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Vulnerable youth find safety and hope at The Salvation Army

Improving Lives of Vulnerable Youth

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Winnipeg consistently has the highest rate of robbery, sexual assault, and violent crime of any large Canadian city.

The Salvation Army’s Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre’s youth drop-in program not only provides a safe alternative to the streets, but its staff and volunteers are mentors who support youth, ages 13-17, when they need it most. 

“The youth drop-in program is open during critical hours when kids aren’t in school,” says Hurmat Habib, mentor. “It isn’t just about playing basketball in the gym […]

Katrina: 10 Years Later

Katrina: 10 Years Later

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Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast of the United States, The Salvation Army continues to be a source of hope, stability and service to the residents affected.

Early in the morning on August 29, 2005, the historic storm struck and its aftermath was catastrophic.  Experts estimate that Katrina caused more than $100 billion in damages.

On impact of the storm, Salvation Army emergency disaster workers and volunteers, included personnel from Canada, were on hand to deliver relief in the […]

Innovative program improves lives of vulnerable

Innovative Programs Improve Lives of Vulnerable

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The Salvation Army is committed to improving the lives of people who are struggling. This means constantly evolving to meet changing needs.

In Barrie, Ont., The Salvation Army’s Bayside Mission, a men’s shelter and social service centre, has developed three new initiatives that are making life easier and improving health.

Old Bikes Find New Homes

This past summer, a small group of teens collected old and unused bikes, tuned them up, and handed them over to The Salvation Army to distribute to […]

Ensuring vulnerable children go back to school with dignity

Ensuring Vulnerable Children Go Back to School with Dignity

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Back-to-school season is a time of excitement and fun for many kids. But for those living in poverty— which includes 600,000 Canadian children—back-to-school can come with worry and embarrassment.

School Feeding Programs

Across Canada, one in seven kids go to school hungry. As the price of food continues to rise, more and more families on fixed or limited incomes are facing food insecurity.

From coast to coast, The Salvation Army provides more than 100,000 meals annually to children through its school feeding programs.

Kids […]

Salvation Army Aids Rock Creek, B.C. Fire Evacuees

Salvation Army Aids Rock Creek, B.C., Fire Evacuees

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Hundreds of people fled an aggressive fire in British Columbia’s southern interior. Since the fire was reported last Thursday, August 13, The Salvation Army has provided relief assistance to first responders and evacuees. The evacuees say the flames were unlike anything they’d ever seen.

"Literally the tree tops were bursting like bombs and falling down on the top of our house," says Rob, who took refuge at The Salvation Army’s evacuation/reception centre in Kelowna.

Evacuation Centre

Within […]

Salvation Army addictions program changes lives

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

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Less than a year ago, 52-year-old Neil arrived at The Salvation Army’s addiction treatment program in Winnipeg terrorized by flashbacks from his military days, he was addicted to alcohol and 50 pounds underweight.

 “There were behaviours I couldn’t stop—even though I desperately wanted to,” says Neil. “After more than a decade of battling PTSD and alcoholism, I had to save myself.”

The Downward Spiral

Five years after Neil left the military, PTSD reared its ugly head. In an attempt to numb the pain […]

Molly maid assists with Salvation Army food shortage

MOLLY MAID Assists with Salvation Army Food Shortage

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MOLLY MAID’s Christmas in July Food Drive raised 2,120 pounds of food that will assist in replenishing Salvation Army food banks across the country.

“Four million Canadians are unsure of where their next meal will come from,” says Major Les Marshall, Territorial Public Relations and Development Secretary. “Many parents are even skipping meals so that they can feed their children. People from all kinds of backgrounds are turning to our food banks.”

Statistics reveal that more than 918,000 Canadians will access the […]

Salvation Army combats child poverty in Congo

Salvation Army Fights Child Poverty in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Recent studies show that there are 400 million children living in extreme poverty around the world. The average person in a developing country lives on $0.78 CAD a day. This can contribute to child labour and create generational poverty traps.

          “My name is Akole. I am in the 4th Grade at Ngabidjo Primary School. After the death of my parents during the war, my uncle, who is in the military, agreed to take care of me. He brought me here […]

Faces of Poverty

Photo Essay: Faces of Poverty

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Poverty is not only found in the developing world—it affects three million Canadians, including 600,000 children. The images shown here have been captured by The Salvation Army and give a peek into the lives of those impacted. To access the photo gallery, click on any picture below.

Slovakia highlighted and The Salvation Army and Slovakia flags pinned

Salvation Army’s Work to Expand into 127th Country

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Effective September 1, 2015, The Salvation Army will officially commence its work in Slovakia, making it the 127th country in which The Salvation Army has a recognized legal presence.

During the summer of 2013 it became evident that there was a great need for a ministry among the Roma communities – very much the marginalized people of Slovakia.

The Salvation Army was registered as a Civic Association in Slovakia in August 2014. Since then, Salvation Army workers have integrated into communities in […]