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Do the Most Good in Athens!

The Salvation Army of Athens provides emergency services to families struggling to make ends meet in Clarke (Athens), Ogelthorpe, Oconee, Madison, and Jackson counties. Through your generous support, last year The Salvation Army:

  • Sheltered over 17,050 individuals and families at the Athens Salvation Army facility
  • Served over 31,000 hot meals to local men, women, and children
  • Provided 253 households with energy assistance and 4,075 households with case management and housing assistance
  • Shared a new way of looking at the world with over 225 children who attended Salvation Army local youth programming and summer camps 
  • Assisted over 2,100 children with Christmas gifts through the Angel Tree program 

Be a shield today and do the most good!


Your time and dedication will make a difference

  • Your help makes it possible for us to Do The Most Good year-around.
  • We’d like to invite you to continue your support by volunteering in your community.
  • Please call (706) 543-5350 to volunteer today!

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Church Programs

Welcome to The Salvation Army of Athens, GA Church –

If you are looking for a great place to worship God with Sunday School classes to suit all ages (including nursery) and warm fellowship with believers from all walks of life, then look no further! Come and join us any Sunday or throughout the week and enjoy worship music styles ranging from a traditional Salvation Army brass quartet to a contemporary praise band with guitars and drums.

Soul Cafe – Sunday 9:00

Come and join us Sunday morning right before Bible Study for Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Pastries, Games, and Fellowship.

Sunday School – Sundays 9:45

Youth enjoy a Music Program every Sunday immediately following morning worship where they learn how to play guitar, drums, brass, handbells, or dancing.

Youth Activities – Wednesday 6:00-8:00PM

  • Boy Scouts of America for boys ages 11-17
  • Cub Scouts of America for boys ages 7-10
  • Girl Guards for girls grades 6th-12th
  • Sunbeams for girls grades 1st-5th
  • Moonbeams for boys and girls ages 4 & 5


Women’s Ministry – Tuesday 5:30-7:30.

The activities are of a wide range and variety with goals being to enjoy fellowship, learn more, worship God, and serve the community specifically designed for women.

Men’s ministry – Thursday 5:30-7:30.

The activities are of a wide range and variety with goals being to enjoy fellowship, learn more, worship God, and serve the community specifically designed for men.

Additional Address

784 N. Chase St. Athens Ga 30606

Brief History

The Salvation Army opened their first assignment in Athens on March 12, 1916, and remained here until October 3, 1916 because the Athens Corps (church) was closed due to World War I

The work of The Salvaiton Army reopened on February 23, 1919 at 205 1/2 North Jackson St. Thirteen years later in 1932 the first Empty Stocking Fund ever staged here was organized with assistance from the manager of Gallant-Belk Co., a local radio station, and Jack Martin who was well known in the Athens area as the voice of “Santa Claus.”

In 1942, in the midst of World War II, The Salvation Army had as its corps officers, Captain Mary Highcheck and assistant, Lt. Louise Landers. Captain Highcheck requested a leave of absence in order that she might do her part in the war effort by joining the WAC’s. Due to a shortage of official personnel, Divisional Headquarters was contemplating closing the work in Athens. A devoted Sunday School teacher, Mary Peacock, was approached and asked to consider quitting her job at a hosiery mill, and taking on the the work of keeping the Athens Corps (church) alive. She was given two weeks to learn about the administration of The Salvation Army and then she went to work.

At that time, The Salvation Army was renting 3 different buildings for their programs. Miss Mary (retiring at the rank of Major) set out to secure property for the work. There was a building on College Avenue which the city had obtained because of delinquent taxes. She approached the city official in regard to this building, asking if they would give it to the Army. She was told it would have to be put up for public sale and she should come to the court house and place a bid. There was only one other person there to bid against her. Miss Mary told him he was wasting his time, as she was sure the Lord wanted that building for the work of The Salvation Army. He left and she bought the building for $25. That building became chapel, living quarters and activities department. Miss Mary also was able to purchase a home for the transient lodge on Strong Street.

In 1966, The Army moved into the old armory building in southeast corner of Hancock and North Thomas Street. On Sept. 24, 1967, the fiftieth anniversary of The Salvation Army service of Athens was marked by the dedication of the new facility on North Chase Street. Two years later the new Transient Building opened at 399 Meigs St.

After operating a make-shift thrift store in the basement of 399 Meigs Street, The Army relocated the first full Athens Thrift Store to 470 Oconee Street in June, 1979. Soon after renovating the basement of 399 Meigs Street, The Army also opend the first Women’s Shelter in November of 1980.

The current thrift store, administrative offices, and shelter on Hawthorne St was dedicated on June 11, 2002.

The work of The Salvation Army in Athens, GA is a proud tradition of serving the community in Christ Jesus name, and we look forward to breaking new ground spiritually as well as physically for the Kingdom of God.

Women’s Auxiliary

Salvation Army Athens GA Women's AuxiliaryThe Women’s Auxiliary is a civic group of over 100 community minded women who want to make a difference in Athens and the surrounding counties by raising awareness and funds to expand the amount and quality of help that is given by The Salvation Army of Athens, GA.

Some past projects have helped purchase a walk-in freezer for our shelter kitchen, a new fork lift for our Family Store, musical instruments for our Youth Music Program, and a new playground.

Women’s Auxiliary Officers

  • President: Jan Lanier
  • Vice President: Jeanette Rowe
  • Recording Sec.: Marilyn Bowden
  • Treasurer: Betty Mundy
  • Secretary: Paula Hooper
  • Fundraising Chair: Debbie Ullrich

  • Membership Chair: Kate Lynch
  • Outreach Chair: Therese Wilson
  • Christmas Chairs: Marylin Bowden and Sandy Deiter


484 Hawthorne Ave
Athens, GA 30606

Community Services

Youth Program, Project Hope, Disaster Services, Service Units/Centers, Project Share.

Family Store

Monday-Saturday 8AM-5PM
Weekly Color Tag Discounts

Volunteer Opportunities

Help with after school programs, teach music, drama and art, coach a sports team, landscape, paint, clean and organize community centers, prepare and serve food in one of our shelters, organize donation drives for food, new clothes, or supplies for our children’s programs, data-entry, or administrative support.

Contact Information

To Donate:
(706) 543-5350
To Volunteer:
(706) 543-5350
For Assistance:
(706) 543-5350

Project Share Utility Partners


Where to apply - Project Share

APPLING Appling County DFCS (912) 366-1010
ATKINSON Atkinson County DFCS (912) 422-3242
BACON Bacon County DFCS (912) 632-8375
BAKER The Salvation Army – Albany Corps (229) 435-1428
BAKER, FL The Salvation Army Georgia Divisional HQ (678) 418-4689
BALDWIN The Salvation Army – Milledgeville Service Center (478) 452-6940
BANKS Banks County DFCS (706) 677-2272
BARROW Barrow County DFCS (770) 868-4222
BARTOW The Salvation Army – Cartersville Corps (770) 386-6256
BEN HILL Ben Hill County DFCS (229) 426-5300
BERRIEN The Salvation Army – Valdosta Corps (229) 242-6440
BIBB The Salvation Army – Macon Corps (478) 746-8572
BLECKLEY The Salvation Army – Warner Robins Corps (478) 922-2240
BRANTLEY Brantley County DFCS (912) 462-6171
BROOKS The Salvation Army – Thomasville Corps (229) 226-3772
BRYAN Bryan County DFCS (912) 653-2805
BULLOCH Bulloch County DFCS (912) 871-1333
BURKE The Salvation Army – Augusta Corps (706) 922-8330
BUTTS The Salvation Army – Jackson Service Center (770) 775-2940
CALHOUN The Salvation Army – Albany Corps (229) 435-1428
CAMDEN The Salvation Army – St. Marys Service Center (912) 882-2200
CANDLER Candler County DFCS (912) 685-2163
CARROLL The Salvation Army – Carrollton Service Center (770) 830-0120
CATOOSA Catoosa County DFCS (706) 866-1740
CHARLTON Charlton County DFCS (912) 496-2527
CHATHAM The Salvation Army – Savannah Corps (912) 651-7420
CHATTAHOOCHEE The Salvation Army – Columbus Corps (706) 327-0275
CHATTOOGA Chattooga County DFCS (706) 857-0817
CHEROKEE The Salvation Army – Canton Service Center (770) 720-4316
CHEROKEE, NC Cherokee County DSS (828) 837-7455
CLARKE The Salvation Army – Athens Corps (706) 543-5350
CLAY  Clay County DFCS (229) 768-2511
CLAY, NC Clay County DSS (828) 389-6301
CLAYTON The Salvation Army – Jonesboro Corps (770) 603-7173
CLINCH Clinch County DFCS (912) 487-5263
COBB  The Salvation Army – Marietta Corps (770) 724-1640
COFFEE The Salvation Army – Douglas Service Center (912) 384-6530
COLQUITT Colquitt County DFCS (229) 217-4000
COLUMBIA The Salvation Army – Augusta Corps (706) 922-8330
COOK Cook County Community Services (229) 549-8780
COWETA The Salvation Army – Newnan Service Center (770) 251-8181
CRAWFORD Crawford County DFCS (478) 836-6030
CRISP The Salvation Army Georgia Divisional HQ (678) 418-4689
DADE Dade County Community Service Ctr (706) 657-4664
DAWSON Dawson County DFCS (706) 265-6598
DECATUR The Salvation Army – Bainbridge Service Center (229) 243-7250
DEKALB The Salvation Army – Family Emergency Services (404) 486-2714
DODGE Dodge County DFCS (478) 374-6760
DOOLY Dooly County DFCS (229) 268-4111
DOUGHERTY The Salvation Army – Albany Corps (229) 435-1428
DOUGLAS The Salvation Army – Family Emergency Services (770) 942-7188
EARLY The Salvation Army – Albany Corps (229) 435-1428
ECHOLS The Salvation Army – Valdosta Corps (229) 242-6440
EFFINGHAM Effingham County DFCS (912) 754-6471
ELBERT The Salvation Army – Elberton Service Center (706) 283-1804
EMANUEL Emanuel County DFCS (478) 289-2400
EVANS Evans County DFCS (912) 739-1222
FANNIN Fannin County DFCS (706) 632-2296
FAYETTE The Salvation Army – Jonesboro Corps (770) 603-7173
FLOYD The Salvation Army – Rome Corps (706) 291-4745
FORSYTH Forsyth County DFCS (770) 781-6700
FRANKLIN Ninth District Opportunity (706) 376-4150
FULTON The Salvation Army – Kroc Center (404) 486-2710
GILMER Gilmer County DFCS (706) 635-2361
GLASCOCK The Salvation Army – Augusta Corps (706) 922-8330
GLYNN The Salvation Army – Brunswick Corps (912) 265-9381
GORDON Gordon County Family Connection (706) 624-1200
GRADY Grady County DFCS (229) 377-3154
GREENE Greene County Christian Outreach (706) 454-0250
GWINNETT The Salvation Army – Lawrenceville Corps (770) 724-1660
HABERSHAM The Salvation Army – Toccoa Corps (706) 886-5293
HALL The Salvation Army – Gainesville Corps (770) 534-7589
HANCOCK Hancock County DFCS (706) 444-1203
HARALSON Haralson County DFCS (770) 646-3885
HARRIS Harris County DFCS (706) 628-4226
HART Ninth District Opportunity (706) 376-4150
HEARD Heard County DFCS (706) 675-3361
HENRY The Salvation Army – McDonough Service Center (770) 957-8868
HOUSTON The Salvation Army – Warner Robins Corps (478) 922-2240
IRWIN Irwin County DFCS (229) 468-2150
JACKSON Jackson County DFCS (706) 367-3000
JASPER Jasper County DFCS (706) 468-6461
JEFF DAVIS Jeff Davis County DFCS (912) 375-3942
JEFFERSON Jefferson County DFCS (478) 625-7259
JENKINS Jenkins County Family Enrichment Center (478) 982-8004
JOHNSON Johnson County DFCS (478) 864-4210
JONES The Salvation Army – Macon Corps (478) 746-8572
LAMAR Lamar County DFCS (770) 358-5170
LANIER Lanier County DFCS (229) 482-3686
LAURENS The Salvation Army – Dublin Service Center (478) 275-7336
LEE The Salvation Army – Albany Corps (229) 435-1428
LIBERTY Liberty County DFCS (912) 370-2555
LINCOLN Lincoln County Community Partnership, Inc. (706) 359-5769
LONG Long County DFCS (912) 545-2177
LOWNDES The Salvation Army – Valdosta Corps (229) 242-6440
LUMPKIN Lumpkin County DFCS (706) 864-1980
MACON Macon County Family Connection (478) 472-3769
MADISON The Salvation Army – Athens Corps (706) 543-5350
MARION Marion County DFCS (229) 649-2311
MCDUFFIE The Salvation Army – Augusta Corps (706) 922-8330
MCINTOSH The Salvation Army – Brunswick Corps (912) 265-9381
MERIWETHER Meriwether County DFCS (706) 672-4244
MILLER The Salvation Army – Albany Corps (229) 435-1428
MITCHELL Mitchell County DFCS (229) 522-3500
MONROE Monroe County DFCS (478) 993-3030
MONTGOMERY Montgomery County DFCS (912) 583-3722
MORGAN Morgan County DFCS (706) 343-5800
MURRAY The Salvation Army – Dalton Corps (706) 278-3966
MUSCOGEE The Salvation Army – Columbus Corps (706) 327-0275
NASSAU, FL Barnabas Center (904) 261-7000
NEWTON The Salvation Army – Covington Service Center (770) 786-2107
OCONEE Oconee County DFCS (706) 310-2260
OGLETHORPE The Salvation Army – Athens Corps (706) 543-5350
PAULDING Paulding County DFCS (770) 443-7810
PEACH The Salvation Army – Warner Robins Corps (478) 922-2240
PICKENS Pickens County DFCS (706) 692-4701
PIERCE Concerted Services (912) 449-1438
PIKE Pike County DFCS (770) 567-8427
POLK Polk County DFCS (770) 749-2232
PULASKI Pulaski County DFCS (478) 783-6191
PUTNAM Putnam County DFCS (706) 485-4921
QUITMAN Quitman County DFCS (229) 334-2427
RABUN Rabun County DFCS (706) 782-4283
RANDOLPH Randolph County DFCS (229) 732-3742
RICHMOND The Salvation Army – Augusta Corps (706) 922-8330
ROCKDALE Rockdale Emergency Relief (770) 922-0165
SCHLEY Schley County DFCS (229) 937-2591
SCREVEN Screven County DFCS (912) 564-2041
SEMINOLE Seminole County DFCS (229) 524-2365
SPALDING The Salvation Army – Griffin Corps (770) 412-6561
STEPHENS The Salvation Army – Toccoa Corps (706) 886-5293
STEWART Stewart County DFCS (229) 838-4335
SUMTER The Salvation Army – Americus Service Center (229) 924-5154
TALBOT Talbot County DFCS (706) 665-8524
TALIAFERRO Taliaferro County DFCS (706) 456-2339
TATTNALL Tattnall County DFCS (912) 557-7721
TAYLOR Taylor County DFCS (478) 862-5221
TELFAIR Telfair County DFCS (229) 868-3030
TERRELL The Salvation Army – Albany Corps (229) 435-1428
THOMAS The Salvation Army – Thomasville Corps (229) 226-3772
TIFT The Salvation Army – Tifton Service Center (229) 386-1503
TOOMBS The Salvation Army – Vidalia Service Center (912) 538-8203
TOWNS Towns County DFCS (706) 896-3524
TREUTLEN Treutlen County DFCS (912) 529-3757
TROUP The Salvation Army – LaGrange Corps (706) 845-0197
TURNER The Salvation Army – Albany Corps (229) 435-1428
TWIGGS The Salvation Army – Macon Corps (478) 746-8572
UNION Union County DFCS (706) 781-2381
UPSON Upson County DFCS (706) 646-6043
WALKER Walker County DFCS (706) 375-0726
WALTON Walton County DFCS (770) 207-4000
WARE The Salvation Army – Waycross Corps (912) 285-7237
WARREN Warren County DFCS (706) 465-3326
WASHINGTON Washington County DFCS (478) 553-2350
WAYNE Wayne County DFCS (912) 427-5866
WEBSTER Webster County DFCS (229) 828-6265
WHEELER Wheeler County DFCS (912) 568-7127
WHITE The Bridge Church (706) 219-2857
WHITFIELD The Salvation Army – Dalton Corps (706) 278-3966
WILCOX Wilcox County DFCS (229) 365-2242
WILKES The Salvation Army – Augusta Corps (706) 922-8330
WILKINSON Wilkinson County DFCS (478) 946-2005
WORTH The Salvation Army – Albany Corps (229) 435-1428