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  […]

Retired Businesswoman Finds Purpose through Volunteering

Posted on 23rd July 2019, by
volunteer hands at a keyboard doing office work
Michele is one of more than 130,000 volunteers who give the priceless gift of time and skills to help The Salvation Army reach more people in need. “I’m a retired corporate buyer,” says Michele. “Volunteering gives me a lot of satisfaction and I always go home feeling like I’m walking on air.” Michele attends a  […]

Salvation Army Provides Heat Relief to Vulnerable People

Posted on 18th July 2019, by
salvation army worker distributes cold water to vulnerable people during heat wave
Many cities in Canada are experiencing extreme heat and according to Health Canada, the number of annual days with scorching hot temperatures is expected to double within the next 30 years. “Keeping cool and hydrated during extreme heat is vital,” says Debbie Clarke, who is the director of The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services in  […]

Hope for the Hopeless

Posted on 17th July 2019, by
Tracy, left, volunteers at Salvation Army thrift store supported by Jenn Thompson, right, program coordinator of women's support group
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.  […]

Salvation Army Helps to End Summer Hunger for Children

Posted on 8th July 2019, by
The statistics are staggering. Every month, more than 300,000 Canadian children are helped by food banks―a number that could fill Toronto’s Rogers Centre 10 times over. Throughout the school year, many hungry children have access to services such as Salvation Army breakfast programs. In fact, last year The Salvation Army served 223,000 meals in schools.  […]

How Summer Camp Encourages Vulnerable Children

Posted on 2nd July 2019, by
Camp counsellors Brandon (left) with brother Nathan (right)
When cabin leader, Brandon, welcomed smiling children at The Salvation Army’s Jacksons Point summer camp in Ontario, little did he realize that behind the eagerness and mischief were youth impacted by poverty―confused, frustrated and anxious. “To watch the children go from excitement to hearing about their struggles was shocking to me,” says Brandon. “As a  […]