Hope Stories

Salvation Army Converted Freightliner Feeds the Homeless in Victoria

Posted on 27th May 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
Salvation Army chef feeds the homeless in Victoria
It is estimated that there are more than 1,000 people in Victoria experiencing homelessness, and The Salvation Army is ensuring they are fed and hydrated. “People without homes sleep in parks, beside trees and in forest clearings,” says Major Sheldon Feener, executive director of The Salvation Army’s Addiction and Rehabilitation Centre in Victoria. “Our newest  […]
Salvation Army St. John emergency disaster services vehicle feeds local shelter residents
The Salvation Army in Saint John, New Brunswick, has partnered with Outflow, Saint John’s Men’s Homeless Shelter, to provide meals for residents. “Using the Army’s emergency disaster services vehicle, we feed between 75 and 100 people each night,” says Major Tracy Goyak, community pastor.  From Sunday through Thursday evenings, shelter residents line up six feet  […]

Salvation Army Serves Soup, Compassion and Hope, in Thunder Bay

Posted on 14th May 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
Salvation Army soup van driver standing beside the van with a box full of sandwiches.
After weeks in quarantine, those facing financial insecurity may struggle with expenses such as rent and utilities, often not having enough funds left to provide food for the entire month. The Salvation Army’s soup van in Thunder Bay, Ont., is the city’s only mobile feeding program and has been running for decades. During these challenging  […]

Former Addict Gives Back to Help Hungry People During COVID-19

Posted on 30th April 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
Twelve years ago, Jay Barnard checked into The Salvation Army’s addiction recovery program at the Booth Centre in Ottawa. His alcohol and drug  abuse were out of control. Today, as a Red Seal chef with his own successful fresh water, inland fishing business, he is giving back to the organization who helped him reclaim sober  […]

Salvation Army in Fredericton Delivers Food to Doorsteps

Posted on 16th April 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
Salvation Army volunteer stands in front of van full of food
Last year, The Salvation Army in Fredericton launched Operation Senior Food Box Delivery, a program to bring groceries to seniors and help combat their loneliness with a visit. Little did they know their services  would have to quickly expand to help those impacted by COVID-19. “We’re delivering food to anyone who needs it right now,”  […]
Major Gordon Taylor (left) poses with IKEA Winnipeg employees after all trucks were loaded and enroute to The Salvation Army Winnipeg Centre of Hope. Note they are following social distancing guidelines.
As an organization that has people at the core of its mission, The Salvation Army has taken unprecedented measures during COVID-19 to ensure that those who rely on them for help, stay healthy and safe. Abiding by social distancing guidelines, our shelter spaces at The Salvation Army Winnipeg Centre of Hope had to be expanded.  […]

After Schools Close, Salvation Army Continues to Feed Hungry Children

Posted on 14th April 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
Volunteers make sandwiches for hungry children
In 2012, when The Salvation Army in Regina learned that there were children attending school without nutritious lunches, they stepped up to help feed as many vulnerable families as possible. When schools closed, The Salvation Army acted quickly to ensure that no child is hungry. “During the school season, we provide lunch every day to  […]

Video Conferencing Connects Families with Loved Ones in Long-term Care

Posted on 8th April 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
Staff member helps resident with video conferencing and keeping connected
Keeping loved ones connected is critically important as long-term care and seniors’ homes are restricting visitations to protect residents from illness. With this in mind, The Salvation Army’s Ottawa Grace Manor long-term care home is bringing residents together with their families and loved ones through video conferencing. “My uncle was visiting with my grandmother in  […]
Guest receives lunch at Salvation Army mobile feeding unit
For those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity, the COVID-19 pandemic has many without access to their most basic needs. With cafés and community centres shut down, more hungry people are out on the street looking for help.  To stop the spread of COVID-19, The Salvation Army in Williams Lake, B.C., like many others, has cancelled  […]

Why One University Student Stepped up to Volunteer During COVID-19

Posted on 2nd April 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
Paige packs food bags at Salvation Army Oshawa community and family services
Less than three weeks ago, Paige Sharp was in class, in the final semester of her degree, when she learned that buildings and lectures were shut down to reduce the impact of the coronavirus. As one who struggles with anxiety, she had no idea how she would cope with this latest hurdle. “There was a  […]