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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 […]

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Donate Your Gently-used Clothes and Change a Life

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Many of us have no idea what it is like to live in poverty. We never stop to think about the child who wears oversized hand-me downs or the adult who has one pair of shoes to wear. If you want to help someone who is struggling feel better about themselves and take pride in how they look, then there is no better time than spring to clean out your closets and donate to a Salvation Army Thrift Store.

“Your gently-used […]

Program participant, Samantha (left) meets in classroom with instructor William Smith (left)

Astounding Numbers Prompt New Salvation Army Addictions Recovery Program

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The numbers are in and are staggering. In Williams Lake, B.C., in December 2016, 142 people died as a result of illicit drug use, an average of nine people every two days.

“Ninety percent of the clients we serve deal with drug addiction issues,” says Tamara Robinson, the Salvation Army’s family services coordinator. “Due to low income and lack of support, many of them don’t go to treatment or have a chance to turn their lives around. This is why we […]

volunteer, Jerry (left) sits with laptop to prepare income tax with church pastor Danette Woods (right)

Free Tax Clinics Relieve Stress and Boost Income for Struggling Canadians

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With one in 10 Canadians living in poverty, tax season can be a stressful time. For people such as Carole and her son, Troy, The Salvation Army’s free income tax clinics not only encourage low-income individuals and families to fill out their taxes, but the process can help to improve many difficult situations.

“Carole has a number of physical health concerns and Troy, her adult son, suffers with mental health issues,” says Captain Danette Woods in Saint John, N.B. “Without this […]

Denise handy counsels client sitting across from her

Salvation Army Social Workers Honoured for their Contributions

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Every day, Salvation Army social workers improve the well-being and care of people and communities.

March is National Social Work month, an opportunity for The Salvation Army to extend a heartfelt thank you to its countless numbers of employees whose expertise, dedication and hard work play a significant role in providing assistance to those who need it most.

Meet Some of our Employees

Denise has worked at The Salvation Army’s Community and Family Services in Oshawa, Ont., for 13 years. As a counsellor […]

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New Salvation Army Program Helps Students Combat Weekend Hunger

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When The Salvation Army in Wetaskiwin, Alta.., learned that some elementary school students didn’t have enough food to get through the weekend, they developed a program that not only improves academic performance but gives struggling families one less thing to worry about.

“It surprised me to learn how many kids go to school hungry,” says Lieut. Dae-Gun Kim of The Salvation Army. “Children can’t prepare for their future when they are hungry for food.”

A report by Public Interest Alberta shows that […]

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How a Community Kitchen is Helping Newcomers

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Immigration and anxiety go hand in hand. Adapting to an unfamiliar culture, making healthy food choices and finding ways to feel ‘at home’ are some of the many challenges facing newcomers.

In Kelowna, B.C., The Salvation Army has partnered with Kelowna Community Resources to provide a six-week, hands-on cooking class where participants learn valuable information and, for a few hours, escape the stress of resettlement.  

“I love cooking and eating,” says Akemi, who attends the program. “I come to improve my […]

Jane Redding (left) John Redding (right)

Daughter Honours Father’s Memory by Donating to The Salvation Army

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When it came to making a will, Jane Redding had no doubt she would include The Salvation Army. “My father was a recipient of The Salvation Army’s charity a long time ago,” says Jane. “I know of no cause more deserving.”

In 1930, 16-year-old John Redding left his home in Yarmouth, N.S., for Halifax. He told his widowed mother he would get a job. Not long after arriving in that city his money ran out. He was alone, hungry and homeless. […]

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March Break Cooking Camp Benefits Kids in Many Ways

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It’s March break and, for the third year in a row, The Salvation Army in Goderich has turned their kitchen into a classroom for children.

“All I did was burn the eggs and now I’m at cooking camp,” says Mason, with a grin. “Mom thinks I need lessons.”

The March break camp, a partnership between The Salvation Army and the Huron County Health Unit, provides children (ages nine to 14) with a hands-on cooking experience that teaches new skills, builds confidence and […]

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Salvation Army Shelter Beds Fill Up as Refugee Claimants Arrive in Winnipeg

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Since the first influx of people entered Manitoba from the U.S., The Salvation Army has provided food and shelter to refugee claimants. But as more people cross the border, shelter beds at its Booth Centre are filling up and space to house them is becoming less available.

“We have worked hard to make beds available for refugee claimants without impacting our other services,” says Major Rob Kerr with The Salvation Army. “We are trying to make more space for them but […]