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.,  […]

Hope in a Box

Posted on 1st February 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
young mother with child get assistance from Salvation Army in Agincourt
As she sat quietly waiting for her bag of food items at The Salvation Army in Toronto’s community of Agincourt, Nicole had more than feeding her four hungry children on her mind. With a near empty bank account, she couldn’t provide winter wear for her family or afford to keep her dog. And Christmas, which  […]

Salvation Army Addresses Mental Illness

Posted on 26th January 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
Mental Illness. Awareness. Acceptance. Action
Statistics reveal that 1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental illness and research states that by 2020, depression will be the leading cause of disability on the planet. Mental health issues are real.  Just ask anyone who suffers with them about the debilitating effects it has on work and personal life. People with mental illness  […]

Rising Food Prices Leads to More Hunger

Posted on 18th January 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
Rising food costs. Cauliflower selling for $7
If a trip to the grocery store seems expensive now, just wait, says CBC news. Since 81% of all vegetables and fruit consumed in Canada are imported, they are highly vulnerable to currency fluctuations and are expected to increase in price by up to 4.5 %. “With significant increases in prices we are not only  […]

Budgeting Makes Christmas a Reality

Posted on 19th November 2015, by SalvationArmy.ca
Piggy bank with Santa hat, gifts, christmas tree
Buy Christmas gifts or pay bills? This was a question Dorothy and her husband struggled with last year. Living from paycheque to paycheque, they barely made ends meet, let alone having extra money for Christmas. On the verge of bankruptcy they had to find a way to improve their financial situation or  Christmas would be  […]

Layoffs Prompt Increased Need for Help at Christmas

Posted on 13th November 2015, by SalvationArmy.ca
London, Ont., community and family services distributes toys to struggling families at Christmas
With recent layoffs in London, Ont., The Salvation Army is seeing more people requesting assistance for Christmas this year. Hundreds of low-income families and individuals in Canada will depend on The Salvation Army to celebrate Christmas. “At any time people can be hit with an unexpected crisis,” says Nancy Kerr, Program Services Manager for The  […]

Econo Kitchen Provides Budget-friendly Cooking Classes

Posted on 30th October 2015, by SalvationArmy.ca
Econo Kitchen Provides Budget-friendly Cooking Classes
When you are on a tight budget, meal planning can be a challenge. Without much grocery money you might not know where to start, but The Salvation Army’s Econo Kitchen (economic cooking workshops) in Montreal is changing that.  Every Tuesday evening and Thursday morning Diane Perron, a cook by profession, puts on her apron to  […]

Salvation Army Gives Coats to People in Need

Posted on 20th October 2015, by SalvationArmy.ca
Male recipient chooses a warm coat in Belleville, Ont.
In Canada, one in 10 Canadians lives in poverty. Having a warm coat or providing one for their child is a luxury they simply can’t afford. In Kitchener, Ont., The Salvation Army holds a coat drive to ensure that vulnerable people are warm, feel healthy and valued. Last year, 8,000 coats were given out. “After  […]

Supper for Seventy

Posted on 13th October 2015, by SalvationArmy.ca
Travis - Travis enjoys a meal provided by the Salvation Army
Monday night meals at The Salvation Army in Swift Current, Sask., create an unlikely community. “We’ve got all kinds of people from the community, across age ranges, ethnicity, income brackets,” says Captain Michael Ramsay, who helped develop the program when he served as the church pastor in Swift Current. “Sometimes you have people sitting across  […]