Divisional News

March Break Cooking Camp Benefits Kids in Many Ways

Posted on 16th March 2017, by Ontario Central East
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  […]

Making Life Better for Those with Alzheimer’s

Posted on 7th March 2017, by Ontario Central East
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  […]

Changing the Stories of Homelessness

Posted on 27th February 2017, by Ontario Central East
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  […]

Teen Volunteers at Salvation Army After-School Program

Posted on 16th February 2017, by Ontario Central East
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.”  […]

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

Posted on 14th February 2017, by Ontario Central East
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 Ontario Central East
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  […]

Salvation Army Volunteer Honoured by Parry Sound Mayor

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

When Alcohol Takes Over

Posted on 27th January 2017, by Ontario Central East
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  […]

The Other Side of the Emergency

Posted on 23rd January 2017, by Ontario Central East
The Salvation Army is a recognizable name in many communities throughout Canada, but few know of the many services this organization provides. One such program is the Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) program. Many first responders will recognize their Canteen Services, making sure crews have nourishment and hydration during a prolonged emergency scene, but many first  […]