From Hopelessness to Hope

Posted on 14th November 2016, by
Leigh (left) works with Nicole (right) to realize dreams and goals
A new Salvation Army program is helping Nicole rebuild her life and realize dreams and goals she never thought possible. “Through a holistic case management approach, our Pathway of Hope program pinpoints root causes that prevent families and children from escaping poverty and helps them move forward in a positive way,” says Claire Dunmore, Social  […]

A Former Addict Turns Her Life Around

Posted on 12th September 2016, by
Samantha waters plants on Belkin House rooftop garden
“I thought I was going to die a drug addict,” says Samantha. “For the better part of 25 years I liked how the drugs made me feel. Then, one day, I reached rock bottom.” In January 2014 Samantha committed a crime and went to jail. Beaten down by addiction, emptiness, hopelessness and despair, she desperately  […]

On the Other Side of Homelessness

Posted on 15th August 2016, by
Support worker, Charlie, helps people at Centre of Hope
Charlie Pittman was on his way to end his life when he took a detour into the doors of The Salvation Army men’s shelter in Halifax. It wasn’t easy to walk through the doors and say he needed help, but he’s grateful he did. “I had been sleeping outside on a park bench for four  […]

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  […]

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Posted on 19th August 2015, by
Salvation Army addictions program at Winnipeg Booth Centrechanges lives
Less than a year ago, 52-year-old Neil arrived at The Salvation Army’s addiction treatment program in Winnipeg terrorized by flashbacks from his military days, he was addicted to alcohol and 50 pounds underweight.  “There were behaviours I couldn’t stop—even though I desperately wanted to,” says Neil. “After more than a decade of battling PTSD and  […]

My Journey from Sadness to Success

Posted on 27th July 2015, by
Salvation Army supports change a life
In every way that counted, The Salvation Army was there for me when I needed them most. Six years ago, the company that I had been with for 18 years sold the facility. My co-workers and I were downsized in the subsequent restructuring, and 130 of us were left looking for employment. I had never  […]