The French Salvation Army Congregation
The Salvation Army (L'Armée du Salut in French), an Evangelistic movement, became a Congregation in 1994. This came about because of the professionalism of the Army's social establishments and the constraints of the French laws concerning the separation of Church and State, which made a restructuring of the movement obligatory, with a separation of the spiritual and the temporal.
Today, the Congregation of the Salvation Army has the same values as its secular branch, the Salvation Army Foundation. Nonetheless the Congregation has not renounced its social vocation, but undertakes social action in its own locality, thus renewing the missionary spirit of the movement's pioneers.
" With God, with Others, with Oneself" : the Congregation's creed reaffirms the Salvationists' desire to stay faithful to the teachings of the Bible as they commit themselves to serve God and to respect others, whatever the other person's history or beliefs may be.
In France, the Congregation has :
- 26 evangelistic corps;
- a chaplaincy is established in some of the Salvation Army Foundation's establishments.
It participates in a chaplaincy service in the prisons where the French Protestants Federation works and it also has a chaplain who visits the hospitals of Paris and those nearby.
The French Salvation Army Foundation
Created in 2000 as the social arm of the French Salvation Army, the Foundation works in three directions : "To help, to accompany, to rebuild"
Persons in difficulty, persons who are lonely, desperate, often victims of physical or moral violence etc., situations of exclusion and distress are numerous today.
More than ever these men, women and families need the offer of a helping hand It is this simple, yet essential, gesture which is carried out daily by the Salvation Army.
In its emergency shelters, the Salvation Army unconditionally receives each person seeking a bed for the night. This includes a hot meal on arrival and breakfast the next morning, before leaving the centre.
Persons excluded from society may also benefit from temporary accommodation in a Salvation Army establishment. Medical care is always available.
For these people, each Salvation Army establishment is a meeting point, a community, offering a respite from discouragement and despondency.
Each year, the French Salvation Army Foundation :
Emergency assistance is no longer adequate. In order to help each person recover his dignity, the Salvation Army Foundation assists the more fragile populations on a medium and long-term basis with a view to social insertion, extending beyond their immediate needs.
For this purpose, the Salvation Army manages specialized structures. Some are reserved for young people (care for young delinquents, etc.) Others offer medical care, or a special service for alcoholics. The Foundation also helps isolated single mothers to give birth to their child in correct conditions, including an indispensable psychological follow-up.
Establishments for senior citizens or ageing handicapped people provide an environment adapted to the different needs.
Each year, Salvation Army Foundation
Our ultimate ambition is to promote the reinsertion of persons on the fringe of society, in order to assist them in their personal "reconstruction".
The Salvation Army Foundation posesses specially adapted hostels, which are available for those who manifest the desire to progress towards complete autonomy. Here, the residents have access to psychological assistance, educational help, or they may take part in workshops aimed at preparing them for future employment. Since the establishment of these hostels, many people have been able to change direction in their lives by taking their future in hand, no longer simply accepting their fate but instead, working towards social reintegration.
Each year, accompanied by teams of doctors, psychologists, social assistants, specialized educators and other motivated employees, the Foundation :
France and Belgium Territorial Headquaters are based in Paris, France.
To contact us by regular mail, please write to:
France & Belgium THQ
Armée du Salut (Salvation Army)
60, rue des Frères Flavien
75976 Paris cedex 20
Telephone : + 33 (1) 43 62 25 00
Fax : + 33 (1) 43 62 25 57