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community kitchen offers more than fruit and vegetables

Community Kitchen Offers More Than Fruit and Vegetables

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Every Monday at The Salvation Army’s Community Kitchen in Parry Sound, Ont., individuals, families and youth with low income, are building confidence and skills that enable them to stretch their tight budgets, avoid hunger and make healthy choices.

“I love this group,” says class attendee, Kelly. “It’s lots of fun.”

"I don't have access to a computer or recipes," says Teresa, another participant. "The class helps me eat healhty on my tight budget."

The Community Kitchen is a collaborative between The Salvation Army […]

New programs help vulnerable people re-enter workforce

New Programs Help Vulnerable People Re-enter the Workforce

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Looking for employment can be discouraging, but job-searching with limited skill-sets is even more frustrating. The Salvation Army in Courtenay, B.C., has introduced several new programs that give vulnerable people the confidence and expertise needed to re-enter the workforce.

Several months ago The Salvation Army’s community and family services recognized a need to offer practical help that would help stop the cycle of poverty in the community. They set up an office where guests could write and submit resumés online, check […]

Free furniture helps people who were homeless

Free Furniture Helps People Who Were Homeless Turn Housing into Homes

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For people experiencing homelessness, moving into a place with four walls and a roof over their heads is life-changing. But shelter alone doesn’t make a home, and The Salvation Army in Lethbridge, Alta., is providing them with furniture and all the essentials needed for setting up a new place of residence.

In partnership with the City of Lethbridge’s Housing First Initiative, The Salvation Army’s “Just Like Home” program started in 2013. Since then, furniture and other items have been distributed to […]

Beating new mom stress

Beating New-Mom Stress

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Every new parent has some level of fear or anxiety about becoming a mom or dad. But Andrea, who suffered from long-term anxiety, panicked about every little thing. When worrying too much got in the way of making great memories she took action, found support and was able to move on.

“I was uptight about so much,” says Andrea. “Anxiety made me crazy.”

Andrea’s Story

With a history of anxiety, Andrea knew that to give Amelia (now 18 months) a better life, she […]

Multiple benefits of community gardens

The Multiple Benefits of Community Gardens

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In Fort Erie, Ont., newcomers and low-income families are finding hope and a better quality of life at an unexpected place—a Salvation Army community garden.

“When vulnerable people attend to their garden they find food security, friendship, purpose, belonging and more,” says Anne Watters, community and family services worker at The Salvation Army.

Community gardens have become more than a hobby or a place to grow healthy food. They now serve as classrooms where new skills such as composting and recycling are […]

1 in 10 Canadians live in poverty

Feeding Program Serves up Hope and Dignity

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For over a decade, The Salvation Army in downtown Halifax has provided free meals on Monday evenings to people with low incomes or who are experiencing homelessness.

“Social assistance isn’t enough for me to live and feed myself,” says Neil, 64, who has been coming to the program for two years. “The Salvation Army helps me eat, and eat well.”

For many people living in poverty, a hot and nourishing meal often takes a back seat to paying the rent and utilities.

“The […]

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Ten years ago, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affected five in 10,000 children. Today, one in 68 is identified as having ASD.

April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, highlights the need to help improve the quality of life of autistic children and adults so they can lead full and meaningful lives.

“As the parent of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, it is important for people to know that AS is a ‘hidden’ disability,” says Karen. “Although many people with AS appear […]

Emergency housing gives Mitch a fresh start

Finding a Place to Call Home

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Addiction recovery was challenging enough. Then, the deadly stigma associated with the disease, combined with homelessness, made finding employment and stable housing hard for Mitch. But today, with help from The Salvation Army, his life is back on track.

“The Salvation Army gave me a fresh start,” says Mitch. “They didn’t look down on me or put me on the back burner.”

When Mitch went to The Salvation Army’s emergency housing and advocacy centre in Woodstock, Ont., he’d been evicted, was homeless […]

March break camp in London, Ont., gives kids a chance to learn new skills

Salvation Army Makes the Most of March Break

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It’s March break and, across the country, Salvation Army March break camps are providing a wide-range of activities and adventures for kids that will not only create lasting memories, but give them an opportunity to grow socially, meet new friends and learn new skills.

In London, Ont., The Salvation Army’s Westminster Park Community Church is hosting a week-long literacy camp in the mornings followed by games and activities in the afternoon. Captain Tracy Savage, church pastor, says the literacy program is […]