May 8, 1887
The Salvation Army’s L.A. branch holds its first meeting on the corner of Temple and Broadway. Minister William Booth had started the group in London about 20 years earlier to win converts for the Protestant faith, but L.A.’s installation made helping the downtown homeless its primary aim.
Today, the Salvation Army L.A. operates 13 thrift stores, delivers meals to families, and runs a homeless shelter. Most know them, however, for those iconic red-suited holiday bell-ringers.
Photograph courtesy VU Daily