Trades Program Helps Vulnerable Youth Succeed

Posted on 15th March 2018, by
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  […]

Salvation Army Helps Combat Waste and Improve Access to Fresh Food

Posted on 2nd November 2017, by
Salvation Army Helps Combat Waste and Improve Access to Fresh Food
Food waste in Canada is at record levels and The Salvation Army in London, Ont., is participating in a food coalition that rescues high-quality fresh food and redistributes it to people in need. “According to the London Poverty Research Centre, 26,000 people in London can’t afford to eat a sufficient, safe and nutritious diet on  […]

Planting Seeds of Hope

Posted on 24th July 2017, by
Planting Seeds of Hope
A new community garden at The Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope in Kingston, Ont., is providing a way for the community to grow much-needed fruits and vegetables that can be distributed to low-income individuals and families. “We used to have a lawn in front of our building, now it’s a thriving community garden,” says Jack  […]

Astounding Numbers Prompt New Salvation Army Addictions Recovery Program

Posted on 5th April 2017, by
Program participant, Samantha (left) meets in classroom with instructor William Smith (left)
The numbers are in and are staggering. In Williams Lake, B.C., in December 2016, 142 people died as a result of illicit drug use, an average of nine people every two days. “Ninety percent of the clients we serve deal with drug addiction issues,” says Tamara Robinson, the Salvation Army’s family services coordinator. “Due to  […]

New Salvation Army Program Helps Students Combat Weekend Hunger

Posted on 24th March 2017, by
volunteers stand behind a table ready to prepare food for school weekend feeding program
When The Salvation Army in Wetaskiwin, Alta.., learned that some elementary school students didn’t have enough food to get through the weekend, they developed a program that not only improves academic performance but gives struggling families one less thing to worry about. “It surprised me to learn how many kids go to school hungry,” says  […]

How a Community Kitchen is Helping Newcomers

Posted on 22nd March 2017, by
participants at community kitchen sit down around a table to enjoy a meal
Immigration and anxiety go hand in hand. Adapting to an unfamiliar culture, making healthy food choices and finding ways to feel ‘at home’ are some of the many challenges facing newcomers. In Kelowna, B.C., The Salvation Army has partnered with Kelowna Community Resources to provide a six-week, hands-on cooking class where participants learn valuable information  […]

Salvation Army Addresses Transportation Gaps to Access Health Care

Posted on 3rd March 2016, by
Salvation Army driver in Woodstock transports client to medical appointments
In Woodstock, Ont., The Salvation Army’s reliable, affordable and safe, transportation program is making life easier for people like Barrie Cannon. “Getting a ride to my medical appointments takes a huge burden off me,” says Barrie, 71. ”I can’t drive because of heart issues, and my specialist appointments are 40-minutes away. Before I started using  […]

Pilot Program Helps Lift Families with Children Out of Poverty

Posted on 11th February 2016, by
mother and child at Salvation Army play group at Ottawa Bethany Hope
Amidst incredible wealth, poverty in Canada remains prevalent. More than three million Canadian families are living in unaffordable and unsuitable housing conditions, and one in 10 children is considered poor. Since its founding in 1865, The Salvation Army has served as a bridge between families and communities, providing care, hope and belonging. As statistics reveal  […]

Innovative Programs Improve Lives of Vulnerable

Posted on 27th August 2015, by
New bikes improves lives of vulnerable in Barrie
The Salvation Army is committed to improving the lives of people who are struggling. This means constantly evolving to meet changing needs. In Barrie, Ont., The Salvation Army’s Bayside Mission, a men’s shelter and social service centre, has developed three new initiatives that are making life easier and improving health. Old Bikes Find New Homes  […]

Innovative Solution Brings Dental Care to Women Experiencing Hardship

Posted on 14th July 2014, by
Dental bus provides free dental care for women experiencing homelessness
Once a month, a blue and white bus pulls into the parking lot of The Salvation Army’s Evangeline Residence, a 90-bed shelter for women in Toronto’s west end. The van doesn’t carry office supplies or food items. It’s stocked with periodontal probes, dental drills and syringes. Through a partnership between The Salvation Army and the  […]