The Winchester Salvation Army was founded in 1919 and is still standing 100 years later.
“All this time, we’ve been providing shelter, food and all of these things. For me, I just feel blessed to be a part of this 100 years celebration,” said Winchester Salvation Army Captain Kelly Durant.
On Palm Sunday, the Winchester Salvation Army welcomed Major Juan Guadalupe from the Washington D.C. Unit to share a special message.
“Winchester has been one of the oldest ones here in the national capital, Virginia division. We have nine divisions so this is one,” said Major Juan Guadalupe.
There are more than 30 Salvation Army locations within the division and among those, Winchester stands out as one of the first.
“I would say at one time, we were the only organization giving social help. Over time, of course, other churches got on and they started doing the work too,” said Durant.
The Winchester Salvation Army plans to continue celebrating the anniversary all year long.
“We hope to be here for many many more years serving the community and hopefully expanding the services. We always look for the ways to expand, bring more things to the plate,” said Guadalupe.
According to the Salvation Army website, the organization serves about 25 million Americans annually.