Hurricane Dorian Update

Posted on 6th September 2019, by
flooded street during a hurricane. iStock, Getty Images
The Salvation Army’s response to Hurricane Dorian continues. As it leaves the Bahamas behind, the true scale of the destruction is becoming clear. Atlantic Canada is preparing for its arrival and Salvation Army emergency disaster services are ready for deployment. Bahamas In Nassau, Salvation Army divisional leaders, Majors Clarence and Karen Ingram, and their staff  […]

Fifteen-year-old Gives Back Despite Battling Rare Brain Disease

Posted on 29th August 2019, by
Trista stands alongside pick-up truck and van with donated backpacks
Trista Reid wants to end homelessness―a big aspiration for a girl who is just shy of her 16th birthday. Instead of birthday gifts, Trista asked friends and family to donate backpacks and school supplies to help vulnerable children in London, Ont., begin the school year with the tools they need to succeed. “I’ve always had  […]

Thrift Stores Increase Practical Support Through Voucher Program

Posted on 16th August 2019, by
Salvation Army worker distributes voucher to thrift store guest
The Salvation Army thrift store (national recycling operations or NRO) is making a tangible social and environmental impact within the communities in which they operate. With 106 thrift stores and donor welcome centres, 10 distribution and recycling centres helmed by the national recycling operations, the organization is making a difference every day for community members  […]

Helping Residents Cope after Flooding in the Nation’s Capital

Posted on 13th August 2019, by
Two emotional and spiritual care workers visit flood-ravaged home
Often, the most visible Salvation Army emergency disaster services (EDS) are the meals and drinks served to survivors and first responders. What some people may not know is that The Salvation Army is often called on to provide spiritual comfort and emotional support. “As trained emotional and spiritual care (ESC) workers, we attend to the  […]

Shelter for Homeless Seniors

Posted on 6th August 2019, by
shelter director opens the doors for seniors experiencing homelessness
On December 15, 2018, at the request of the City of Toronto, The Salvation Army opened a new shelter for seniors in the North Etobicoke region of Toronto. “With roughly 20 to 22 percent of people who access emergency shelters being 55 years of age or older, the City of Toronto saw a need for  […]

How Summer Camp Helped One Shy Student

Posted on 1st August 2019, by
Micaela holds camper
On the surface, Salvation Army camps are a place for children to learn new things such as archery, canoeing and high ropes. However, a closer look shows children becoming self-sufficient and confident, learning teamwork and developing leadership skills. Micaela’s first summer camp experience was at age six. “I was afraid and very shy when I  […]

Unique Program Supports Children through Grief

Posted on 29th July 2019, by
Social worker, Shizuko Boga, stands in front of crafts used to help grieving children express grief
Grief is a family affair and sometimes children don’t have the opportunity to express their feelings, thoughts and questions. At The Salvation Army’s Agapé Hospice in Calgary, an on-site children’s grief support program, Elephant Club, helps children up to age 13 feel safe, welcomed and less isolated. “Elephant Club is a unique program in the  […]