Who We Are

The Salvation Army is an integral part of the Christian Church, although distinctive in government and practice. The Army’s doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasise God’s saving purposes. Its objects are ‘the advancement of the Christian religion, of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole.’
(Salvation Army Act 1980)

Community Services (Calgary) has a staff complement of 160+ men and women dedicated to providing their best to assist the people who come through our doors, giving them hope for today and the days to come. We offer a variety of programs and services to men, women, and children from all walks of life, operating out of five locations.

Centre of Hope
Centre of Hope
420 9 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB
T2G 0R9
P: 403-410-1111
F: 403-410-1096
Family Resource Centre
Barbara Mitchell
Family Resource Centre
1731 29 Street SW
Calgary, AB
T3C 1M6
P: 403-930-2700
F: 403-930-2727
Community Support Services
Community Support Services
1826 36 Street SE
Calgary, AB
T2B 0X6
P: 403-220-0432
F: 403-220-0470
Women's Integrated Supportive Housing
Women’s Integrated Supportive Housing
3013 15 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB
T3C 3W7
P: 403-930-2711
F: 403-930-2720
14, 4420 75 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB
T2C 2V4
P: 403-236-2988
F: 403-236-3198

The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.

Community Services (Calgary) exists to combat homelessness and its effects through transformational services.
One Army.  One Mission.  One Message. ONE ARMY: We see a God-raised, Spirit-filled Army for the 21st century - convinced of our calling, moving forward together,

We will...
  • deepen our spiritual life
  • unite in prayer
  • identify and develop leaders
  • increase self-support and self-denial
  ONE MISSION: Into the world of the hurting, broken, lonely, dispossessed and lost, reaching them in love by all means,

We will...
  • emphasize our integrated ministry
  • reach and involve youth and children
  • stand for and serve the marginalized
  • encourage innovation in mission
  ONE MESSAGE: With the transforming message of Jesus, bringing freedom, hope and life

We will...
  • communicate Christ unashamedly
  • reaffirm our belief in transformation
  • evangelize and disciple effectively
  • provide quality teaching resources
There are three core values of our faith:

Salvation We proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all our ministries.

Accordingly, we at CS(C) are committed to facilitating authentic life change for all those with whom we work.
Holiness We are shaped by the Bible and the example of Jesus through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

Accordingly, in all our ministries at CS(C), we are committed to sharing the love of Jesus Christ, meeting human needs, and being a transforming influence in all the communities with whom we interact.
Intimacy with God We commune with God through worship and prayer.

Accordingly, we at CS(C) are committed to providing opportunities for personal growth to all individuals with whom we work.
Rooted in these three core values are the seven core operational values which guide all aspects of The Salvation Army in Canada & Bermuda:

  Compassion We reach out to others and care for them.

Accordingly, we at CS(C) are committed to compassion in all our relationships – with clients, with fellow workers and with the community at large.
  Respect We promote the dignity of all persons.

Accordingly, we at CS(C) are committed to respect in all aspects of our ministry – with clients, with fellow workers and with the community at large. We respect differences among people and the right of every individual and community to make choices and decisions based on unique individual beliefs and community norms.
  Excellence We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.

Accordingly, we at CS(C) are committed to the highest standards of excellence in all we do. We will be good stewards, using all our resources to the fullest, wasting nothing, and doing only what we find to be effective and efficient.
  Integrity We are honest, trustworthy, and accountable.

Accordingly, we at CS(C) are committed to integrity in all we do. Our actions will be transparent and hold up to scrutiny. We will be responsible to those who use our services, to our fellow workers, and to our community.
  Relevance We are committed to the pursuit of innovation and effectiveness.

Accordingly, we at CS(C), in light of our mission and values, will regularly evaluate and change our forms of ministry to remain relevant to our time. We will be open to risk, strategic expansion and proactive methods.
  Cooperation We encourage and foster teamwork and partnerships.

Accordingly, we at CS(C) are committed to fostering strong relationships in all we do.
  Celebration We give thanks by marking milestones and successes.

Accordingly, we at CS(C) are committed to celebrating the successes of our staff and ministries, and the transforming experiences that we are privileged to witness in those with whom we work.
Aspects of Wellness

Rooted in our core values and guided by our operational values, we at CS(C) strive to touch on all aspects of wellenss through our various programs. We believe that each person is created to live an abundant life and, therefore, needs to be balanced in all aspects of wellness:

Emotional Wellness Environmental Wellness Intellectual Wellness Physical Wellness Social Wellness Spiritual Wellness
Emotional Environmental Intellectual Physical Social Spiritual
William Booth The Salvation Army began in 1865 when William Booth, a London minister, gave up the comfort of his pulpit and together with his wife, Catherine, decided to take his message into the streets where it would reach the poor, the homeless, the hungry and the destitute.

His original aim was to send converts to established churches of the day, but soon he realized that the poor did not feel comfortable or welcome in the pews of most of the churches and chapels of Victorian England. Regular churchgoers were appalled when these shabbily dressed, unwashed people came to join them in worship. Booth decided to found a church especially for them - the East London Christian Mission. The mission grew slowly but Booth's faith in God remained undiminished.

In May 1878, Booth summoned his son, Bramwell, and his good friend George Railton to read a proof of the Christian Mission's annual report. At the top it read: THE CHRISTIAN MISSION is A VOLUNTEER ARMY. Bramwell strongly objected to this wording. He was not a volunteer: he was compelled to do God's work. So, in a flash of inspiration, Booth crossed out 'Volunteer' and wrote 'Salvation'. The Salvation Army was born.

Today, The Salvation Army is active in 127 countries.

Community Services (Calgary)...

The Salvation Army began its work in Calgary in 1887, opening our first church in the city, the Calgary Citadel Corps. Several years later, in 1904, our social work commenced with the arrival of two officers (pastors) who opened a home for unwed mothers. Over the years, The Salvation Army in Calgary continued to grow, increasing its social and religious services to arrive at the two churches, one hospice, and one social services unit in operation today.

In 2005, our social services were amalgamated ito one unit, then named Calgary Community and Residential Services. Now called Community Services (Calgary), CS(C) offers a variety of programs and services to men, women, and children from all walks of life.
The Salvation Army
Community Services (Calgary)