Hope Stories

Looking Beyond His Disability

Posted on 23rd March 2021, by SalvationArmy.ca
Rabin smiles while posing in Argyle sweater
“Never allow your disabilities or weaknesses to prevent you from achieving any of your goals,” says 45-year-old Rabin Betkhoodoo. “You have to look beyond your challenges to succeed in whatever you put your mind to.” Born in Iran in 1976, and part of the Assyrian community, he was diagnosed at birth with spastic quad cerebral  […]

From Just Existing to Living Again

Posted on 28th January 2021, by SalvationArmy.ca
Lesley smiles
In her early 30s, Lesley’s true challenges began. A severe and chronic mental health diagnosis coupled with alcohol and addiction issues left her no longer able to function. Throughout her journey she found The Salvation Army, they helped her—no matter what condition she arrived in. “I had graduated from the University of Alberta with honours and moved  […]

Human-trafficking Survivor Puts Her Life Back Together

Posted on 26th January 2021, by SalvationArmy.ca
Victoria speaks at Salvation Army breakfast
Looking at Victoria Morrison now, you would never know she fell victim to human trafficking. She is as strong and confident as they come—living proof that you can take your life back and transform despite your circumstances. Victoria is articulate, poised and resilient. It’s because of her powerful traits that Victoria has been able to  […]

Making Christmas Bright

Posted on 22nd December 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
Martin receives bag of toys and food hamper
While Christmas may look different this year, there is one thing that won’t change. The Salvation Army will continue to assist Canada’s most vulnerable. “I definitely need help right now,” says Martin, husband and father of two. “A Christmas hamper with food and toys for my children means the world to me.” “I definitely need  […]

Putting the ‘Merry’ Back into Christmas

Posted on 10th December 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
Jennifer receives hamper boxes with food items and toys for Christmas
As the coronavirus crisis continues to impact lives, there is a lot of uncertainty and its hard not to wonder what will happen next. With the Christmas season just around the corner, more and more individuals and families are facing new financial challenges and scary realities. “I’m a single parent of a two and six-year-old,”  […]

Single Mom Pays it Forward After Getting Back on Her Feet

Posted on 8th December 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
Jodi loads her car up with groceries to deliver to people who can't get to a food bank
Each Christmas and throughout the year, Jodi gives back to The Salvation Army. Grateful for the help she received when challenges came, she is paying it forward to help others who may find themselves in a similar predicament. “The food support was an amazing help,” says Jodi. “I received a food box as well as  […]

Ryan’s Recovery from Addiction

Posted on 27th October 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
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  […]