Number of members: Hundreds of volunteers and donors.
Year established: December 1890, The Salvation Army was started in Grand Haven in the Armory Building.
Current officers: Majors Jay and Sally Davis. Jay: Sally and I met at The Salvation Army College in Chicago in 1976. We were both single and were in training to become Salvation Army officers. We eventually were married in 1977. We have two adult children, Stephen and Nathan; and three grandchildren. We are currently the longest-serving officers in Grand Haven — starting our ninth year. Most officers are three- to five-year appointments.
When and where you meet: Our offices are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., located at 310 N. DeSpelder St. in Grand Haven. Various other activities meet at other times throughout the week. We have our Sunday Church service at 11 a.m. All are welcome to be a part of our many activities.
Mission statement: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Tell us what you do for the community: Many know The Salvation Army because of our bell-ringing at Christmas or our Brass Band music, but we are so much more. We make a positive impact on our community and the lives we encounter with various programs and activities, such as transitional and emergency housing, rental assistance, utility assistance, food pantry, Pathway of Hope continuing care, Community Garden, assistance with budgeting, back-to-school backpack distribution, Christmas toy and food distribution, visiting the sick and the homebound and assisted living centers, camping opportunities, summer recreational day camp in partnership with NORA, summer free lunch program for children, women's programs, men's programs, and programs and activities for children, youth and adults. We also have an after-school tutoring program in collaboration with C.H.I.L.L., coats distributed for winter warmth, Junior Achievement with young children, Canteen with hot chocolate distribution and carol sing-along at the Jingle Bell Parade each Christmas season. The Salvation Army in Grand Haven endeavors to meet peoples' needs in very practical ways; also offering spiritual care and caring for people in a holistic way.
Do you host any community events? First Friday Dance at D&W and Woodchoppers Ball Dance at D. Baker Lumber Co. Most of our programs and activities are open to the public and free. D&W Christmas Concert in December.
Member benefits: Those who become soldiers of The Salvation Army are similar to church members who often participate in the church activities, although all church programs and activities are open to others and are welcome.
How to join: As a volunteer, you can call or stop by our offices and complete a volunteer packet. As a donor, you can simply give gifts to The Salvation Army of Grand Haven. As a church member, it is similar to becoming a member of any other church organization — you would need to subscribe to a set of core spiritual beliefs.