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Salvation Army Shelter Beds Fill Up as Refugee Claimants Arrive in Winnipeg

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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 for refugee claimants without impacting our other services,” says Major Rob Kerr with The Salvation Army. “We are trying to make more space for them but […]

Brent Hobden, community ministries director, stands in front of shelter expansion construction

Shelter Expansion Will Help People Break the Cycle of Poverty

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Construction is well underway at The Salvation Army’s emergency shelter in Courtney, B.C., which will provide necessary resources to help vulnerable people escape poverty.

“We are seeing families and individuals over and over again―many from generational poverty,” says Brent Hobden, Community Ministries Director. “Renovations to the shelter will provide space to accommodate job and life skills programs, and transitional housing, to help break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.”

Construction to the existing shelter began in early January and is expected to […]

150,000 people access emergency shelters in canada anually. Marguerite sits on a couch in the SAs cedar place

Changing the Stories of Homelessness

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The numbers are eye-opening. On any given night in Canada, more than 4,000 women and 2,400 children are living in emergency shelters.

“Homelessness is devastating and confusing when you have no choice but to leave an unsafe situation,” says 59-year-old Marguerite. “After a family altercation I ended up couch surfing with friends. Then I moved from shelter to shelter. Today, thanks to The Salvation Army, I’m living in my own apartment.”

In May 2016 Marguerite moved into Cedar Place, a Salvation Army […]

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Salvation Army Provides Shelter to Asylum Seekers Pouring Across Manitoba Border

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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 in Winnipeg is working in partnership with Welcome Place, which offers a range of services to assist refugee newcomers.

“Welcome place is directing the asylum-seekers to Booth […]

Samantha waters plants on Belkin House rooftop garden

A Former Addict Turns Her Life Around

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“I thought I was going to die a drug addict,” says Samantha. “For the better part of 25 years I liked how the drugs made me feel. Then, one day, I reached rock bottom.”

In January 2014 Samantha committed a crime and went to jail. Beaten down by addiction, emptiness, hopelessness and despair, she desperately wanted to improve the direction of her life. “Addiction stole everything from me―my family, my son, my honesty and integrity,” says Samantha. “I wanted to be […]

Kevin sits outside Salvation Army shelter

One Actor’s Journey out of Homelessness

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Less than a year ago, Kevin, an immigrant from Iran, lived on the streets of Vancouver. A former actor in his country, this wasn’t the life he had imagined. He had no home, no money and no family. Today, with help from The Salvation Army, he has a roof over his head and hope for a better future.

“I had many different problems,” says Kevin, 30. “Life was hard. But The Salvation Army changed that.”

In 2006, Kevin was a successful actor […]

Support worker, Charlie, helps people at Centre of Hope

On the Other Side of Homelessness

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Charlie Pittman was on his way to end his life when he took a detour into the doors of The Salvation Army men’s shelter in Halifax. It wasn’t easy to walk through the doors and say he needed help, but he’s grateful he did.

“I had been sleeping outside on a park bench for four days and was having suicidal thoughts,” says Charlie. “I had lost everything I owned, not due to an addiction but because of severe health issues. People […]

Kaitlyn is safe at a Salvation Army shelter in Winnipeg

More than Shelter

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Kaitlyn, a 23-year-old single parent, lived with her sister. When the landlord discovered Kaitlyn had a two-week-old baby, he asked her to leave. With no place to go, she arrived at The Salvation Army’s Family Shelter in Winnipeg. Here she found a safe place and assistance in pursuing a stable environment.  

“I had no one else to reach out to,” says Kaitlyn. “The Salvation Army kept me positive, level-headed and focused on what I had to do. And that was […]

Vince sits in front of Salvation Army shelter

Helping the Homeless Beat the Streets

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People don’t want to be homeless. Yet thousands of Canadians are one paycheck away, one crisis or one unpaid bill away from becoming homeless.

World Homeless Day, October 10, raises awareness of the issues facing people who are experiencing homelessness and encourages the public to take action to make a difference.

Vince’s story

When Vince and his girlfriend of seven years parted ways, he was suddenly homeless.  

“The breakup left me angry, hopeless and I felt worthless,” says Vince. “I fell into a […]

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Financial Workshop Benefits Struggling Families

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Financial literacy is having the skills to make good decisions concerning money management. Possessing the knowledge to make smart financial choices is life-changing for low-income individuals and families. 

“Information is power,” says Kenton Davis, Casework Manager for The Salvation Army’s Peel Family Shelter in Mississauga, Ont. “Our financial workshops help people get back on their feet and stay there.”

Every month at the Peel Family Shelter, experts in financial management, including Inspire Charity, Credit Canada and Consolidated Credit, offer free financial advice to […]