Wiarton Trades Program Empowers At-Risk Youth

Posted on 26th April 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
carpentry students stand in front of hand-made shed
They are youth at risk―struggling, frustrated and uncertain about the future. But The Salvation Army’s Trades Start Program in Wiarton, Ont., is changing that. “Trades Start, a 20-week course that teaches both hospitality and carpentry skills, serves youth who have fallen through the cracks,” says Scott Concordia, Program Coordinator. “Participants are often from unstable home  […]

The Value of Volunteers

Posted on 14th April 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
Volunteer with Salvation Army hat and winter coat
What would our communities look like without volunteers? Needs might go unmet. Programs might not thrive. Services wouldn’t expand. Every day, five days a week, Terry drives people to and from medical appointments such as dialysis treatments, blood labs, cancer clinics and mental health support. He says volunteering makes him feel productive and he’s made  […]

Nowhere to Stay

Posted on 4th April 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
Shella, transitional housing participant at Belinda's place
Imagine facing homelessness and having no place to stay. Not having a place to call home is one of the most stressful and scary experiences that can happen to anyone. “Just like that, I was evicted,” says Shella, 55. “I felt like I’d hit a brick wall at full speed. Losing my home was one  […]
Salvation Army Edmonton Free Income Tax Clinics Benefit Low-Income Individuals and Families
It’s income tax time and, for people with low-incomes, the cost to complete the forms is one more thing to worry about. With one in 10 Canadians living in poverty, The Salvation Army offers a number of free income-tax clinics which, in partnership with the Canada Revenue Agency, ease financial burdens and, sometimes, put more  […]

Salvation Army Addresses Transportation Gaps to Access Health Care

Posted on 3rd March 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
Salvation Army driver in Woodstock transports client to medical appointments
In Woodstock, Ont., The Salvation Army’s reliable, affordable and safe, transportation program is making life easier for people like Barrie Cannon. “Getting a ride to my medical appointments takes a huge burden off me,” says Barrie, 71. ”I can’t drive because of heart issues, and my specialist appointments are 40-minutes away. Before I started using  […]

Salvation Army Addresses Bullying

Posted on 22nd February 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
In a class of 35 students, between 4 and 6 children are bullying and/or are being bullied
Did you know that over one million Canadian children are bullied at least once, each and every week? Bullying is a major problem for Canadian children. On February 24, Pink Shirt Day, Canadians are encouraged to wear a pink shirt to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying. Across the country, The  […]

Pilot Program Helps Lift Families with Children Out of Poverty

Posted on 11th February 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
mother and child at Salvation Army play group at Ottawa Bethany Hope
Amidst incredible wealth, poverty in Canada remains prevalent. More than three million Canadian families are living in unaffordable and unsuitable housing conditions, and one in 10 children is considered poor. Since its founding in 1865, The Salvation Army has served as a bridge between families and communities, providing care, hope and belonging. As statistics reveal  […]

Homeless Woman Finds Purpose while Volunteering at The Salvation Army

Posted on 8th February 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
homeless woman sorts food at Salvation Army family services
Originally from Namibia, Hileni moved to Edmonton from Toronto in April 2015 in search of a better life. Things didn’t go well right away, and Hileni found herself living in a women’s shelter downtown. While living there, she would often visit The Salvation Army’s nearby Community and Family Services for a hot meal. "One day  […]

Unique Program Fights Child Hunger

Posted on 4th February 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
backpack Program Fights Child Hunger
Imagine starting your school day hungry and unable to focus on what your teacher is saying because of your growling stomach and pounding headache. For one in seven Canadian children, this is a reality.   Recognizing that hunger has a huge impact on a child’s ability to learn and function, The Salvation Army in Red Deer, Alta.,  […]