As all other Salvation Army locations, our main goal is to provide the community around us with their basic needs. Our biggest service is the soup kitchen and pantry, that feed hundreds of hungry people every day. But we assist in many other areas, such as counseling, after school, senior services, family events and guidance to agencies and counceling.



We offer many activities throughout the week for adults, youth and children. Whether you want to be active in sports, develop your talent in music, dance, drama, learn more about the bible and your faith, or just looking for fellowship - we are here, ready to welcome you. No sign ups needed, just show up! 


Do you sometimes sometimes feel as if you need to be more involve within your community through helping those who are helpless or in need? With your help we can do more! It’s through the selfless generosity of volunteers like you that we’re able to fulfill our mission to reach more people with their needs in Harlem. Contact us directly, or click below to sign up.






Harlem Temple is but one location of the big organisation and church The Salvation Army. It is an international movement, 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.

Harlem Temple was originally located in Greenwich village and known as "New York Eight". It was later relocated to Midtown on the west side, and then finally in 1987 a new building on 138th street in Harlem became its permanent home, and was renamed Harlem Temple as we know it today.

It was the largest corps community center in the States, with a thriving food program that served approximately 400 people every day. To this day we still have our daily 'soup kitchen'.

Harlem Temple was also the first Salvation Army that served and included the African-American population in the community. Really, it was the first white congregation that built a bridge between the white church and the black people. As our church was filled with the African-American community, the traditional white music and style of worship, soon became very influenced by the black culture. Harlem Temple became a corps where gospel music flowed out of, and to this day it is still what our corps is famous for in The Salvation Army.


Today, our church including the Harlem community, is much more mixed than African-American descents. It is slowly becoming a melting pot, full of people with other cultures and backgrounds. This is greatly reflected in our church, where many different nationalities fill up our building every day.

You're always welcome in Harlem! Known for its jazz music, The Apollo Theatre, street booths, soul food and gospel churches.. it's definitely another world than midtown Manhattan. Tourism has really grown recently, because they love the vibrant culture and unique area it has become.

Below you can click to meet some of the people from our team!


540 Lenox Avenue, 

New York 10037, NY

Tel: 212-862-3900

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself." - Matthew 22:37-38

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