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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 [...]

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 [...]

Helping People Be Parents that Kids Can Count On

“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 [...]

Salvation Army Shares the Spirit of Christmas with Newcomers

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 for [...]

Salvation Army Hospice Provides Peaceful Ending

Robin Shillington sits peacefully in his room at The Salvation Army Agapé Hospice in Calgary.  He glances out his window, the soft morning light illuminates his face as he turns and smiles, “It’s this month that I’ve known my wife for 50 years, and we’ve been married for 48 of them.”

Robin grew up in Belfast, Ireland. As a young man, he travelled to Singapore where he met and fell in love with Helen. He convinced her to move back to [...]

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Flood Relief Continues in High River, Alberta

It is now more than a month since The Salvation Army provided initial assistance to people being evacuated in High River, Alberta, due to the rising flood waters. With that first call to feed 100 evacuees on June 20, we mobilized two emergency disaster services workers and the Calgary Community Response Unit. Since then, we have had up to eight community response units and hundreds of personnel and volunteers responding in Canmore, Morley, Exshaw, Drumheller, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Calgary, High [...]

Salvation Army Opens Disaster Assistance Centre In High River

July 15, 2013-Flooding in southern Alberta has changed lives forever and The Salvation Army continues to support those affected.

During the past week The Salvation Army has continued to provide hydration and food at various locations in the Town of High River. Emotional and Spiritual Care (ESC) teams travelled the streets, often on foot, providing hydration, snacks, and clean-up supplies such as disposable paper coveralls, masks and gloves, to residents who began to clean out their homes. ESC teams were also [...]