Hope Stories

New Home, New Hope

Posted on 5th April 2018, by SalvationArmy.ca
Robert wears hat with sunglasses. Has goatee
When Robert, 54, was first released from prison, he had nowhere to go and found himself living on the streets for two years. Now, thanks to support from The Salvation Army’s Booth Centre in Ottawa, he is living in his own apartment, making changes in his life and focusing on his future. “I was sick  […]

Trades Program Helps Vulnerable Youth Succeed

Posted on 15th March 2018, by SalvationArmy.ca
Man holds pot of food
Zach Blyth, 19, knows what it means to struggle in school. Feeling like he didn’t belong was always tied to a powerful internal dialogue that said he’d never succeed in life. But The Salvation Army’s Hospitality Program in Wiarton, Ont., changed that by turning his doubts into self-confidence and, today, he has dreams, goals and  […]

Making Life Better for Those with Alzheimer’s

Posted on 11th August 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
An intelligent bookkeeper. A talented bowler. A bingo enthusiast. That’s the way Dave  remembers how his mother used to be. Now at age 82, Agnes suffers from Alzheimer’s. Agnes attends the Adult Day Program at The Salvation Army’s London Village five days a week.  At the program she enjoys the music the most, tapping her feet  […]

Depressions Ugly Hold

Posted on 11th August 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
“Depression put me in a dark place,” says Rob, 58. “I couldn’t see a future or an answer for any of the problems in my life. Depression affected my whole world and everything in it.” Rob’s life began to spiral out of control when physical injuries prevented him from working as a roofer. “I hid  […]

Newcomers Learn English and Build Friendships

Posted on 17th April 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
Julia, left and Evie, right, at Calgary's Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre
Lonely. It’s a word Evie and Julia use over and over again to describe their experience as new Canadians. The two women travelled a long road before arriving at their new homes in Calgary ―Evie from Albania and Julia from Ukraine. In Calgary, both mothers were at home with young children and found their lack  […]