Hope Stories

A Journey to Healing

Posted on 25th March 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
Inuk (left) and Jason (right) stand in front of tent in cold weather
Between 1883 and 1998, the Canadian government sent over 150,000 Aboriginal children to residential schools across the country that were designed to make them forget their language and culture, and where many suffered abuse. Inuk was just nine years old when he was sent from his traditional native home to a residential school. At first,  […]

A Child Torn Apart by Addiction

Posted on 5th March 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
Former addict, John Higgins
According to Health Canada, one in seven Canadians consumes high enough quantities of alcohol to put them in danger. Sadly, the most tragic consequences of excessive drinking are often found in children who witness the abuse. “One in seven Canadians consumes high enough quantities of alcohol to put them in danger.” “Growing up in an  […]

Overcoming Poverty and PTSD

Posted on 19th February 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
John (right) receives hug from Salvation Army worker, Val (left)
John’s unstable and traumatic childhood left him struggling with PTSD. As a result, he has suffered in the key areas of his life that include socialization and employment. Through a variety of supports, The Salvation Army in Regina is helping him overcome some of the challenges related to PTSD and has restored his faith in  […]

New Mom Leaves Poverty Behind

Posted on 15th February 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
Holly and her daughter at Bethany Hope Centre
For most of her life, Holly slept on the streets or stayed with friends. She’s skipped meals to pay the bills  and panhandled to have food to eat. Now she’s a new parent, wanting to improve her financial situation. With help from The Salvation Army she is accessing the resources needed to leave poverty behind.  […]

How Volunteering Helped One Woman Overcome an Anxiety Disorder

Posted on 11th February 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
Angie serves up a meal at the Manna Cafe
When Angie’s husband left her for her best friend, she moved out and shut herself away from society for 12 years. “I couldn’t handle the hurt and devastation from my marriage breakup,” says Angie. “My home was the only place I felt safe until I walked through the doors of The Salvation Army.” “My home  […]

There Can Be Life after Abuse

Posted on 7th February 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
Panic Attack, anxiety disorder woman, stressful emotional
Trapped in an abusive relationship, Isobel feared the consequences of leaving. When she developed the courage to put a plan in place, getting out was her first step toward healing, but it didn’t end there. “I’m living proof that there are second chances in life,” says Isobel. “And The Salvation Army gave me that.” “I’m  […]

Suffering in Silence

Posted on 1st February 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
Lawrence stand with Salvation Army worker in front of Ottawa Booth Centre
For 38 years, Lawrence used hard drugs to wipe out the memories of the sexual trauma he experienced while growing up. Last year, he graduated from a Salvation Army drug treatment program in Ottawa. “I’m glad I came here,” says Lawrence. “My life needed to change.” From an early age, heartbreak shattered Lawrence’s self-worth and  […]