The Salvation Army Austin - Serving Central Texas Since 1889

Jul 15, 2022 | by Payton Rothenberger

Since 1889, The Salvation Army has been present in Austin serving those in need across Central Texas. Over the years, we have added new programs and shifted our efforts to meet the greatest needs of our community. Despite these changes, one thing remains the same - the generosity and support we receive from supporters like you. We would not be able to fulfill our mission of Doing the Most Good if it were not for the Central Texans who stand behind us and support us.

 In June of 1928, our first services center opened on Second Street. This building served as a hub for people in crisis to come to and have their needs met. Today, The Salvation Army Austin has three shelters in Travis County: The Austin Shelter for Women and Children, The Downtown Shelter and Social Services Center, and The Rathgeber Center for Families. We also have a presence north of Austin at The Williamson County Service Center, where we focus on homeless prevention by providing rent and utility assistance that allows our neighbors to maintain their safe housing.

For over 130 years, we have been working to meet the needs of our neighbors in crisis. If there is one thing that is clear as we look back through history, it’s that there will always be people in need. And as long as there are people in need, The Salvation Army will be there to help. If you are interested in getting involved with The Salvation Army Austin, visit our volunteer or ways to give pages today!

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