The Multiple Benefits of Community Gardens

Posted on 27th April 2015, by
In Fort Erie, Ont., newcomers and low-income families are finding hope and a better quality of life at an unexpected place—a Salvation Army community garden. “When vulnerable people attend to their garden they find food security, friendship, purpose, belonging and more,” says Anne Watters, community and family services worker at The Salvation Army. Community gardens  […]

Feeding Program Serves up Hope and Dignity

Posted on 9th April 2015, by
1 in 10 Canadians live in poverty
For over a decade, The Salvation Army in downtown Halifax has provided free meals on Monday evenings to people with low incomes or who are experiencing homelessness. “Social assistance isn’t enough for me to live and feed myself,” says Neil, 64, who has been coming to the program for two years. “The Salvation Army helps  […]

Posted on 2nd April 2015, by
1 in 68 Children is Autistic. Photo: Zurijeta / iStock / Thinkstock. Use of photo is granted to The Salvation Army (the Licensee) through a subscription agreement. Downloading of licensed image is restricted other than for personal use, and prohibited from republication, retransmission or reproduction. Go to for full license information.
Ten years ago, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affected five in 10,000 children. Today, one in 68 is identified as having ASD. April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, highlights the need to help improve the quality of life of autistic children and adults so they can lead full and meaningful lives. “As the parent of a  […]

Finding a Place to Call Home

Posted on 30th March 2015, by
Emergency housing gives Mitch a fresh start
Addiction recovery was challenging enough. Then, the deadly stigma associated with the disease, combined with homelessness, made finding employment and stable housing hard for Mitch. But today, with help from The Salvation Army, his life is back on track. “The Salvation Army gave me a fresh start,” says Mitch. “They didn’t look down on me  […]

Salvation Army Makes the Most of March Break

Posted on 16th March 2015, by
March break camp in London, Ont., gives kids a chance to learn new skills
It’s March break and, across the country, Salvation Army March break camps are providing a wide-range of activities and adventures for kids that will not only create lasting memories, but give them an opportunity to grow socially, meet new friends and learn new skills. In London, Ont., The Salvation Army’s Westminster Park Community Church is  […]

Healthy Eating for Nutritionally Vulnerable People

Posted on 12th March 2015, by
Salvation Army cooking class in Cedarbrae, Ont., teaches nutrition and how to cook a balanced meal from food bank items
Every March, dietitians across the country remind us of the importance of healthy eating and the positive impact nutrition has on our health and well-being. Eating healthy lowers disease risks, increases productivity and learning development, and benefits psychological health and family life. Across the country, Salvation Army programs and services aim to help people with  […]

Hunger Relief for Low-Income Family

Posted on 9th March 2015, by
Nicole visits The Salvation Army food bank that reduces her pressures of daily life
Imagine pawning your deceased mother’s wedding ring to pay bills, taking out loans to feed your children, or contemplating putting a lock on the refrigerator to make groceries last as long as possible. “That’s what being poor is,” says Nicole, mother of eight. “And it doesn’t feel good.” Nicole is one of 850,000 Canadians assisted  […]
Salvation Army Peterborough helps low-income families prepare tax returns
It’s income tax time and The Salvation Army is offering no-cost income tax assistance to low income individuals and families. “The cost of filing an income tax return can be overwhelming for people who are hurting financially,” says Joanne Minaker, executive director for The Salvation Army’s community services in Peterborough, Ont. “For example, what a  […]

Salvation Army Helps Kids Deal with Bullying

Posted on 25th February 2015, by
Red Cap and anti-bullying programs help kids respond to bullying in a positive manner
At least one in three adolescent students in Canada are bullied and 47 percent of Canadian parents report having a child who is a victim of bullying. On February 25, Pink Shirt Day, Canadians are encouraged to wear a pink shirt to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying. The Salvation Army,  […]