The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command serves southside Hampton Roads and its surrounding communities with programs and locations that serve families in need with emergency assistance, housing, substance abuse treatment, youth enrichment opportunities, spiritual care and emergency disaster services.
The Salvation Army began its work in the Hampton Roads area 110 years ago, after arriving in America from its official base in London. From the beginning, the Army created programs in Hampton Roads to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and provide counseling and support to those most in need of help. As these needs grew, so did the number of locations and variety of services available to the community.
The Hampton Roads Area Command was established in 2005.
The international 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 the “General”.
Since then the Army has grown with many programs including the Adult Rehabilitation Center, Transitional Housing for Young Mothers and their Children, Christmas Assistance programs, The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, Emergency Shelters, Family Services, Disaster Assistance, Volunteer Outreach and more.