The Salvation Army fights hunger, homelessness, addiction, poverty, abuse, and suffering caused by disaster. Founded in London in 1865, The Salvation Army quickly circled the globe, going into the streets to minister to the poor and destitute and now serves in 127 countries. Five local churches worked together to bring the Army to Memphis and services began on October 18, 1900. Over the next several decades, The Salvation Army grew rapidly. Programs evolved to meet changing needs but remained focused on “Sharing God’s love by serving others” and continue to meet critical needs at the point of need.