For 133 years The Salvation Army has served the most marginalised and disadvantaged members of the Australian community with care and compassion. We provide food and shelter for families struggling to get by, holistic support to people rebuilding their lives after natural disasters, support for people struggling with addiction and refuge for women and children fleeing violent situations. Without discrimination or judgement, The Salvation Army is ready to help individuals through their own unique and personal crises.
Tasmania Bushfires: January 2013
Starting on 3 January 2013, the combination of an extreme heat wave and strong winds caused some of the most devastating bushfires in Tasmania’s history.
It was predicted quite early on that the 2013 fire season in Tasmania had the potential to be worse than usual – but no one could have predicted the level of devastation it would cause.
Donna fled the fire on a boat with her daughter Chloe. They spent more than two hours on the water, breathing through wet rags as the fireball passed overhead. They witnessed first-hand the destruction of Dunalley, including the house of Donna’s son Joel.
Donna and her family had experienced great loss and was grateful forThe Salvation Army’s support: “The Salvation Army has just been wonderful. They are so warm and friendly and that makes a difference. They encourage you to ‘please take it’, because it can be hard to accept things sometimes. Even though you know you need it, you think ‘no, someone else might need that more’. Steve the chaplain came to our home and helped other members of our family, which was really good too.”
Salvos Transit Teams, Melbourne
Salvation Army Street Teams were introduced on the streets of Melbourne to provide a positive influence at night amongst the party-goers and revellers. The teams move around the CBD and engage with people out for the evening.
Opening of Ingle Farm, South Australia
The Ingle Farm Centre is known within The Salvation Army and to the community and government as a model of achievement. It provides awide range of services and programmes to assist youth, young mums, families in desperate need and seniors. It is a place where those in need can find specialised care or that strengthening hand in times of crisis.