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two female participants at cooking camp slice vegetables for a salad

March Break Cooking Camp Benefits Kids in Many Ways

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It’s March break and, for the third year in a row, The Salvation Army in Goderich has turned their kitchen into a classroom for children.

“All I did was burn the eggs and now I’m at cooking camp,” says Mason, with a grin. “Mom thinks I need lessons.”

The March break camp, a partnership between The Salvation Army and the Huron County Health Unit, provides children (ages nine to 14) with a hands-on cooking experience that teaches new skills, builds confidence and […]

Jamie-Lynn (left) cuts cucumber with after-school participant

Teen Volunteers at Salvation Army After-School Program

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Jamie-Lynn started attending an after-school program at The Salvation Army in Kingston, Ont., when she was seven-years-old. Today, the 14-year-old volunteers at the same place where she learned how to read and write.

“After I learned how to read, write and do math, I passed school with flying colours,” says Jamie-Lynn. “I love it here.”

As a volunteer, Jamie-Lynn assists with anything from helping younger children do crafts to teaching others how to safely cut vegetables to helping with clean-up.

“It’s fun and […]

Salvation Army volunteer, Dennis Miner

Salvation Army Volunteer Honoured by Parry Sound Mayor

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For 28 years Salvation Army volunteer Dennis Miner has given hope and help to people experiencing homelessness and poverty in Parry Sound’s downtown core. “I don’t do it out of duty,” says the 75-year-old. “I do it out of love.”

On January 8, 2017, the Mayor of Parry Sound, Jamie McGarvey, presented Miner with the “Order of Parry Sound,” saying that Miner represents the meaning of commitment, dedication and caring.

“Dennis has been a member of The Salvation Army since 1975 and […]

New Backpacks for Low-Income Kids

New Backpacks for Low-Income Kids

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There will be a lot of happy children on the first day of school thanks to The Salvation Army in Huron County’s backpack program.

The Salvation Army in Huron County, Ontario, which includes Goderich, Clinton and Wingham, is well underway in its backpack program that will benefit more than 300 low-income children and families as they prepare for the start of the school year.

“This is my second year using the program,” says Deanna, grandmother of six-year-old Brendon. “I’m on a fixed […]

camp kids enjoy water fun

Why Go To Summer Camp?

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At The Salvation Army’s day camp in Oshawa, there is nothing like a good soak on a hot summer’s day. “Water day is my favourite day at camp,” says Isabella, 5. “We scream, splash and get wet. It’s a lot of fun.”

Every week, for seven consecutive weeks in the summer, 35 kids from the community make friends, develop social skills, create memories and learn new things at The Salvation Army.

“This week the theme is Kids Stress Too!” says […]

Camp Kids learn how to canoe

Photo Essay: How Summer Camp Changes Lives

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Summer is here, and one place that gives vulnerable children the opportunity to have fun and learn life-long skills is Salvation Army camps. Click on any picture below to access the photo gallery and learn more about the positive impact that camp can have on a young life.

At-risk youth at Salvation Army in Pembroke pose for photo

After-school Program Empowers At-Risk Youth

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Despite the challenges they face, at-risk youth can overcome a great deal with emotional support, friendship and a listening ear. Every day after school, The Salvation Army’s youth centre in Pembroke, Ont., offers programs that give youth, ages 12-18, a sense of belonging and motivation to succeed in life.

“I go to the centre every day of the week,” says Kassandra, 16. “I’ve been bullied most of my life and people at The Salvation Army have helped rebuild my confidence. I’d […]

At-risk youth make crafts at drop-in program

Drop-in Program Benefits At-Risk Youth

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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 […]

carpentry students stand in front of hand-made shed

Wiarton Trades Program Empowers At-Risk Youth

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They are youth at risk―struggling, frustrated and uncertain about the future. But The Salvation Army’s Trades Start Program in Wiarton, Ont., is changing that.

“Trades Start, a 20-week course that teaches both hospitality and carpentry skills, serves youth who have fallen through the cracks,” says Scott Concordia, Program Coordinator. “Participants are often from unstable home situations, are high school drop outs and/or are unemployed. We help them get moving in the right direction.”

From Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., […]

low-income kids enjoy fun activities at Salvation Army camp in Spryfield

March Break Camp in Halifax Benefits Low-Income Kids

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It’s March break and, in a north-end neighbourhood of Halifax characterized by poverty, drugs and violence,  The Salvation Army’s Open Arms Program is giving kids a safe place to hang out and opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise get.

“Our camp is more than about food and fun experiences such as a trampoline park or the indoor pool,” says Jenn Lohnes, program coordinator. “It’s about low-income kids feeling normal, going back to school with confidence and taking their focus off day-to-day challenges.” 

The March […]