American Rescue Workers

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The American Rescue Workers is a Christian denomination and charity in the United States. The organization was founded in 1882 by Thomas E. Moore as a splinter group from The Salvation Army in response to financial disagreements between Moore and Salvation Army founder William Booth.[1] In 1885 the organization officially adopted a charter as the Salvation Army of America, but in 1913 it was renamed American Rescue Workers and has functioned under this name since that time.[1] Its quasi-military organization suggests that the charity retains similarities to the Salvation Army as with the Volunteers of America.[2] The charity operates shelters for the homeless, workshops for the disabled, and halfway houses for the chemically dependent, in addition to engaging in evangelism.[2] American Rescue Workers publishes a quarterly periodical, The Rescue Herald.[1]

The Church has a membership of 2700,[3] and is headquartered in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "New Catholic Dictionary: American Rescue Workers". Archived from the original on 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2011-05-01. 
  2. ^ a b Mead, Frank Spencer; Samuel S. Hill; Craig D. Atwood (1995). Handbook of Denominations in the United States. Nashville: Abingdon Press. pp. 42–43. ISBN 978-1-4267-0048-4. 
  3. ^ Office of Research; Evaluation; and Planning of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Office of Research and Evaluation (1986). Yearbook of American and Canadian churches. Abingdon Press. p. 28. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  4. ^ J. Gordon Melton (2003). Encyclopedia of American religions. Gale. p. 1408. ISBN 978-0-7876-6384-1. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 

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