Teen Volunteers at Salvation Army After-School Program

Posted on 16th February 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
Jamie-Lynn (left) cuts cucumber with after-school participant
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.”  […]

Single Parent Finds Hope in the Midst of Darkness

Posted on 9th February 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
Julie (left) family services worker sets goals with Leena (right) to get her back on her feet
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  […]

Community Meal Brings Hope to the Table

Posted on 6th February 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
Community meal participants line up and sit around tables enjoying fellowship and a hot meal
A year ago David was living on the streets and longed for a warm, nutritious, meal. Cold, alone and vulnerable, the 44-year-old came to The Salvation Army’s Hot Meal Program in Medicine Hat, Alta. “I wasn’t just a number walking through the door,” says David. “They asked how I was doing―and that was awesome.” Last  […]

Wildfires Prompt Increased Need for Help this Christmas

Posted on 15th December 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
Man and child and Salvation Army worker stand in from of Salvation Army medicine hat angel tree
This Christmas, families and individuals in Fort McMurray who were affected by the wildfires in May are starting from scratch and The Salvation Army is offering practical support to help.   “I can go to my storage containers and pull out my winter coat, boots, Christmas tree and decorations,” says Major Marina Jennings of The  […]

Toys Help Vulnerable Children Smile This Christmas

Posted on 1st December 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
Tahseen choose toys to give to his children at Christmas
This Christmas, more than 90,000 children across Canada will receive toys from The Salvation Army because of your generosity. “The toys we get from The Salvation Army means my children won’t be sad on Christmas morning,” says Tahseen. “They’ve suffered enough hardship.” Memories of Baghdad In his hometown of Bagdad, violence and armed conflict forced  […]

Salvation Army Distributes Winter Coats to People in Need

Posted on 17th November 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
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 SalvationArmy.ca
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 SalvationArmy.ca
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 SalvationArmy.ca
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  […]