What We Do

by British Columbia
Categories: Blog, Community

The Salvation Army in British Columbia provides compassionate support to thousands of British Columbians each day. Our services are, but are not limited to:

Food services

Did you know over 70,000 British Columbians live at or below the poverty line? It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to have to turn to a food bank, soup kitchen or school feeding program in order to have a meal. But for too many British Columbians, it is a reality they face every day. Last year, we provided more than 1,000,000 nutritious meals to people in our community. Our guests include families with children, employed people whose low wages don’t cover basic living essentials, individuals on social assistance, and Canadians living on a fixed income, which includes seniors and people with disabilities.


  • Food Services
  • Community Meals
  • Food Banks
  • School Meals

Emergency Disaster Services

For 100 years, our Salvation Army Emergency Response (EDS) teams have been on scene providing services whenever there has been a natural or man-made disaster. Our Units are always ready to assist during emergencies through mobile feeding units, shelter, emotional and spiritual care and the distribution of necessary supplies. Our Salvation Army Community Response Units in BC are one of the first responders to arrive and the last to leave. Our assistance is long term, through the critical disaster phase and well after the tragedy.


  • Abbotsford Building Fire
  • BC Wildfires
  • Kelowna Apartment Fire

Housing and Shelters

In British Columbia, we operate 16 permanent shelters and 3 Emergency Weather Response shelters. We work together with communities and government organizations to ensure people have a warm and safe place to rest. Every year, we provide over 183,000 Emergency Shelter spaces and a number of supportive transitional housing accommodations for individuals in need.


  • Belkin House (Vancouver)
  • Harbour Light (Vancouver)
  • Gateway of Hope (Langley)

Look for other shelter locations.

Social Services

The Salvation Army in British Columbia is one of the largest providers of direct social services in the province. Our social service programs include hunger relief for individuals and families through food banks and feeding programs; shelter for people experiencing homelessness and support for those in need of adequate housing; rehabilitation for those struggling with mental health and/or addiction; long-term and palliative care; Christmas assistance such as food hampers and toys; after-school programs: camps; school nutrition programs for children and youth; life-skills classes such as budgeting, cooking on a tight budget and anger management.

Thrift Stores

With nearly 60 locations across British Columbia, The Salvation Army operates one of the largest recycling clothing operations in the province. Our stores are 100% charity-based and exist to generate funds to support Salvation Army programs and services that directly help people in your community.

Find a thrift store nearest you.


The Salvation Army church not only focuses on worship, Christian education and other congregational activities, but also provide practical assistance to their communities. Our churches also recognize and reflect the cultural diversity of our nation and aim to make worship and activities relevant to the demographic of the local community and congregation.