Mom from Nigeria stands in front of trees at Salvation Army Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre

Helping One Mom Start Over Again


Settling in Calgary brought many new challenges for Gladys and her family. Originally from Nigeria, they had immigrated to the UK, but with high unemployment and uncertainty, they decided to move to Canada to raise their little girl.

“Starting over again was hard,” says Gladys. “The high cost of shipping forced us to leave most of our belongings behind. We had no family or friends in Calgary and had to learn how to embrace a new culture. I had a lot […]

Fort McMurray

The Salvation Army Responds to Alberta Fires


May 5, 2016 As fires continue to rage in Alberta, The Salvation Army’s Emergency and Disaster Services is providing support to first responders and disaster survivors. The Salvation Army has deployed four Community Response Units to feed 800 first responders engaged in the Fort McMurray fire response efforts. Two additional response units will arrive in today.

The Salvation Army is working closely with other NGOs and community agencies to determine how we can best assist and to ensure that no needs […]

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Emergency Planning Saves Lives


Emergency Preparedness Week, May 1 to 7, is an opportunity for Canadians to ensure they are prepared for any emergency situation that may arise. Natural disasters, pandemics, cyber incidents and terrorism can all cause emergencies in Canada. While response personnel, such as those with The Salvation Army, prepare by participating in training classes, all individuals and families should also prepare for potential dangers and threats.

“It takes about 20 minutes to make a family emergency plan,” says Major Rick Shirran, Emergency […]

carpentry students stand in front of hand-made shed

Wiarton Trades Program Empowers At-Risk Youth


They are youth at risk―struggling, frustrated and uncertain about the future. But The Salvation Army’s Trades Start Program in Wiarton, Ont., is changing that.

“Trades Start, a 20-week course that teaches both hospitality and carpentry skills, serves youth who have fallen through the cracks,” says Scott Concordia, Program Coordinator. “Participants are often from unstable home situations, are high school drop outs and/or are unemployed. We help them get moving in the right direction.”

From Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., […]