The Salvation Army's work encompass a wide range of programs to help individuals and families overcome daunting obstacles. Motivated by the love of God, as a leader in Christian faith-based human services, The Salvation Army is committed to serve the whole person, body and soul, with integrity and respect, using creative solutions to positively transform lives.
We strive to empower people and to enable those in need to change their circumstances and overcome the challenges that stand in their way. Our programs include social services, housing, education, bible study, referral services and much more.
List of Programs
Vacation Bible School
Every summer, The Salvation Army of Coatesville opens their doors to the children (ages 6-12) of Coatesville community for a week-long program to learn about God and His love. Vacation Bible School traditionally opens with a sing-along, in which campers sing religious songs to enhance engagement and learning. Following the welcome, a story will be told to help explain the main message of the day. Children rotate between an art craft station, a science station, and a recap of the day's Bible story following a break for lunch. Trips are included and free of cost. Vacation Bible School aims to teach children about God by applying Bible stories to real life in a way they can understand. Dates change every year but will remain in July or August. For any questions, feel free to give us a call.
Children’s Music and Theory Class*
The Salvation Army of Coatesville holds their Children’s Music and Theory Classes on Fridays at 6:00 pm, during the school year. All children ages 6–12 are welcomed to participate in our music classes. In a small group, children will receive lessons in a brass instrument and vocal. Children will leave having learned general music theory and beginner skills. Instruments are provided free of charge.
English Second Language Classes*
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes is a free educational course for anyone looking to learn/improve English as this is not their native language. Topics may involve small talks, daily conversational uses, holidays and customs. Courses are offered twice a year, Monday and Wednesday at 10:00am-12:00 pm for free. Registrations are open every August and January. We host the beginning and the intermediate course only. Build your confidence in speaking English today.
Through a joint effort between Penn State Nutrition Links and Westmoreland County Food Bank, the Super Cupboard Program is offered to families with children under the age of 20 at various locations throughout Westmoreland County. Nutrition Links is a Food and Nutrition Program for Low-income Families opened to only PA residents. The Salvation Army of Coatesville collaborates with Penn State Nutrition Link in hosting this program and provides the ingredients needed for participants to take home based on the cooking lesson of the week. Hands-on cooking opportunities along with practical strategies truly help families make better nutrition and health decisions. Child care providers by The Salvation Army of Coatesville. Super Cupboard is a five-week program that consists of a series of lessons and activities on various topics to help participants feed their families on a limited budget. Dates are to be announced.
The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program provides new clothing and/or toys for children of needy families. Each Angel Tree is decorated with numbered paper angel tags with the first name, age, and gender of a child who is in need of a gift. Contributors remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the child or children described on the tags.
Each year, we look for volunteer sponsors, ranging from neighborhood associations to private companies, volunteer to place Angel Trees in secure, high-pedestrian traffic areas within their community, organization or office. The sponsoring organization serves as a collection place for the gifts and provides secure storage until a volunteer from The Salvation Army of Coatesville can collect the gifts for distribution, along with food and meals to help needy families enjoy the holiday season.
Christmas Toy Distribution
The Salvation Army of Coatesville believes that every child deserves to know the joy of a new toy and a special holiday meal with family at Christmas. The sad reality is that many families in the Coatesville community are not able to provide these joys to their children. We provide warm winter clothing, toys and other needs to children ages birth – 12 years old to the families that sign-up for assistance in October through an in-person interview with trained volunteers. Must provide the following information: child birth certificate, photo identification and proof of residency. Application open in October on two set dates. (We are always seeking volunteers to help take applications.)
Red Kettle Campaign
The week of Thanksgiving, The Salvation Army’s signature Red Kettles, manned by bell-ringers, can be spotted at numerous stores throughout the Coatesville area. This annual effort is The Salvation Army’s biggest fundraiser. All of the funds generated through this event stay right here in our community to support our Christmas assistance and many programs. This program represents the community spirit of giving at its best— through the funds that are raised and the hundreds of volunteers who make this effort possible.