Salvos look back on 150 years with pride
COFFS Harbour Salvation Army is refecting on its services across the region in celebration of the international charity's 150-year anniversary.
The Coffs Harbour Corps was opened on January 17, 1953, by Major and Mrs S.H. Kingston in the Masonic Hall.
Three years later, the first Salvation Hall on Gordon St was opened by Commissioner Edgar Grinsted.
Coffs Harbour heroes, past and present, The Salvation Army in Coffs Harbour and surrounding districts have produced their fair share of outstanding Salvationists.
For the past 10 years, The Salvation Army in Coffs Harbour has been run by Majors Steve and Julia Metcher.
Under their leadership, Steve said they have seen volunteers like Chris work wonders to help those less fortunate across the Coffs Coast region.
"He's my most leaned-on soldier in the Salvation Army. He's always out in the community helping everybody with everything and anything," he said.
As for the next 150 years of The Salvos, Steve hopes to see more volunteers and people come through its doors to support others in difficult times.
"We invite anyone from the community to pop in and say hello and embark on their own freedom journey with us. There's something for everyone at the Salvos," he said.
Prior to 1953 The Salvation Army's presence was in Dorrigo, where then-local Envoy William Shephard received one of the first "Order of the Founder" awards, The Salvation Army's highest honour, in 1925.
The Salvation Army marked its 150-year anniversary with an International Congress called Boundless in July.
Boundless celebrated the past and focused on news ways The Salvation Army can bring support to people across the world in the future.