Salvation Army program in Ottawa helps young parents complete their high school education

Literacy Impacts Lives

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Family Literacy Day, held annually on January 27, raises awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

Increasing the level of literacy in both adults and children can lead families and individuals to social stability, increased self-confidence and economic opportunity.

Many people with low literacy levels live in a cycle of poverty. They have fewer choices in jobs, education housing and other things they need to live full lives.

From coast to coast, Salvation Army literacy [...]

Salvation Army Booth Centre in Montreal helps men in difficulty break the cycle of addiction

The Power of a Secret

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Réjean had an ugly secret. He concealed it to protect a family member—but had no idea the depth of personal harm that would cause. Revealing the traumatic experience was the only thing that could set him free. And the longer he waited, the more destructive was its impact.

“At age 12 I was abused by a neighbour,” says Réjean. “I was afraid to tell my parents—my dad would kill him. That would mean prison and I didn’t want to lose my [...]

Volunteer, Jackie, helps vulnerable people get through the week

Volunteer to Beat the Winter Blahs

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Good intentions come with the New Year. Many of us want to make a difference in 2015, but sometimes it’s hard to get started. In the midst of winter, the cold weather and lack of sunlight can often cause our moods and energy to plummet.

Experts recommend activities such as volunteering as a way to avoid those winter blahs—to stay active and avoid long periods of being indoors. In addition, a study in the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour found [...]