Two students show their back to school supplies and backpack provided by The Salvation Army in Moncton

Not Everyone Can Afford Back-to-School Supplies

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Summer is starting to wind down and retailers are rolling out back-to-school deals. But not everyone can afford school supplies. What happens when struggling families simply can’t provide the essentials?

Moncton, N.B., is one of many Salvation Army centres across Canada supporting low-income and struggling families by providing donated school supplies and backpacks.

“Last year, we served 900 students,” says Dean Pritchett, Community Ministries Coordinator in Moncton. “This includes school supplies as outlined by the school system, new backpacks and vouchers to […]

Executive Director, Joyce Kristjansson (right) chats with resident (left) over a meal

Why Long-Term Care Matters

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Alice Mayor, 102, suffers with Dementia. Elliot Armstrong, 78, has physical limitations. Yet, despite their challenges, they are living enjoyable and fulfilling lives at The Salvation Army’s Golden West Centennial Lodge in Winnipeg.

“Our goal is to provide health, personal and social supports to individuals through the last months and years of life,” says Joyce Kristjansson, Executive Director. “We also help families deal with the physical and emotional aspects of their loved-ones illness.”

The long-term care facility was established in 1970 to […]

3 summer camp kids prepare to do rope climbing

Supporting Low-Income Youth after Summer Camp

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A week at summer camp for youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds can help them leave the challenges of poverty behind, escape the routines of daily life, improve socialization and interpersonal skills, and grow in confidence. But what happens after they have just experienced the best week of their summer?

“We must change our thinking about what summer camp is,” says Captain Ruth Gillingham, Camp Director, Pine Lake, Alta.  “Our camp is more than just learning new skills, developing friendships and creating […]

After school class displays lessons learned in gardening

Planting Seeds of Hope

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A new community garden at The Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope in Kingston, Ont., is providing a way for the community to grow much-needed fruits and vegetables that can be distributed to low-income individuals and families.  

“We used to have a lawn in front of our building, now it’s a thriving community garden,” says Jack Parker, Program Supervisor. “The garden will also serve as a learning opportunity for our after-school program. Children are learning about the health benefits of eating […]