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When Jan Keats and Louise Armstrong, Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) staff with The Salvation Army Maritime Division received a moment’s notice to support relief efforts following the destruction of hurricane Harvey in Texas, they were ready and willing. Despite their preparation and training efforts, nothing could have fully prepared Jan and Louise for the devastation  […]

Influencing and Celebrating Lives

Posted on 14th November 2017, by Maritime
Personal account shared by Louise Armstrong, Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Coordinator for The Salvation Army Saint John, New Brunswick. In September, I found myself on a plane, representing The Salvation Army’s EDS, headed for Houston, Texas. All I knew for certain was that I would be working alongside two other Canadians in Corpus Christi for  […]

After the Storm

Posted on 14th November 2017, by Maritime
Personal account shared by Jan Keats, Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Coordinator for The Salvation Army Maritime Division. Leaving a trail of death and destruction in its wake in the Caribbean, hurricane Harvey made landfall on the American Gulf Coast in August and rolled through Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky. More than 200,000 homes were  […]

Embracing English as a Second Language

Posted on 1st November 2017, by Maritime
Embracing English as a Second Language
Rich international culture and language are represented by many countries during The Salvation Army’s English as a Second Language (ESL) classes offered at the Fairview Citadel Community Church. Because of high demand, two ESL classes are now offered each week – an intermediate class on Monday mornings and a beginner class on Thursday mornings. Inspired  […]

Fresh air and fresh starts

Posted on 24th October 2017, by Maritime
Fresh air and fresh starts
On an unseasonably warm October day, five men and two program supervisors from The Salvation Army Anchorage Addictions Program arrived in Thorburn, Nova Scotia, to help close Scotian Glen Camp for the season. Upon arrival the group was met with clear skies, fresh ocean air, and vibrant autumn leaves. It was a perfect setting for the group to connect under  […]

Building safe spaces with familiar faces

Posted on 12th October 2017, by Maritime
Building safe spaces with familiar faces
She is not famous nor is she a public figure, but Krista Riendeau is a very familiar face at the Spryfield Family Resource Centre in Halifax. Originally from Michigan, Krista came to Canada in 2006 to complete her degree in Christian Counselling at Kingswood University in Sussex, New Brunswick.  After completing her internship at The  […]

A journey into community immersion

Posted on 6th October 2017, by Maritime
After moving to Nova Scotia six years ago, Blessing felt a bit lonely and home sick for her family in Nigeria, but The Salvation Army in Dartmouth quickly filled this gap for her by making her feel welcome and helping her meet new friends. “When I first went to The Salvation Army, I used the food bank,  […]

Filling bellies to fulfill potential

Posted on 29th September 2017, by Maritime
Filling bellies to fulfill potential
With the abundance of technology at the tips of teenager’s fingers, it might be surprising to learn that hunger is one of the greatest distractions faced by youth in Cape Breton schools. Cape Breton has the highest rate of child poverty. As a result, teenagers are arriving to their classrooms hungry or undernourished, and unable  […]