The Salvation Army in Canada

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Salvation Army Provides Shelter to Asylum Seekers Pouring Across Manitoba Border

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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

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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 […]

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Salvation Army Disaster Relief Worker Gives First-Hand Account of Hurricane Matthew

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On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew struck southwestern Haiti destroying close to 200,000 homes and leaving 14 million people in need of humanitarian aid. The Salvation Army was on the ground in Haiti immediately, providing basic food items and treatment through its clinic to people who were injured.

As the extent of the devastation became clear, international Salvation Army emergency services personnel were deployed to participate in community assessments, formulate projects and distribute food and non-food items to those devastated by […]

Julie (left) family services worker sets goals with Leena (right) to get her back on her feet

Single Parent Finds Hope in the Midst of Darkness

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For Leena, single parenting and poverty go hand in hand. “I’m struggling,” says the 38-year-old. “But without The Salvation Army I’d feel worse. Hope wouldn’t be there.”

In 2014, Leena’s husband of 16 years abruptly left the marriage. “I received a phone call at work to say my husband was home collecting his belongings and moving out. I was in complete shock,” says Leena. “He left me with the mortgage payment, bills―everything.”

Leena had to find resources as fast as she could. […]

Community meal participants line up and sit around tables enjoying fellowship and a hot meal

Community Meal Brings Hope to the Table

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A year ago David was living on the streets and longed for a warm, nutritious, meal. Cold, alone and vulnerable, the 44-year-old came to The Salvation Army’s Hot Meal Program in Medicine Hat, Alta. “I wasn’t just a number walking through the door,” says David. “They asked how I was doing―and that was awesome.”

Last year, The Salvation Army served more than 15,000 meals to vulnerable and marginalized people of Medicine Hat.

“The Hot Meal Program welcomes guests five days a week […]

Salvation Army volunteer, Dennis Miner

Salvation Army Volunteer Honoured by Parry Sound Mayor

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For 28 years Salvation Army volunteer Dennis Miner has given hope and help to people experiencing homelessness and poverty in Parry Sound’s downtown core. “I don’t do it out of duty,” says the 75-year-old. “I do it out of love.”

On January 8, 2017, the Mayor of Parry Sound, Jamie McGarvey, presented Miner with the “Order of Parry Sound,” saying that Miner represents the meaning of commitment, dedication and caring.

“Dennis has been a member of The Salvation Army since 1975 and […]

Joseph, a journeyman cook at The Salvation Army Harbour Light Vancouver prepares a meal

When Alcohol Takes Over

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After 30 years of drinking on a daily basis, Joseph was offered help with recovery through The Salvation Army. But could he commit to improving his situation? It was a decision only he could make.

“You need to make a choice,” The Salvation Army worker said to Joseph. “You can drink the rest of your life, and more than likely die, or you can do something about it.”

Joseph abused alcohol for the majority of his adult life. He worked in the […]

Salvation Army victim services mobile canteen assists in Ottawa fire

The Other Side of the Emergency

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The Salvation Army is a recognizable name in many communities throughout Canada, but few know of the many services this organization provides. One such program is the Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) program. Many first responders will recognize their Canteen Services, making sure crews have nourishment and hydration during a prolonged emergency scene, but many first responders will only know the other half of this effort by hearing, “Is Victim’s Services required?” After the response to that question, few are aware […]

Ann Dutton invests in annuities with The Salvation Army

Make a Charitable Gift and Improve Your Income Security

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For donors, 60 years of age or over, a Salvation Army charitable gift annuity not only enables them to make a donation that supports the work of The Salvation Army, it provides a safe, secure stream of income for life that is largely tax exempt and often has a better return than GICs or Bonds.

“I have three annuities with The Salvation Army,” says Ann Dutton, 82. “My annuities give me that extra income to help meet my monthly expenses such […]