Contact Us

1320 SE 6th St.
Topeka, KS 66607
785.233.9648 (p)
785.233.9846 (f)

Corps Officers: Majors Brian & LeeAnn Burkett (ext. 310/307)

Upcoming Events

Lifeline Luncheon, Tuesday, May 15, 2018.  Throw out a Lifeline for those most in need!  11:30a – 1:00p

The Salvation Army has been serving people in need in the Topeka area for nearly 130 years.  Last year, the organization served more than 15,000 meals and helped 900 individuals with emergency assistance.  The Salvation Army annual luncheon focuses on local programs and services.  The civic luncheon is the Army’s opportunity to celebrate with our donors and supporters our past accomplishments, and to reflect on the services we provide and how we can help more in the community.  The civic luncheon will present is annual report of program information, statistical and financial accounting, and human interest stories of those individuals and families served this past year.  This year’s theme is “Throw out the Lifeline.”  Tickets are $50 each and can be ordered online at or contact, Shelley Robertson, development director for The Salvation army, at 785-233-9641 or

TBD, Sporting Clay Benefit; Ravenwood Gun Lodge, 10147 SW 61st Street, Topeka – 785-256-6444

This social event brings together the different companies and organizations to support our community meal program that is served Monday – Friday, 4:00p to 5:00p, at The Salvation Army.  The Sporting Clay Benefit will feature a $40 first round and $30 to re-enter.  All shooters get a prize ticket for every target broken.  All prizes are by lucky draw, need not be present to win.  Entry fee includes 50 sporting clays and lunch (11-noon) Funds raised will go towards The Salvation Army community meal program.  Sponsorship levels range from $100 to $3,000.



Weekly Schedule

Sundays:  9:30a Sunday School
10:45a Morning Worship
12 noon Potluck (1st Sunday)

Monday’s through Thursday:  Tae Kwon Do
5:15p youth
6:15p adults

Tuesdays – during the school year
5:30p – 7:30p youth group – free dinner ages 4 – 17 (school year only)

6:00p – Bible Study
(2nd Wednesday) Mission outreach 7:30p

Saturdays – 9a – 4p community outreach

Youth 10 yoa to 17 yoa – 10:00a to noon Archery (no costs)  equipment provided


Hours of operation:  9:00a to Noon and 1:00p to 4:00p  community meal served Mon-Thursday, 4:45p to 5:00p  Sack lunches served on Fridays

Programs & Services

SOCIAL SERVICES – Walk-ins or appointments are welcome for all social service assistance. Services include food pantry (Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 9-Noon and 1-4), rent and utility assistance, prescriptions, eye exams and glasses (limited) and clothing vouchers (referrals only).

Required documentation: Bring photo ID for head of household, social security cards for everyone in the household, and proof of residency (address on a current bill or lease).

*Community Meal Program – Basic human needs are met through a nutritious, hot meal every Monday-Friday from 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Meals are FREE and community resource information is available for other services provided in the city of Topeka.

*Emergency assistance – Providing emergency assistance on site or by referral from another agency or professional organization.

*Disaster Relief – Salvation Army staff and volunteers are often the first on the scene and the last to leave. Whether it’s a devastating house fire, life shattering tornado, gas explosion or months of intense flooding, we offer drinks, food, a warm blanket, shelter, assistance with clean-up, tracking down loved ones, finding additional help and sometimes just offering a comforting presence when its needed most.

WORSHIP – Sunday worship services and weekly bible studies for all ages in both English & Spanish. Majors Brian & Lee Ann Burkett lead English worship and Hispanic Ministry Director, Jorge Madrigal and his wife, Kristi lead Spanish worship.

Community Center – Recreational programs for children, teens and adults.

Pathway of Hope – A comprehensive social service approach to long-term sustainability for families with children to break the poverty cycle.

Kids Cloths Closet – 2nd Saturday of the month, 10:00a – noon

Food Pantry – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9a to noon and 1:00p to 4:00p

Rent Assistance – when funds are available

Utility Assistance – when funds are available

Clothing Voucher (referrals only)

Eye Exams


The Salvation Army began in Topeka in September of 1886. The first recorded commander was Lt. King, assisted by Cadet Thomoson. The first recorded address was 409 E. 3rd Street. In 1897, the Topeka police asked Capt. Hawk if they could assist with the many sick people in the town, and Capt. Hawk obtained permission to rent a few rooms at a hospital. In 1919, plans were created for a campaign to erect a three-story building for a citadel, as a memorial to the ex-service men of World War I and of “Mother” Florence, who spent many years of service in The Salvation Army of Topeka. The building was finished at a cost of $65,000 to house all departments of the Army’s work at 5th and Quincy.

In 1966, a tornado hit the city, cutting a swath seven miles long, killing 17 people and causing more than $100 million in damage. Along with other damage, the roof of The Salvation Army building was torn off, but no one inside was hurt. Immediately after the storm passed, the canteen was rushed into service and was the first relief unit operating in the area. Calls went out to 11 surrounding communities and scores of people responded to give physical and spiritual aid. A command post was authorized and the Army’s corps building was used as a shelter and feeding station. Clothing and furniture distribution centers were set up in six places. After just 11 days, Salvation Army workers had provided 20,400 service hours and 140,000 meals. Disaster relief continues to be a hallmark of The Salvation Army, Topeka, to this day.

Our Mission

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.

Its message is based on the Bible.

Its ministry is motivated by the love of God.

Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.


Pathway of Hope Director, Pam Carson (ext. 305)

Director of Development, Shelley Robertson (ext. 306)

Community Meal/Maintenance, Diane Hall (ext. 312)

 Chris Lynch, Maintenance and Community Outreach Director

Chris McCluer, Youth Ministry Director

Pam Carson, Pathway of Hope, Director

Shelley Robertson, Development Director

Audrey Sutter, Intake Coordinator/Officer Manager

Major Brian Burkett, Emergency Disaster Services

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