The Salvation Army in Canada

Philomena distributes food in yellow plastic bags at food bank

Long-time Volunteer Shares How Giving Back Changed Her Life

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Philomena Allicock is one of 136,000 volunteers across Canada who dedicate their time to the work of The Salvation Army. Volunteering has changed her life and impacted the lives of vulnerable people.

“I started volunteering at The Salvation Army in Oshawa 14 years ago,” says Philomena. “I had to quit my full-time job as a housekeeper because of Fibromyalgia―chronic muscle pain and tender points, fatigue and sleep problems. I could set my own hours at the food bank. If I ached, […]

Volunteer, Tiffany, serves coffee and beverages at community lunch program in Pembroke

Salvation Army Recognizes One of its Many Dedicated Volunteers

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National Volunteer Week is about acknowledging people who engage in their communities.

“This National Volunteer Week, we recognize the selfless contributions of our volunteers who, last year, donated close to 1.2 million hours of their time to the work of The Salvation Army,” says Michelle Weekes, The Salvation Army’s National Director of Volunteer Services. “It is because of volunteers that we are able to reach more people in need.”

Meet Tiffany

“I had just graduated from college and couldn’t find work,” says Tiffany […]

Rob volunteers and washes dishes in the kitchen at The Salvation Army's Booth Centre in St. Catherines, Ont.

Depression’s Ugly Hold

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Depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, with more than 300 million people suffering.

“Depression put me in a dark place,” says Rob, 58. “I couldn’t see a future or an answer for any of the problems in my life. Depression affected my whole world and everything in it.”

The downward spiral

Rob’s life began to spiral out of control when physical injuries prevented him from working as a roofer.

“I tore muscles and tendons in both shoulders,” says Rob. […]

Julia, left and Evie, right, at Calgary's Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre

Newcomers Learn English and Build Friendships

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Lonely. It’s a word Evie and Julia use over and over again to describe their experience as new Canadians. The two women travelled a long road before arriving at their new homes in Calgary ―Evie from Albania and Julia from Ukraine.

In Calgary, both mothers were at home with young children and found their lack of English skills isolating. “When you stay at home, you have no friends,” says Evie. Both women were in a routine of housework and childcare. They did […]

Inside a tomb looking out to three crosses on a hill at sunset

Easter Message from Salvation Army World Leader

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Easter is a time for us to reflect upon the incredible, extravagant and measureless grace of God. Through Christ he provided a way for mere mortal human beings to be both reconciled to him and enabled to enjoy the matchless benefits of a personal relationship with him.

Sadly, for many Easter weekend may not represent anything more than an opportunity to have an extended break from the relentless pursuit of other personal goals and ambitions.

We live in a world resolutely turned […]

Thrift store worker stands behind cash register and hands bag of clothes to male customoer

Donate Your Gently-used Clothes and Change a Life

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Many of us have no idea what it is like to live in poverty. We never stop to think about the child who wears oversized hand-me downs or the adult who has one pair of shoes to wear. If you want to help someone who is struggling feel better about themselves and take pride in how they look, then there is no better time than spring to clean out your closets and donate to a Salvation Army Thrift Store.

“Your gently-used […]

Program participant, Samantha (left) meets in classroom with instructor William Smith (left)

Astounding Numbers Prompt New Salvation Army Addictions Recovery Program

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The numbers are in and are staggering. In Williams Lake, B.C., in December 2016, 142 people died as a result of illicit drug use, an average of nine people every two days.

“Ninety percent of the clients we serve deal with drug addiction issues,” says Tamara Robinson, the Salvation Army’s family services coordinator. “Due to low income and lack of support, many of them don’t go to treatment or have a chance to turn their lives around. This is why we […]

volunteer, Jerry (left) sits with laptop to prepare income tax with church pastor Danette Woods (right)

Free Tax Clinics Relieve Stress and Boost Income for Struggling Canadians

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With one in 10 Canadians living in poverty, tax season can be a stressful time. For people such as Carole and her son, Troy, The Salvation Army’s free income tax clinics not only encourage low-income individuals and families to fill out their taxes, but the process can help to improve many difficult situations.

“Carole has a number of physical health concerns and Troy, her adult son, suffers with mental health issues,” says Captain Danette Woods in Saint John, N.B. “Without this […]

Denise handy counsels client sitting across from her

Salvation Army Social Workers Honoured for their Contributions

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Every day, Salvation Army social workers improve the well-being and care of people and communities.

March is National Social Work month, an opportunity for The Salvation Army to extend a heartfelt thank you to its countless numbers of employees whose expertise, dedication and hard work play a significant role in providing assistance to those who need it most.

Meet Some of our Employees

Denise has worked at The Salvation Army’s Community and Family Services in Oshawa, Ont., for 13 years. As a counsellor […]

volunteers stand behind a table ready to prepare food for school weekend feeding program

New Salvation Army Program Helps Students Combat Weekend Hunger

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When The Salvation Army in Wetaskiwin, Alta.., learned that some elementary school students didn’t have enough food to get through the weekend, they developed a program that not only improves academic performance but gives struggling families one less thing to worry about.

“It surprised me to learn how many kids go to school hungry,” says Lieut. Dae-Gun Kim of The Salvation Army. “Children can’t prepare for their future when they are hungry for food.”

A report by Public Interest Alberta shows that […]