The Salvation Army in Canada

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three graduates from The Salvation Army's vocational training in Haiti recieve certificates in plumbing.

Salvation Army Supports International Women’s Day


International Women’s Day, Sunday March 8, celebrates the successes of women worldwide and the initiatives that are in place to support their advancement.

Every day, in Canada and abroad, The Salvation Army strives to help women experience futures that are bright, safe and rewarding. It does this by providing services that empower vulnerable women and celebrate their achievements.

For example, The Salvation Army’s Bethany Hope Centre in Ottawa gave Jenessa a better opportunity for success through its independent learning program.

“I’ve graduated high [...]

Salvation Army Peterborough helps low-income families prepare tax returns

Salvation Army Helps Low-Income Families and Individuals Prepare Their Tax Returns


It’s income tax time and The Salvation Army is offering no-cost income tax assistance to low income individuals and families.

“The cost of filing an income tax return can be overwhelming for people who are hurting financially,” says Joanne Minaker, executive director for The Salvation Army’s community services in Peterborough, Ont. “For example, what a single person on social assistance would pay an accountant or tax clinic to prepare their return could buy them two weeks’ worth of groceries.”

Across the country, [...]

Red Cap and anti-bullying programs help kids respond to bullying in a positive manner

Salvation Army Helps Kids Deal with Bullying


At least one in three adolescent students in Canada are bullied and 47 percent of Canadian parents report having a child who is a victim of bullying.

On February 25, Pink Shirt Day, Canadians are encouraged to wear a pink shirt to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying.

The Salvation Army, which exists in 400 communities across Canada, takes bullying seriously.

“Programs targeted to youth, such as Red Cap (an anger management course for children) deal with emotional [...]

Salvation Army enrichment program gives Lisa the tools she needs to embrace challenges

Opportunity and Purpose for People Who Live With Disabilities


Disability doesn’t mean inability.  At The Salvation Army’s Broadview Village Enrichment Program (BVEP) in Toronto, participants are conquering personal goals despite the day-to-day challenges of living with a disability.

“I really love it here,” says Lisa, 34. “Come and watch me do my puzzles.”

Sorting and recognizing patterns helps Lisa with fine motor development, hand-eye coordination, and sensory stimulation. With just the right amount of challenge, she stays interested and determined.

“Developmental disabilities cause individuals living with them many difficulties,” says Nicky Hall, [...]

Jeanne and her new, life-changing smile

The Power of a Smile


Jeanne hadn’t smiled for two years. When people stared at her broken and missing teeth she was embarrassed—she felt unattractive and worthless. Today, with help from The Salvation Army, she has turned her frown upside down.

“Dentures changed my life,” says Jeanne, 46. “I’m able to smile again and that self-confidence helps me cope with whatever challenges come my way.”

Jeanne’s life journey has been one filled with trauma and heartache. Two brothers molested her. She was beaten on a regular basis [...]

Salvation Army Ottawa Booth Centre receives donation of warm clothes from the Ottawa community

Community Spirit and an Army of Snowmen


The Salvation Army Ottawa Booth Centre men’s shelter has received a generous delivery of warm clothing from the Ottawa community.

Over 15 large industrial size garbage bags filled with hats, mitts, gloves, scarves, coats and new boots were donated through the Cracking Up The Capital World Record Snowman event held at TD Place in Ottawa on February 1st, 2015.

The comedy festival kick-off event that saw over 1,100 people gather to build 1,299 snowmen in an hour to break a new world [...]

Salvation Army Programs Strengthen Home Environments and Family Relationships

Salvation Army Programs Strengthen Family Relationships and Home Environments


Many Canadian provinces celebrate the importance of families on Family Day with a holiday.

Healthy environments give children security, refuge in times of trouble and a safe place to grow and develop. But in today’s world of turmoil and uncertainty it’s difficult for some families to cope and thrive.

“With ever-changing family dynamics and increasing numbers of one-income families, The Salvation Army supports and continually explores ways to strengthen the family unit,” says Sheryl Slous, Youth & Children’s Ministry Consultant.

From coast to [...]

Salvation Army helps vulnerable Canadians in 400 communities

Salvation Army in the News


The Salvation Army is helping vulnerable Canadians in 400 communities across the country. The following are recent links to media reports about The Salvation Army.

Corner Brook, N.L.

On February 5, after a bus crashed on the way to a figure skating competition in Clarenville, victims were housed at a local hotel where they remained safe and comfortable.

The Salvation Army brought toiletries, games and stuffed animals to the hotel, which helped the youth cope with a difficult situation.

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Estevan, Sask.

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Former addict shows others there is hope after addiction

A Recipe for Recovery


Once addicted to drugs, Susan Small now uses her passion for cooking to inspire others.

“If you had met me just four years ago, you would have taken one look at me and crossed the street,” says Susan.

At that time, Susan was addicted to painkillers and alcohol, and was facing time in prison.

“I was physically and mentally destroyed. I thought life could not possibility get any worse—and yet it did,” she says. “I hit bottoms I never thought I’d come out [...]

Salvation Army home heating program gives comfort and relief

Home Heating Help Provides Struggling Families with Comfort and Relief


Winter heating bills are a major burden on low-income households and families. Often, when the bills are tight, there are unsafe trade-offs between heat and food or medicine.

The Salvation Army, in partnership with the P.E.I. government, Nova Scotia government and Nova Scotia Power, is ensuring that struggling families are staying warm this winter. The home heating programs, administered by The Salvation Army, work with energy suppliers to provide firewood, home heating oil, coal, propane and electric heat to people in [...]