The Salvation Army in Canada

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Dil stands in front of garden box at Southlands community garden

Winnipeg Newcomers Grow Hope at Salvation Army Community Garden

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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

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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

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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 […]

house damaged by fallen tree during flood. 2 in 5 Canadians experience a major emergency in their lifetime

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

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In October, 2016, when Sydney, N.S. was flooded after a record 225 mm of rain fell in one day, Captain Corey Vincent was grateful he’d educated himself about emergency preparedness.

“My own basement was flooded,” says Vincent. “Contractors came quickly to hook up pumps that drained away the water. I was fortunate I didn’t have to leave my home, but I was prepared if I had to.”

Emergency Preparedness Week, May 7-13, is meant to help Canadians take action to protect themselves […]

Emergency Disaster Services mobile unit serves first responders

The Salvation Army in Fort McMurray: One Year after the Wildfire

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“The haunting memories of the wildfire are as fresh today as they were one year ago,” says Major Stephen Hibbs of The Salvation Army. “Lots of healing still needs to take place in Fort McMurray.”

It’s been one year since the northern Alberta city was swallowed by a wildfire, which forced the evacuation of nearly 90,000 people, destroyed 2,500 homes and other buildings, and caused more damage than any other disaster in Canadian history.

“When the fire started on May 1, 2016, […]

Philomena distributes food in yellow plastic bags at food bank

Long-time Volunteer Shares How Giving Back Changed Her Life

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Philomena Allicock is one of 136,000 volunteers across Canada who dedicate their time to the work of The Salvation Army. Volunteering has changed her life and impacted the lives of vulnerable people.

“I started volunteering at The Salvation Army in Oshawa 14 years ago,” says Philomena. “I had to quit my full-time job as a housekeeper because of Fibromyalgia―chronic muscle pain and tender points, fatigue and sleep problems. I could set my own hours at the food bank. If I ached, […]

Volunteer, Tiffany, serves coffee and beverages at community lunch program in Pembroke

Salvation Army Recognizes One of its Many Dedicated Volunteers

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National Volunteer Week is about acknowledging people who engage in their communities.

“This National Volunteer Week, we recognize the selfless contributions of our volunteers who, last year, donated close to 1.2 million hours of their time to the work of The Salvation Army,” says Michelle Weekes, The Salvation Army’s National Director of Volunteer Services. “It is because of volunteers that we are able to reach more people in need.”

Meet Tiffany

“I had just graduated from college and couldn’t find work,” says Tiffany […]

Rob volunteers and washes dishes in the kitchen at The Salvation Army's Booth Centre in St. Catherines, Ont.

Depression’s Ugly Hold

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Depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, with more than 300 million people suffering.

“Depression put me in a dark place,” says Rob, 58. “I couldn’t see a future or an answer for any of the problems in my life. Depression affected my whole world and everything in it.”

The downward spiral

Rob’s life began to spiral out of control when physical injuries prevented him from working as a roofer.

“I tore muscles and tendons in both shoulders,” says Rob. […]

Julia, left and Evie, right, at Calgary's Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre

Newcomers Learn English and Build Friendships

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Lonely. It’s a word Evie and Julia use over and over again to describe their experience as new Canadians. The two women travelled a long road before arriving at their new homes in Calgary ―Evie from Albania and Julia from Ukraine.

In Calgary, both mothers were at home with young children and found their lack of English skills isolating. “When you stay at home, you have no friends,” says Evie. Both women were in a routine of housework and childcare. They did […]

Inside a tomb looking out to three crosses on a hill at sunset

Easter Message from Salvation Army World Leader

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Easter is a time for us to reflect upon the incredible, extravagant and measureless grace of God. Through Christ he provided a way for mere mortal human beings to be both reconciled to him and enabled to enjoy the matchless benefits of a personal relationship with him.

Sadly, for many Easter weekend may not represent anything more than an opportunity to have an extended break from the relentless pursuit of other personal goals and ambitions.

We live in a world resolutely turned […]