The Salvation Army in Canada

Posts Categorized: Articles

Kids and counsellor enjoy water day at summer camp

Summer Camp Changes Lives in Positive Ways

06
.23

Healthy, hearty meals, Bible lessons, canoeing, tight ropes and campfires. That’s what close to 4,000 children will experience at Salvation Army camps this year.

Captain Rick Zelinsky, Executive Director for Ontario Camping Ministries, used to attend Salvation Army camp as a child. He says if kids are looking for a fun, well-rounded summer camp experience, this is it.

Young camper enjoys water day at summer camp

“Camp gives them freedom to be a kid,” says Zelinsky. “It’s a great opportunity to meet […]

Michel stands on bridge with mountains in the backdrop

My Life of Addiction

06
.20

“It was a cloudless, chilly, November day when I stood under the south end of the Pattulo Bridge in Vancouver, scouting for a possible place to sleep,” says Michel. “I’d been homeless for about two months, was sick and tired of my situation, and fantasized about what an alcohol-free life would be like.

“I started drinking at age 15 because it seemed like a fun and adult thing to do. Plus, I was awkward around girls. When I drank it was […]

Friends Santhosh, Kostas and Navid, house bags full of donated clothes in their garage before donating to Salvation Army thrift store

Classmates Collect 75 Bags of Clothes to Help Homeless

06
.16

Inspired by a class discussion and project about privilege versus hardship, 12-year-old Santhosh, and his classmates Kostas and Navid, collected more than 70 bags of clothes that were donated to The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Newmarket, Ont., to help people experiencing homelessness.

“I did my research,” says Santhosh, “and knew that when we donated to The Salvation Army the items would get to the homeless.”  

The trio set a goal of collecting 50 bags of clothes that included T-shirts, pants, […]

Eleanor sits on chair learning Ukulele at adult day program

Adult Day Program Helps Senior with Dementia

06
.12

Eleanor has early onset dementia and one of the best therapies for her has been The Salvation Army’s adult day program in Hamilton, Ont.

“I’ve seen quite a change in Eleanor since she began the program 18 months ago,” says husband, Jim. “She is more outgoing and engaging to talk with. She attends the program three days a week and can’t get there fast enough.”

The program, which operates five days a week, provides a “day out” for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s […]

FB-post_africa_famine_relief

PRAY – GIVE – SPEAK OUT : AFRICA FAMINE CRISIS

06
.07

Commissioner Susan McMillan, Territorial Commander for The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory, has joined other Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Bahá’í faith leaders in Canada in launching a national appeal to help address the famines in South Sudan and the extreme food shortages in Yemen, northeast Nigeria and Somalia. Each of the participating faith communities is mobilizing in response to “one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises since the Second World War: the grim reality of multiple famines occurring […]

Ricky stands in front of Harbour Light

From Drug Abuse to Recovery

06
.01

All he could do was think about his next fix. Then, when Ricky’s family was about to disown him due to his drug addiction, he turned to The Salvation Army for help. “My family was all I had,” says Ricky. “That struck me so hard.”

For over 60 years, The Salvation Army’s Harbour Light in Vancouver has provided a safe place and support for people to address their greatest challenges. Services offer a continuum of care that provides the tools to […]

Seniors bake Valentine's Day treats in Moncton NB Salvation Army community kitchen

Seniors’ Group Stay Young at Heart and Build Community

05
.24

In Moncton, N.B., a spirited group of men and women meet to go on outings, laugh, and share stories. They are participating in a program called Keenagers, a monthly gathering at The Salvation Army that bring together seniors, age 55 years and older, for companionship, socializing and entertainment.

After retirement, many seniors find themselves with an empty nest, and often experience loneliness or withdrawal from the community. Financial barriers, mobility issues and transportation challenges further isolate seniors from actively seeking or […]

Dil stands in front of garden box at Southlands community garden

Winnipeg Newcomers Grow Hope at Salvation Army Community Garden

05
.19

Winnipeg has experienced an influx of newcomers over the past few years and many face food security challenges.

Dil moved to Canada in 2009 with his wife and children from Bhutan. He wanted to grow vegetables to help provide for his family but lives in an apartment with no backyard.

Li, a single parent of two from China, wanted affordable, healthy food for her young children.

As summer approaches, their dream of home grown, nutritious and affordable food is within reach. The Salvation […]

Glen plays floor hockey at healthy homes program

Healthy Homes Program Gives Hope to Man with Mental Illness

05
.15

On any given year, one in five Canadians will experience mental illness or addiction.

Thirty-two-year-old Glen Kurti, who started as a volunteer with The Salvation Army, happens to be one of them.

After years of highs and lows, and struggles with relationships, Kurti was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and credits The Salvation Army’s Healthy Homes Program in London, Ont., for the support he’s received during this difficult and challenging time.

“It’s a no judgement, safe zone. People here have daily struggles. It’s a […]

Salvation Army responds to floods in Quebec

The Salvation Army Responds to Flood Situations Across Canada

05
.09

As many Canadians across the country deal with massive spring flooding, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services teams have been mobilized to provide support.

Toronto, ON May 9, 2017—The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services teams have been providing food, drinks and support to first responders, sand baggers and evacuees during recent floods in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. In Kelowna, B.C., the local Salvation Army church is being used as a reception centre where those impacted can receive practical assistance. In […]