150,000 people access emergency shelters in canada anually. Marguerite sits on a couch in the SAs cedar place

Changing the Stories of Homelessness

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The numbers are eye-opening. On any given night in Canada, more than 4,000 women and 2,400 children are living in emergency shelters.

“Homelessness is devastating and confusing when you have no choice but to leave an unsafe situation,” says 59-year-old Marguerite. “After a family altercation I ended up couch surfing with friends. Then I moved from shelter to shelter. Today, thanks to The Salvation Army, I’m living in my own apartment.”

In May 2016 Marguerite moved into Cedar Place, a Salvation Army […]

Salvation Army booth centre winnipeg

Salvation Army Provides Shelter to Asylum Seekers Pouring Across Manitoba Border

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As asylum-seekers make their way through deep, snow-covered fields into Manitoba, The Salvation Army is providing shelter and safety once they arrive in Winnipeg. “Most are carrying nothing more than a backpack,” says Major Rob Kerr of The Salvation Army. “They need all their energy to get through the fields.”

The Salvation Army Booth Centre in Winnipeg is working in partnership with Welcome Place, which offers a range of services to assist refugee newcomers.

“Welcome place is directing the asylum-seekers to Booth […]

Jamie-Lynn (left) cuts cucumber with after-school participant

Teen Volunteers at Salvation Army After-School Program

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Jamie-Lynn started attending an after-school program at The Salvation Army in Kingston, Ont., when she was seven-years-old. Today, the 14-year-old volunteers at the same place where she learned how to read and write.

“After I learned how to read, write and do math, I passed school with flying colours,” says Jamie-Lynn. “I love it here.”

As a volunteer, Jamie-Lynn assists with anything from helping younger children do crafts to teaching others how to safely cut vegetables to helping with clean-up.

“It’s fun and […]

hurricaine matthew destroys house in Haiti

Salvation Army Disaster Relief Worker Gives First-Hand Account of Hurricane Matthew

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On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew struck southwestern Haiti destroying close to 200,000 homes and leaving 14 million people in need of humanitarian aid. The Salvation Army was on the ground in Haiti immediately, providing basic food items and treatment through its clinic to people who were injured.

As the extent of the devastation became clear, international Salvation Army emergency services personnel were deployed to participate in community assessments, formulate projects and distribute food and non-food items to those devastated by […]