Newcomers Learn English and Build Friendships

Posted on 17th April 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
Julia, left and Evie, right, at Calgary's Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre
Lonely. It’s a word Evie and Julia use over and over again to describe their experience as new Canadians. The two women travelled a long road before arriving at their new homes in Calgary ―Evie from Albania and Julia from Ukraine. In Calgary, both mothers were at home with young children and found their lack  […]

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  […]
Winnipeg booth centre empty shelter beds
Since the first influx of people entered Manitoba from the U.S., The Salvation Army has provided food and shelter to refugee claimants. But as more people cross the border, shelter beds at its Booth Centre are filling up and space to house them is becoming less available. “We have worked hard to make beds available  […]
Salvation Army booth centre winnipeg
As asylum-seekers make their way through deep, snow-covered fields into Manitoba, The Salvation Army is providing shelter and safety once they arrive in Winnipeg. “Most are carrying nothing more than a backpack,” says Major Rob Kerr of The Salvation Army. “They need all their energy to get through the fields.” The Salvation Army Booth Centre  […]

Salvation Army Helps Newcomers Discover Canada

Posted on 30th June 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
New Canadian, Julia, gets support from Calgary's Barbara Mitchell family resource centre
“When my family and I immigrated to Calgary from Ukraine in 2010 I had limited English language skills, couldn’t hold a conversation and knew little about everyday life in Canada,” says Julia. “In 2015, a friend told me about The Salvation Army’s Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre, a place where I could improve my English,  […]

World Refugee Day

Posted on 20th June 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
Salvation Army personnel assist refugees
London, June 20, 2016 – To mark World Refugee Day (June 20th), General André Cox, The Salvation Army’s world leader, is encouraging Salvation Army members and friends around the world to add their names to a petition organized through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The #WithRefugees petition will be delivered to the  […]

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  […]
mother and child at Salvation Army play group at Ottawa Bethany Hope
Conflict in Syria has led to millions of people being displaced, both within Syria and in neighbouring countries. In Canada, The Salvation Army is working with various levels of government and other community agencies to contribute to the resettlement process, and a fund has been established to support refugees overseas. “The Salvation Army provides assistance  […]

Posted on 3rd December 2015, by jeffwong
Canadian Salvation Army Supports Refugees in Greece
As The Salvation Army's ministry to refugees in Greece continues, Major Rick Shirran, a Canadian Salvation Army officer on the front lines, reveals the scale of human needs and how The Salvation Army is meeting them.  
Canadian citizenship forms
Saba was so desperate for safety and a better life that she risked dangerous border crossings and the possibility of being shot on sight or caught up in a trafficking ring. Eventually, she immigrated to Canada—facing a future filled with uncertainty and a new set of challenges. “I was 17 when I fled an Eritrean  […]