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Salvation Army literacy program increases confidence and improves skills

How One Woman Overcame the Barriers of Illiteracy


Imagine being 38 years old and not knowing that 2 x 2 = 4 or how to read or write words such as participation or assistance. For years Jennifer lived with the stigma and shame that illiteracy brings. Then she found a way to escape her situation. “When I came to The Salvation Army I had missed many years of school. As a result I had panic attacks trying to read and couldn’t write simple sentences.” At age 18 Jennifer became a single parent. She left school to focus on

Demand increases at Salvation Army food banks

Five Actions That Can Have a Lasting Impact on Hunger


Each month 850,000 Canadians access food banks and the numbers continue to increase. Hunger in Canada is a serious issue, but there are things we can do about it. 1.      Change what you know about hunger. You could start by clicking here. 2.      Meet your local food bank director and get to know how the food bank operates. 3.      Raise awareness of the issue of hunger with friends, families and coworkers. 4.      Support your local food bank by donating food or money and provide encouragement and affirmation. 5.      Share

Christmas Comes Early Thanks to MOLLY MAID Food Drive

Christmas Comes Early Thanks to MOLLY MAID Food Drive


MOLLY MAID’s Christmas in July Food Drive helped raise over 900 kilograms of food for Salvation Army food services across the country. For the past six years the relationship between The Salvation Army and MOLLY MAID has helped make a difference in the lives of Canadians trying to make ends meet. One in eight Canadian households suffer from food insecurity. MOLLY MAID’s food drive provides not only food but a sense of hope and dignity to vulnerable children and families. Thanks to the caring clients and employees of MOLLY MAID,

Salvation Army mobile feeding units provide food and hydration to displaced residents and first responders

Salvation Army Responds to California Earthquake


Napa, CA- After a magnitude 6.0 earthquake rattled Northern California early Sunday, The Salvation Army has deployed multiple canteens (mobile feeding units) to the Napa and Vallejo areas. A Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team was sent to the evacuation centre in Napa (Crosswalk Community Church) and is prepared to serve more than 100 dinner meals to displaced residents and first responders. Two other canteens are stationed in other parts of Napa to also serve meals. Another crew is providing meal service in Vallejo. An emergency canteen is currently

Child Poverty Rates Remain High

Child Poverty Rates in Canada Remain High


One in seven Canadian children lives in a low-income household. Children are often the innocent victims of poverty. When Tanya’s marriage broke down, she was left with responsibilities she now had to bear on her own. “As a single parent, I was pulled in every direction,” says Tanya. “I never seemed to have enough time, energy, patience or money. I often felt things were spinning out of control. Then I met The Salvation Army whose help with food, pull-ups and school snacks eased my financial pressures.” A 2012 Report Card

Art students partner with Salvation Army Shelter to Give Hope and Comfort

Art Students Partner with Salvation Army Shelter to Provide Comfort and Hope


Art students and teachers from Heart Lake Secondary School in Brampton approached The Salvation Army Honeychurch Family Life Resource Centre, a shelter for abused women and children, to provide artwork that would reflect their thoughts on abuse. Students learned about the shelter and its services. The results were a 5 x 5 foot picture and 24 small pictures, each depicting freedom, which will be proudly display within the shelter walls. “The beauty and elegance of the paintings captured the very essence of the work The Salvation Army desires to accomplish

Salvation Army Partners with MOLLY MAID for Annual Christmas in July National Food Drive


The Salvation Army and MOLLY MAID are working together again this summer as MOLLY MAID collects monetary donations and non-perishable food items to help restock depleted Salvation Army food bank shelves nationwide. With 1 in 7 Canadian children going to school hungry and more than 1.8 million Canadians receiving assistance from The Salvation Army last year, it is truly important to help The Salvation Army provide basic necessities, including nutritious food, even outside of the traditional donation months, such as Christmas and Thanksgiving. Each year, MOLLY MAID teams up with

Baby goats lift spirits at Salvation Army Sunset Lodge for Senior Living

Animal Therapy Benefits Seniors


Residents at The Salvation Army’s Sunset Lodge in Victoria, B.C. were treated to a visit by two 3-week-old baby goats from the petting zoo at Beacon Hill Children’s Farm on May 22. Baby goats from the petting zoo visit sunset lodge twice a year to offer residents animal therapy. Approximately 40 residents, their families and 20 staff took part in the activity. Animal therapy has many benefits and has many physical and mental health benefits. Some of the benefits include to lifting spirits, encouraging communication, providing comfort, increasing socialization and

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Provides Million-Dollar Gift to The Salvation Army’s Toronto Grace Health Centre


Toronto, June 19, 2014–The Salvation Army Toronto Grace Health Centre is honoured to announce The W. Garfield Weston Foundation’s $1 million gift to The Toronto Grace’s Infrastructure Renewal Project. The funds will be directed to the renovation of the health centre located at 650 Church Street. This generous donation has been awarded as a challenge grant in order to enable The Grace to encourage additional support. The W. Garfield Weston Foundation will match $1 million of donations on a dollar-for-dollar basis. “Our family is delighted to be supporting the renovation

Salvation Army in the News


The Salvation Army helps vulnerable Canadians in 400 communities across the country. The following are links to media reports about The Salvation Army at work June 9-13, 2014. Brampton, Ont. On the heels of a fatal townhouse fire, Salvation Army volunteers handed out food and clothing in a parking lot turned refugee centre with emergency personnel. Read more. Ottawa, Ont. In Ottawa, young pregnant/parenting women, young fathers and their children, have relied on the support services of The Salvation Army’s Bethany Hope Centre for more than 100 years. On