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My Life of Addiction

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“It was a cloudless, chilly, November day when I stood under the south end of the Pattulo Bridge in Vancouver, scouting for a possible place to sleep,” says Michel. “I’d been homeless for about two months, was sick and tired of my situation, and fantasized about what an alcohol-free life would be like.

“I started drinking at age 15 because it seemed like a fun and adult thing to do. Plus, I was awkward around girls. When I drank it was […]

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Classmates Collect 75 Bags of Clothes to Help Homeless

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Inspired by a class discussion and project about privilege versus hardship, 12-year-old Santhosh, and his classmates Kostas and Navid, collected more than 70 bags of clothes that were donated to The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Newmarket, Ont., to help people experiencing homelessness.

“I did my research,” says Santhosh, “and knew that when we donated to The Salvation Army the items would get to the homeless.”  

The trio set a goal of collecting 50 bags of clothes that included T-shirts, pants, […]

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Adult Day Program Helps Senior with Dementia

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Eleanor has early onset dementia and one of the best therapies for her has been The Salvation Army’s adult day program in Hamilton, Ont.

“I’ve seen quite a change in Eleanor since she began the program 18 months ago,” says husband, Jim. “She is more outgoing and engaging to talk with. She attends the program three days a week and can’t get there fast enough.”

The program, which operates five days a week, provides a “day out” for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s […]

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From Drug Abuse to Recovery

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All he could do was think about his next fix. Then, when Ricky’s family was about to disown him due to his drug addiction, he turned to The Salvation Army for help. “My family was all I had,” says Ricky. “That struck me so hard.”

For over 60 years, The Salvation Army’s Harbour Light in Vancouver has provided a safe place and support for people to address their greatest challenges. Services offer a continuum of care that provides the tools to […]

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Winnipeg Newcomers Grow Hope at Salvation Army Community Garden

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Winnipeg has experienced an influx of newcomers over the past few years and many face food security challenges.

Dil moved to Canada in 2009 with his wife and children from Bhutan. He wanted to grow vegetables to help provide for his family but lives in an apartment with no backyard.

Li, a single parent of two from China, wanted affordable, healthy food for her young children.

As summer approaches, their dream of home grown, nutritious and affordable food is within reach. The Salvation […]

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The Salvation Army in Fort McMurray: One Year after the Wildfire

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“The haunting memories of the wildfire are as fresh today as they were one year ago,” says Major Stephen Hibbs of The Salvation Army. “Lots of healing still needs to take place in Fort McMurray.”

It’s been one year since the northern Alberta city was swallowed by a wildfire, which forced the evacuation of nearly 90,000 people, destroyed 2,500 homes and other buildings, and caused more damage than any other disaster in Canadian history.

“When the fire started on May 1, 2016, […]

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Salvation Army Recognizes One of its Many Dedicated Volunteers

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National Volunteer Week is about acknowledging people who engage in their communities.

“This National Volunteer Week, we recognize the selfless contributions of our volunteers who, last year, donated close to 1.2 million hours of their time to the work of The Salvation Army,” says Michelle Weekes, The Salvation Army’s National Director of Volunteer Services. “It is because of volunteers that we are able to reach more people in need.”

Meet Tiffany

“I had just graduated from college and couldn’t find work,” says Tiffany […]

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Newcomers Learn English and Build Friendships

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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 of English skills isolating. “When you stay at home, you have no friends,” says Evie. Both women were in a routine of housework and childcare. They did […]

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Appreciation to those who help build ‘A Mountain of Toys’

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On Wednesday March 29th The Salvation Army hosted their annual Toy Mountain Appreciation Dinner & Awards at Angus Glen Golf Club. The evening was spectacular with Tom Brown, CTV News Toronto Weather Anchor as our Emcee, great food, wonderful friends and having surpassed our goal of over 154,000 toys raised!

The Salvation Army awarded North Thornhill Community Centre, Brianna Baker and the Christopher Skinner Memorial Foundation with the Community Partner award. Enercare & TD Bank were proud recipients of the […]

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New Salvation Army Program Helps Students Combat Weekend Hunger

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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 Lieut. Dae-Gun Kim of The Salvation Army. “Children can’t prepare for their future when they are hungry for food.”

A report by Public Interest Alberta shows that […]