The Salvation Army began in England in 1868, spreading to Australia in 1880, and commencing in Preston during 1885. It quickly established a vibrant expression of the Christian faith with the particular distinctives of this newly founded movement.
Through the years the work of The Salvation Army has grown until in 2009 in the Darebin municipality there are four Corps - Preston, Northcote, Thornbury and Reservoir, two social centres, a number of Family Stores, and Employment Plus.
The Preston Community Support Services grew out of welfare work at the Preston Corps, beginning on the Corps premises, and moving to 261 High Street in early 1990's. In 2004 this service moved back to 263 Gower Street.
As an expression of The Salvation Army the Preston Corps is committed to fulfilling the purposes of The Salvation Army in this city.