Human Services

Salvation Army World Service Office

  • Alexandria, VA
  • www.sawso.org

Mission Statement

Founded in 1977, SAWSO provides technical and financial assistance in a variety of community-based programs and works through the Army's worldwide network of personnel and facilities in 127 countries. Program areas include disaster relief and recovery, education, empowerment and livelihoods, and public health. SAWSO also works toward increasing the capacity of Salvation Army personnel to develop and implement effective programs to alleviate poverty.

Main Programs

  1. Community Initiatives
Service Areas

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International

SAWSO is currently working in over 127 countries worldwide.

ruling year

1978

Executive Director since 2015

Self-reported

Lt. Col. Thomas Bowers

Assistant Executive Director since 2015

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Lt. Col Jacalyn Bowers

Keywords

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international, community health, health, HIV/AIDs, disaster, relief, recovery, empowement, livelihoods, savings, micro-credit

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Also Known As

SAWSO

EIN

13-2923701

 Number

0624117919

Physical Address

615 Slaters Lane

Alexandria, 22314

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Salvation Army (P24)

Community Health Systems (E21)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Community Initiatives

SAWSO promotes community-based initiatives that improve living conditions and increase skills in poor communities. Programs focus on four areas: (1) village-based health care projects (including HIV/AIDS) provide education and treatment; (2) community development programs provide counseling, literacy education, leadership development, elderly programs, and women's support groups; (3) income generation program includes skills training and small loan programs; and (4) relief and reconstruction aid is provided to those affected by disasters.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$4,015,202.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

SAWSO is currently working in over 127 countries worldwide.

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Financials

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THE SALVATION ARMY WORLD SERVICE OFFICE
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Salvation Army World Service Office

Leadership

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Executive Director

Lt. Col. Thomas Bowers

Assistant Executive Director

Lt. Col Jacalyn Bowers

BIO

Lt. Colonels Thomas and Jacalyn Bowers entered their appointments as the Executive Director and Assistant Executive Director, respectively, for The Salvation Army World Service Office, August 1, 2015.

Since becoming officers in 1978, Lt. Colonels Bowers have led careers as servant leaders across several of the Army's central territorial states. For 12 years, the Bowers served as Corps Officers in the Michigan communities of Niles, Jackson, and Port Huron. They have 17 years of service in Divisional appointments as Divisional Youth Leaders in Eastern Michigan; Secretaries of the Midland Division based in St. Louis; and General Secretary and City Coordinator/Women's Ministries Secretary in the Metropolitan Division based in Chicago.

The Bowers have had the privilege of serving eight years in various leadership roles at The Salvation Army's Central Territorial Headquarters. Prior to joining The Salvation Army World Service Office, they served as Divisional Leaders in the Western Michigan and Northern Indiana Division based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was during this most recent appointment that they began to develop a heartfelt passion for international development work.

Lt Colonel Thomas Bowers has attended the prestigious International College for Officers in London, England, an institution that strives to serve and advance the mission of the worldwide Salvation Army.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Commissioner David Jeffrey

SAWSO

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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