“In a disaster, it’s easy to get very much sidetracked and try to solve every possible problem,” said Loo, who has worked in emergency services for 25 years. “You can’t do that. … Don’t get discouraged and just know you have a job to do and stick with it.” [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PHOTO GALLERY: A look back at the Salvation ArmyWhen The Salvation Army formed its Los Angeles chapter May 8, 1887, at an open-air meeting at Temple Street and Broadway, the goal was to offer the indigent life’s necessities and a second chance. As the group commemorates 120 years of service today, that mission has remained unchanged. In fact, it has grown to include delivering child care, transitional housing and job training on top of the usual disaster relief. “Certainly in times of disaster, we’re serving the coffee out in the streets,” said Lt. Col. Paul Bollwahn, the group’s local commander. “But we’re also helping the family with AIDS in their background. There’s care really given from cradle to the grave.” Bollwahn can attest to the growing sophistication required to serve today’s needy. He has spent nearly 40 years with the relief organization, including the past two years as head of the Southern California Division. It stretches from San Luis Obispo to Orange County and east to Pomona, commands 3,400 volunteers, 1,200 employees and an annual budget of $106 million. “Our homeless programs are not just come one, come all, three hots and a cot, as they say,” Bollwahn said. “It is capacity delivery, helping to assess where they are and where they would like to be and helping them and directing them in the way to do that.” Los Angeles Councilwoman Jan Perry, whose 9th District includes downtown’s Skid Row, cannot imagine delivering social services without the agency. “We’d be in a big deficit if we didn’t have them here contributing their time and programs and bringing people along the continuum of recovery,” she said. “The number of people they take through these programs is astonishing.” The group – which serves about 2 million people a year – also is intertwined with emergency relief in natural disaster-prone Southern California. Disaster coordinator June Loo has helped organize the response to such local tragedies as the 1992 riots, the Malibu fire in 1993 and the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.