The Salvation Army in Canada

Leigh (left) works with Nicole (right) to realize dreams and goals

From Hopelessness to Hope

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A new Salvation Army program is helping Nicole rebuild her life and realize dreams and goals she never thought possible.

“Through a holistic case management approach, our Pathway of Hope program pinpoints root causes that prevent families and children from escaping poverty and helps them move forward in a positive way,” says Claire Dunmore, Social Services Consultant for The Salvation Army.

Nicole, a single parent of five, first came to The Salvation Army in Toronto for assistance in feeding her  young children.

“My […]

Aubrey Francis prepares meal for guests at Manna cafe

Veteran with PTSD Helps Himself by Helping Others

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When thoughts of horror and loss start to seep into his mind, Aubrey Francis focuses on the positive things in his life―volunteering and his faith.

“Remembrance Day is hard for me,” says the 47-year-old. “While serving in the military I witnessed some of the most gut-wrenching things you could imagine. There was so much hate and I wasn’t prepared for that. And I’ve lost a lot of friends to combat and suicide.”

Over a span of 20 years, Francis served 11 tours […]

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Salvation Army Launches 2015-2016 Annual Report

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Last year, The Salvation Army helped 1.9 million people.

Each person we help has an individual story, such as Take (‘taw-kee’), who arrived at a Salvation Army emergency shelter after losing his job, his family and his home.  

“I thought, ‘What is the point of living?’” says Take. “I can’t tell you the relief I felt having a bed to lie down on, a roof over my head and heat. I wanted to cry.”

Thanks to you, and our other donors, volunteers and […]

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Serving up Dignity

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When you think of a soup kitchen, you might picture a line-up of hungry people, rows of tables and a hot bowl of soup. But The Salvation Army’s Manna Café in Gananoque, Ont., provides a different approach―a bistro style environment―which allows the hungry to dine with dignity. This relaxed atmosphere also allows The Salvation Army an opportunity to address the deeper needs within the community.

“We wanted to get away from the typical soup-kitchen format that serves street people and those […]

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The Power of Community Partnerships

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“Community partnerships are crucial to the continued efforts of The Salvation Army,” says Major Les Marshall, Territorial Secretary for Public Relations and Development. “The needs in communities are numerous and complex. Our work is strengthened when we team with others. Our community partners make it possible for us to extend our reach and help 1.9 million vulnerable Canadians every year.”

Every day, financial support and donated goods help The Salvation Army to fulfill its promise of Giving Hope Today. For example:

  • In […]

Norma and sister Linda at The Salvation Army's Sunset Lodge

Long-term Care Improves Life Outcome

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When Norma had a stroke, life as she knew it changed forever. Once a strong and independent 68-year-old, the effects of the stroke made it unfeasible for her to live alone. Then she discovered The Salvation Army’s Sunset Lodge in Victoria, who provided her with the accommodation and supports needed to maintain the improved quality of life that she enjoys today.

Located on the beautiful Gorge Waterway in Victoria, B.C., Sunset Lodge is a Salvation Army long-term care facility that provides […]

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Healing the Wounds of Emotional Abuse

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Childhood should be a time of excitement, good memories and personal development. But for Julie (not her real name), life at home was filled with chaos, anxiety and fear. The emotional abuse she experienced led to post-traumatic stress, depression and substance abuse. Today she is a testament to the fact that, with the right support, lives can turn around.

“My mom was an alcoholic and my dad a bully, full of rage,” says Julie. “I was called stupid and fat, humiliated […]

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MOLLY MAID Helps to Stock Depleted Food Bank Shelves

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MOLLY MAID and The Salvation Army have once again combined their efforts this summer to help combat food shortages nationwide. The MOLLY MAID Christmas in July Food Drive raised 2,000 pounds of food that helped replenish Salvation Army food bank shelves across Canada.

“According to Food Banks Canada, 918,000 Canadians go hungry every summer,” says Major Les Marshall, Territorial Secretary for Public Relations and Development. “With the combination of slow summer donations and an increase in demand, many Salvation Army food […]

Haiti Hurricane Relief

The Salvation Army in Haiti Begins Food Distribution

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The Salvation Army in Haiti is providing food and support to people who have been forced from their homes by Hurricane Matthew, the strongest storm to hit the Caribbean in a decade. The full extent of the disaster is only now becoming clear, with more than 400 people known to have lost their lives. Much of the south of the country is still unreachable because the strong winds and heavy rain have damaged and destroyed roads and bridges. The continuing […]

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Salvation Army Provides Thousands of Thanksgiving Meals and Food Hampers

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Thanksgiving should be a time for sharing and celebration. But four million people in Canada can barely scrape enough together to put dinner on the table every day.

Across the country, The Salvation Army is striving to make sure everyone has something to eat this holiday. Whether providing nutritious supplies from our food banks, or, in some locations, serving a hearty Thanksgiving dinner, we hope that no one will go hungry.

“Whether it’s seniors on a fixed income, low-income earners, or those […]