The Salvation Army began in 1865 as a missionary movement to the poor in England. It was founded by William and Catherine Booth who were supported by a handful of volunteers. Its goal was to reach the lost and the hungry and was called the East London Christian Mission. It was one of 500 missionary movements working in East London, an slum area adjacent to the boat docks on the Thames River.
In 1867, Booth had only 10 full-time workers. By 1874, the numbers had grown to 1,000 volunteers and 42 evangelists. In 1878, while preparing the annual report Booth changed “an army of volunteers” to “a Salvation Army”. Today the Salvation Army is in 126 countries and the La Porte Corps with its two administrators, paid staff, soldiers, and volunteers still reflect the original organization and purpose of the Christian Mission.
We serve here in La Porte, today, as the Salvation Army because they served in London back then. Please come. Come if you need help or come if you can join with us in helping others.
We appreciate the help, support, and the dedication of numerous volunteers including many individual, families, local churches and organizations. Together, we can “Do the most good” here in La Porte and in La Porte county. Some services that depend on volunteers are:
- “Soup Kitchen” Suppers on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Night (thank you churches and service organizations for your help!)
- Tea Parties for seniors at nursing homes and other centers
- BackPack Food Program for elementary school children
- Food Pantry stocking and distribution to needy families
100 years ago, on May 9, 1912, General William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, entered into Royal Albert Hall in London to give his last, most notable address to a packed crowd of 7,000 Salvationists. Booth’s final words sum up the essence of The Salvation Army’s mission and vision and perfectly typify his own 60-year ministry:
“While Women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight;
while children go hungry, as they do now I’ll fight;
while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight;
while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets,
while there remains one dark soul without the light of God,
I’ll fight, I’ll fight to the very end!”
Come and join in the fight with us. For more information about how you, your family or your organization can volunteer click on the "volunteer" link below; Or, call the La Porte Corps during office hours at 219-326-5342 (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM).