Salvation Army Potomac Division Opens New Old Town Headquarters

The Salvation Army Potomac Division celebrated the official opening of its new building at 1555 King Street at a ribbon-cutting ceremony last month. Leadership, employees, and friends of the organization gathered May 9 in Old Town to dedicate its new divisional headquarters.  


The Potomac Division, which employees 63 people, provides business and administrative support to local units in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC. The organization purchased the building in October 2022 and spent the last six months completing a renovation. It joins the Salvation Army’s national headquarters in Alexandria following the sale of the division’s previous headquarters in Foggy Bottom.  


“The new location is convenient to transit and transportation for our staff who serve the mission of The Salvation Army,” said Potomac Division spokesperson Karen Yoho. “Those local units provide programs targeted to the community in which they serve, such as emergency assistance, youth character building programs, food pantries, Christmas assistance, older adult ministries, and more.” 

At the grand opening celebration, Divisional Commander Lt. Colonel Allan Hofer said that, despite touring several locations, the building at 1555 King “stood out.” He shared that the relocation team “felt an overwhelming sense of peace that this was the place.”  

The building also includes a dedication plaque in the lobby, as well as a large Salvation Army logo, known as the Red Shield, embedded in the concrete floor of the entryway.  


“Like many offices in the DMV we have alternative work schedules, such as compressed work weeks, telecommuting, and remote work,” Yoho told the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership. But, “I hear from those who telecommute, that the office is so phenomenally fresh and inviting more remote people want to be here!”