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Executive Director, Joyce Kristjansson (right) chats with resident (left) over a meal

Why Long-Term Care Matters


Alice Mayor, 102, suffers with Dementia. Elliot Armstrong, 78, has physical limitations. Yet, despite their challenges, they are living enjoyable and fulfilling lives at The Salvation Army’s Golden West Centennial Lodge in Winnipeg.

“Our goal is to provide health, personal and social supports to individuals through the last months and years of life,” says Joyce Kristjansson, Executive Director. “We also help families deal with the physical and emotional aspects of their loved-ones illness.”

The long-term care facility was established in 1970 to […]

Dil stands in front of garden box at Southlands community garden

Winnipeg Newcomers Grow Hope at Salvation Army Community Garden


Winnipeg has experienced an influx of newcomers over the past few years and many face food security challenges.

Dil moved to Canada in 2009 with his wife and children from Bhutan. He wanted to grow vegetables to help provide for his family but lives in an apartment with no backyard.

Li, a single parent of two from China, wanted affordable, healthy food for her young children.

As summer approaches, their dream of home grown, nutritious and affordable food is within reach. The Salvation […]

At-risk youth make crafts at drop-in program

Drop-in Program Benefits At-Risk Youth


It’s Friday night at The Salvation Army’s youth drop-in program in Weston, a community in Winnipeg’s north end. Girls are weaving rubber bands into bracelets. Boys are playing board games. There is laughter and high fives, yet many of these youth have little hope for the future.

Historically the neighbourhood was nicknamed "CPR Town" due to the large number of railway workers who resided there. As the number of jobs at the Weston Shops declined, so did the neighbourhood.

“Participants come from […]

Salvation Army in Regina provides and delivers lunches to at-risk students

Ensuring Kids Don’t Go to School Hungry


“There isn’t a lot of food in my house,” says one Grade 5 student who receives a healthy lunch from The Salvation Army in Regina, Sask. “Sometimes there is nothing in our refrigerator, so if I didn’t get lunch I’d be hungry.”

In Canada, as many as one in seven children go to school hungry. They are helpless victims of poverty who don’t have the choice of packing a lunch or buying one at school.

The Salvation Army recognizes that child hunger […]

Winnipeg's Salvation Army Booth Centre helps individuals with mental-health issues find success in community living

Finding Strength in a Salvation Army Support Network


At age 12, Nick was devastated by the death of his father. Then, five years later, his mother died of pneumonia.  As Nick’s grieving transitioned into full-fledged depression, he thought about taking his own life every day.

After his mom died, he lived with family. They were heavy drinkers whose name calling and belittling crushed his self-worth and stability.

With no hope of returning to a normal life, Nick numbed the pain with alcohol and drugs.

“I drank 40 oz. beer daily and […]

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Hockey Haven Helps Kids Beat the Streets


Eighteen-year-old Calvin grew up in Winnipeg’s North End where he was surrounded by gangs, drugs and kids with nothing to do who terrorized people. “The streets are dangerous,” says Calvin. “Programs like The Salvation Army’s Midnight Challenge are more important than ever.”

“We started the program more than two decades ago when gang violence was at its peak,” says Mark Young, ministry director. “The situation on Winnipeg’s troubled streets remains volatile. Pressures to join gangs are immense. In many cases, they […]

Grand Prairie Salvation Army Christmas Appeal Under Way


Major Daniel Roode says the money raised over the next five-and-a-half weeks is vital towards the work done by the Salvation Army in our city.

The Salvation Army has launched it’s 2012 Christmas Appeal in Grande Prairie.

$350,000 is the goal once again this year.

“Not only are we raising money for helping people who are in need at Christmas, but the money we raise also goes into the new year so that we are able to serve folks in […]

Estevan Opens its First Homeless Shelter


According to local estimates from The Salvation Army and police, there are between 20 and 45 homeless people either living in their cars or in parks or near the railroad.

Brenna Nickel, a minister with St. Paul’s United Church, has partnered up with The Salvation Army and local volunteers to turn the United Church’s auditorium into a homeless shelter.

It will be open from Thursdays to Sundays from December to the end of February

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Food Bank Shelves Emptying Quickly


Major Len Millar of the Estevan Salvation Army usually looks at life as being a glass half-full, not half-empty. But when the glass is 80 per cent empty, he’s not enjoying the odds.

That’s the situation with the Salvation Army operated food bank right now. It’s at 20 per cent of where it needs to be and that gives the affable Millar a touch of angst.

From January through April, the local food bank provided direct food hampers for about 100 […]

Salvation Army Sorting Centre Damaged by Fire


A fire at the Salvation Army sorting centre is being investigated after various items caught fire early Monday morning outside of the building and caused it to ignite.

Moose Jaw Police service and Moose Jaw Fire Department responded to a fire at the centre on the 600 block of High Street West at 3:20 a.m. on Monday.

Clothing, mattresses and assorted junk had caught fire outside of the building under suspicious circumstances.

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