Overcoming the Odds

Posted on 26th November 2019, by
Aaron at Centre of Hope Calgary
He’d abused alcohol for years and drank every day because that’s what he saw his father do. One cold night, Aaron passed out. He had no idea death was approaching fast. National Addictions Awareness Week, November 21 to December 1, is designed to increase understanding of the devastating stigma associated with substance use and addiction  […]
Salvation Army 130 piece band marches in Toronto's Santa Claus parade
On Sunday, November 17, to help kick off the Christmas season, a group of more than 130 members of The Salvation Army marched through the downtown core of Toronto as children and children-at-heart lined the streets and braved cold temperatures to see Santa. “For more than a century, and across Canada, The Salvation Army has  […]

The Salvation Army Launches 129th Annual Christmas Kettle Campaign

Posted on 18th November 2019, by
Volunteer stands at kettle to support annual fundraising campaign
TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2019 – Today, The Salvation Army officially launches its 2019 Christmas Kettle Campaign, which is its largest public fundraising drive of the year. Now in its 129th year, the annual fundraiser seeks donations from the public to help The Salvation Army assist millions of people living in poverty. With one in seven  […]

Hope in a Handbag

Posted on 12th November 2019, by
Joy Ball stands with purses filled with practical items and ready for delivery.
Although the exact number of people who are trafficked in Canada is unknown, there is growing evidence of its widespread occurrence. When The Salvation Army’s Take-a-Break ladies group in Oshawa, Ont., learned that this form of modern-day slavery was prevalent in their community, they became educated and involved. “A few years ago, our Bible study  […]

Lest We Forget

Posted on 9th November 2019, by
Lest We Forget text with poppies in the background
“I can’t imagine what life was like for my father who served in the Second World War,” says Kathleen. “I do know that he always told us stories about the kindness of The Salvation Army, which left a lasting impression on him during a very traumatic time.” Every Remembrance Day, The Salvation Army, along with  […]

New Program Helps Teens Manage Their Anger

Posted on 5th November 2019, by
Happy face (right) angry face (left)
Today, more than ever, young people are encouraged to learn to identify their feelings and talk about them before they become angry. TASK (Teen Anger Management Skills) is an eight-week program that helps teens learn to express their anger in healthy ways. “TASK begins by showing students how to recognize that they are angry,” says  […]

A WISH Granted

Posted on 29th October 2019, by
Denise (left) stands with Salvation Army worker (right)
When Denise came to Calgary in 2015, she had $30 in her pocket. She wanted a fresh start in life but had nowhere to go. Living on the streets would have to be home. Then she found The Salvation Army. “Without The Salvation Army, I don’t know where I would be,” says Denise. “I don’t  […]

How Shuffling Can Change a Life 

Posted on 23rd October 2019, by
Two santa shuffle participants dressed in festive gear
The Salvation Army’s 29th annual Santa Shuffle is just around the corner. On Saturday, December 7, 2019, and in 37 cities across Canada, participants will lace up their shoes for the 5K Fun Run and 1K Elf Walk that raises funds for local Salvation Army programs and services. “My first Santa Shuffle with my family  […]

Helping Women Start Over

Posted on 21st October 2019, by
Terri at volunteer appreciation dinner
Culture shock. Depression. Anger. Life after prison can be a difficult transition. In Dundas, Ont., The Salvation Army’s Ellen Osler Home, a historic Tudor-style house, offers a safe living environment, life-skills resources, programs and community referrals for federal female parolees as they work toward community reintegration. “Ellen Osler Home gave me the resources, confidence and  […]

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

Posted on 13th October 2019, by
Carolynn Barkhouse surveys the damage from Hurricane Dorian on Abaco Island
“Disaster risk reduction has become a hot topic in emergency management circles in recent years,” says Perron Goodyear, director of emergency disaster services for The Salvation Army’s Canada and Bermuda Territory. “In the past, the focus for emergency management professionals was mostly on response to incidents followed, out of necessity, by long-term recovery. Recently, however,  […]