May 13 - 19 National Salvation Army Week
The Celebration Has Begun!
The year 2013 marks the 125th anniversary of The Salvation Army in Omaha built around the theme, "125 Years Caring for Omaha." The Omaha Citadel Corps, known as the No. 1 Corps, opened in February 1888 at 416 South 19th St. In 1938, Omaha became headquarters for the newly named Western Division. The corps went through more than 20 addresses and various names before ending up on a five acre campus at 36th and Cuming street in 1990 which was valued at $2 million. The Lied Renaissance Center was a gift from Nebraska Methodist Midtown Hospital.
Events throughout this year will commemorate the anniversary. "We’re moving toward another 125 years of caring for Omaha," said Joanne Bemis, divisional director of development and community relations. Last September, divisional headquarters moved from the Lied Renaissance Center, a 1906 building in need of renovation. Plans are underway to replace the social services center with a more efficient facility.