Overcoming Homelessness and Improving Mental Health

Posted on 29th September 2020, by
Eric stands in front of brick wall
Eric grew up in Alberta B.C., enduring an unfortunate childhood—his family being a victim of his father’s repeated beatings. By the age of four, Eric had suffered multiple concussions and injuries at the hands of his father. Following his parent’s divorce, his mother provided the best possible life with the limited resources available to her.  […]
cans of food sit by Salvation Army truck. Donor and Community and family services director stand alongside
When COVID-19 hit Canada, day by day, things changed, and lives were put on hold. Due to restrictions that were put in place to keep everyone safe, Lisa was unable to celebrate her 25th birthday with the party she had longed for. But she still found a way to make it memorable. “Growing up, I  […]
COVID-19 changed how The Salvation Army’s Lawson Ministries in Hamilton supports individuals with developmental disabilities who live in their own apartments. To ensure vulnerable, at-risk people stay safe, nutritious meals are cooked in an industrial kitchen, packed and delivered to their homes. “COVID-19 hit us quick,” says Deanna Finch-Smith, executive director. “We wanted to reduce  […]

Salvation Army Brings Backpacks to Families in Need

Posted on 17th September 2020, by
Salvation Army worker gives backpack to young female student
Starting a new school year can make students feel excited, anxious, relieved, and many other emotions. Although this year’s back-to-school experience will be entirely different, those experiencing poverty, including 560,000 Canadian children, face even more stressors this season.  Nationwide, many children from low or fixed-income households will be without proper school supplies because their parents  […]

Salvation Army Snack Program Combats Hunger in Cape Breton Classrooms

Posted on 14th September 2020, by
bin of snacks including five alive, granola bars, raisins
School may look different this year, but hunger and bullying continue to be a reality for thousands of children. In Cape Breton, The Salvation Army’s ABC Snack Program is providing nutrition for children in need, without setting them apart in front of their peers. Each September, The Salvation Army provides a bin filled with snacks  […]
A.J. (left) Kimberely (right)
During these challenging times, The Salvation Army Thrift Store (National Recycling Operations) is helping struggling families get ready for the school year. “My children are ages nine and 11 and are very excited to go back to school,” says Carla. “They both have reading disabilities, yet I have watched them challenge themselves above and beyond.  […]

Pregnant and Alone

Posted on 27th August 2020, by
Prab and her baby girl
 Prab, 20, was studying in Canada when she discovered she was pregnant. Her husband resided in their home country of India and, due to COVID-19 restrictions, was unable to travel for the birth of their first child. “In 2019, I went home to India to be married,” says Prab. “A few months after I returned  […]

“So Everybody can Eat”

Posted on 25th August 2020, by
five-year-old Kennedy stands in front of trunk full of food from her food drive
The shelves at The Salvation Army’s food bank in Orillia, Ont., are now full thanks to the efforts of five-year-old Kennedy Hill. Kennedy would frequently hear her mother, Angie Green-Hill, who works in the family services department at The Salvation Army, talk about the struggles of trying to keep the food bank shelves stocked during  […]
“We knew we had to get creative this summer to ensure children still got to experience camp,
The Salvation Army in Saint John, N.B., has found a creative way to bring summer fun to underprivileged children in the midst of the pandemic—they’ve created a mobile camp. “We knew we had to get creative this summer to ensure children still got to experience camp,” says Major Tracy Goyak, community pastor. “We had received  […]