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“It’s Time to End Poverty” Toronto Fundraiser


The Salvation Army in Toronto is hosting their annual It’s Time to End Poverty Fundraiser today. To get involved and help put an end to poverty one child, family and meal at a time, follow ‪#‎ItsTime‬ on Twitter or visit

Members of the public are invited to 160 Jarvis Street to the Toronto Harbour Light Ministries on Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a special media day with our friends from […]

The Salvation Army assists refugees in Greece

The Salvation Army Continues to Assist Syrian Refugees


The Salvation Army believes it has an ethical and humanitarian responsibility to provide support to individuals and families fleeing their countries of origin. As European leaders seek to deal with what an EU (European Union) representative called the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, The Salvation Army is responding internationally, providing practical, emotional and spiritual support.

Overcoming Obstacles to Immigration

Overcoming Obstacles to Immigration


Overcoming Obstacles to Immigration

Claudia met and married her Canadian husband while they both worked in Mexico. Then, when their daughter, Rebecca, turned four, they moved to Canada to give her better educational opportunities. But immigration laws had changed and Claudia was at risk of deportation—which would tear her family apart.

Tough Times

“To become a permanent resident, my husband had to prove he was financially stable and able to support me,” says Claudia. ”But he couldn’t find work and I faced the […]

Seniors Program Boosts Mental, Physical and Social Wellness

Seniors Program Boosts Mental, Physical and Social Wellness


The Salvation Army Sunshine Club was established in Ottawa in 1971 and accommodates seniors age 55 plus. Every two weeks more than 50 seniors gather together in a safe, healthy and happy environment that promotes socialization, information and spiritual wellness.

“Our seniors group is a ‘feel good’ group,” says Winston, 75, who attends the program. “The Salvation Army doesn’t see age―they see people.”
From information about foot care and fall prevention to board games, devotional readings and day trips,  seniors are benefitting […]

Salvation Army helps Bryon get through one more day

When Life Hit Hard


Byron was 18 years sober, managing mental illness and PTSD, was gainfully employed as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and in a long-term relationship. But just when he thought things were going well, a few curveballs sent him on a downward spiral and he couldn’t see a way out.  

“It was Christmastime 2013,” says Byron. “My girlfriend and I split up. Then my mom, who suffered with dementia, had two strokes and was put in a nursing home. For the […]


Salvation Army World Leader Joins Global Religious and Faith-Based Organizations to End Extreme Poverty by 2030


The Salvation Army’s international leader, General André Cox, has joined more than 30 leaders from major world religions and heads of global faith-based organizations to launch a clarion call to action to end extreme poverty by 2030 – a goal shared by the World Bank Group. The General added his signature to a statement ( that was released on 9 April 2015.

The joint statement, Ending Extreme Poverty: A Moral and Spiritual Imperative, notes that remarkable recent progress has […]

When temperatures plummet, Salvation Army services ensure vulnerable people are safe and protected.

Cold Snap Increases Need for Salvation Army Services


From coast to coast, blasts of extreme cold weather are causing vulnerable people, such as seniors with limited heating or people experiencing homelessness, to turn to The Salvation Army for help.

“We don’t turn anyone away when it’s this cold,” says Mark Stewart, shelter services coordinator at The Salvation Army’s Booth Centre in Winnipeg. “We open up our cafeteria, where we make a cold-room shelter, and lay mats down on the floor to ensure everyone has a place to sleep.”

In Regina, […]

Food bank

New Cookbook Benefits Food Bank Clients


In direct response to clients’ feedback about what their needs were, The Salvation Army’s food bank in Penticton, B.C. has produced a series of five cookbooks.

“The cookbooks are aimed at providing people with a variety of simple recipes for goods commonly received at food banks,” says Barb Stewart, food bank coordinator.

The project has been in the works for months and, in partnership with Valley First Credit Union, the Food For All cookbooks are designed to address the issue of food […]

Siemens Canada Helps Provide a Better Future for Vulnerable Canadians

Siemens Canada Helps Provide a Better Future for Vulnerable Canadians


Siemens Canada, with the help of Corporations For Community Connections Inc. (CFCC), an organization which refurbishes used computers for donation, recently donated 300 refurbished laptops to three Salvation Army locations.

“Our schools expect students to be able to access computers,” says Philip Schaus, purchasing manager for Siemens Canada and president of CFCC. “I have a number of teachers that have become involved with us, they tell me that often students who come from families that can’t afford computers prefer not to […]