The Salvation Army in Canada

5 fast facts about mental illness

Mental Illness Awareness Week


Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), October 2-8, is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness.

“Mental illness remains a huge barrier to the well-being of many Canadians,” says Major Tom Tuppenney, Behavioural Health Consultant for The Salvation Army. “With encouragement, support and resources, much can be done to improve the lives of people living with mental illness.”

The Salvation Army is committed to addressing and supporting those who struggle […]

Salvation Army shelter worker consoles female shelter user

Help Shape Canada’s National Housing Strategy


The Salvation Army has 53 emergency shelters operating across Canada, which provide 3,359 shelter beds each night for vulnerable men, women, youth and families who are experiencing homelessness.

We’re grateful to partner with the Government of Canada as we explore ways to address homelessness in Canada.

The Canadian government wants to hear from you on how to help shape Canada’s Housing Strategy. The Canadian government believes that all Canadians deserve access to housing that meets their needs and they can afford.

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Baby gift bag is given to mom in need through Peterborough community and family services newborn program

Baby Gift Bag Program Gives a Hand up to Mothers in Need


“Not everyone has the same support with the birth of a child,” says Lynne Mumford, community and family services worker for The Salvation Army in Peterborough, Ont. “Our baby gift bag, or newborn program, helps low-income mothers know that we value their child and they are not alone in this journey.”

The newborn program is one of many services offered at The Salvation Army in Peterborough that include a food bank,  breakfast program,  financial management and emergency assistance.

“When an expectant mother […]

Harry Rosen Donation Helps Those Affected by Fort McMurray Tragedy

Harry Rosen Donation Helps Those Affected by Fort McMurray Tragedy


On August 9, 2016, Larry Rosen (Chairman and CEO) of Harry Rosen Inc., Canada’s premier source of men’s fashion, was honoured by The Salvation Army for the company’s $100,000 clothing contribution to help support residents affected by the Fort McMurray fires.

“The Salvation Army is truly grateful for the generosity of Harry Rosen Inc., which will aid people in Fort McMurray as they continue to rebuild their lives,” says Major Les Marshall, Territorial Secretary for Public Relations & Development.

Donated items from […]

Samantha waters plants on Belkin House rooftop garden

A Former Addict Turns Her Life Around


“I thought I was going to die a drug addict,” says Samantha. “For the better part of 25 years I liked how the drugs made me feel. Then, one day, I reached rock bottom.”

In January 2014 Samantha committed a crime and went to jail. Beaten down by addiction, emptiness, hopelessness and despair, she desperately wanted to improve the direction of her life. “Addiction stole everything from me―my family, my son, my honesty and integrity,” says Samantha. “I wanted to be […]

Dr. Frank Stechey, Forensic Dentist

Forensic Dentist Recalls 9/11 Experience and the Support of The Salvation Army


“I couldn’t have done my job if it weren’t for The Salvation Army,” says Dr. Frank Stechey. ”They brought light into my darkness. I will never forget their support, which got me through when my need was greatest.”

Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, Dr. Frank Stechey was asked to join New York City’s dental identification team where 256 forensic dentists worked for months to identify over 3,000 victims. Fifteen years later, he recalls the […]

lunchbox program in Parry Sound alleviates stress and anxiety for struggling families

Healthy Lunchbox Program Assists Struggling Families


It’s back-to-school time and many low-income families are dealing with the added financial burden of school lunches, new clothes and school supplies. With this in mind, The Salvation Army’s Healthy Lunchbox program in Parry Sound, Ont., is giving struggling parents one less thing to worry about.

“When we found out a lot of kids in the Parry Sound area were going to school without lunch we developed the Healthy Lunchbox program,” says Justin Gleadall. “It’s a valuable resource for low-income families […]

Special Olympian Kyle Weaver (second right) feels part of the family at The Salvation Army Thrift Store National Recycling Operations (NRO) St. Catharines location with the support of team members Linda Book (right), store manager Mike Nitsch (second left) and Dawn Goodnough (left).

Special Olympian Wins Gold with Encouragement from Salvation Army Thrift Store Family


In the water, Special Olympian Kyle ‘Aquaman’ Weaver’s worries and fears are often washed away as he focuses on winning gold for his team. Before diving in, Weaver frequently feels the pressure, which he alleviates through a quick stop for encouragement at The Salvation Army Thrift Store in St. Catharines.

“I want to tell the staff at that store a big thank you,” says Kyle, “They were always behind me, encouraging, listening and supporting.”

Everyone needs inspiration and, for the gold medalist, […]

New Community Life Centre opens in West Kelowna, BC

Salvation Army Expands Operations in West Kelowna


Until a few weeks ago, residents of West Kelowna, B.C., had to travel half a day by bus to get help from The Salvation Army in Kelowna. This created a significant barrier and an added stress for many looking to access Salvation Army services.

On August 18, The Salvation Army opened its new Community Life Centre on Kelowna’s West side that will help meet their local community needs and make it easier for people to receive support.

“The new Community Life Centre […]

Kevin sits outside Salvation Army shelter

One Actor’s Journey out of Homelessness


Less than a year ago, Kevin, an immigrant from Iran, lived on the streets of Vancouver. A former actor in his country, this wasn’t the life he had imagined. He had no home, no money and no family. Today, with help from The Salvation Army, he has a roof over his head and hope for a better future.

“I had many different problems,” says Kevin, 30. “Life was hard. But The Salvation Army changed that.”

In 2006, Kevin was a successful actor […]