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Salvation Army distributes food packages to families in need

Salvation Army Continues to Battle Ebola Health Crisis in Liberia


The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. The World Health Organization says for the last several weeks there has been, on average, 1,000 new cases per week.  The death rate for the outbreak is now estimated at 70 percent. The Salvation Army’s response includes: Sanitizer, gloves, mouth guards and chlorine to protect against the virus have been distributed to residents in communities where Ebola is prevalent. Food packages, including rice, beans and cooking oil, have been offered to families in particular need.

Outings at The Salvation Army help Shahida (left) recharge to better care for herself and her family

Overwhelmed Mom Rediscovers Hope at The Salvation Army


Overwhelmed and exhausted, 63-year-old Shahida has little time for herself. It’s with support from The Salvation Army that she is able to recharge and maintain a positive attitude. “At the end of the day, there is no time left for me,” says Shahida, who looks after her two sons who suffer with depression. “I love my family and wouldn’t have it any other way. I just find it hard making time for myself.” At The Salvation Army’s Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre in Winnipeg, S.T.A.R.S (Senior’s Tuesday a.m. Recreation Spot),

Salvation Army promotes awareness of the need to eliminate poverty

Salvation Army Observes International Day for the Eradication of Poverty


Toronto, ON October 16, 2014 – The Salvation Army will observe the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17th, a day designated by the United Nations General Assembly to promote awareness of the need to eliminate poverty and destitution in all countries. Year-round, The Salvation Army provides social services in Canada in order to help people in need and put an end to poverty. The Salvation Army’s work is highlighted in the organization’s latest Annual Review, released this month, which details its critical work in Canada within

Salvation Army food bank restores some sense of dignity by letting people choose what their needs are

From Charity to Dignity


“At the food bank, the greatest thing we can give people is choice,” says Elliott Innes, Salvation Army community and family services manager in Fort Erie, Ont. “That’s why we don’t make pre-made hampers. We let people choose what their needs are.” One in five Canadians skip meals to make ends meet and food banks have become a primary resource to combat hunger. “I’m totally humiliated after running out of food and money,” says one food bank user. “Before losing my job I always knew I was going to eat.

On any given night in Canada, 30,000 Canadians have no place to stay.

Rethinking Homelessness on World Homeless Day


On any given night in Canada, there are approximately 30,000 men, women and children who have no place to stay. In Toronto, there are close to 4,000 shelter beds being accessed by people with no homes as well as another 500 or so people who sleep outside on the street. That is just not right! The Salvation Army in Toronto operates five shelters for people experiencing homelessness; three shelters for men and two for women. In total we provide over 600 beds per night for men and women who have

Having access to a food bank keeps single mom calm and hopeful

Food Bank Reduces Thanksgiving Stress


Barbara, 33, doesn’t want to be a statistic. However, she is one of 850,000 Canadians assisted by food banks each month. This Thanksgiving, when we consider our many privileges and opportunities, let’s take a minute to think about the hundreds of thousands of Canadian families who struggle to put food on the table. “Sometimes my kids say ‘my tummy hurts’”, says Barbara. “Knowing they are hungry, and I can’t afford to feed them, makes me cry every day.” Barbara lived in fear and endured abuse from her husband for years.

Salvation Army Housing Response Team helps chronically homeless rebuild their lives

Life After Homelessness


Imagine sleeping outside in sub-zero temperatures or moving from one temporary shelter to another.  No one wants to be homeless, but 30,000 Canadians are on the streets every night. The Salvation Army provides emergency shelter and strives to help vulnerable people find, keep and live in affordable and permanent housing. Shaun’s Story A year ago, Shaun Shannon was preoccupied with the daily struggle to survive the streets. Today, he sleeps without getting harassed by others, has a place where he can shut the door, and wakes up in the morning

Salvation Army in the News


In Canada, The Salvation Army is present in 400 communities. The following are snapshots from media sources of The Salvation Army during the week of September 29. Regina, Sask. As Saskatchewan’s population grows and the holiday season approaches, the city’s charitable groups such as The Salvation Army are working to combat growing poverty rates. Read more. Midland, Ont. Salvation Army volunteer is the first person from this area to receive Canada’s highest award for volunteerism. Read more. Vernon, B.C. Save-On-Foods manager spent eight long, cold and wet days and nights

Help fill Salvation Army food banks. No one wants to know how hunger feels.

How You Can Help Hungry Families This Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is just around the corner and as many Canadians prepare for their traditional holiday feast, we are reminded that there is someone on almost every corner of this vast country who simply can’t afford to have a big turkey dinner. One in eight Canadian families struggle to put food on the table and, each month, close to 850,000 Canadians are assisted by food banks. “Thanksgiving is traditionally a busy time of the year for our food bank,” says Alice Wannan, Salvation Army community and family services director in Owen

Target team members help with activities at Salvation Army after-school reading program

How Corporate Partnerships Increase Resources and Effectiveness of Salvation Army Programs


As part of its commitment to help alleviate hunger and end poverty across Canada, Target has partnered with The Salvation Army to provide healthy meal options to children across the country. “Target Canada is a critical partner in ensuring that youth in our country have access to sufficient and nutritious food,” says Major Les Marshall, The Salvation Army’s Territorial Public Relations and Development Secretary. “There isn’t a lot of food in my house,” says one Grade 5 student who receives a healthy lunch from The Salvation Army in Regina. “Sometimes