Maritime Division

L to R: Debbie Lowther (Co-Founder VETS Canada), Jim Lowther (Co-Founder VETS Canada), Rebekah Brounstein (Residential Coordinator Centre of Hope), Major Vaden Vincent (Executive Director Centre of Hope)

Vets experiencing homelessness find shelter at Centre of Hope

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In an effort to address the issue of homelessness among veterans, The Salvation Army Centre of Hope in Halifax has partnered with Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada (VETS Canada) to provide a transitional housing solution.

The Centre of Hope has dedicated two short-term accessible housing units for veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces or RCMP who are experiencing homelessness. Providing transitional housing for veterans is a new concept in Atlantic Canada, with the Salvation Army and VETS Canada partnership being the […]

Along with our community partners, The Salvation Army is helping every child access tools they need to succeed in the classroom.

Filling backpacks for future success

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As August came to a close, The Salvation Army Halifax Centre of Hope was bustling with activity in preparation for back-to-school. This year, over 250 children in need received a backpack filled with school supplies.

Every year, students come to class missing many of the essential tools they need to succeed, like binders, pencils, and erasers. With the rising cost of school supplies, many families find themselves challenged with purchasing every item on the supply list or forgoing a couple of […]

Jeff Mayhew from Sportswheels loads donated refurbished bikes onto The Salvation Army's Community Response Unit truck

Sportswheels Peddles into the Hearts of Children

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One in four children in Nova Scotia is unable to play organized sports much less own a bike. The Salvation Army is grateful to Sportswheels in Sackville, NS for peddling into the hearts of children with donated and refurbished bikes through its Giving Forward Together program. One hundred children in HRM happily received their own bike this summer, some for the first time.

Tamara Smith is a parent who attends programs at The Salvation Army Community and Family Services Center in […]

Paul Surette, Anchorage Addictions Program Supervisor  and Cory Browner at the Centre of Hope in Halifax, NS

A Second Career for Paul Surette Has Meant Restoration for Many

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When asked about what led Paul Surette, Anchorage Addictions Program Supervisor to the Centre of Hope in Halifax, he says, “As I studied for my new career, I felt at that time, the last thing I wanted to do was work in addictions.” While this may have been the case, Paul’s enthusiasm for the program and its clients clearly comes across when he talks about its success.

Paul explains how he decided to get into this line of work, “I could […]

From left to right, Major Doreen Grandy,  Frank Sullivan, MOLLY MAID, Zachary Woods, Volunteer, Kelly Currie, Major Gifts, Alex MacDonald, Centre of Hope accept the generous food donation from MOLLY MAID

MOLLY MAID’s Christmas in July Collects Over 900 Pounds of Food

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Each summer, The Salvation Army partners with MOLLY MAID for Christmas in July combatting food shortages in communities across the country. When Food Bank donations are typically at their slowest, MOLLY MAID’s three separate food deliveries to the Centre of Hope in Halifax weighing a total of 914 pounds making up 116 bags were very timely.

“We’re pleased to play a role in helping many families and individuals who would have otherwise battled hunger this summer,” says Owner/Manager for MOLLY MAID, […]

The Salvation Army Open Arms Centre celebrates ten years in the neigjbourhood of Uniacke Square

10 years of Open Arms

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For ten years, The Salvation Army's Open Arms Centre has been providing community and family services to the neighbourhood of Uniacke Square. 

Since the establishment of the neighbourhood in the 1960s, Uniacke Square has been faced with a number of systemic barriers and a lack of available social services. Despite these challenges, the resiliency of the community remained steadfast with neighbours assisting each other as far as their means could provide.

The Salvation Army would soon be invited to join the community's effort by providing […]

Representatives from NRO present cheque to Scotian Glen Camp

Thrift Store raises over $25,000 to send more kids to camp

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The lives of many more children from across the Maritimes will be enriched by the generosity of local communities who supported The Salvation Army Thrift Store’s 2017 Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Representatives from the National Recycling Operations (NRO) recently presented a cheque for over $25,000 to The Salvation Army’s Scotian Glen Camp Director.

“We’re very excited about this generous donation, which will help to ensure many children can enjoy a fun and safe week-long summer camp in a caring […]

Salvation Army staff share food with those in need. About 10.6 percent of Prince Edward Island's population is affected by food insecurity

Summerside food drive thrives

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Twice in one year, the Summerside Corps hosted a community food drive in partnership with Canada Post. Last fall, the event was so successful that another food drive was planned for the spring. Over 16,000 flyers were distributed via Canada Post to inform the community about the event.

On June 2, 1200 pounds of food was collected for the food bank, which serves the community on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 1 to 3 pm.

“This is a great community event that […]

Community partners help send kids to camp

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This summer over four-hundred children from the Maritimes will make their way to Scotian Glen Summer Camp in Thorburn, Nova Scotia for a week of fun in the sun.

Scotian Glen Summer Camp serves as a safe and caring environment where children from families in need can indulge in sports, arts and other activities that may be otherwise inaccessible.

The Salvation Army is grateful to our many community partners who come alongside to make Scotian Glen a memorable experience for children age […]

Peers helping peers! Community members join at the Spryfield Community Church for an evening of conversation to help newcomers learn the language and meet people in the community.

Building community one conversation at a time

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The Spryfield Community Church was filled with much conversation and laughter during the first weekly English Café.

In café style, The Salvation Army is bringing peer leaders, generous volunteers and those who have recently immigrated to Nova Scotia together to learn more English and connect with one another. A theme will guide each week as participants work towards building their vocabularies through activities, games and many discussions in both large and small groups.  

“We want to welcome people here to build community […]