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!
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.
784 N. Chase St. Athens Ga 30606
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.
The 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
Youth Program, Project Hope, Disaster Services, Service Units/Centers, Project Share.
Weekly Color Tag Discounts
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.