Salvation Army celebrates serving Missoula for 125 years

MISSOULA- The Salvation Army says that after 125 years, their mission is still the same.

Missoula's Salvation Army first opened its doors in 1894. Today, the nonprofit works to serve the underserved. Open as a drop-in-center daily, people can walk through their doors for all kinds of basic services, said the Salvation Army’s Corp Officer, Josh Boyd.

"They might come for a shower or laundry or both, they also might stick around for a while, maybe have a snack, get on the wi-fi maybe because they don't have connection elsewhere," Boyd said. "Maybe have a place where they can be warm when it’s cold, or to be a little cooler when it's hotter outside and just a place to relax where they feel safe."

The Salvation Army also offers drug and alcohol rehabilitation, food donations and rent assistance.

"We try and meet all of those people where they're at in their time of need and provide some support, some love, some resources, and some advice and point them in the right direction and give them the tools they need to get themselves back on track and to get a fresh start,” Boyd added.

Executives say they look forward to another century.

On Thursday July 11, the Salvation Army holds a 125th anniversary celebration from 11:30 AM to 8 PM at the center on Russell, with food from 93 Stop & Go will be serving a full menu. At 5 p.m. the center will have carnival games, raffles, live music and a special appearance from the Griz mascot Monte. Missoula residents and families are invited to come enjoy the fun and learn more about the Salvation Army.

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