Stories

Jordan’s Story

Posted on 9th December 2019, by British Columbia
Before he came to Harbour Light, Jordan was homeless, struggling with alcohol and depression. At our Vancouver rehabilitation programs he learned how to gain a new perspective on his past troubles. Today he has goals to help others and share the Hope that he now carries as looks towards a better future.   Watch his  […]
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Eric’s Story

Posted on 2nd December 2019, by British Columbia
Living in a small town in Alberta, Eric grew up witnessing domestic abuse in his home, and suffered from an undiagnosed brain injury. After the oil company he worked for laid off a large number of employees Eric moved to Victoria, B.C. Following an unexpected change in his life Eric suddenly found himself homeless and  […]
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Leaders of BC Division Travel to Africa

Posted on 30th September 2019, by British Columbia
This summer, Lt. Colonels from The Salvation Army British Columbia Division, Jamie and Ann Braund traveled to Zimbabwe to volunteer and experience the impact our donations have in the lives of those living in other countries. Here is an excerpt from Ann Braund’s journal describing her experience in the African nation.   From June 29  […]

The Family I Never Had

Posted on 17th September 2019, by British Columbia
When Tracy arrived in Vernon, B.C., she couldn’t see past her pain and just wanted it to stop. In her mind, suicide seemed to be the only way out. Overwhelmed by hopelessness, she needed people who cared about her. Little did she know that would be The Salvation Army. In 2015, Tracy left her marriage.  […]
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Summer Camps See Spike in Attendance

Posted on 16th September 2019, by British Columbia
Fall is nearing and while some people (mostly parents) are excited for the back-to-school season it also signals the end of Summer and the summer camp programs for kids across the province. This year nearly 1,200 youth attended our camps, including a number of at-risk youth from areas such as Port Alberni who sent 26  […]
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A Fresh Start

Posted on 23rd April 2019, by British Columbia
Five-year-old Christina arrived at her first day of Kindergarten with a black eye and two broken wrists. This would be the first of countless episodes of being removed from her family home. In addition to Christina, who was adopted, her parents also had a biological daughter, but sadly she was never treated the same as  […]
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Salvation Army Honours Volunteers

Posted on 8th April 2019, by British Columbia
Adrianna Fenton volunteers at Toy Mountain
It’s National Volunteer Week and The Salvation Army is saying an extra special thank you to the more than 130,000 volunteers who give the priceless gift of time and skills to help them reach more people in need. “We are grateful and blessed by our volunteers.” “One of the greatest gifts you can give is  […]

Prayers Answered for Families After 2017 Forest Fires

Posted on 12th February 2019, by British Columbia
Group photo posing for disaster services
In 2017, fires tore through our province, causing millions of dollars in damage and impacting thousands of lives. From Williams Lake to Kelowna and parts in between, raging fires forced people to pack-up and leave everything behind to chance. Some came home to see their houses or business still standing … hundreds came back to  […]

How The Salvation Army Saved My Christmas

Posted on 25th January 2019, by British Columbia
Gifts in hamper
“I remember the day well. It was December 19, 2017, and I was happy to be picking up a Christmas hamper and toys from The Salvation Army in Vernon, B.C.,” says Marcus (not his real name). “But 10 minutes from my house, a car from the opposite direction crossed a double line and hit my  […]

Salvation Army Parenting Program Empowers New Mom

Posted on 25th January 2019, by British Columbia
Mother and son smiling
At 18, Jessica learned she was pregnant and was nervous about everything. She had grown up without a mom’s love, nurturing and support, and didn’t know whether she would have the skills to be a good mother. The Salvation Army’s parenting programs helped her with advice, emotional support and ways of coping with the challenges  […]