Hope Stories

Overcoming the Odds

Posted on 26th November 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
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  […]

A WISH Granted

Posted on 29th October 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
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  […]

Helping Women Start Over

Posted on 21st October 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
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  […]

Hope for the Hopeless

Posted on 17th July 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
Tracy, left, volunteers at Salvation Army thrift store supported by Jenn Thompson, right, program coordinator of women's support group
When Tracy arrived in Vernon, B.C., she couldn’t see past her pain and just wanted it to stop. In her mind, suicide seemed to be the only way out. Overwhelmed by hopelessness, she needed people who cared about her. Little did she know that would be The Salvation Army. In 2015, Tracy left her marriage.  […]

Salvation Army Celebrates Canadian Diversity

Posted on 28th June 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
Tricia, and Indigenous woman
Canada Day celebrations are just around the corner, and as the nation celebrates its history and diversity, The Salvation Army pays respect to the many cultures that have helped Canada become a thriving and inclusive nation. “The Salvation Army believes that the world is enriched and strengthened by a diversity of cultures and ethnicities,” says  […]

Promoting Positive Mental Health

Posted on 8th May 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
Jackson gets mental-health support at The Salvation Army
Mental Health Week, May 6 to 12, helps to promote the importance of positive mental health and well-being. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) says that in order to thrive, we all need purpose, hope, resilience and belonging. “When I came to The Salvation Army’s Booth Centre in Hamilton, Ont., I was penniless, slept on  […]