Search Results for: Barrie, Ontario

Free Help Restores Dignity

Handymen in Barrie are helping people get back on their feet—for free.

A member of a local church in Barrie, Ontario, started a Helping Hands program, where church members volunteer handyman services to those who really can’t afford it.

“We stick to small jobs that can be wrapped up in two or three hours,” says founder Randy Warren. A family man with a full-time job, Warren says the intent is to reach out beyond the congregation to the community and […]

Addiction’s Powerful Hold

Jay Barnard’s story of addiction goes back to age eight. Unable to cope with the effects of his parents’ separation and divorce, he turned to food for comfort. Within months he had bulged to a disturbing 200 pounds. By age 12 Jay was drinking, then drinking more. At age 14 he bought marijuana on the street. Then it wasn’t long before he was using harder drugs.

Hope for Dark Days

Dan, a former law enforcement officer, was in a desperate situation. After a failed relationship he was arrested and incarcerated for mischief. Through The Salvation Army he found a glimmer of hope knowing he wasn’t alone in his struggle.

Growing up, Dan experienced family challenges—he never knew his father.  Then, when his father returned from fighting in the Second World War, Dan met him. It was then that his childhood turned to one of upheaval and fear.

“My dad turned to alcohol […]

The Sally Ann Kettle

Here I am, a nice Jewish girl, standing behind The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle in the local mall.  It’s Friday afternon and my art group has volunteered to take turns manning the kettle. The kettle is strategically positioned near the mall entrance, next to the donut shop. Repeated wafts of sweet apple turnovers and hot black coffee entice me, as I attempt to focus. I’m ringing brass bells to the beat of Christmas music and trying to catch the attention […]

A Bus Ride to Independence

It’s one of the first of its kind in Ontario. The Salvation Army’s Lawson Ministries in Hamilton is teaching people with developmental disabilities how to use the public transit system—something many of us take for granted.

Twenty-one year old Richard battles with Autism, and has great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships. Since graduating from the Community Access to Transportation program, or “The CAT,” Richard is doing things he’s never done before. “I can go to the mall to get my […]

Salvation Army Youth Shelter Celebrates Residents’ Recent Accomplishments

The Salvation Army Sutton, Ontario, youth shelter for homeless and in-crisis youth has something to celebrate. Four residents from its transitional housing program are pursuing post secondary education at various Ontario colleges. In addition, five other residents have been successful in receiving their General Education Diploma (GED) through the shelter’s program, obtaining extremely high marks.

Says one former resident: “Thank you guys so much for guiding me on the right path. I’ve been through a lot while here, but there […]

Food Bank Encourages Nutritious Donations


Pasta and cheese are common donations at food banks. These and many other foods received are high in sugar, salt and starch, which are unhealthy.

The Salvation Army in Midland, Ontario, is trying to change lives by encouraging donations that can improve the health of clients using the food bank. Healthy donations, such as whole grain pasta rather than white, canned tuna, ham, kidney beans, stewed tomatoes, and canned fruits in their own juices rather than sugar, will […]

The Salvation Army Opens Doors to Public During National Red Shield Campaign

Largest Non-governmental Provider of Social Service in Canada Hosts Open House Events at Facilities Nationwide

WHO:  Salvation Army leaders and the general public, including local politicians, civic groups and community leaders

WHAT: On Wednesday, May 19th The Salvation Army will host a national open house, giving the media and public an opportunity to tour facilities and see, first-hand, the services provided to more than 1.5 million Canadians each year.

BACKGROUND: The National Open House is The Salvation Army’s largest one-day event, culminating a […]