The Salvation Army in Canada

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Salvation Army supports change a life

My Journey from Sadness to Success

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In every way that counted, The Salvation Army was there for me when I needed them most.

Six years ago, the company that I had been with for 18 years sold the facility. My co-workers and I were downsized in the subsequent restructuring, and 130 of us were left looking for employment. I had never been financially secure, so when I lost my job, I soon lost my house, too.

At the age of 54, with no job, no destination and no […]

Salvation Army Helps Vulnerable stay cool during hot weather

Salvation Army Helps Vulnerable Stay Cool During Hot Weather

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Getting out of the heat for 30 minutes and staying hydrated can prevent leg cramps, heat exhaustion and even stroke. For many, avoiding the heat is as simple as staying inside with air conditioning. For those experiencing homelessness or low-income individuals who are elderly or unwell, that option may only be a dream.

 During extreme weather conditions many Salvation Army locations help vulnerable people stay cool. For example, in Langley, B.C., The Salvation Army’s Gateway of Hope provides water bottles, fans, […]

Financial workshop benefits struggling families

Financial Workshop Benefits Struggling Families

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Financial literacy is having the skills to make good decisions concerning money management. Possessing the knowledge to make smart financial choices is life-changing for low-income individuals and families. 

“Information is power,” says Kenton Davis, Casework Manager for The Salvation Army’s Peel Family Shelter in Mississauga, Ont. “Our financial workshops help people get back on their feet and stay there.”

Every month at the Peel Family Shelter, experts in financial management, including Inspire Charity, Credit Canada and Consolidated Credit, offer free financial advice to […]

Salvation Army provides hydration during Pan Am games

Salvation Army Provides Hydration and Hospitality During Pan Am Games

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From July 10 to 26, The Salvation Army will work alongside More Than Gold 2015, a not-for-profit initiative, to provide hydration and hospitality to Pan Am Games ticket holders and commuters.

“Besides giving out water for free, we are setting up refreshment stands, offering face-painting for kids and providing big screen TV viewings for people who can’t make it to the events,” says Major Gordon Armstrong of The Salvation Army.

The Pan American Games are the third largest international multi-sport games; they […]

How summer camp changes lives

Why Work at Summer Camp?

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Chris Noel, 23, is in his eighth summer of working at a Salvation Army camp. 

“I went to a Salvation Army music camp near Belleville, Ont., from ages 10-14,” says Chris. “I would always watch the maintenance crew on the ATV. My dream wasn’t to work as maintenance, but to drive the ATV because it looked so cool.”

At age 15 Chris started working at camp as a cabin counsellor. Over the years he was head cabin leader and program coordinator. During […]

A legacy gift that exceeded all expectations

A Legacy Gift that Exceeded all Expectations

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This is the story of a generous woman, bright lights and her legacy. 

Betty Bonnington (née Rogers) was born in rural Saskatchewan in 1927.  She moved to Toronto in 1952 to live near her future husband, Ken Bonnington.  Soon afterward, Betty and Ken married and in 1957 moved to West Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Ken’s job in international collections created a comfortable lifestyle for the couple.  Sadly, Ken passed away in 2002.    

Ken and Betty, who had no children of their own, shared […]

Wildfire support

Salvation Army Assists Evacuees of Saskatchewan Wildfires

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As of Wednesday, July 1, there are 110 active wildfires burning in Saskatchewan.

Smoky conditions continue to make fire suppression efforts difficult, forcing more than 4,000 people to evacuate several northern communities.

In response to the extreme and persisting wildfires, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Personnel are on hand providing:

  • food services to 570 evacuees at Saskatoon’s Reception Centre, which includes three meals a day and snacks.
  • sandwiches, snacks, drinks to hundreds of evacuees in Regina.  
  •  breakfast to 120 people in Prince Albert.
  •  clothing to […]

My Journey as a Newcomer to Canada

My Journey as a Newcomer to Canada

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On Canada Day, I celebrate freedom—peace. But adjusting to this new life was overwhelming. I’ll never forget the day my family and I landed as immigrants in Canada.

It was Christmas 2005 when my husband, three children and I got off a plane in Winnipeg. We left Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, in search of a better life. The weather here was cold. We had some clothes, small household items and $100 to live on.  We couldn’t speak any English. We didn’t know […]

International Salvation Army Celebrates 150 years

International Salvation Army Celebrates 150 Years

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From July 1-5, 2015, more than 15,000 (1,000 from Canada) Salvation Army members and friends will unite in London, UK, at the Boundless Congress, to celebrate 150 years of bringing help and hope to the world’s most vulnerable.

The Salvation Army began its work in 1865 when William Booth, a London minister, abandoned the conventional concept of a church and a pulpit and took his message of hope to the poor, the homeless, the hungry and the destitute.

By 1867 The Salvation […]

vulnerable youth attend Salvation Army camps

When School is Out, Salvation Army Steps In

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Toronto ON, June 25, 2015 – Summer is here and Salvation Army camps are gearing up to provide vulnerable children with the time of their life.

“Salvation Army camps provide financially accessible camping opportunities to families in need,” says Captain Rick Zelinsky, Executive Director of The Salvation Army’s Ontario Camping Ministries. “Campers often come from difficult situations and camp is an experience like no other that can change young peoples’ lives and outlook forever.”

The Salvation Army hosted its […]