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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 […]

participants at community kitchen sit down around a table to enjoy a meal

How a Community Kitchen is Helping Newcomers

03
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Immigration and anxiety go hand in hand. Adapting to an unfamiliar culture, making healthy food choices and finding ways to feel ‘at home’ are some of the many challenges facing newcomers.

In Kelowna, B.C., The Salvation Army has partnered with Kelowna Community Resources to provide a six-week, hands-on cooking class where participants learn valuable information and, for a few hours, escape the stress of resettlement.  

“I love cooking and eating,” says Akemi, who attends the program. “I come to improve my […]

Jane Redding (left) John Redding (right)

Daughter Honours Father’s Memory by Donating to The Salvation Army

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When it came to making a will, Jane Redding had no doubt she would include The Salvation Army. “My father was a recipient of The Salvation Army’s charity a long time ago,” says Jane. “I know of no cause more deserving.”

In 1930, 16-year-old John Redding left his home in Yarmouth, N.S., for Halifax. He told his widowed mother he would get a job. Not long after arriving in that city his money ran out. He was alone, hungry and homeless. […]

two female participants at cooking camp slice vegetables for a salad

March Break Cooking Camp Benefits Kids in Many Ways

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It’s March break and, for the third year in a row, The Salvation Army in Goderich has turned their kitchen into a classroom for children.

“All I did was burn the eggs and now I’m at cooking camp,” says Mason, with a grin. “Mom thinks I need lessons.”

The March break camp, a partnership between The Salvation Army and the Huron County Health Unit, provides children (ages nine to 14) with a hands-on cooking experience that teaches new skills, builds confidence and […]

Winnipeg booth centre empty shelter beds

Salvation Army Shelter Beds Fill Up as Refugee Claimants Arrive in Winnipeg

03
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Since the first influx of people entered Manitoba from the U.S., The Salvation Army has provided food and shelter to refugee claimants. But as more people cross the border, shelter beds at its Booth Centre are filling up and space to house them is becoming less available.

“We have worked hard to make beds available for refugee claimants without impacting our other services,” says Major Rob Kerr with The Salvation Army. “We are trying to make more space for them but […]

Agnes and friends do puzzles at London's adult day care centre

Making Life Better for Those With Alzheimer’s

03
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An intelligent bookkeeper. A talented bowler. A bingo enthusiast. That’s the way Dave Yule remembers how his mother used to be.

Now at age 82, Agnes Yule suffers from Alzheimer’s.

Agnes attends the Adult Day Program at The Salvation Army's London Village five days a week. Brothers Dave and Brian Yule share the duties of dropping their mother off, picking her up and everything in between.

Although her days of bookkeeping at the London Club are behind her, Agnes has found other ways to […]

Brent Hobden, community ministries director, stands in front of shelter expansion construction

Shelter Expansion Will Help People Break the Cycle of Poverty

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Construction is well underway at The Salvation Army’s emergency shelter in Courtney, B.C., which will provide necessary resources to help vulnerable people escape poverty.

“We are seeing families and individuals over and over again―many from generational poverty,” says Brent Hobden, Community Ministries Director. “Renovations to the shelter will provide space to accommodate job and life skills programs, and transitional housing, to help break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.”

Construction to the existing shelter began in early January and is expected to […]

150,000 people access emergency shelters in canada anually. Marguerite sits on a couch in the SAs cedar place

Changing the Stories of Homelessness

02
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The numbers are eye-opening. On any given night in Canada, more than 4,000 women and 2,400 children are living in emergency shelters.

“Homelessness is devastating and confusing when you have no choice but to leave an unsafe situation,” says 59-year-old Marguerite. “After a family altercation I ended up couch surfing with friends. Then I moved from shelter to shelter. Today, thanks to The Salvation Army, I’m living in my own apartment.”

In May 2016 Marguerite moved into Cedar Place, a Salvation Army […]

Salvation Army booth centre winnipeg

Salvation Army Provides Shelter to Asylum Seekers Pouring Across Manitoba Border

02
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As asylum-seekers make their way through deep, snow-covered fields into Manitoba, The Salvation Army is providing shelter and safety once they arrive in Winnipeg. “Most are carrying nothing more than a backpack,” says Major Rob Kerr of The Salvation Army. “They need all their energy to get through the fields.”

The Salvation Army Booth Centre in Winnipeg is working in partnership with Welcome Place, which offers a range of services to assist refugee newcomers.

“Welcome place is directing the asylum-seekers to Booth […]

Jamie-Lynn (left) cuts cucumber with after-school participant

Teen Volunteers at Salvation Army After-School Program

02
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Jamie-Lynn started attending an after-school program at The Salvation Army in Kingston, Ont., when she was seven-years-old. Today, the 14-year-old volunteers at the same place where she learned how to read and write.

“After I learned how to read, write and do math, I passed school with flying colours,” says Jamie-Lynn. “I love it here.”

As a volunteer, Jamie-Lynn assists with anything from helping younger children do crafts to teaching others how to safely cut vegetables to helping with clean-up.

“It’s fun and […]