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

Salvation Army Responds to B.C. Wildfires

Posted on 10th July 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
Salvation Army Responds to B.C. Wildfires
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  […]

My Life of Addiction

Posted on 20th June 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
My Life of Addiction
“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  […]

From Drug Abuse to Recovery

Posted on 1st June 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
Ricky stands in front of Harbour Light
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  […]

Astounding Numbers Prompt New Salvation Army Addictions Recovery Program

Posted on 5th April 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
Program participant, Samantha (left) meets in classroom with instructor William Smith (left)
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  […]

How a Community Kitchen is Helping Newcomers

Posted on 22nd March 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
participants at community kitchen sit down around a table to enjoy a meal
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  […]

Shelter Expansion Will Help People Break the Cycle of Poverty

Posted on 3rd March 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
Brent Hobden, community ministries director, stands in front of shelter expansion construction
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  […]

When Alcohol Takes Over

Posted on 27th January 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
Joseph, a journeyman cook at The Salvation Army Harbour Light Vancouver prepares a meal
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  […]

A Former Addict Turns Her Life Around

Posted on 12th September 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
Samantha waters plants on Belkin House rooftop garden
“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  […]