Homeless at Christmas


Imagine being homeless at Christmas. While many of us are rushing around buying presents and decorating our homes, an estimated 150,000 Canadians are sleeping in shelters, on the streets or in temporary accommodations. Their scene is not so festive.

Steve, 58, is an educated, Presbyterian Priest from Hungary. He has been homeless for the past year as a result of a gambling addiction that cost him his family, career and home. He uses Salvation Army shelter services off and on and will spend Christmas there.

“Isolation and staying alone at Christmas is no good,” he says. “I miss my family and cry a lot. Twice I’ve attempted suicide. I’m thankful for The Salvation Army. I have no one else.”

Six months ago 29-year-old Wayne lost his job. When he could no longer pay his rent, he was evicted. He currently resides at a Salvation Army shelter where they are assisting him in finding affordable housing. With no support from family or friends, he’s happy to be at The Salvation Army this Christmas.

“I’ll be ok,” he grins, “as long as they have a Christmas tree—and, oh, some turkey.”

Adam, who is homeless, sleeps on park benches and lines up at soup kitchens. With the cold winter weather setting in, he now has a warm bed and hot meals at a Salvation Army shelter.

“I’m indebted to The Salvation Army,” says Adam. “I love the folks here at the shelter. They are like brothers and sisters. I don’t need gifts this Christmas, just their love.”

Salvation Army Shelter Services
The Salvation Army is committed to being there for the homeless and the desperate at Christmas and throughout the year. Last year they provided 6,370 shelter beds across Canada. Says Ann, a Salvation Army shelter caseworker: “We serve anyone whose life has crumbled.”

“Christmas is a particularly difficult time for clients,” adds Ben, a front-line worker. “People miss their families. Most participate in Christmas programs, meals and activities, but for some, it is just too difficult.”


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john sukumar.pitta

Carmel Gospel Ministry is a society of a few God’s people
in search for the answer to the question, “How can I give myself to
God?” We go forward in the ministry of reaching the
unreached, bringing revival to churches and helping the poor and

Beloved, in my Dubacherla village, so many poor people are staying in small huts. They don’t have proper food,
clothes. Due to poverty they are not having education. They are
living in so much agony and pain. They don’t have proper Medical
facilities. We have a burden for these poor people. We are giving
them food, clothes and medicines. I have started Carmel Gospel
Ministry in 2006. We are giving them Good News of Jesus. They are
accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. We have a nice
Church here in Dubacherla. Our church name is Carmel Prayer House.
Almighty God is changing their lives. Please pray for these people.
Please tell about us to your friends, relatives, church members and
team members to support our ministry. Please remember us in your
daily prayers. Please pray for the salvation of the 1 billion Indian
people. India is the second most populated country in the world.

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