

Hudson Presbyterian Church
201 West Streetsboro Street
Hudson, OH 44236-2769
Phone: 330-802-4309
Office Hours By Appointment Only

The Salvation Army Service Extension Office of Hudson assists people with financial need. Typically, help is provided for utility bills or shut-off notices. At times, assistance can be provided in the form of a food voucher. Here are the restrictions:

  • Clients can receive assistance once annually. 
  • Clients must reside in the Hudson School District to receive assistance in our office. 

To receive assistance, clients are asked to call our office and leave a message. A volunteer staff member will return the call within 24 hours to pre-screen to determine assistance eligibility. If eligible, an interview will be scheduled in our office.

About the Salvation Army of Summit County

The Salvation Army of Summit County is a unit of the international Salvation Army. Click here to learn more about the history, mission, and beliefs of the Salvation Army.

The Summit County unit has served Akron and surrounding communities since 1884 -- 136 years of commitment. The dedicated staff and committed volunteers of the Summit County unit work every day to provide tangible assistance through programs that are not generic or one-size-fits-all but are flexible to provide the right assistance needed at the right times to the right people. Current services provided to this community include:

  • Emergency financial assistance for rent and utility payments
  • Feeding programs such as hot meals, pantry, direct food distribution and homeless mobile outreach
  • Children's programs including overnight summer camp, day care, after-school care, and summer enrichment
  • Visits to elderly, disabled and imprisoned
  • A 60-bed resident rehabilitation program for those struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol
  • Disaster services and emergency response as needed

In FY 2021, The Salvation Army Summit County Area Services provided 52,446 souls with 693,282 services. The Area Services office currently employs 23 full time staff, and is responsible for all of the programs listed above except for the resident rehabilitation program. The Adult Rehabilitation Center is managed by a second set of The Salvation Army officers, who also run the Family Stores. This rehabilitation program is fully supported through the Family Store operations, and account for another approximately $3.5mil budget. Although there are locations in 124 countries around the world, the local unit is responsible to raise all funds necessary to support the programs in our own community.

The goals of The Salvation Army of Summit County are to:

  • Interrupt and break the cycle of poverty in our community, enabling economic self-sufficiency and active contribution to the social, economic and spiritual well-being of the community
  • Serve as a unifying force that is welcomed by, respected by, and able to bring together all elements of our community - those in a position to give and those in a place of need.
  • Instill hope in all whom we touch, recipients or donors of our services.

The Salvation Army in Summit County is unique in that it is located in multiple areas surrounding Greater Akron and thereby accessible to those in need. In its history in Greater Akron, the Salvation Army has been instrumental in bringing one community together in a spirit of humility, service, and all motivated by a simple faith in Christ.

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