Community Garden Slashes Food Bills and More

Posted on 2nd August 2016, by
Gardener plants fresh produce
At The Salvation Army’s community garden in Swift Current, Sask., planting seeds and investing a little bit of time is improving the quality of life for low-income families and individuals. “There are many benefits to the community garden,” says Sandra Brong, The Salvation Army’s community and family services coordinator. “Participants eat healthier, save money on  […]

Container Gardening Improves Food and Nutrition for Vulnerable Families

Posted on 20th June 2016, by
participants and workers stand by containers for gardending
In Guelph, Ont., The Salvation Army’s container-gardening program gives people on a tight budget the chance to grow food on their own. According to Statistics Canada’s most recent consumer price index report, fresh vegetable costs rose 11.7 percent year-over-year in April. The rising cost of food is making it more and more difficult for vulnerable  […]

Literacy Program Helps Strengthen Father-Child Relationships

Posted on 16th June 2016, by
Literacy program participants Alvin and Mark
Imagine being a dad who can’t understand the meaning of sentences or spell simple words such as “easy” or “less”, or having children you are unable to read to. Wanting to improve his literacy skills, and strengthen the bond with his children, Mark returned to the classroom at The Salvation Army in Winnipeg. The Salvation  […]

After-school Program Empowers At-Risk Youth

Posted on 14th June 2016, by
At-risk youth at Salvation Army in Pembroke pose for photo
Despite the challenges they face, at-risk youth can overcome a great deal with emotional support, friendship and a listening ear. Every day after school, The Salvation Army’s youth centre in Pembroke, Ont., offers programs that give youth, ages 12-18, a sense of belonging and motivation to succeed in life. “I go to the centre every  […]

Helping Syrian Newcomers One Family at a Time

Posted on 9th June 2016, by
Front view of Ottawa Salvation Army Booth Centre
In March, 2016, one long embrace ended a five-year separation among a group of Syrian newcomers seeking help at The Salvation Army’s Booth Centre in Ottawa. They were good friends from the same small community, but the last time they saw each other was in a refugee camp. Each family had assumed the other hadn’t  […]

Moving Forward to Independence

Posted on 11th May 2016, by
Booth Packaging client packs tinfoil candle holders
For over 40 years The Salvation Army’s Booth Packaging and Supportive Services in Toronto has provided high quality contract packaging at the right price and on time. Unlike most other packing services, the men and women at Booth Packaging and Supportive Services (Booth Packaging) are participants in a vocational rehabilitation program to improve their work  […]

Helping One Mom Start Over Again

Posted on 6th May 2016, by
Mom from Nigeria stands in front of trees at Salvation Army Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre
Settling in Calgary brought many new challenges for Gladys and her family. Originally from Nigeria, they had immigrated to the UK, but with high unemployment and uncertainty, they decided to move to Canada to raise their little girl. “Starting over again was hard,” says Gladys. “The high cost of shipping forced us to leave most  […]

Wiarton Trades Program Empowers At-Risk Youth

Posted on 26th April 2016, by
carpentry students stand in front of hand-made shed
They are youth at risk―struggling, frustrated and uncertain about the future. But The Salvation Army’s Trades Start Program in Wiarton, Ont., is changing that. “Trades Start, a 20-week course that teaches both hospitality and carpentry skills, serves youth who have fallen through the cracks,” says Scott Concordia, Program Coordinator. “Participants are often from unstable home  […]

The Value of Volunteers

Posted on 14th April 2016, by
Volunteer with Salvation Army hat and winter coat
What would our communities look like without volunteers? Needs might go unmet. Programs might not thrive. Services wouldn’t expand. Every day, five days a week, Terry drives people to and from medical appointments such as dialysis treatments, blood labs, cancer clinics and mental health support. He says volunteering makes him feel productive and he’s made  […]

Nowhere to Stay

Posted on 4th April 2016, by
Shella, transitional housing participant at Belinda's place
Imagine facing homelessness and having no place to stay. Not having a place to call home is one of the most stressful and scary experiences that can happen to anyone. “Just like that, I was evicted,” says Shella, 55. “I felt like I’d hit a brick wall at full speed. Losing my home was one  […]