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BC wildfire response

The Salvation Army Launches National Fundraising Appeal to Support BC Fires Disaster Response

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TORONTO, July 11, 2017 /THQ/—“As wildfires rage in B.C.'s interior, The Salvation Army’s Emergency and Disaster Services is on alert to provide fast, efficient service to first responders and those impacted by the disaster,” says Lt-Colonel Brian Venables, Divisional Commander. “The Salvation Army’s established and well-rehearsed emergency protocol allows the organization to offer practical support such as food and water, as well as emotional and spiritual care.” 

With more than 14,000 people already evacuated, Salvation Army emergency response teams have supported several […]

Salvation Army worker serves meals to first responders and fire evacuees

Salvation Army Responds to B.C. Wildfires

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As of Monday morning, more than 10,000 people have been evacuated in B.C.s interior due to a weekend of multiple wildfires, road closures, evacuations and a provincial state of emergency.

Salvation Army emergency response units and crews remain on the scene in several locations providing food, hydration and emotional and spiritual support to first responders and evacuees.

In Williams Lake the team provided 750 meals Saturday with an additional 1,000 on Sunday. The team in Prince George partnered with local restaurants and […]

Michel stands on bridge with mountains in the backdrop

My Life of Addiction

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“It was a cloudless, chilly, November day when I stood under the south end of the Pattulo Bridge in Vancouver, scouting for a possible place to sleep,” says Michel. “I’d been homeless for about two months, was sick and tired of my situation, and fantasized about what an alcohol-free life would be like.

“I started drinking at age 15 because it seemed like a fun and adult thing to do. Plus, I was awkward around girls. When I drank it was […]

Ricky stands in front of Harbour Light

From Drug Abuse to Recovery

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All he could do was think about his next fix. Then, when Ricky’s family was about to disown him due to his drug addiction, he turned to The Salvation Army for help. “My family was all I had,” says Ricky. “That struck me so hard.”

For over 60 years, The Salvation Army’s Harbour Light in Vancouver has provided a safe place and support for people to address their greatest challenges. Services offer a continuum of care that provides the tools to […]

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 […]

participants at community kitchen sit down around a table to enjoy a meal

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 […]

Brent Hobden, community ministries director, stands in front of shelter expansion construction

Shelter Expansion Will Help People Break the Cycle of Poverty

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Construction is well underway at The Salvation Army’s emergency shelter in Courtney, B.C., which will provide necessary resources to help vulnerable people escape poverty.

“We are seeing families and individuals over and over again―many from generational poverty,” says Brent Hobden, Community Ministries Director. “Renovations to the shelter will provide space to accommodate job and life skills programs, and transitional housing, to help break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.”

Construction to the existing shelter began in early January and is expected to […]

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 […]

Samantha waters plants on Belkin House rooftop garden

A Former Addict Turns Her Life Around

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“I thought I was going to die a drug addict,” says Samantha. “For the better part of 25 years I liked how the drugs made me feel. Then, one day, I reached rock bottom.”

In January 2014 Samantha committed a crime and went to jail. Beaten down by addiction, emptiness, hopelessness and despair, she desperately wanted to improve the direction of her life. “Addiction stole everything from me―my family, my son, my honesty and integrity,” says Samantha. “I wanted to be […]

New Community Life Centre opens in West Kelowna, BC

Salvation Army Expands Operations in West Kelowna

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Until a few weeks ago, residents of West Kelowna, B.C., had to travel half a day by bus to get help from The Salvation Army in Kelowna. This created a significant barrier and an added stress for many looking to access Salvation Army services.

On August 18, The Salvation Army opened its new Community Life Centre on Kelowna’s West side that will help meet their local community needs and make it easier for people to receive support.

“The new Community Life Centre […]