150 Faces & Facts: Volume 12

You know that The Salvation Army originated in London and is celebrating 150 years of service worldwide, but do you know where our first corps was in Massachusetts?

150FF_CatherineBoothFACE – Because of her influence Catherine Booth was known as the “Mother of The Salvation Army.”

“Catherine certainly helped form William Booth’s Christian Mission into The Salvation Army, with certain distinctives. In that sense she can be seen as the joint founder of The Salvation Army.” williamandcatherinebooth.com

FACT – Children’s programs are a central part of our Chelsea East Boston Corps Community Center with active afterschool and summer time programs.

Serving children from Chelsea and East Boston, this safe, positive, and supportive environment teaches life skills and provides games, sports, academic tutoring and creative activities all year round. Chelsea East Boston also has an active senior feeding program, food pantry and brass band!

150FF_LawrenceFactFACT – Lawrence was the first corps community center in Massachusetts. It opened on December 9, 1883. By July of the following year, 150 had joined the ranks of The Salvation Army in Lawrence!

Today, the thriving bilingual community reaches the community with programs like Bridging the Gap, a life-skills court diversion program, food pantry and holiday assistance.

150FF_FallRiverFACT – For the last five years, our Fall River Corps Community Center has held a 5k road race in support of the corps programs.

Last year, the event drew 100 runners and walkers and raised $8,000.

150FF_BrengleFACE – Samuel Logan Brengle was a Commissioner in The Salvation Army and a leading author, teacher and preacher on the doctrine of Holiness.

Hear Commissioner Brengle’s own voice in the only known recording of his preaching in the audio clip below.


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