The Salvation Army’s Social Services in Kingston upon Hull goes back to 1908 when they were requested to manage Newington House for 18 homeless women. In 1911 a small sheltered workshop employing 42 men along with hostel accommodation for 21 men was opened.
A year later in 1912 a hostel for 136 men was opened in Chapel Street. Newington House was closed in 1937. In 1947 the Victoria Mansions were taken over with Captain Clive Innis, as officer in charge. It housed 480 men. Many years later it was renamed William Booth House.
The Old Mansions which many remember were demolished and in 1984 were replaced by the present day William Booth House.
William Booth House was built by the Salvation Army Housing Association with finance from the Housing Corporation, which was a section of the Department of the Environment. The managing agents are The Salvation Army Social Services.
- 93 Single bedrooms
- 10 Bedrooms in 5 two bedroom flats
- 6 bedrooms in two semi-detached houses
- 4 single bed-sit rooms
The Salvation Army is a Protestant denomination of the Christian Church with over 1.6 million members in 109 countries.
In the UK there are over 800 Salvation Army parishes (known as corps), over 1,500 ordained ministers (known as officers) and 54,000 members (including senior soldiers, adherents and junior soldiers).
Salvation Army officers wear a military-style uniform, though some officers may wear a more informal uniform when undertaking certain duties. Members of the church often choose to wear a uniform, but are not required to do so.
Salvation Army halls are registered as places of worship. Salvation Army officers are ordained ministers of religion and can conduct weddings and funerals.
The Salvation Army is famous for its work with people who have fallen on hard times: it offers help to the elderly, the young, offenders, drug addicts and blind and disabled people; it provides food and shelter for the homeless and operates food distribution centres.
The Salvation Army was founded in 1865, in the East End of London, by William Booth. Booth was an evangelist who wanted to offer practical help to the poor and destitute as well as preaching the Gospel to them. It was originally called the Christian Mission, but changed its name to The Salvation Army in 1878.
Find out more about The Salvation Army on their website.