Alberta & Northern Territories Division

Community Response Vehicle

Salvation Army Responds To Fort McMurray Fire

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The Salvation Army is deploying two Community Response Units to assist with feeding 800 first responders engaged in the Fort McMurray fire response efforts. Two additional response units are preparing to arrive in the area in the next 24 hours.

All Salvation Army Officers and staff in Fort McMurray were safely evacuated to several different locations yesterday. There is no information on the status of Salvation Army properties in Fort McMurray.

A Disaster Response Team has been established at the Alberta & […]

Hope And Help During The Hard Times

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"Things can get so much worse than you ever believe," says Colette as she describe the time when her spouse lost his job and they lost their home. Colette and her family turned to The Salvation Army during that tough time in their lives and were given hope and help.

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Play Café Is A Lifesaver For Parents

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Giggles and the patter of running feet can be heard as soon as you enter the doors to Berkshire Citadel in Calgary. Play Café is well underway as parents and toddlers make playdough structures, experiment with glitter, and mingle with one another.

“I really look forward to coming, I actually structure my week around it,” says mother and UK native Natalie. “I don’t have a car, so having something like this within walking distance in our community has been lifesaving for […]

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Giving The Gift Of Time

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“Being a volunteer makes me feel like I can contribute to the community and help people,” says Brenda. “There is always somebody out there that needs help.”

Brenda started her volunteer journey with The Salvation Army six years ago and has become a regular. You will often find her volunteering at the Centre of Hope in Calgary, or helping kids create crafts at Messy Church. Brenda also rings the bells on a Kettle during the Christmas season. But as an avid […]

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Salvation Army Celebrates Volunteers

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Every Monday night, Candace Neumann serves up food to some of society’s most vulnerable people at The Salvation Army’s hot meal program in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Candace is just one of 140,000 volunteers who help The Salvation Army.

During National Volunteer Week, from April 10 to 16, we want to take time to celebrate their contributions and thank them for their support.

“Every day, Salvation Army volunteers contribute their time and skills to improve the well-being of marginalized people,” says Major Murray […]

Southern Alberta

Helping Oil Field Families Through the Downturn

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The area around Brooks, Alberta has been hit hard by the downturn in the oil and gas industry. Many oil field workers are unemployed or have had their hours cut back significantly. Employment Insurance benefits have run out for many or they didn’t qualify to begin with because they were self-employed contractors. Families are running through their savings and many don’t qualify for social assistance. Some are facing the possible loss of their homes and/or vehicles.

“Our goal is to create […]

Women’s Outreach Hosting Info Night April 3rd

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The Salvation Army Women’s Outreach Van is out on the streets of Edmonton every night assisting addicted, homeless, and marginalized women. An information night is being held on Sunday, April 3 at 6:30 pm at the Edmonton Crossroads Community Church (11611 95 Street) and is open to women interested in volunteering on the van or learning more about this important outreach program. Please RSVP to womensoutreachsa@gmail.com if you would like to attend.

The Salvation Army's Canon Ridge in Edmonton

Canon Ridge Launches New Community Programs

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Over a hundred people came out to celebrate The Salvation Army Canon Ridge location’s grand re-opening this past Saturday. Blessed with great weather, everyone was able to enjoy a free barbecue while kids had the opportunity to take photos with Sally Ann, get their faces painted, make crafts, and take part in an Easter egg hunt.

Canon Ridge, located in Northeast Edmonton, is a satellite office of Community and Family Services. Over the last several months, The Salvation Army has been […]

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Free Tax Program Brings Relief For Low-Income Earners

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Reg Kontz does not dread tax season as many do, he looks forward to it because it is his opportunity to give back to the community. Since retiring three years ago, Reg has been a volunteer with The Salvation Army’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program in Edmonton where he assists with preparing tax returns and ensuring that individuals and families get all the tax credits available to them. The program is offered in association with the Canada Revenue Agency […]

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From Rock Bottom To Rebuilding

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“The Salvation Army has meant all the difference between being homeless and possibly dead because I was very suicidal,” states Shelley, a recovering alcoholic and women’s residential services client.

Shelley was a successful administrative assistant but she was drinking too much. First she lost her job then she was evicted from her apartment when she couldn’t pay the rent. It was a year-long spiral for Shelley.

“To be evicted was scary,” says Shelley. “I didn’t know where you go or what you […]