The Salvation Army was founded in London, England in 1865.
Methodist minister William Booth left the church to preach as an independent evangelist in the slums of London’s East End. He wanted to “preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Booth organized The Salvation Army church by military rank. Missions or churches became “corps”, members became “soldiers”, ministers became “Officers” and Booth was its first “General”.
In 1880 The Salvation Army came to New York City and in 1885 The Salvation Army began helping those in need in Richmond, Virginia.
Since then, The Army has grown and now offers numerous programs in Central Virginia including; the Adult Rehabilitation Center, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Christmas Assistance programs, Centers for Worship and Service, Emergency Shelters, Family Services, Travelers Aid Services, a School of Performing Arts and Volunteer Outreach.
Throughout our seven locations in Central Virginia we offer the services below:
Use our online portal to schedule a time and location to participate in the iconic Red Kettle campaign! You'll hear wonderful stories, make friends & help us to serve families in Central Virginia. Learn more here!
A prayerfully considered gift to The Salvation Army can straighten paths gone crooked, expose youth to life-changing opportunities and provide food and shelter to families facing hardship. Learn more here!
Your gift of time and skills to a Salvation Army program help show God's love to families facing hardship in Central Virginia. Learn more here!