The Salvation Army of the Virginia Peninsula is striving to meet increased needs of our communities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As vulnerable members of the Virginia Peninsula and Gloucester communities suffer from layoffs and job interruptions, The Salvation Army is finding innovative ways to increase distribution of emergency food, emergency utility assistance and emergency shelter. During these unique and challenging days, we urgently need your help. A donation of any amount will help those struggling to cope with the effects of COVID-19 in our local community.    Read more…



The Canteen was out doing double duty on 08/30/2022 with stops at Four Oaks Day Center (homeless day center) in Newport News and Langley Village Apartments (low income senior housing) in Hampton. A total of 125 meals were served which included sandwiches, fresh fruit and snacks for lunch and fish, shrimp, baked beans, fresh green beans, fruit cocktail cup, roll and pudding for dinner.   Volunteers pictured include Ellen Stewart, Van Rhodes and Hampton City Councilman Chris Bowman.   If you need help with food, shelter or utility assistance please reach out to us at 757-838-4875.


In collaboration with HELP and The United Way, our Canteen served 75 meals in Downtown Hampton on 07/28/22. The meal included sandwiches, snacks, apple sauce, a breakfast bar and lots water and gatorade.

Pictured below are volunteers Justin McTeer, Ellen Steward and Hampton City Councilman Chris Brown.


The Salvation Army is pleased to welcome Lt. Antiono Willis as the new Commanding Officer of the Virginia Peninsula Corps. Born and raised in Florida, Lt Willis was ordained as a Salvation Army officer in June 2019 and most recently served his first command as the first African American and single corps officer of The Salvation Army Baltimore Hampden Corps.   Lt. Willis is responsible for overseeing Worship and Service Ministries, Programs for Adults, Emergency Assistance (Food, Utility and Housing), Seasonal Programs (Angel Tree, Thanksgiving Meals, Back to School), Youth Programs, and Disaster Preparedness. For more information please contact Lt. Willis at 757.838.4875 or


On 06/07/22 the Canteen made a stop at the Langley Village Senior Housing in Hampton. Volunteers Dave Rogers, Ellen Stewart and staff member Thelma Satchel prepared over 55 meals to include vegetable lasagna, green beans, dinner roll, butter and brownie.

The Salvation Army Virginia Peninsula Canteen is up and running again and we are making our rounds on the Peninsula!   We served 60 meals to pockets of homeless people in both Hampton and Newport News on 04/21 and 04/22. The meals included beef stew, sandwiches, cereal bars, Vienna sausages, crackers, apple sauce and cookies.  If you are in need of food, shelter or utility assistance, please contact us at 757-838-4875.

Photo:  Volunteers Dave Rogers and Van Rhodes

The Salvation Army Virginia Peninsula is pleased to announce that Nancy Mitchel has been appointed to Chairwoman of the Advisory Board for the 2022-2023 year.  Mitchel is a Vice President at Merrill Lynch in Norfolk.  She is supported by Mike Yazkowsky, Vice Chair; Maureen Davis, Treasurer; Lauren Childs-Gleason, Secretary; and Ann Pharr, Assistant Secretary.  Other Board Members include:  Wil Andrews, Jennifer Coyne, Jennifer Daknis, Anna Griffith, David Horne, Kris Kennedy, Gayle McGee, David Messick, Amber Rice, Van Rhodes, Bob Shuford, Jeffrey Sotack, Patrick Walsh, Dwight Wolf and Susan Wolf.  The Army is located at 1033 Big Bethel Road in Hampton


Every year the Salvation Army of the Virginia Peninsula hosts a free Summer Day Camp Program for children who come from low income families on the Peninsula.   Day Campers will get a fresh perspective on life as they meet new friends, discover new activities and get a taste of the great outdoors.  Opportunities to learn how to swim, play a new sport, create music and art will be available throughout the week as well as various field trips.  Morning and afternoon snacks and lunch will be provided on a daily basis to ensure they are provided with the proper nourishment.

We are hosting a food drive to help off-set some costs and are accepting donations off our food drive list (attached) as well as cash and food gift cards.  The food drive ENDS on June 27.  Summer Day Camp will be held weekly from July 4 through August 19.

For more information about donating or the program, please contact Jim Colston at 757-838-4875 ext 53202 or

The Salvation Army of the Virginia Peninsula

The Salvation Army of the Virginia Peninsula is committed to serving people, changing one life at a time.  Our diverse ministries attract a wide variety of participants and supporters, from single parents needing help to dedicated volunteers seeking meaningful outlets for service to philanthropists and charitable foundations wanting to contribute to their community.

Services We Offer

Worship Services

Youth Programs

Programs for Adults

Emergency Assistance

Seasonal Assistance

Disaster Preparedness

Our Mission

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.