More than 2,000 women gathered for the Home League's 100th birthday breakfast at the Hershey Lodge during Mission Kaleidoscope Congress 2007.
"Happy birthday, old girl!" proclaimed Commissioner Nancy A. Moretz, the territorial president of Women's Ministries. "As someone said, 'It's a nice start.' The best days are yet ahead for the Home League!"
Commissioner Helen Clifton, world president of Women's Ministries, talked about how Florence Booth, a young mother at age 24, saw a need and founded the Home League in 1907.
"She felt challenged by the Lord Jesus Christ. She did something about it," Clifton said. "This is the kind of woman who founded our movement."
Booth also fought to change child sex laws and to stop human trafficking and prostitution in the Salvation Army's early days in England; the issue is still very much alive around the world today, Clifton said.
"One thing we can do is fund-raise," she said. That morning, the Home League raised $3,000 to fight sexual trafficking around the world.
Speaking in a huge dining room and appearing on four large screens, Clifton also spoke about the recent U.N. Commission on the Status of Women and the Salvation Army's International Social Justice Commission, formed to address worldwide humanitarian issues.