The Salvation Army, founded in 1865, is an international religious and charitable movement motivated by love of God and a practical concern for the needs of humanity. This is expressed through a spiritual ministry which purposes are to preach the Gospel, disseminate Christian truths, supply basic human necessities, provide personal counseling and undertake the spiritual and moral regeneration and physical rehabilitation of all persons in need who come within its sphere of influence regardless of race, color, creed, sex, or age.
The Salvation Army in Maryland and West Virginia Division seeks to minister the to the spiritual, moral and physical needs of all those who seek its help through its 23 Worship Centers (corps), 47 Family Service facilities, six shelters, 19 thrift stores, three day care facilities, 13 Boys & Girls/Youth Clubs, three residential summer camps and various other programs.
A branch of the universal Christian Church, The Salvation Army is organized and operated in a quasi-military pattern. Its members include officers (clergy), soldiers/adherents (laity), members of varied activity groups and volunteers who serve as advisors, associates, and committed participants in its service.