Posts Tagged: British Columbia

Baby goats lift spirits at Salvation Army Sunset Lodge for Senior Living

Animal Therapy Benefits Seniors

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Residents at The Salvation Army’s Sunset Lodge in Victoria, B.C. were treated to a visit by two 3-week-old baby goats from the petting zoo at Beacon Hill Children’s Farm on May 22. Baby goats from the petting zoo visit sunset lodge twice a year to offer residents animal therapy. Approximately 40 residents, their families and 20 staff took part in the activity. Animal therapy has many benefits and has many physical and mental health benefits. Some of the benefits include to lifting spirits, encouraging communication, providing comfort, increasing socialization and

With help from The Salvation Army Guy manages challenges formerly considered impossible

The Smiles of Success

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For most of his life, 42-year-old Guy couldn’t look into people’s eyes, was socially withdrawn and resisted being held, hugged or touched. Today, he is employed, shakes hands with coworkers and can hold a conversation. Guy has Autism, a complex disorder of brain development. His behavior can be perplexing and difficult, which has had a tremendous negative impact on his journey towards productive, independent adulthood. Today, with help, resources and support from The Salvation Army’s START (Support Today Achieves Results Tomorrow) Program in Fort McMurray, A.B., Guy is able to

Women and children fleeing abusive homes find safety and security at The Salvation Army

Safe House Provides Support and Security to Women and Children

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B.C. – When women and children flee abusive homes, The Salvation Army’s Kate Booth House in Vancouver offers immediate shelter and support. But that’s only a temporary solution and after 30 days they have to move on. One of the next stops for some is the Army’s Esther’s Place, a 4-apartment safe house where families can stay up to two years. Esther’s Place — which receives no government funding — is where women who became homeless, single parents overnight can get the support to secure a job, get training and

Salvation Army cooking program empowers vulnerable and overlooked people

Something’s Cooking in the Classroom

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For 10 years Bonnie was afraid to use a kitchen knife or her own stove. Panic attacks had impacted her ability to eat and prepare nutritious foods. Then she found a new way of managing her worries. “I had so many fears around the kitchen,” says Bonnie. “With education and a large dose of patience I’ve gained the confidence to chop vegetables, debone meat and serve up chicken dinners.” Bonnie is a graduate of The Salvation Army’s Dinner Bell program in Campbell River, B.C.—a partnership established in 2013 between Island

New shelter houses homeless and less fortunate community members

Adding a Little More Hope

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B.C. – It was a warm moment on a cold, snowy day last week as the Salvation Army officially opened Northern Centre for Hope, its new shelter in Fort St. John. “Today’s weather tells you why we need something like this,” Mayor Lori Ackerman told the crowd of about 50 gathered in the new shelter last Friday. The building, located on 99th Avenue, was previously the Cedar Lodge Motor Inn. Now its purpose will be housing the homeless and less fortunate members of the Fort St. John community. The building

Old Shoes Find New Life

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Vancouver – Training for the Vancouver Sun Run is kicking into high gear and participants are encouraged to donate their old runners to homeless people and low-income earners.  Shoes may be worn down for a marathon runner but they are still in good shape for walking around in. The ShoeRenu program, a partnership with three Sun Run stores, The Salvation Army, the BC Podiatric Medical Association and the Rotary Club of Vancouver, gives those in need a clean pair of shoes, socks and the option of having a foot bath

Vancouver healthy eating program helps vulnerable people overcome obstacles

Salvation Army Vancouver Healthy Eating Kitchen Serves up Skills for a Brighter Future

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Six months ago Angela and her family lived under hazardous clouds of smog in Shanghai, China’s biggest city.  Bouts of dangerous pollution had become more frequent and, due to serious health risks, the trio left a comfortable life and everything they knew. Challenges of Immigration “We came to Vancouver for many reasons,” says Angela, “including a clean environment, educational opportunities and moderate weather. But moving wasn’t an easy process.” Adjusting to a new community and culture was challenging for Angela. Speaking little English made it difficult for her to make

Salvation Army Caring Place Guests Pampered With Makeovers

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Maple Ridge, B.C. – Part of The Salvation Army’s Homelessness Action Week activities last week included a special spa day at its Caring Place, a multi-function facility focused on providing essential needs of food, shelter and support to residents of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. Clients of The Caring Place were offered free hair, makeup, and nail treatments along witih snacks, clothes, and door prizes. Read more  

Salvation Army Thrift Store Opening Attracts Huge Crowds

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Howard Olsen was the very first customer of the new Salvation Army Thrift Store in Aldergrove on Saturday morning, purchasing a large piggybank. There was a huge turnout for the store opening with long line-ups of happy customers at the cash registers. All proceeds from the store will go to the Salvation Army’s Gateway of Hope transition housing in Langley City. Read more