Salvation Army Distributes Winter Coats to People in Need

Posted on 17th November 2016, by
Salvation Army pastor Lt. Violet Hopkins stands with coat recipient
Canada has one of the most severe winter climates of any country in the world. As temperatures start to drop, many Salvation Army centres across the country are collecting new and gently used coats for those in need. “Winter wear can be expensive,” says Lieut. Violet Hopkins of The Salvation Army in Campbell River, B.C.  […]

From Hopelessness to Hope

Posted on 14th November 2016, by
Leigh (left) works with Nicole (right) to realize dreams and goals
A new Salvation Army program is helping Nicole rebuild her life and realize dreams and goals she never thought possible. “Through a holistic case management approach, our Pathway of Hope program pinpoints root causes that prevent families and children from escaping poverty and helps them move forward in a positive way,” says Claire Dunmore, Social  […]

Veteran with PTSD Helps Himself by Helping Others

Posted on 8th November 2016, by
Aubrey Francis prepares meal for guests at Manna cafe
When thoughts of horror and loss start to seep into his mind, Aubrey Francis focuses on the positive things in his life―volunteering and his faith. “Remembrance Day is hard for me,” says the 47-year-old. “While serving in the military I witnessed some of the most gut-wrenching things you could imagine. There was so much hate  […]

Serving up Dignity

Posted on 28th October 2016, by
Guests at The Salvation Army's Manna Cafe in Gananoque are served a ho
When you think of a soup kitchen, you might picture a line-up of hungry people, rows of tables and a hot bowl of soup. But The Salvation Army’s Manna Café in Gananoque, Ont., provides a different approach―a bistro style environment―which allows the hungry to dine with dignity. This relaxed atmosphere also allows The Salvation Army  […]

Healing the Wounds of Emotional Abuse

Posted on 14th October 2016, by
Major Catherine Skillin counsels abuse victim at Salvation Army counselling centre mississauga
Childhood should be a time of excitement, good memories and personal development. But for Julie (not her real name), life at home was filled with chaos, anxiety and fear. The emotional abuse she experienced led to post-traumatic stress, depression and substance abuse. Today she is a testament to the fact that, with the right support,  […]

Baby Gift Bag Program Gives a Hand up to Mothers in Need

Posted on 20th September 2016, by
Baby gift bag is given to mom in need through Peterborough community and family services newborn program
“Not everyone has the same support with the birth of a child,” says Lynne Mumford, community and family services worker for The Salvation Army in Peterborough, Ont. “Our baby gift bag, or newborn program, helps low-income mothers know that we value their child and they are not alone in this journey.” The newborn program is  […]

Healthy Lunchbox Program Assists Struggling Families

Posted on 7th September 2016, by
lunchbox program in Parry Sound alleviates stress and anxiety for struggling families
It’s back-to-school time and many low-income families are dealing with the added financial burden of school lunches, new clothes and school supplies. With this in mind, The Salvation Army’s Healthy Lunchbox program in Parry Sound, Ont., is giving struggling parents one less thing to worry about. “When we found out a lot of kids in  […]

New Backpacks for Low-Income Kids

Posted on 18th August 2016, by
New Backpacks for Low-Income Kids
There will be a lot of happy children on the first day of school thanks to The Salvation Army in Huron County’s backpack program. The Salvation Army in Huron County, Ontario, which includes Goderich, Clinton and Wingham, is well underway in its backpack program that will benefit more than 300 low-income children and families as  […]

Community Garden Slashes Food Bills and More

Posted on 2nd August 2016, by
Gardener plants fresh produce
At The Salvation Army’s community garden in Swift Current, Sask., planting seeds and investing a little bit of time is improving the quality of life for low-income families and individuals. “There are many benefits to the community garden,” says Sandra Brong, The Salvation Army’s community and family services coordinator. “Participants eat healthier, save money on  […]