Alberta & Northern Territories Division

Posts Tagged: Community & Family Services

A letter of Thanksgiving

A Letter of Thanksgiving

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My name is Darren and I have been through a lot in my life, but this past year has been overly stressful. I've been struggling with many aspects of my life, from medical to financial to losing my job… I was always trying to find ways to make ends meet. Being a father of 3 with a stay-at-home wife, I did not know which way to turn.

I had heard about The Salvation Army but didn't really realize what type of […]

Practical Programs and Services Offered in Medicine Hat

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From hot meals, daycare options, thrift stores, and more, The Salvation Army in Medicine Hat offers practical programs and services to anyone in the community that needs them. To volunteer, donate, or receive more information about what we have to offer, please call 403-548-3247.

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Kettle Campaign Raises $3.3 Million in Alberta & Northern Territories Division

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The red kettles have been put away for another year and the final tally has been made. The 2016 Kettle Campaign exceeded its goal by over $100,000 and raised over $3.3 million! The campaign operated in 15 communities across the Alberta & Northern Territories Division, and involved thousands of volunteer bell ringers at hundreds of retail kettle locations during the six weeks leading up to Christmas.

“It has been a tough year economically for many Alberta families,” says Captain W. Mark Stanley, […]

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.

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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Woman Finds Meaning Volunteering While Homeless

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Originally from Namibia, Hileni moved to Edmonton from Toronto in April 2015 in search of a better life. Things didn’t go her way right away, and Hileni found herself living in a women’s shelter downtown. While living there, she would often visit The Salvation Army’s nearby Community & Family Services for a hot meal.

"One day I said to myself – why can't I do something to help other people?" says Hileni. It was then that she decided, even […]

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Christmas Programs Brings Hope To Families

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Growing up in foster care and battling addictions and mental illness as a teen, Doreen Chalifoux never experienced a real Christmas with her family. Now the single-parent of six has been able change that for her own children with the help of The Salvation Army.

Before learning about the Christmas programs offered by The Salvation Army, Doreen remembers the heartbreak she felt when she told her then 9-year-old son they couldn’t afford to celebrate Christmas one year.

"I told […]

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Back-to-School Is Easier With The Right Tools

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Going back to school is an exciting time for kids, but can be stressful for parents struggling to pay for school fees and supplies. The Salvation Army is there to help by providing backpacks and/or school supplies to children through programs in Calgary, Edmonton, Peace River, and Wetaskiwin.

In Calgary, the Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre hosted a “Back to School Fair” on August 7 to kick off the distribution of over 1200 back packs to students across the […]

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Merry Christmas to All in Fort McMurray

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Santa hats, Christmas trees, and holiday decorations in July? The Salvation Army of Fort McMurray kicked off a unique week of fundraising and public awareness with Melissa Blake, Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, officially proclaiming July 13-19, 2015 “Christmas in July.” Events throughout the week included barbecues, a lunch and bake sale, a volunteer appreciation evening, Christmas Kettle collections at retail locations, and a traditional Christmas dinner with silent and live auction. The celebrations raised $41,575 for […]