Newcomers Learn English and Build Friendships

Posted on 17th April 2017, by
Julia, left and Evie, right, at Calgary's Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre
Lonely. It’s a word Evie and Julia use over and over again to describe their experience as new Canadians. The two women travelled a long road before arriving at their new homes in Calgary ―Evie from Albania and Julia from Ukraine. In Calgary, both mothers were at home with young children and found their lack  […]

Easter Message from Salvation Army World Leader

Posted on 12th April 2017, by
Inside a tomb looking out to three crosses on a hill at sunset
Easter is a time for us to reflect upon the incredible, extravagant and measureless grace of God. Through Christ he provided a way for mere mortal human beings to be both reconciled to him and enabled to enjoy the matchless benefits of a personal relationship with him. Sadly, for many Easter weekend may not represent  […]

Astounding Numbers Prompt New Salvation Army Addictions Recovery Program

Posted on 5th April 2017, by
Program participant, Samantha (left) meets in classroom with instructor William Smith (left)
The numbers are in and are staggering. In Williams Lake, B.C., in December 2016, 142 people died as a result of illicit drug use, an average of nine people every two days. “Ninety percent of the clients we serve deal with drug addiction issues,” says Tamara Robinson, the Salvation Army’s family services coordinator. “Due to  […]

Free Tax Clinics Relieve Stress and Boost Income for Struggling Canadians

Posted on 31st March 2017, by
volunteer, Jerry (left) sits with laptop to prepare income tax with church pastor Danette Woods (right)
With one in 10 Canadians living in poverty, tax season can be a stressful time. For people such as Carole and her son, Troy, The Salvation Army’s free income tax clinics not only encourage low-income individuals and families to fill out their taxes, but the process can help to improve many difficult situations. “Carole has  […]

Salvation Army Social Workers Honoured for their Contributions

Posted on 28th March 2017, by
Denise handy counsels client sitting across from her
Every day, Salvation Army social workers improve the well-being and care of people and communities. March is National Social Work month, an opportunity for The Salvation Army to extend a heartfelt thank you to its countless numbers of employees whose expertise, dedication and hard work play a significant role in providing assistance to those who  […]

New Salvation Army Program Helps Students Combat Weekend Hunger

Posted on 24th March 2017, by
volunteers stand behind a table ready to prepare food for school weekend feeding program
When The Salvation Army in Wetaskiwin, Alta.., learned that some elementary school students didn’t have enough food to get through the weekend, they developed a program that not only improves academic performance but gives struggling families one less thing to worry about. “It surprised me to learn how many kids go to school hungry,” says  […]

How a Community Kitchen is Helping Newcomers

Posted on 22nd March 2017, by
participants at community kitchen sit down around a table to enjoy a meal
Immigration and anxiety go hand in hand. Adapting to an unfamiliar culture, making healthy food choices and finding ways to feel ‘at home’ are some of the many challenges facing newcomers. In Kelowna, B.C., The Salvation Army has partnered with Kelowna Community Resources to provide a six-week, hands-on cooking class where participants learn valuable information  […]