The Salvation Army in Canada

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Mental illness is the leading cause of disability in Canada and Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 28, calls on Canadians to join the national conversation about mental health.

Wellness for All

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Mental illness is the leading cause of disability in Canada and Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 28, calls on Canadians to join the national conversation about mental health.

Did you know that:

  • on any given week, more than 500,000 Canadians will not go to work because of mental illness
  • only 49% of Canadians said they would socialize with a friend who had a serious mental illness
  • 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their life
  • 2 out [...]
Salvation Army program in Ottawa helps young parents complete their high school education

Literacy Impacts Lives

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Family Literacy Day, held annually on January 27, raises awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

Increasing the level of literacy in both adults and children can lead families and individuals to social stability, increased self-confidence and economic opportunity.

Many people with low literacy levels live in a cycle of poverty. They have fewer choices in jobs, education housing and other things they need to live full lives.

From coast to coast, Salvation Army literacy [...]

Salvation Army Booth Centre in Montreal helps men in difficulty break the cycle of addiction

The Power of a Secret

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Réjean had an ugly secret. He concealed it to protect a family member—but had no idea the depth of personal harm that would cause. Revealing the traumatic experience was the only thing that could set him free. And the longer he waited, the more destructive was its impact.

“At age 12 I was abused by a neighbour,” says Réjean. “I was afraid to tell my parents—my dad would kill him. That would mean prison and I didn’t want to lose my [...]

Volunteer, Jackie, helps vulnerable people get through the week

Volunteer to Beat the Winter Blahs

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Good intentions come with the New Year. Many of us want to make a difference in 2015, but sometimes it’s hard to get started. In the midst of winter, the cold weather and lack of sunlight can often cause our moods and energy to plummet.

Experts recommend activities such as volunteering as a way to avoid those winter blahs—to stay active and avoid long periods of being indoors. In addition, a study in the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour found [...]

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The Salvation Army’s 124th Annual Christmas Kettle Campaign Surpasses Fundraising Goal

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Toronto, ON (January 15, 2015) – Thanks to contributions from donors, volunteers and community partners, The Salvation Army raised $22 million dollars during its 124th annual Christmas Kettle Campaign. Donations to the campaign will remain in the local communities in which they were raised and will help The Salvation Army in the fight against poverty throughout Canada.

“We are truly touched by the generosity of our neighbours, peers and corporate partners, year after year,” said Commissioner Susan McMillan, Territorial Commander for [...]

Salvation Army continues to support survivors of Haitian earthquake

Haiti Earthquake: Five Years After

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Today marks the five-year anniversary of the earthquake that killed over 300,000 Haitians. The Salvation Army continues to improve the lives of those affected.

Located an hour and 20 minutes from Port-au-Prince, is The Salvation Army Vocational Training School in Luly.  Adult students, both male and female, receive business training and skills development.  The ultimate goal is for the students to operate their own business and generate income to support their families.

The majority of the students will receive specific training in [...]

Salvation Army provides encouragement and support tp people who call a hotel room home

Sandwiches That Save

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He peers into the crack of an open motel room door. It’s approaching four o’clock in the afternoon and a man, lying on a sofa in the far corner of a space no larger than a small bedroom, is shirtless, his arm limp and stretched across the side of his face.

“Hello,” calls out John Phipps, a volunteer with The Salvation Army in Niagara Falls, Ont.

The man doesn’t move.

John steps into the motel room, one hand holding a tote filled with [...]

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

Cold Snap Increases Need for Salvation Army Services

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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, [...]

Salvation Army Housing and Homeless Supports provide help, healing and hope

Salvation Army Housing and Homeless Supports Provide Help, Healing and Hope

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Every night, at least 30,000 Canadians sleep on the streets, in an emergency shelter or in temporary accommodations. Thousands more live in precarious situations, at risk for homelessness.

In Toronto, five Salvation Army shelters—Maxwell Meighen Centre, Hope Shelter, Gateway, Florence Booth House and Evangeline Residence—offer an open door, welcome and support to people in crisis. Recently integrated under Toronto Housing and Homeless Supports, these shelters meet basic needs for food, shelter and clothing, as well as provide pastoral care, addictions counselling [...]

benefits of year end giving

How You Can Benefit by Giving at Year-End

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As 2014 quickly comes to an end, we reflect on the past and start planning for the new year. Now is a good time to consider making a year-end donation to charity.

Maximum tax benefits depend on timing. When you make a gift to The Salvation Army by December 31, you not only improve the lives of those most vulnerable in our society, you strengthen your own financial situation. In addition to the good feeling associated with giving, you will feel [...]