Fresno Citadel Corps Community Center
Corps Community Center
The Fresno Citadel Corps has been serving the San Joaquin Valley since 1890. It offers Worship Services in both English and Spanish with a mix of both traditional Salvation Army Brass music (the Citadel Brass Ensemble) as well as Contemporary Praise and Worship. The "Citadel" features Adult Bible Studies for singles and couples, Sunday School for all ages, Women's Ministries, Men's Fellowship, Scouting programs for boys and girls, teen activities, Beginning Brass Band, Vacation Bible School, Summer Camp opportunities and ministry to the Hispanic community.
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Sunday Service Times
- WE BELIEVE that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God; and that they only constitute the divine rule of Christian faith and practice.
- WE BELIEVE that there is only one God, who is infinitely perfect - the Creator, Preserver and Governor of all things - and who is the only proper object of religious worship.
- WE BELIEVE that there are three persons in the Godhead - the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, undivided in essence and co-equal in power and glory.
- WE BELIEVE that in the person of Jesus Christ the divine and human natures are united; so that he is truly and properly God, and truly and properly man.
- WE BELIEVE that our first parents were created in a state of innocence but, by the disobedience, they lost their purity and happiness; and that in consequence of their fall all men have become sinners, totally depraved, and as such are justly exposed to the wrath of God.
- WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ has, by his suffering and death, made an atonement for the whole world, so that whosoever will may be saved.
- WE BELIEVE that repentance toward God, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit are necessary to salvation.
- WE BELIEVE that continuance in a state of salvation depends upon continued obedient faith in Christ.
- WE BELIEVE that it is the privilege of all believers to be 'wholly sanctified', and that their whole spirit and soul and body may be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1Thessalonians 5:23).
- WE BELIEVE in the immortality of the soul; in the resurrection of the body; in the general judgment at the end of the world; in the eternal happiness of the righteous; and in the endless punishment of the wicked.
In 1 Timothy 4:12 the Bible says, "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." It is with this mindset that we have strived to provide a myriad of opportunities for our children and teens to grow both spiritually and mentally. We at The Salvation Army's Fresno Citadel offer a variety of programs for youth. Please take a moment to click on any of the buttons below to see more information related to each of the programs. Unless otherwise noted, all of these programs are held on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. If you have any questions or would like to get involved please call (559) 233-0139.
"Since its beginning, the Cub Scout program has been a fun and educational experience concerned with values. Besides providing a positive place where boys can enjoy safe, wholesome activities, Cub Scouting focuses on building character, improving physical fitness, teaching practical skills, and developing a spirit of community service." As the Charter Organization, The Salvation Army has embraced these principles and equips adult volunteers to coordinate Cub Scout Pack 1854 for the younger boys in the community. Cub Scouting is for boys in 1st through 5th grades.
The Salvation Army is also the Charter Organization for Troop 1854 for boys ages 11 through 18. The Boy Scouts of America, www.scouting.org is one of the nations largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes - and, through over a century of experience, knows - that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society."
TThis is The Salvation Army's newest character building troop program for pre-kindergarten and kindergartener. Moonbeams is for boys and girls. During the meetings, age appropriate activities prepare the children for interaction with their peers and promotion into the other programs for older age groups.
This program gives girls (1st through 5th grade) the opportunity to build a solid foundation through Christian fellowship and educational programs. Sunbeams earn emblems (badges) to wear on their sashes. The weekly meetings are times of fun as well as times of learning important truth and life skills.
This program gives girls (6th through 12th grade) the opportunity to build a solid foundation through Christian fellowship and educational programs. Girl Guards is The Salvation Army's adaptation of the Girl Scouts program. The girls will earn emblems (badges) for completing tasks in areas that encourage spiritual, mental, physical and social growth. They offer service to the local Corps (Salvation Army church) and the community at large.
Music & Performing Arts
The Salvation Army of Fresno offers a variety of musical options for those interested in learning or expanding their talents. Each week there are three band classes offered to anyone from the community who would like to learn. Junior Band is at 5 p.m., Beginning Band is at 5:30 p.m. and Citadel Brass (Senior Band) is offered at 7:30 p.m. Each of the classes are held on Wednesday evenings with Major Vicki Danielson. Mrs. Danielson, a retired Salvation Army officer, continues to make an impact at our Corps through her love of music, youth and teaching. Instruments are provided to all who participate and everything is free, so don't let cost scare you off. If you are interested, come on down to check out one of the classes.
Whether it is a local incident or a major disaster, The Salvation Army relief staff and volunteers are often the first on the scene and are some of the last to leave. In most communities in America, The Salvation Army is already at work providing needed assistance with our programs, honoring a century-old commitment to serve those in need at the time of need and at the place of need. During a disaster relief operation, The Salvation Army's first aim is to meet the basic needs of those affected - both survivors and first responders (such as firefighters).
To learn more or become a Disaster Services volunteer, please contact us
The Salvation Army's Role in Disaster Services
Federal law has reaffirmed The Salvation Army's authority to provide disaster assistance with the passage of the Robert T. Stafford Emergency and Disaster Assistance Act, which also created the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Several factors guide The Salvation Army's role in responding to disasters. These guiding factors include:
- The Salvation Army has an established right to provide disaster relief services.
- The Salvation Army's disaster relief services are supported solely by donations.
- The Salvation Army is not a first responder; rather, it supports first responders.
- The Salvation Army is a mass-care support agency.
The Salvation Army's Disaster Service Activities
In a disaster, The Salvation Army has the ability to provide both immediate emergency assistance and long-term recovery help. Basic services may include:
The most visible of The Salvation Army's disaster services is the delivery of meals and drinks to disaster victims and emergency workers. Food may be prepared and served at congregate feeding sites (such as a Salvation Army corps building, camp or shelter) or from one of the Army's mobile feeding units/canteens, which are essentially kitchens on wheels.
Hydration service provides beverages which replenish electrolytes (minerals such as potassium), enhance energy and meet general hydration requirements for those served.
When necessary, The Salvation Army provides shelter in a facility identified by the local emergency management personnel. These facilities include municipal shelters, schools, Salvation Army buildings and other predetermined facilities.
Cleanup and Restoration
The Salvation Army supports people as they restore and rebuild after a disaster. Cleanup and restoration services include distribution of cleanup supplies, coordination of volunteer rebuilding teams and set up of warehouses to distribute reconstruction supplies.
The Salvation Army is one of the nation's leaders in collecting, sorting, and distributing donated goods. During a disaster, The Salvation Army may open disaster warehouses to receive and sort donations, establish distribution centers to dispense goods directly to victims and channel donations to support other disaster programs such as mass feeding and cleanup.
Spiritual and Emotional Care
The Salvation Army provides spiritual comfort and emotional support to disaster victims and emergency workers coping with the stress of a disaster. Salvation Army counselors, who are ordained clergy (officers) or lay personnel, will offer a "ministry of presence," as well as examples of spiritual and emotional care activities include comforting the injured and bereaved, conducting or participating in funeral and memorial services and providing chaplaincy services to disaster workers and emergency management personnel.
Disaster Social Services
The Salvation Army provides direct financial assistance to disaster victims through a system of trained caseworkers. The assistance available may include essential living supplies, such as food, clothing, medicine, bedding, or baby products, emergency housing needs and disaster-related medical or funeral expenses.
The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network
The purpose of the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) is to train and acquire personnel, skilled in emergency communications and message handling, who will support Salvation Army operations in local, regional and international disaster situations.
SATERN volunteers establish health-and-welfare nets, pass messages between field workers and their respective command posts, string up dipoles and operate from emergency generators. They also have been known to unload trucks of ice, deliver a motorized canteen to earthquake-ravished Kobe, check on the welfare of vulnerable elderly in a mega heat wave, and prepare sandwiches and hot coffee for firefighters battling an extra-alarm blaze in below-zero weather. In short, SATERN is not your ordinary radio club!
Family Service Center
1752 Fulton Street
Fresno, CA 93721
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Major Carole Abella
- We provided emergency food to more than 26,000 families, many up to six times during the year
- We helped more than 300 households keep their lights on and pay their utilities
- We provided Holiday food to 1,000 families and gifts to more than 5,000 children during the Christmas season
- We collected and distributed over 4,500 coats to keep kids warm in our Coats for Kids program
- We provided more than 12,000 alternative food bags to homeless individuals
- We daily provide Utility Assistance, Eviction Prevention (as funding permits), Emergency Food Assistance and Commodity distribution.
Needs: Please contact this facility directly for volunteer opportunities, or visit our Volunteer Opportunities page.
Gabelcrest, Women's Transitional Home
1854 Fulton Street
Fresno, CA 93704
Kathalene Kodman or Jennifer Breazeale
The Salvation Army’s Gabelcrest transitional recovery program is designed to provide spiritual growth, security, independence, activities and opportunities for learning to those striving for a goal of self-sufficiency and productivity.
The program is designed for women who have successfully completed a recovery program for drugs and/or alcohol, have a letter of recommendation from the recovery program and who wish to learn independent living skills while being reunited with their children.
Women who live at Gabelcrest get their own two bedroom, two bathroom townhome in a local complex where they are held to a variety of expectations. These requirements are:
- Women must live on-site
- Women must have children or be in the process of being reunited with them
- Must be actively looking for a job, working or attending school
- Must attend weekly Salvation Army church services, Sunday school and Bible study
- Regularly attend AA or NA meetings
- Participate in parenting classes
- Complete various chores around the home and the complex
By the end of this year-long program, the goal is for each resident to have full-time employment or to continue pursuing educational opportunities. Upon completion the Gabelcrest women are expected to be able to function productively and give back to the community from which they have received help.
Over the years, the Gabelcrest Transitional Recovery Program has been able to help a myriad of women get their lives back on track.
Adult Rehabilitation Center
804 S. Parallel Avenue
Fresno, CA 93721
For over 100 years The Salvation Army has been providing assistance to people with a variety of social and spiritual afflictions through its 119 United States based Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARCs). The Adult Rehabilitation Center ministry began in 1881 when William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, opened shelters for homeless people on the streets of England and this initiative quickly spread to the United States. Persons who have sought our ministry, nurture, and healing have come with issues of substance misuse, legal problems, relational conflicts, homelessness, unemployment, and most importantly, a need for spiritual awakening and restoration.Visit the Fresno ARC's Website
Silvercrest Senior Residence
1824 Fulton Street
Fresno, CA 93721
The Silvercrest of Fresno features 156 units in an eight story apartment complex in downtown Fresno. Monday through Friday our commercial kitchen provides delicious and nutritious meals at extremely affordable prices. We offer exciting activities, a social worker who advocates for residents, regular visits by health care workers, and a beautician who will even come to your room for appointments, You can sign up for Thursday trips out for groceries and special nights in some of our finest local restaraunts. The Silvercrest Residence program provides a much needed and appreciated service to the Fresno community by enabling low income seniors to have a place they call home, where seniors maintain their dignity and grace. This is all part of the living experience offered by the Silvercrest. Needs: Volunteers are appreciated in assisting with our group activities and at mealtime.
Our family services department offers assistance with food and utilities to those in need. Volunteers are needed to build food boxes, sort food, assist with other duties in the warehouse and carry food boxes to awaiting cars. Volunteers opportunities are available on a year-round basis but especially during the first and last weeks of the month.
Big Fresno Fair
Each year, The Big Fresno Fair, The Salvation Army and The Community Food Bank are partnering to help feed hungry families throughout the Central Valley. There will be a food drive at the fair to collect as much food as possible. Volunteers are needed to assist with food collection at each of the entrance gates.
Coats for Kids
Coats for Kids is a yearly collection drive that provides coats for children in the Central Valley. We need volunteers to distribute collection barrels, host collection drives at their school/work/neighborhood/chuch, pick up collected coats, take/bring back clothes from the cleaners, sort and distribute the donated goods. We also need plenty of volunteers for our Coat-A-Thon, which takes place the first weekend in December. A little bit of your time can mean a warm winter for a child in need.
Thanksgiving Dinner for Seniors
Volunteers will have an opportunity to serve hot meals to seniors living at our Silvercrest residence and members of their families. In all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, seniors often get overlooked. This warm meal provides an opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving as generations come together.
Our Red Kettle Christmas campaign is one of our largest and most vital fundraising activities. Many of the services we provide to those in need are dependent upon on the donations we receive during Kettle Season. We need thousands of volunteers for this program, so come ring a bell and make a difference.
Angel Trees and Food/Toy Distribution
There are many struggling families that do not have money to spend on toys for their children. Our Angel Trees give the community a chance to make a child's Christmas a bit brighter by providing presents. Volunteer to work at one of our Star Tree Booths, sort toys at the Fresno County Fairgrounds, distribute toys and food or do all three!
Emergency Disaster Services
Take Emergency Disaster Services classes and learn how to respond to a variety of disaster situations. Upon completion of the classes you will be able to volunteer for emergency food services, shelter work, amateur radio operator and provide food and water to first responders whenever a disaster strikes here in the Fresno area.