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Mission in Motion Social Services Conference Kicks Off


Mission in Motion Social Services Conference Kicks Off at The Salvation Army Cascade Community Church in Abbotsford today – April 27-29.
In our constant striving toward excellence in our service provision, The Salvation Army highly values and desires to equip and resource our staff and provide meaningful learning opportunities to enhance their capacity to continue to meet the needs of the individuals who approach us for assistance.

Over the next few days, nearly 300 participants of the Social Services Conference will have […]


There is Hope.


After a life filled with abuse, addiction and homelessness, 38-year-old Jay Kivell is celebrating his 12th year of sobriety by getting the biggest promotion of his life.

Raised by a single, alcoholic mother, Kivell grew up in a home where he was either being neglected or physically abused. “She made it clear when I was growing up that she wished that I was never born,” he said. “She had no issue with leaving me at home for a week by myself […]

Gateway of Hope celebrates 5.


Tuesday’s lunch was not an ordinary lunch at The Salvation Army Gateway of Hope.

Gateway staff and volunteers were joined by Minister Rich Coleman, Minister Peter Fassbender and Minister Mary Polak to celebrate 5 years of service to the Langley community. The provincial ministers were joined by community stakeholders and key community partners including Envision Financial and Canadian Tire. Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese and City of Langley Mayor Ted Schaffer were also in attendance.

Minister’s Coleman and Fassbender spoke on […]


New shelter for Fort St. John


It was a warm moment on a cold, snowy day last week as the Salvation Army opened doors to the new Northern Centre of Hope in Fort St. John. “Today’s weather tells you why we need something like this,” Mayor Lori Ackerman told the crowd of about 50 gathered in the new shelter last Friday.

“The shelter can house up to 64 people with both shelter and transitional beds for individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Fort St. […]


Vancouver Harbour Light celebrates 60th Anniversary.


The Salvation Army Vancouver Harbour Light is celebrating its 60th Anniversary.  October 1, 2013 will mark the 60th year that The Salvation Army has served in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

We are asking YOU to donate either $60 or 60 minutes of volunteer time to continue to help and support those in need.  This effort will be running for the next 60 days leading up to the Anniversary date beginning as of Friday, August 2nd.

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No dream is too small …


This week, The Salvation Army is kicking off its 2012 Christmas Campaign, an effort designed to raise money and awareness for the more than 1.8 million Canadians in need that the Army serves each year. This Christmas, The Salvation Army is emphasizing that no dream is too small when you’re in need.

Look for a 30-second animated commercial featuring a young teen in need, dreaming of life’s necessities — a warm meal, clean clothes and a place to lay her head […]


Revamped shelter in Vancouver.


The Salvation Army Crosswalk shelter has relocated to a newly renovated building in an effort to continue to provide a safe and warm shelter for homeless men and women inVancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

The Crosswalk offers year-round co-ed shelter for up to 36 men and women. The new building offers heightened security features, dorm rooms and larger washrooms with showers. The shelter is open from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. and serves one meal per day.

The shelter is owned and operated by […]


Shelter to be open 24/7 in Comox Valley.


An agreement has been made between The Province and The Salvation Army to keep The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter in Courtenay open round-the-clock. The shelter, on Pidcock Avenue, was a night-only facility up until last winter.

Since, BC Housing has agreed to provide funds for it to stay open during the daytime after Courtenay City Council voted to allow for extended hours.

Yesterday, BC Housing announced funds to cover staffing and other costs associated with daytime opening had been found to cover […]


The Caring Place shows care for the community.


An army of neon-vested volunteers spent their lunch hour picking up trash along the Haney Bypass in Maple Ridge last week.

Those seen picking up odds and ends, included staff and clients from the Salvation Army’s Caring Place who showed their support and dedication to the community through the efforts shown.  The Caring Place has been actively involved in a weekly cleanup in the neighbourhood for the past year.

The wooded area behind The Caring Place, off Cliff Avenue, is favoured as a camping spot […]


Christmas in January Feast feeds 550 in Victoria!


With snow on the ground and a winter chill in the air, The Salvation Army’s Addictions and Rehabilitation Centre hosted its annual “post-Christmas Christmas Dinner” on Thursday, January 19th.

Organizers were expecting anywhere from 250-350 people to come in and enjoy the turkey feast with all the trimmings, however an amazing 550 people came in to dine with us.

It has been a tradition of  The Salvation Army to serve a Christmas meal for our clients; however, due to the amount of […]