Divisional News

Classmates Collect 75 Bags of Clothes to Help Homeless

Posted on 19th June 2017, by Ontario Central East
Classmates Collect 75 Bags of Clothes to Help Homeless
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  […]

Adult Day Program Helps Senior with Dementia

Posted on 13th June 2017, by Ontario Central East
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  […]

From Drug Abuse to Recovery

Posted on 5th June 2017, by Ontario Central East
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  […]

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

Posted on 1st May 2017, by Ontario Central East
“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  […]

Salvation Army Recognizes One of its Many Dedicated Volunteers

Posted on 25th April 2017, by Ontario Central East
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  […]

Newcomers Learn English and Build Friendships

Posted on 18th April 2017, by Ontario Central East
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  […]

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

Posted on 31st March 2017, by Ontario Central East
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  […]

New Salvation Army Program Helps Students Combat Weekend Hunger

Posted on 27th March 2017, by Ontario Central East
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 23rd March 2017, by Ontario Central East
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  […]