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Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre Grand Opening in Calgary

The long anticipated cutting of the red ribbon brought a roar of cheers from a large crowd gathered for the grand opening of the new Salvation Army Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre in Calgary. On Monday, October 7, 2013, Calgary’s Mayor, Naheed Nenshi, and Eliza Mitchell from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation were joined by Salvation Army staff to celebrate the opening and dedication. The building, formally known as The Salvation Army Children’s Village, has just undergone a major renovation […]

Unique Food Sharing Program Helps Vulnerable Stretch Food Dollars

On the first Monday of each month, Carolyn Jonsson, Manager for Adult Education at Community Services Calgary, heads to the wholesaler to do some grocery shopping. Carolyn isn’t shopping for herself or her own family, she is shopping for 30-50 people who have signed up for the 5 Loaves & 2 Fish program at the Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre.

A food-sharing program, 5 Loaves & 2 Fish, allows individuals and families to enjoy the financial benefits of bulk-buying. People contribute […]

Salvation Army Gives Coats to People in Need

In Canada, one in 10 Canadians lives in poverty. Having a warm coat or providing one for their child is a luxury they simply can’t afford.

In Kitchener, Ont., The Salvation Army holds a coat drive to ensure that vulnerable people are warm, feel healthy and valued. Last year, 8,000 coats were given out.

“After donations of new and gently used coats are collected, people come to our centre and select items,” says Bob Dockeray, case worker at The Salvation Army’s Community […]

A Father Overcomes Challenges and Celebrates Success

There's no better time than Father's Day to honour dads who always look out for their children.

Noe’s warehouse job had been reduced to a part-time, on-call position, when his wife, ZoZo, prematurely gave birth to triplets. The babies had complications, and it was uncertain whether one would survive.   

Overwhelmed by fear and anxious about meeting the families’ needs, Noe was under a lot of stress.  Then he met The Salvation Army.

No money—no diapers

“It was a very difficult time with the […]

Beating New-Mom Stress

Every new parent has some level of fear or anxiety about becoming a mom or dad. But Andrea, who suffered from long-term anxiety, panicked about every little thing. When worrying too much got in the way of making great memories she took action, found support and was able to move on.

“I was uptight about so much,” says Andrea. “Anxiety made me crazy.”

Andrea’s Story

With a history of anxiety, Andrea knew that to give Amelia (now 18 months) a better life, she […]

Salvation Army Makes the Most of March Break

It’s March break and, across the country, Salvation Army March break camps are providing a wide-range of activities and adventures for kids that will not only create lasting memories, but give them an opportunity to grow socially, meet new friends and learn new skills.

In London, Ont., The Salvation Army’s Westminster Park Community Church is hosting a week-long literacy camp in the mornings followed by games and activities in the afternoon. Captain Tracy Savage, church pastor, says the literacy program is […]

Salvation Army Programs Adapt to Changing Needs

Last year, The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda served 1.8 million people. As demand for services increased and social and economic situations changed, The Salvation Army introduced new programs and services to better serve and assist families and individuals.

For example:

  • In Cranbrook, B.C., The Salvation Army’s new, free dental clinic served patients who couldn’t afford to see a dentist.
  • The Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre opened in Calgary to serve individuals affected by low education/literacy levels, language, culture, social isolation, family […]

Alberta Floods: One Year Later

June 20, 2014, marks one year since Canadians watched helplessly as powerful, high flood waters unleashed destruction on Calgary and much of southern Alberta, leaving more than a dozen towns declaring a state of emergency.

Today, residents are still picking up the pieces of their lives and are, understandably, on edge when a lot of rain is forecasted and the snow pack in the mountains is deep.

“I’m anxious every time it rains,” says Kathleen, a resident of High River who was […]