Ryan’s Recovery from Addiction

Posted on 27th October 2020, by
Ryan and his dog Roxi
Nearly 21% of Canadians will experience addiction at some point in their lives (Canadian Mental Health Association). There is a chance that you know someone who has fought, or is currently fighting, with substance use disorders. Three years ago, Ryan’s life was in constant chaos. He struggled with drugs, gambling and alcohol addiction, depression and  […]

Decades of Keeping Vulnerable Children and Families Warm

Posted on 22nd October 2020, by
Salvation Army worker hands a winter coat to client
The Salvation Army in Cobourg and Port Hope, Ont., are several Salvation Army centres gearing up for the cold weather and ensuring that at-risk people stay warm when temperatures drop. In its 26th year, The Salvation Army’s Coats for Kids program in Northumberland County has been an enormous success, handing out more than 15,000 winter  […]

Celebrate Waste Reduction Week by Shifting to Thrifting

Posted on 19th October 2020, by
Fork lift driver in warehouse full of boxes
How many items of clothing or household items did you purchase this year? How long will you use these items before they find their way to your garage or basement, or worse yet, garbage? Unfortunately, for most people, the answer is not very long. As “fast fashion” permeates our consumer culture, the average person is  […]

Salvation Army Feeding Program Closes the Hunger Gap

Posted on 15th October 2020, by
Salvation Army emergency disaster services delivers boxes of produce to low-income families
For many low-income children, attending school is not only an opportunity to learn, but a chance to have access to adequate and nutritious food. But when schools and feeding programs closed due to COVID-19, already vulnerable children were at risk of being hungry. “The Ontario School Nutrition Program approached The Salvation Army to help with  […]

Join Adrian in the Brigade of Hope

Posted on 13th October 2020, by
Adrian and his family sit on bench at theme park
“I came to Canada in 2014, from the Philippines, and I worked in a call center that focuses primarily on nonprofit organizations,” says Adrian Enciso. “The first charity that I learned about was The Salvation Army.” The more Adrian learned about the mission of The Salvation Army and the hope it gives to marginalized individuals  […]
Prashant. International student from Nepal.
In August 2019, 25-year-old Prashant came to Canada from Nepal to further his studies. But when COVID-19 changed the world, he lost his part-time job and relied on The Salvation Army to help get him through. “As an international student, I had a lot of pressure budgeting for education, rent and food,” says Prashant. “I  […]

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  […]