At work in over 120 countries and counting.
Who we are
The Salvation Army is a worldwide religious and charitable organization, motivated by the love of God and concern for the needs of humanity.
The Army's tradition of helping those in need began more than 150 years ago. Members of The Salvation Army serve the poor and needy in over 120 countries. Nationally, we have over 62,000 employees and over 3 million volunteers.
What we do
The Salvation Army was founded with the basic social services principles of taking care of the physical and emotional needs of the hungry and homeless, and remains an outward visible expression of the Army's strong religious principles, as described in our International Mission Statement. In addition, new programs that address contemporary needs have been established.
Among these are disaster relief services, day care centers, summer camps, holiday assistance, services for the aging, AIDS education and residential services, medical facilities, shelters for battered women and children, family and career counseling, vocational training, correctional services, and substance abuse rehabilitation.
Where we are
The Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Divisional Headquarters of The Salvation Army is located in a suburb of Milwaukee. Twenty-six local corps Community and Worship Centers -- like ours, which exclusively serves Waukesha County-- are located through the area, with local service extension representatives located in areas that do not have a "brick-and-mortar" physical presence ... a building.
The Salvation Army Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Division is one of ten divisions that makes up the Central Territory of The Salvation Army.
General Andre Cox, at the International headquarters in London, is the international leader of The Salvation Army. In the United States, the functions of The Salvation Army are coordinated by the National Commander, whose office is at the National Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.
For administrative purposes, the nation is divided into four territories: the Central with headquarters in Des Plaines, Illinois, the Eastern with headquarters in West Nyack, New York, the Southern with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Western with headquarters in Long Beach, California.
Each territory is under the leadership of a territorial commander. Territories are made up of units known as divisions. There are 40 divisions in the United States and each is headed by a divisional commander.
Divisions consist of numerous local Community and Worship Centers -- which are the basic units of The Salvation Army -- and various specialized centers. The functions of each corps include religious and social services which are adapted to local needs. Each corps is under the supervision of a corps officer.
The Divisional Headquarters for Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (WUM) is located in just west of Milwaukee, in the city of Wauwatosa. Major Steven Merritt, Divisional Commander, directly supervises the Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Division. There are 26 corps worship and community centers located throughout the Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Division, multiple homeless shelters, thrift stores, food pantries and other social service programs throughout the rural communities in the Division.
In addition, we are home to Army Lake Camp, over 240 acres of thick woodlands and manicured grounds that feature a magnificent spring-fed lake and an array of state-of-the-art facilities.