The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
The Salvation Army began its service in San Antonio in 1889, meeting in a second story hall of the old Joske’s building on Losoya Street, site of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. In 1907, the Corps building was located at 112 S. Flores, later moving to a site on Alamo Plaza where the Landmark Building is now located. As the activities of the Army increased, the Corps building was moved to an old school building at Avenue E and 4th Street and later relocated to 315 Commerce Street. From 1941 to 1960, the Corps was located at Elm and 5th Streets. The constantly expanding program made it possible to construct the Social Services Welfare Center at 226 Nolan in 1960.
In 1973, Colonels Donald and Wesley Peacock decided to retire and offered the Peacock Military Academy to The Salvation Army to use for more needed programs. For a small token of exchange, The Salvation Army acquired the 20-acre Peacock Center where it now operates the Citadel Corps (Church) built in 1978, a Senior Citizens Drop-In Nutrition Site, Community Center, the William Booth Garden Apartments building in 1980, a Child Development Center, Peacock Village Home for Girls and the Wesley Peacock House, historical site of the Peacock Military Academy. Renovation of several Salvation Army buildings took place in the late 1980’s. The first major Capital Campaign was conducted in 1993 to construct the 75,000 sq. ft. Hope Center facility, a complete renovation of the Dave Coy Social Service Center, an addition to the William Booth Garden Apartments, Southside Corps Community Center and Child Development program which was completed in 1996.
Construction began in 1995 with completion of the Hope Center in September of 1997. With the building of the Hope Center, many new and innovative programs were given a chance to change the lives of our hurting citizens of San Antonio. These programs include Goslinowski Social Services department, Senior Support Residence, Emergency Shelter and meals for homeless families, individuals and a transitional living program.
Metropolitan Area Command
521 W. Elmira Street
San Antonio, TX 78212
Telephone: (210) 352-2000 - Fax: (210) 352-2005