Free Coffee is Grounds for Hope

Posted on 11th April 2013, by SalvationArmy.ca
By keeping a pot of coffee brewing, The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood is changing lives. “Coffee connects people,” says Kyle Brennan, Thrift Store Manager. “All of us need others for support and to feel valued.” For many in this community who live on a fixed income, the thrift store is more  […]

One Mothers’ Journey

Posted on 1st April 2013, by SalvationArmy.ca
Baby Stuart couldn’t imitate sounds, or even smile. While his mom, Susan, knew something was wrong, she had no idea that life would be very different than she’d ever expected. “At first Stuart had no facial reactions,” says Susan. “Then red flags became more diverse. There was no babbling—no pointing— no words.” Stuart couldn’t express  […]

Never the Same Again

Posted on 28th March 2013, by SalvationArmy.ca
Several years ago, when attending a Sunday morning worship service at a Salvation Army corps (church), I heard one of our leaders preach. It was not a typical sermon, in fact it seemed too simple, especially for this seasoned preacher. But his first language was not English so I suppose for this English-speaking congregation, he  […]

Cooking Class is More Than a Meal

Posted on 25th March 2013, by SalvationArmy.ca
Deborah suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and struggles with anxiety, low self-esteem and depression. Her anxiety is so high that she finds it difficult to leave her house, even to get groceries. But each week, Deborah makes the trip to attend The Salvation Army’s cooking class in Markham, Ont. “I come here to get out  […]

After the School Bell

Posted on 18th March 2013, by SalvationArmy.ca
Ten-year-old Tasha is one of hundreds of Canadian children who live in unstable environments. She never knows what she will have to cope with next, and is often left to fend for herself. At The Salvation Army she can escape for a while and enjoy being a kid. “The Salvation Army is making every effort  […]

Free Tax Clinic Helps Low-Income Families

Posted on 11th March 2013, by SalvationArmy.ca
“Income-tax time creates incredible stress for me,” says Rosemary. The cost of having income taxes prepared by tax firms starts at $60. For Rosemary, whose been laid off from her factory job, that’s a big deal. Due to circumstances beyond her control, Rosemary asked The Salvation Army for assistance to complete her tax forms through  […]

Improving Quality of Life for Single Dad

Posted on 4th March 2013, by SalvationArmy.ca
Paul never thought he’d be a single parent, but five years ago he was thrust into his new role. “It’s still tough,” he says. “I take one day at a time. What matters most is that I’m a capable dad who loves his children.” In 2008, Paul’s children, ages 7 and 10 at the time,  […]

Give Us Your Pennies!

Posted on 25th February 2013, by SalvationArmy.ca
It’s the end of the penny. Some say they’re not worth anything. We beg to differ! They may not have much purchasing power, but donate them to The Salvation Army and we can put them to good use. We have heard there are approximately 35 billion pennies in circulation. That’s enough money to feed every  […]
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A Social Tragedy

Posted on 18th February 2013, by SalvationArmy.ca
Tonight thousands of homeless Canadians will sleep on street grates or in doorways. It’s a social tragedy. In the killer cold their coats act as blankets, protective barriers, and shelter. They are humiliated by empty stares and the condition of their lives. Then they are awakened from a dead sleep to find someone looking at  […]

The Courage to Change

Posted on 11th February 2013, by SalvationArmy.ca
“My dad beat my mom until she was a rag doll,” says 49-year-old Billy. “At times I thought he would kill her. That’s only one of my childhood memories.” Billy’s dad was drunk all the time. And his heavy drinking resulted in physical altercations. Every night Billy cranked up the volume on his radio to  […]