In 1954, The Salvation Army Headquarters office decided to center its Service Unit in New Port Richey, Florida, which would help bring aid to the needy. A representative was sent to scout the area and make contact with those that might be interested in helping them organize a social service unit. Josephine Kissner and May Plennert, members of the New Port Richey Women's Club, gladly accepted the responsibility, and Josephine became Chairman, and May became the Treasurer/Secretary. The Service Unit covered the area between Aripeka and the Pinellas County line, and from Odessa to Land O'Lakes.
May Plennert kindly allowed The Salvation Army to use her double car garage on River Road North, a place where "Head to God and Hand to Man" would take on literal meaning by handing out food and clothing to the indigent. May Plennert also allowed part of her business on Main Street, New Port Richey, to be used by The Salvation Army for the continuation of other social service programs. When May finally closed her business, the Army rented a store on Missouri Avenue. Before long, the service unit outgrew the space and moved again to a place on North Boulevard in New Port Richey, where it ran its program for several years.
In October 1980, Captain Allen Satterlee was sent by The Salvation Army Headquarters to survey the area and begin an outpost. Captain Satterlee's WGUL radio broadcast appeal was heard by Mr. and Mrs. Al & Dorothy Melching, whom eventually met with Captain, as well as, May Plennert and others. Together with several others in attendance like Emma Hernandez & her daughter, Rachael Rivera; Mr. Charles Faivre; Dr. & Mrs. Al Baker; and Rudolph Leopole, the first worship service was held in a small house, once part of a larger chicken farm in Bayonet Point on U.S. Hwy 19. By month's end, realizing that attendance at service was growing, the outpost decided to move its location to a store further south on U.S. Hwy 19.
In 1984, with the continuing growth of its program, The Salvation Army Headquarters office rented the large First United Presbyterian Church on Washington Street in Port Richey. Now a full-fledged operation, with Captain Allen Satterlee as officer in charge, it became known as West Pasco Corps. On January 11, 1981, the official dedication on Washington Street took place by honored guests Commissioners Arthur Pritcher and his wife, also in attendance were Divisional Commanders Lt. Col. Maro Smith and Mrs. Smith.
Shortly following the opening of the Corps, it was established that need for other social services was undeniably great, especially a spouse abuse center. For this purpose, a small house, provided by a generous donor, was to be used as a safe haven for women and children. In addition, a full service soup kitchen was created to feed the hungry and homeless, in conjunction with a disaster unit in case the need arise for it. Also, summer camp provided children with the opportunity to grow and learn, and, at Christmas, gifts were distributed to homes and hospitals. The ministry of The Salvation Army would be enhanced by programs like 'Home League', a program for women dedicated to fellowship and fun, or 'League of Mercy', which enabled volunteers to visit nursing homes and hospitals. A row of store offices on Washington Street, across from the church, were purchased by The Salvation Army and converted into the 'Center of Hope', where Sunday school classrooms, social services, a soup kitchen, and the disaster storage warehouse operated from.
With The Salvation Army's dedication and commitment in Pasco County, Florida, the corps found it necessary to develop a plan to create a facility that would better serve the community, not just West Pasco County but to the far reaches of East Pasco County like Dade City and Zephyrhills. A site on Ridge Road was selected in 1998, and with the assistance of business leaders and generous gifts from donors, the new The Salvation Army Corps Community Center became a reality on August 13, 2000. Today, under the leadership and guidance of Corps Officers Major Robert & Major Shannon Winters, the corps serves its community as The Salvation Army of Pasco County Corps.