Healing the Wounds of Emotional Abuse

Posted on 14th October 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
Major Catherine Skillin counsels abuse victim at Salvation Army counselling centre mississauga
Childhood should be a time of excitement, good memories and personal development. But for Julie (not her real name), life at home was filled with chaos, anxiety and fear. The emotional abuse she experienced led to post-traumatic stress, depression and substance abuse. Today she is a testament to the fact that, with the right support,  […]

Baby Gift Bag Program Gives a Hand up to Mothers in Need

Posted on 20th September 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
Baby gift bag is given to mom in need through Peterborough community and family services newborn program
“Not everyone has the same support with the birth of a child,” says Lynne Mumford, community and family services worker for The Salvation Army in Peterborough, Ont. “Our baby gift bag, or newborn program, helps low-income mothers know that we value their child and they are not alone in this journey.” The newborn program is  […]

Healthy Lunchbox Program Assists Struggling Families

Posted on 7th September 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
lunchbox program in Parry Sound alleviates stress and anxiety for struggling families
It’s back-to-school time and many low-income families are dealing with the added financial burden of school lunches, new clothes and school supplies. With this in mind, The Salvation Army’s Healthy Lunchbox program in Parry Sound, Ont., is giving struggling parents one less thing to worry about. “When we found out a lot of kids in  […]

New Backpacks for Low-Income Kids

Posted on 18th August 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
New Backpacks for Low-Income Kids
There will be a lot of happy children on the first day of school thanks to The Salvation Army in Huron County’s backpack program. The Salvation Army in Huron County, Ontario, which includes Goderich, Clinton and Wingham, is well underway in its backpack program that will benefit more than 300 low-income children and families as  […]

Community Garden Slashes Food Bills and More

Posted on 2nd August 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
Gardener plants fresh produce
At The Salvation Army’s community garden in Swift Current, Sask., planting seeds and investing a little bit of time is improving the quality of life for low-income families and individuals. “There are many benefits to the community garden,” says Sandra Brong, The Salvation Army’s community and family services coordinator. “Participants eat healthier, save money on  […]

Container Gardening Improves Food and Nutrition for Vulnerable Families

Posted on 20th June 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
participants and workers stand by containers for gardending
In Guelph, Ont., The Salvation Army’s container-gardening program gives people on a tight budget the chance to grow food on their own. According to Statistics Canada’s most recent consumer price index report, fresh vegetable costs rose 11.7 percent year-over-year in April. The rising cost of food is making it more and more difficult for vulnerable  […]

Literacy Program Helps Strengthen Father-Child Relationships

Posted on 16th June 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
Literacy program participants Alvin and Mark
Imagine being a dad who can’t understand the meaning of sentences or spell simple words such as “easy” or “less”, or having children you are unable to read to. Wanting to improve his literacy skills, and strengthen the bond with his children, Mark returned to the classroom at The Salvation Army in Winnipeg. The Salvation  […]

After-school Program Empowers At-Risk Youth

Posted on 14th June 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
At-risk youth at Salvation Army in Pembroke pose for photo
Despite the challenges they face, at-risk youth can overcome a great deal with emotional support, friendship and a listening ear. Every day after school, The Salvation Army’s youth centre in Pembroke, Ont., offers programs that give youth, ages 12-18, a sense of belonging and motivation to succeed in life. “I go to the centre every  […]

Helping Syrian Newcomers One Family at a Time

Posted on 9th June 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
Front view of Ottawa Salvation Army Booth Centre
In March, 2016, one long embrace ended a five-year separation among a group of Syrian newcomers seeking help at The Salvation Army’s Booth Centre in Ottawa. They were good friends from the same small community, but the last time they saw each other was in a refugee camp. Each family had assumed the other hadn’t  […]