The basic social services developed by William Booth have remained an outward visible expression of The Salvation Army’s strong religious principles.  In addition, new programs that address contemporary needs have been established.  Among these are disaster relief services, day care centers, summer camps, holiday assistance, services for the aging, AIDS education and residential services, medical facilities, shelters for battered women and children, family and career counseling, vocational training, correction services, and substance abuse rehabilitation. More than 30 million a year in the United States are aided in some form by services provided by The Salvation Army.

In Waterloo, the services provided are designed to address the greatest needs in the Cedar Valley.  The needs are then met through a variety of programs, including Comprehensive Assistance, Emergency Shelter, Men’s Transition House, Seasonal Assistance, Disaster Relief, The Family Activity Center, Youth Character Building, and Pathways of Hope.