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How a Community Kitchen is Helping Newcomers

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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 and, for a few hours, escape the stress of resettlement.  

“I love cooking and eating,” says Akemi, who attends the program. “I come to improve my […]

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March Break Cooking Camp Benefits Kids in Many Ways

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It’s March break and, for the third year in a row, The Salvation Army in Goderich has turned their kitchen into a classroom for children.

“All I did was burn the eggs and now I’m at cooking camp,” says Mason, with a grin. “Mom thinks I need lessons.”

The March break camp, a partnership between The Salvation Army and the Huron County Health Unit, provides children (ages nine to 14) with a hands-on cooking experience that teaches new skills, builds confidence and […]

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Salvation Army Shelter Beds Fill Up as Refugee Claimants Arrive in Winnipeg

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Since the first influx of people entered Manitoba from the U.S., The Salvation Army has provided food and shelter to refugee claimants. But as more people cross the border, shelter beds at its Booth Centre are filling up and space to house them is becoming less available.

“We have worked hard to make beds available for refugee claimants without impacting our other services,” says Major Rob Kerr with The Salvation Army. “We are trying to make more space for them but […]

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Making Life Better for Those with Alzheimer’s

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An intelligent bookkeeper. A talented bowler. A bingo enthusiast. That’s the way Dave Yule remembers how his mother used to be.

Now at age 82, Agnes Yule suffers from Alzheimer’s.

Agnes attends the Adult Day Program at The Salvation Army's London Village five days a week. Brothers Dave and Brian Yule share the duties of dropping their mother off, picking her up and everything in between.

Although her days of bookkeeping at the London Club are behind her, Agnes has found other ways to […]

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Changing the Stories of Homelessness

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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 from shelter to shelter. Today, thanks to The Salvation Army, I’m living in my own apartment.”

In May 2016 Marguerite moved into Cedar Place, a Salvation Army […]

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Teen Volunteers at Salvation Army After-School Program

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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.”

As a volunteer, Jamie-Lynn assists with anything from helping younger children do crafts to teaching others how to safely cut vegetables to helping with clean-up.

“It’s fun and […]

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Salvation Army Disaster Relief Worker Gives First-Hand Account of Hurricane Matthew

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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 clear, international Salvation Army emergency services personnel were deployed to participate in community assessments, formulate projects and distribute food and non-food items to those devastated by […]

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Single Parent Finds Hope in the Midst of Darkness

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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 moving out. I was in complete shock,” says Leena. “He left me with the mortgage payment, bills―everything.”

Leena had to find resources as fast as she could. […]

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Salvation Army Volunteer Honoured by Parry Sound Mayor

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For 28 years Salvation Army volunteer Dennis Miner has given hope and help to people experiencing homelessness and poverty in Parry Sound’s downtown core. “I don’t do it out of duty,” says the 75-year-old. “I do it out of love.”

On January 8, 2017, the Mayor of Parry Sound, Jamie McGarvey, presented Miner with the “Order of Parry Sound,” saying that Miner represents the meaning of commitment, dedication and caring.

“Dennis has been a member of The Salvation Army since 1975 and […]

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When Alcohol Takes Over

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After 30 years of drinking on a daily basis, Joseph was offered help with recovery through The Salvation Army. But could he commit to improving his situation? It was a decision only he could make.

“You need to make a choice,” The Salvation Army worker said to Joseph. “You can drink the rest of your life, and more than likely die, or you can do something about it.”

Joseph abused alcohol for the majority of his adult life. He worked in the […]