Hope Stories

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  […]

From Prison to Peace

Posted on 17th January 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
Mengsteab
Mengsteab Abraha was arrested and imprisoned for praying with friends. Then he lived in a refugee camp where conditions were so deplorable he chooses not to discuss it. Yet, after horrible punishment and tremendous struggles, Abraha has found peace and new opportunities, thanks to The Salvation Army. “The Evangelical Church was outlawed in Eritrea by  […]

Salvation Army Parenting Program Empowers New Mom

Posted on 8th January 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
Jessica and Niyko
At 18, Jessica learned she was pregnant and was nervous about everything. She had grown up without a mom’s love, nurturing and support, and didn’t know whether she would have the skills to be a good mother. The Salvation Army’s parenting programs in Ottawa helped her with advice, emotional support and ways of coping with  […]

New Year Brings New Life for Refugee Family

Posted on 1st January 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
Both and family stand with some members of The Salvation Army's sponsorship team
In 2018, Both and his young family lived in rapidly deteriorating conditions in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. They were convinced they wouldn’t live another year. This year, and thanks to The Salvation Army (working with government resettlement efforts) in Ottawa. Both’s prayers for a better future are a reality. But his past is not  […]