Shelter Expansion Will Help People Break the Cycle of Poverty

Posted on 3rd March 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
Brent Hobden, community ministries director, stands in front of shelter expansion construction
Construction is well underway at The Salvation Army’s emergency shelter in Courtney, B.C., which will provide necessary resources to help vulnerable people escape poverty. “We are seeing families and individuals over and over again―many from generational poverty,” says Brent Hobden, Community Ministries Director. “Renovations to the shelter will provide space to accommodate job and life  […]

Changing the Stories of Homelessness

Posted on 24th February 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
150,000 people access emergency shelters in canada anually. Marguerite sits on a couch in the SAs cedar place
The numbers are eye-opening. On any given night in Canada, more than 4,000 women and 2,400 children are living in emergency shelters. “Homelessness is devastating and confusing when you have no choice but to leave an unsafe situation,” says 59-year-old Marguerite. “After a family altercation I ended up couch surfing with friends. Then I moved  […]
Salvation Army booth centre winnipeg
As asylum-seekers make their way through deep, snow-covered fields into Manitoba, The Salvation Army is providing shelter and safety once they arrive in Winnipeg. “Most are carrying nothing more than a backpack,” says Major Rob Kerr of The Salvation Army. “They need all their energy to get through the fields.” The Salvation Army Booth Centre  […]

Teen Volunteers at Salvation Army After-School Program

Posted on 16th February 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
Jamie-Lynn (left) cuts cucumber with after-school participant
Jamie-Lynn started attending an after-school program at The Salvation Army in Kingston, Ont., when she was seven-years-old. Today, the 14-year-old volunteers at the same place where she learned how to read and write. “After I learned how to read, write and do math, I passed school with flying colours,” says Jamie-Lynn. “I love it here.”  […]

Un peu de lumière au bout du tunnel

Posted on 13th February 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
Pour Leena, 38 ans, pauvreté et monoparentalité sont étroitement liées. « J’ai du mal à joindre les deux bouts, dit-elle. Sans l’Armée du Salut, ma situation serait encore pire, car je ne rêverais plus. » Le conjoint de Leena l’a quittée en 2014 après 16 ans de mariage. « J’ai reçu un appel au travail me disant que mon mari  […]
hurricaine matthew destroys house in Haiti
On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew struck southwestern Haiti destroying close to 200,000 homes and leaving 14 million people in need of humanitarian aid. The Salvation Army was on the ground in Haiti immediately, providing basic food items and treatment through its clinic to people who were injured. As the extent of the devastation became  […]

Single Parent Finds Hope in the Midst of Darkness

Posted on 9th February 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
Julie (left) family services worker sets goals with Leena (right) to get her back on her feet
For Leena, single parenting and poverty go hand in hand. “I’m struggling,” says the 38-year-old. “But without The Salvation Army I’d feel worse. Hope wouldn’t be there.” In 2014, Leena’s husband of 16 years abruptly left the marriage. “I received a phone call at work to say my husband was home collecting his belongings and  […]

Community Meal Brings Hope to the Table

Posted on 6th February 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
Community meal participants line up and sit around tables enjoying fellowship and a hot meal
A year ago David was living on the streets and longed for a warm, nutritious, meal. Cold, alone and vulnerable, the 44-year-old came to The Salvation Army’s Hot Meal Program in Medicine Hat, Alta. “I wasn’t just a number walking through the door,” says David. “They asked how I was doing―and that was awesome.” Last  […]