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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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.”
With a history of anxiety, Andrea knew that to give Amelia (now 18 months) a better life, she […]
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 […]
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.
- 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 […]
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 […]
“Having my daughter was a life-changing event for me,” says Blake. “Being a parent is rewarding, but also complex and challenging. I welcomed the extra help, guidance and support The Salvation Army offered me.”
In centres such as Ottawa, Winnipeg and Calgary, Salvation Army parenting programs are not only lifelines but resource and service centres.
“With community support we are able to make a difference for people in the long-term,” says Major Brenda Coles, Executive Director of The Salvation Army’s Bethany Hope […]
Language barriers, lack of family support and making ends meet are among common challenges faced by newcomers to Canada.
The Salvation Army Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centres in Winnipeg and Calgary provide a wide range of services to vulnerable families and communities throughout the year. But during the Christmas Season, the Army makes an extra effort to bring hope, dignity and joy to the lives of families living in poverty.
“Our focus for the Christmas season is to provide special events […]