The Salvation Army in Canada

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Free furniture helps people who were homeless

Free Furniture Helps People Who Were Homeless Turn Housing into Homes

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For people experiencing homelessness, moving into a place with four walls and a roof over their heads is life-changing. But shelter alone doesn’t make a home, and The Salvation Army in Lethbridge, Alta., is providing them with furniture and all the essentials needed for setting up a new place of residence.

In partnership with the City of Lethbridge’s Housing First Initiative, The Salvation Army’s “Just Like Home” program started in 2013. Since then, furniture and other items have been distributed to [...]

Aboriginal Awareness Week Celebrates Culture and Strength

Aboriginal Awareness Week Celebrates Culture and Strength

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National Aboriginal Awareness week, May 19-22, celebrates the many Aboriginal cultures across Canada and educates Canadians about the heritage of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples, and the contributions they make to our society.

In centres such as Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Saskatoon and Prince Rupert, B.C., The Salvation Army has a unique opportunity to develop relationships, journey with and celebrate milestones with Aboriginal Canadians.

Shanoss attends The Salvation Army’s community church in Prince Rupert where encouragement, counselling and friendship helps her cope [...]

Poverty is a significant issue and, regardless of circumstances, The Salvation Army helps people who have experienced major setbacks in their lives.

10 Hard-to-believe Facts about Poverty in Canada

05
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Have you seen The Salvation Army’s campaign, It’s Time to End Poverty? With one in 10 Canadians living in poverty, it’s more important than ever to raise awareness about the issue.

Did you know…

  • one in five households spend over 50 percent of their income on rent, which puts them at risk of homelessness?
  • 42 percent of Canadians say they would be in financial difficulty if their pay was delayed one week?
  • one in 10 Canadians can’t afford to fill their medical prescriptions?
  • as of [...]
Salvation Army Emergency Response in Nepal

Salvation Army Emergency Response in Nepal

05
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May 13- Another massive earthquake has struck the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal and The Salvation Army’s response continues to grow.

Urban support, in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur, is centered around camps for displaced people, including camp management roles and the provision of food and water. In rural areas, The Salvation Army is supplying food and shelter to remote communities in Ramechhap and Sindhupalchok Districts and around Ghorka.

One truck of relief items has made its way to Nepal from India [...]

Free Foot Care Clinic Restores Feet of Homeless and Vulnerable

Free Foot Care Clinic Restores Feet of Homeless and Vulnerable

05
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Life on the streets is hard on the feet and The Salvation Army in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is partnering with other caring people to give those in need a clean pair of shoes, socks and the option of having a foot bath or visiting a volunteer podiatrist.

“People who are homeless spend large amounts of time walking or standing in lines on hard pavement,” says Kevin Hawken, Salvation Army shelter manager. “Most are outside in various weather conditions and have [...]

Beating new mom stress

Beating New-Mom Stress

05
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Every new parent has some level of fear or anxiety about becoming a mom or dad. But Andrea, who suffered from long-term anxiety, panicked about every little thing. When worrying too much got in the way of making great memories she took action, found support and was able to move on.

“I was uptight about so much,” says Andrea. “Anxiety made me crazy.”

Andrea’s Story

With a history of anxiety, Andrea knew that to give Amelia (now 18 months) a better life, she [...]

Canadian funds support Nepal Disaster Relief

Canadian Funds Support Nepal Disaster Relief

05
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Due to the generosity of Canadians, The Salvation Army in Canada will provide food support  (rice, dhaal, oil and salt) to 8,000 people affected by the earthquake in Nepal. These items will be distributed in 25 villages in the Tsum and Nubri Valleys, located in the northern part of the district of Ghorka.

The project will be done in partnership with Mountain Child, a registered charity in the US working in remote areas of Nepal. The Salvation Army will provide food [...]

Salvation Army Response Team in Nepal Reaches Out to Remote Communities

Salvation Army Response Team in Nepal Reaches Out to Remote Communities

05
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May 3 -The Salvation Army team in Nepal is reaching out to remote communities, which have not received outside help. One group headed to Sindhupal, where there is no power, taking shovels and axes to help villagers who are trying to excavate bodies that have been buried in collapsed buildings. The village is very difficult to reach because of landslides and floods caused by the earthquake.

Captain MacDonald Chandi, of The Salvation Army’s International Emergency Services had to overcome similar problems [...]

Emergency preparedness week

Emergency Preparedness Week: Are you prepared?

05
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Emergency Preparedness Week, May 3 to 9, is an opportunity for Canadians to ensure they are prepared for any emergency situation that may arise.

“An emergency can happen at any time and, in many cases, survivors can be better prepared to deal with the aftermath,” says Major Rick Shirran, The Salvation Army’s National Emergency Disaster Services Director.

“No one knows when disaster may strike,” continues Shirran. “But we can all be prepared. And when people are prepared to sustain themselves for at [...]

Nepal earthquake relief

Arrival of Supplies in Nepal Means Large-Scale Distribution can Begin

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May 1 — The first supplies have reached The Salvation Army’s emergency response team in Nepal, meaning that large-scale distribution can begin. The initial response will be to two devastated communities near Kathmandu.

A team from India arrived on Thursday, April 30, with a delivery of 700 boxes of bottled water (8,400 litres) and 130 boxes of noodles (almost 6,000 packets). Young volunteers from The Salvation Army in Nepal worked tirelessly to get the goods off the truck and into storage. [...]