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Salvation Army Toy Mountain Brings Christmas to Winnipeg’s Less Fortunate

“Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the help of The Salvation Army’s Toy Mountain shopping centre,” says Juilieen. “Now my daughter will have something to open on Christmas morning.”

Planning for a happy Christmas for your family is challenging if you lack the financial resources to celebrate with your children.

Julieen Keeley lives with her eight-year-old daughter, Jessica, in one of Winnipeg’s poorest neighbourhoods. Like most girls her age, Jessica is excited for Christmas and hopes to get a Monster High doll from [...]

Salvation Army Gives Aid to Winnipeg Flood Evacuees

Winnipeg, MB – The Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) of The Salvation Army has been actively involved in providing hope, comfort and warmth to those affected by the rising floodwaters in Manitoba. At the Winnipeg Flood Evacuee Response Centre EDS Coordinator Debbie Clarke has been overseeing food preparation and delivery to those registering for flood assistance with the province of Manitoba.

“Though the number of people registering for assistance have been less than expected, it is important to these individuals and families [...]

Winnipeg High School Students Address Homelessness

High school students from across Winnipeg are gathering at the first annual Booth University College Youth Forum on November 14 and 15 to learn about homelessness and how it impacts individuals and a community.

This two-day, 24-hour event will introduce students to the issue of homelessness through emergency shelter visits, movies, and guest speakers including Floyd Perras from Siloam Mission and Major Karen Hoeft from The Salvation Army Booth Centre.

Homelessness is an issue that is increasingly front and centre in this [...]

Salvation Army Offers Safety to Winnipeg’s Sex-Trade Workers

On February 18 The Salvation Army in Winnipeg participated in S.N.O.W. night, a Safe Night Off Winnipeg Streets for women and transgendered sex-trade workers.

The event is organized and coordinated by a number of agencies who work with those involved in the sex trade, one of which is The Salvation Army. The Army provided the space, coordinated donations and ensured safety of all those who, for a night, escaped violence, harm, hunger, homelessness and prostitution.

Cold Snap Increases Need for Salvation Army Services

From coast to coast, blasts of extreme cold weather are causing vulnerable people, such as seniors with limited heating or people experiencing homelessness, to turn to The Salvation Army for help.

“We don’t turn anyone away when it’s this cold,” says Mark Stewart, shelter services coordinator at The Salvation Army’s Booth Centre in Winnipeg. “We open up our cafeteria, where we make a cold-room shelter, and lay mats down on the floor to ensure everyone has a place to sleep.”

In Regina, [...]

Overwhelmed Mom Rediscovers Hope at The Salvation Army

Overwhelmed and exhausted, 63-year-old Shahida has little time for herself. It’s with support from The Salvation Army that she is able to recharge and maintain a positive attitude.

“At the end of the day, there is no time left for me,” says Shahida, who looks after her two sons who suffer with depression. “I love my family and wouldn’t have it any other way. I just find it hard making time for myself.”

At The Salvation Army’s Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre [...]

How One Woman Overcame the Barriers of Illiteracy

Imagine being 38 years old and not knowing that 2 x 2 = 4 or how to read or write words such as participation or assistance. For years Jennifer lived with the stigma and shame that illiteracy brings. Then she found a way to escape her situation.

“When I came to The Salvation Army I had missed many years of school. As a result I had panic attacks trying to read and couldn’t write simple sentences.”

At age 18 Jennifer became a [...]

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 Thrift Store Fundraiser Sends Kids to Camp

Every child should have the opportunity to experience summer camp. Unfortunately, many families can’t afford to send their children.

On May 23 and 24, 2014, The Salvation Army’s Nairn Thrift Store in Winnipeg lined its racks with hundreds of brand new prom, evening and bridal dresses for a two-day Gala Gown Event— offering dresses for only $33 each!  The event was made possible thanks to a donation from Stella’s Bridal.

The occasion was a sheer success, raising $1,300 towards sending kids to [...]

An Inspiring Role Model

One of the best ways for Canadians to understand and appreciate the complex world of First Nations peoples is to hear from those who have lived it and achieved milestones

Shari Russell was just under two when she was plucked from her home with no warning—no knowledge or consent from her family or band. In an instant, she lost her loved ones, culture, history and identity.

A Saulteaux from the YellowQuill First Nation in Saskatchewan, Shari was part of the “Sixties Scoop”, [...]