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Chaplain Charles Berry ministers to an inmate

Prison minister has solution for inequality

As a prison minister for The Salvation Army, Chaplain Charles Berry (pictured at top, right) witnesses the disparity every day: In Minnesota, African Americans make up 31 percent of the state’s incarcerated population while representing just 5 percent of the state’s total population. “We have huge issues where this is concerned,” Berry said…

February 5, 2016 | Stories

Minnesota Corrugated Boxes at Salvation Army food shelf

Grocery boxes help customers at food shelves

Guests at The Salvation Army food shelves often arrive empty-handed. It can be raining - it can be snowing - which can certainly make it a challenge to carry bags of groceries home. That’s especially true for those who receive help in Rochester, where most of our guests use mass transit to get to and from the food shelf. But thanks to...

February 1, 2016 | Stories

My Pillow founder Mike Lindell

‘My Pillow’ founder Mike Lindell gives 1,000 pillows (video)

My Pillow founder Mike Lindell stopped by The Salvation Army Harbor Light Shelter in Minneapolis this morning to donate 1,000 of his famous pillows...

January 28, 2016 | Stories

Photo of Elaine and Sharon

86-year-old woman gives because she once received

Elaine gives to The Salvation Army because, long ago, she used to receive. Once dead-ended by joblessness and fear, the 86-year-old is proud to provide others with the same life-changing services that empowered her as a young woman...

January 28, 2016 | Stories

Adam Johnson portrait

UPDATE: Homeless man rescued near Aitkin

Adam Johnson made statewide news last week when he tried walking from Grand Rapids to Minneapolis in subzero temperatures – a nearly 200-mile trek. Some Good Samaritans and a state trooper rescued him near the city of Aitkin, where he was lying down on the side of Highway 169...

January 27, 2016 | Stories

My Pillow inventor Mike Lindell

‘MyPillow’ donates 1,000 pillows to Salvation Army

Hundreds of Salvation Army guests will soon be enjoying a better night's sleep, thanks to Chaska-based MyPillow. The company is donating 1,000 of their signature pillows to Twin Cities Salvation Army housing units...

January 27, 2016 | Press Releases

Phyllis and her kids

Single mom in Virginia, Minn. turns life around

When local single mother Phyllis came to the Virginia Salvation Army for help more than a year ago, she had a history of homelessness, was in debt, did not have a driver’s license, and rarely had enough money to feed her three kids. Today, she's a new person...

January 25, 2016 | Stories

Social worker listens intently to guest's need

Donations in Action: Apologies, big bills, insulin

A mother and daughter avoid eviction, a diabetic homeless man receives insulin, kindness and prayer prompt a man to apologize – three of the many ways your donations allow The Salvation Army to do the most good...

January 22, 2016 | Stories

Kenneth sits in the sanctuary

101-year-old church member one of a kind

Kenneth Neitzel was born on December 21, 1914 in Baraboo, Wis. Today, he's active at our Brooklyn Park church...

January 21, 2016 | Featured


Explained: Why our stores can’t accept all donations

There are valid reasons why Salvation Army Stores cannot accept everything you so graciously donate...

January 20, 2016 | Stories

American Idol contestant and Salvation Army member, Dahlia Jones

‘Idol’ singer credits Salvation Army

The world is now discovering what The Salvation Army in Brooklyn Park, Minn., has always known: singer Dahlia Jones is a superstar...

January 19, 2016 | Featured

Salvation Army service center covered in snow

Army locations in MN, ND offer help amid deep freeze

Beyond the basic service of allowing people to warm up in their waiting rooms, some Salvation Army locations in the Twin Cities, Greater Minnesota and North Dakota are equipped to provide extra relief from the extreme cold...

January 14, 2016 | Stories

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