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Fond du Lac Salvation Army About Us

The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 by a Methodist street preacher named William Booth. He worked with people in the slums of East London. In 1880, The Salvation Army began work in the United States and in a few short years the ministry of The Salvation Army spread across the country, reaching the streets of Fond du Lac in 1890.

The Salvation Army in Fond du Lac works hand in hand with community, continually evolving our service ministry to meeting the ever growing, ever-changing human needs we see, in His name without discrimination. A beacon of help, we operate the county’s largest food pantry, it’s only warming shelter and a wealth of year round and seasonal social service, crisis prevention and self- sufficiency programs.  We are blessed and humbled by community support that fuels our services.

With community support, we’ve helped build Fond du Lac’s tradition of compassionate, practical service:

Our Salvation Army Childcare began in 1973 as Kindercare in St. Agnes Hall, relocated to the Mental Health Center in 1974, and came “home” to 237 N. Macy St. in 1977.  The doors to childcare closed in 2008, our dedication to helping children and families thrive remains. Today, we offer an expansive array of youth programs and summer camps.

The Salvation Army brought “Operation Back to School” to Fond du Lac in 1989; it’s grown into Back to School FdL, a combined community effort;

The Samaritan Free Health Clinic began in The Salvation Army, December 8, 1993;

Brown Bag Lunch is an annual service that  was launched in summer 1993 to help parents feed their children lunch over summer; 2600 free lunches were packed and distributed that year; by 2017, the demand had grown and a record 15,519 lunches were shared;

When Fond du Lac County needed a warming shelter in the Fall of 2016, we stepped up, organized and opened doors to The Salvation Army Warming Shelter; it’s now a part of us.

In a 2016 survey, 337 clients identified skills and resources they needed to take care of themselves and their families, decrease their dependence on community and increase their self-sufficiency.  With community support, we’re growing ways and means to deliver those skills and resources through our award-winning Pathway of Hope Program, a transportation program that helps clients get to interviews and start employment, and a life skills program.  

We continue to work with and for Fond du Lac, “Doing the most Good,” motivated by faith in God and love for all people.