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The Salvation Army Responds to Mexico City Earthquake as Relief Continues around Oaxaca and Veracruz

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A 7.1-MAGNITUDE earthquake has caused the collapse of buildings and other infrastructure in and around Mexico City. The epicentre was on the border between the states of Puebla and Morelos, around 120 kilometres from the Mexican capital. The Salvation Army’s Territorial Commander Colonel Ricardo Bouzigues reports that there has been ‘tremendous damage’. More than 200 people are known to have lost their lives in the tremors, including at least 26 children who died when their school collapsed. 
 
Salvation Army facilities have […]

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Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Personnel from Canada Deployed to Florida Following Hurricane Irma Destruction

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More than half a million meals have been served by The Salvation Army to people who have been displaced or have had their homes damaged by Hurricane Irma in south-eastern states of the USA. This is in addition to The Salvation Army’s ongoing emergency response in many of the Caribbean islands and in reaction to Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Salvation Army teams are now transitioning into response, establishing staging areas across Florida, which include Naples, Fort Myers, Key West and Keystone […]

Bob (right) learns computer skills from teacher, Carley (right)

Adult Literacy Course Boosts Self-Esteem and Social Equality

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Imagine, at age 59, being unable to spell boat, step or help. “It feels disgusting when you can’t read or write,” says Bob. “But now I’m doing something about it.”

Bob is a participant in The Salvation Army’s STages Education Program (STEP) in Winnipeg. The community-based adult literacy program is open to anyone with a low literacy level, usually below Grade 6.

“Literacy gives people a foundation where they have skills, self-worth and realize their goals,” says Carley, LEEP teacher. “Things they […]

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Salvation Army Responds as Worst Flooding in South Asia for 30 Years Leaves Millions Homeless

09
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After weeks of relentless monsoon downpours, vast parts of India, Bangladesh and Nepal are under water and more than 40 million people have been affected by the floods. Many of them have lost their homes and livelihoods and, with essential service facilities being overwhelmed, people’s lives are in immediate danger.   

Salvation Army emergency relief teams are being deployed in selected areas of Bangladesh and India to set up distribution points to provide basic necessities.

In the Chittagong area, Bangladesh, funding has […]

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More than 200,000 Meals Served as Salvation Army Responds to Storm Harvey

09
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NINETY-TWO mobile canteens and an emergency field kitchen are currently meeting human needs in southeast Texas. Flooding caused by Storm Harvey is still affecting many neighbourhoods and has displaced an estimated 43,000 people from their homes. The Salvation Army’s relief efforts continue.

"The Salvation Army is not just there for the immediate crisis. We are there for the duration – to see people through the immediate disaster and to help them rebuild lives, homes, businesses and communities," says General André Cox, […]

Tia (left) in graduation cap at high school grad. Shelly (right) Salvation Army worker stands with her in support

Salvation Army Helps Change the Outcome of Troubled Teen’s Life

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Tia, 19, was raised in a dysfunctional family that struggled with poverty. Father figures came and went. At age 14 she was kicked out of the house and quickly ran out of couches to crash on. With lack of stability she spiraled out of control. Today, she is grateful for The Salvation Army and that her worst days are behind her.

“When I got kicked out I hung out with the wrong crowd and became addicted to any kind of pill […]

Prime Minister shakes hands with youth and Salvation Army workers during visit to Goderich, Ont., where he helped with the SAs backpack program

Prime Minister Visits Salvation Army

08
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Over 500 people filled the parking lot of The Salvation Army's Suncoast Citadel Friday morning in Goderich, Ont., anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the visit just in time to help with the 'Huron County Backpacks for Kids' program.

"Canadians are there for each other at times of difficulty. That's who we are, that's what we do. It's certainly something that's at the core of The Salvation Army." – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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The Salvation Army in Texas Responds to ‘Catastrophic’ Hurricane Harvey

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Forty-two mobile kitchens and two field kitchens have been deployed by The Salvation Army in Texas following the landfall of Hurricane Harvey. The Category 4 storm is the most damaging weather system to hit the mainland United States in more than 13 years. Meteorologists estimate that up to a metre of rainfall can be expected in some areas as the weather front slows and meanders close to the Texas coast. Catastrophic flooding is expected, along with structural damage to buildings […]

Two students show their back to school supplies and backpack provided by The Salvation Army in Moncton

Not Everyone Can Afford Back-to-School Supplies

08
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Summer is starting to wind down and retailers are rolling out back-to-school deals. But not everyone can afford school supplies. What happens when struggling families simply can’t provide the essentials?

Moncton, N.B., is one of many Salvation Army centres across Canada supporting low-income and struggling families by providing donated school supplies and backpacks.

“Last year, we served 900 students,” says Dean Pritchett, Community Ministries Coordinator in Moncton. “This includes school supplies as outlined by the school system, new backpacks and vouchers to […]

Executive Director, Joyce Kristjansson (right) chats with resident (left) over a meal

Why Long-Term Care Matters

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Alice Mayor, 102, suffers with Dementia. Elliot Armstrong, 78, has physical limitations. Yet, despite their challenges, they are living enjoyable and fulfilling lives at The Salvation Army’s Golden West Centennial Lodge in Winnipeg.

“Our goal is to provide health, personal and social supports to individuals through the last months and years of life,” says Joyce Kristjansson, Executive Director. “We also help families deal with the physical and emotional aspects of their loved-ones illness.”

The long-term care facility was established in 1970 to […]