The Christmas Hamper

Posted on 18th December 2017, by
A woman smiling at the camera holding various toys she received as a gift from The Salvation Army
As a single parent living in poverty, Christmas is a challenging time for Becky. “Many people don’t know what it’s like to tell your children they have to go to bed hungry,” says Becky. “Or watch them cry as Christmas approaches because there are no presents under the tree.” Becky’s story Becky had worked in  […]

Depression’s Ugly Hold

Posted on 21st April 2017, by
Rob volunteers and washes dishes in the kitchen at The Salvation Army's Booth Centre in St. Catherines, Ont.
Depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, with more than 300 million people suffering. “Depression put me in a dark place,” says Rob, 58. “I couldn’t see a future or an answer for any of the problems in my life. Depression affected my whole world and everything in it.” The downward spiral  […]

Single Parent Finds Hope in the Midst of Darkness

Posted on 9th February 2017, by
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  […]

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  […]

A Former Addict Turns Her Life Around

Posted on 12th September 2016, by
Samantha waters plants on Belkin House rooftop garden
“I thought I was going to die a drug addict,” says Samantha. “For the better part of 25 years I liked how the drugs made me feel. Then, one day, I reached rock bottom.” In January 2014 Samantha committed a crime and went to jail. Beaten down by addiction, emptiness, hopelessness and despair, she desperately  […]