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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.

Improving Lives of Vulnerable Youth

Winnipeg consistently has the highest rate of robbery, sexual assault, and violent crime of any large Canadian city.

The Salvation Army’s Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre’s youth drop-in program not only provides a safe alternative to the streets, but its staff and volunteers are mentors who support youth, ages 13-17, when they need it most. 

“The youth drop-in program is open during critical hours when kids aren’t in school,” says Hurmat Habib, mentor. “It isn’t just about playing basketball in the gym […]

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Less than a year ago, 52-year-old Neil arrived at The Salvation Army’s addiction treatment program in Winnipeg terrorized by flashbacks from his military days, he was addicted to alcohol and 50 pounds underweight.

 “There were behaviours I couldn’t stop—even though I desperately wanted to,” says Neil. “After more than a decade of battling PTSD and alcoholism, I had to save myself.”

The Downward Spiral

Five years after Neil left the military, PTSD reared its ugly head. In an attempt to numb the pain […]

My Journey as a Newcomer to Canada

On Canada Day, I celebrate freedom—peace. But adjusting to this new life was overwhelming. I’ll never forget the day my family and I landed as immigrants in Canada.

It was Christmas 2005 when my husband, three children and I got off a plane in Winnipeg. We left Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, in search of a better life. The weather here was cold. We had some clothes, small household items and $100 to live on.  We couldn’t speak any English. We didn’t know […]

When School is Out, Salvation Army Steps In

Toronto ON, June 25, 2015 – Summer is here and Salvation Army camps are gearing up to provide vulnerable children with the time of their life.

“Salvation Army camps provide financially accessible camping opportunities to families in need,” says Captain Rick Zelinsky, Executive Director of The Salvation Army’s Ontario Camping Ministries. “Campers often come from difficult situations and camp is an experience like no other that can change young peoples’ lives and outlook forever.”

The Salvation Army hosted its […]

Behind the Statistics

Conflict and persecution force an average of 42,500 individuals per day to leave their home and seek protection elsewhere, either within the borders of their own country or in other countries.

On June 20, World Refugee Day recognizes the strength, courage and resilience of millions of refugees.

Survivors often flee at a moment’s notice, either by force or voluntarily, and leave all their possessions behind—uncertain of their destination or whether they will ever return home.  

Ibo, […]

Aboriginal Awareness Week Celebrates Culture and Strength

National Aboriginal Awareness week, May 19-22, celebrates the many Aboriginal cultures across Canada and educates Canadians about the heritage of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples, and the contributions they make to our society.

In centres such as Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Saskatoon and Prince Rupert, B.C., The Salvation Army has a unique opportunity to develop relationships, journey with and celebrate milestones with Aboriginal Canadians.

Shanoss attends The Salvation Army’s community church in Prince Rupert where encouragement, counselling and friendship helps her cope […]