The Salvation Army in Canada

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Faces of Vancouver downtown eastside

Faces of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: Jay’s story

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We walk by the broken, the ones whose voices are rarely heard, and the ones whose struggles we cannot begin to comprehend. We realize that they are people, but never see them as a person as we place masks to hide the faces of the Downtown Eastside.

It’s time to take away the stereotypes associated with those that belong within the Downtown Eastside and strip away the masks that we have placed upon them.

Our series on the faces of the Downtown Eastside starts [...]

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Some people volunteer for personal satisfaction, to make a difference in their community or to learn new skills. But have you ever thought of the health benefits of volunteering?

Numerous studies show that volunteering isn’t just about donating your time, energy and services. There is a strong relationship between volunteering and better health.

Volunteering may:

  • Lessen chronic pain
  • Combat depression
  • Decrease heart disease
  • Lengthen life span
  • Increase physical stamina
  • Decrease likelihood of developing high blood pressure
  • Reduce tension
  • Energize
  • Sharpen the mind
  • Enhance your immune system

The health benefits of volunteering [...]

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Meet our Volunteers

“Volunteers form the backbone of our organization,” says Tim Bohr, Community Ministries Director for The Salvation Army in Chilliwack. “Without these precious individuals and their vital support we would be unable to feed the hungry, clothe the cold, provide shelter to the homeless and hope to the hurting.”

National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, 2015, gives The Salvation Army an opportunity to celebrate and thank the more than 164,000 volunteers who serve selflessly on our front lines. Their time [...]

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

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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 (sar.my/faith2endpoverty) that was released on 9 April 2015.

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

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Feeding Program Serves up Hope and Dignity

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For over a decade, The Salvation Army in downtown Halifax has provided free meals on Monday evenings to people with low incomes or who are experiencing homelessness.

“Social assistance isn’t enough for me to live and feed myself,” says Neil, 64, who has been coming to the program for two years. “The Salvation Army helps me eat, and eat well.”

For many people living in poverty, a hot and nourishing meal often takes a back seat to paying the rent and utilities.

“The [...]

Why donate spring cleaning items to The Salvation Army

Three Good Reasons to Donate Spring Cleaning Items to The Salvation Army

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Spring is here, and sometimes we need a little motivation to clean, clear out that clutter and get organized.

Did you know that goods donated to Salvation Army thrift stores can be given to families in need through a voucher system at our community services? In fact, last year, over $1.8 million in vouchers provided hundreds of families and individuals with basic needs.

But giving to a Salvation Army thrift store has even more benefits.

1. Thrift Stores support many programs and services [...]

The Glory of Easter

The Power of the Resurrection

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General André Cox, international leader of The Salvation Army, shares Easter reflections.What a glorious celebration Easter Sunday represents for each one of us! God in raising Christ has defeated death. God in raising Christ has freed us from sin. God in raising Christ has established a sure eternal future for all who know Jesus as Lord and Saviour.Life can be so full of uncertainty, danger and fears. Easter, however, serves to remind us that the life Jesus brought and bought [...]

1 in 68 Children is Autistic

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Ten years ago, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affected five in 10,000 children. Today, one in 68 is identified as having ASD.

April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, highlights the need to help improve the quality of life of autistic children and adults so they can lead full and meaningful lives.

“As the parent of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, it is important for people to know that AS is a ‘hidden’ disability,” says Karen. “Although many people with AS appear perfectly [...]

Emergency housing gives Mitch a fresh start

Finding a Place to Call Home

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Addiction recovery was challenging enough. Then, the deadly stigma associated with the disease, combined with homelessness, made finding employment and stable housing hard for Mitch. But today, with help from The Salvation Army, his life is back on track.

“The Salvation Army gave me a fresh start,” says Mitch. “They didn’t look down on me or put me on the back burner.”

When Mitch went to The Salvation Army’s emergency housing and advocacy centre in Woodstock, Ont., he’d been evicted, was homeless [...]

Six-year-old Noah raised money at a bake sale to help the homeless

Noah’s Gift to Help the Homeless

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Unmentionables are not at the top of most people’s wish list.

However six-year-old Noah Ratke found that is not always the case when he and mom Gretchen reached out to a local men’s shelter to see how the money raised at a bake sale he organized could best be put to use.

“Socks and underwear” was the response they got back from officials of Compass House men’s transitional housing, operated by the Salvation Army. Noah’s mom Gretchen admitted there was concern on [...]