Veteran with PTSD Helps Himself by Helping Others

Posted on 11th August 2017, by Salvation Army
Aubrey Francis prepares meal for guests at Manna cafe
When thoughts of horror and loss start to seep into his mind, Aubrey Francis focuses on the positive things in his life―volunteering and his faith. Over a span of 20 years, Francis served 11 tours of duty. He was eventually diagnosed with PTSD and left the military. He continued to have nightmares of frightening scenes,  […]

Volunteer Serves the Army for More Than 65 Years

Posted on 11th August 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
You wouldn’t expect anyone to stand out in the cold each winter to help people in need. But, that’s exactly what Bill Oliver has done for more than six decades with a smile on his face. The 76-year-old has volunteered for The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign every year but one since he was nine-years-old  […]

Volunteering Improves Lives

Posted on 11th August 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
“I had just graduated from college and couldn’t find work,” says Tiffany.  “My husband heard a plea for Salvation Army volunteers on the radio and thought that the experience would give me an opportunity to develop new skills. And he was right.” Four days a week, Tiffany volunteers at The Salvation Army’s community lunch program  […]

Volunteer Shares How Giving Back Changed Her Life

Posted on 11th August 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
Philomena is one of 136,000 volunteers across Canada who dedicate their time to helping people through the work of The Salvation Army. “I started volunteering at The Salvation Army 14 years ago,” says Philomena. “I had to quit my full-time job as a housekeeper because of Fibromyalgia―chronic muscle pain and tender points, fatigue and sleep  […]

Making Life Better for Those with Alzheimer’s

Posted on 11th August 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
An intelligent bookkeeper. A talented bowler. A bingo enthusiast. That’s the way Dave  remembers how his mother used to be. Now at age 82, Agnes suffers from Alzheimer’s. Agnes attends the Adult Day Program at The Salvation Army’s London Village five days a week.  At the program she enjoys the music the most, tapping her feet  […]

Depressions Ugly Hold

Posted on 11th August 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
“Depression put me in a dark place,” says Rob, 58. “I couldn’t see a future or an answer for any of the problems in my life. Depression affected my whole world and everything in it.” Rob’s life began to spiral out of control when physical injuries prevented him from working as a roofer. “I hid  […]

Supporting Low-Income Youth after Summer Camp

Posted on 31st July 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
Supporting Low-Income Youth after Summer Camp
A week at summer camp for youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds can help them leave the challenges of poverty behind, escape the routines of daily life, improve socialization and interpersonal skills, and grow in confidence. But what happens after they have just experienced the best week of their summer? “We must change our thinking about  […]

Planting Seeds of Hope

Posted on 24th July 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
Planting Seeds of Hope
A new community garden at The Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope in Kingston, Ont., is providing a way for the community to grow much-needed fruits and vegetables that can be distributed to low-income individuals and families. “We used to have a lawn in front of our building, now it’s a thriving community garden,” says Jack  […]

Salvation Army Thrift Store Sends 776 Children to Summer Camp

Posted on 17th July 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
Salvation Army Thrift Store Sends 776 Children to Summer Camp
The lives of 776 children nationwide will be forever impacted this summer by the generosity of local communities who supported The Salvation Army Thrift Store’s 2017 Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Taking place over six weeks in 109 Thrift Store locations, the campaign raised  $170,862, a new record from generous donors. With a national  […]
The Salvation Army Launches National Fundraising Appeal to Support BC Fires Disaster Response
TORONTO, July 11, 2017 /THQ/—“As wildfires rage in B.C.’s interior, The Salvation Army’s Emergency and Disaster Services is on alert to provide fast, efficient service to first responders and those impacted by the disaster,” says Lt-Colonel Brian Venables, Divisional Commander. “The Salvation Army’s established and well-rehearsed emergency protocol allows the organization to offer practical support such  […]