29 March 2021

After operating from a temporary location on Heritage Avenue for the last year The Salvation Army’s Greater Seacoast Corps has found a permanent home on 272 Rockland Street in Portsmouth.

The religious and charitable organization, which has served the Portsmouth community since 1894, has been renting the facility on Heritage Ave. after selling its property at 15 Middle Street in March of 2020.

“We anticipate that the new facility will help to strengthen our service and ministry to the communities we serve,” said Major DonnaMarie Reed who commands The Salvation Army in Portsmouth along with Lieutenant Kimberly Clark. “We needed to find a location accessible for the clients we assist.”

In addition to Portsmouth, The Salvation Army serves residents of Eliot, Greenland, Hampton, South Hampton, Kittery, New Castle, Newington, Pease Airforce Base and Seabrook.

Worship services will now be held at 272 Rockland St. beginning Easter Sunday. These services are open to the public and begin each Sunday at 10 a.m.

The organization will continue to administer programs and services at the Heritage Ave. location, providing help for men, women and children in need until the official opening of the new facility at a date to be determined.

The Greater Seacoast corps provides general and holiday assistance.  Also, they offer opportunities for children to spend a week at The Salvation Army’s Camp Sebago in Standish, Maine. Senior and Youth programs are offered weekly.  In the fall, Back to School program collects supplies and backpacks to help local children be ready for school. Since the pandemic, the organization has been serving meals to go Monday through Saturday at 5:00 pm.   More than 200 meals are served weekly to those in need.