Honouring the World Day of Social Justice, The Salvation Army reaffirms our commitment to offering hope to the world’s most vulnerable people. Active in 128 countries, we are driven to help people at their greatest time of need, however we can. “As we strive to fulfill our mandate of Giving Hope Today, we are focused on possibilities not problems.”—Commissioner Susan McMillan.
Your support isn’t just helping people in their time of need, it’s inspiring an attitude of giving. Jamie-Lynn started attending The Salvation Army after-school program in Kingston, Ont., at seven-years-old. Today, the 14-year-old volunteers at the same place where she learned to read and write. [ Ow.ly Link ]

Teen Volunteers at Salvation Army After-School Program

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When the temperature drops below freezing, many of us are able to go home and bundle up. But for some, they may not be able to afford turning the heat up, or have a home to go to. With winter in full swing, The Salvation Army is doing its best to provide emergency shelter beds and life-sustaining necessities such as sleeping bags, coats and boots to those in need. [ Ow.ly Link ]

Salvation Army Addresses Cold Weather Needs

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"Emergency shelters are at best a Band-Aid solution...When that becomes their permanent address, that is a system fail. They have given up hope on affordable housing and are living in shelters." The waitlist for subsidized housing in Toronto alone is close to 180,000. Housing is becoming less affordable, and many emergency shelters are finding it difficult to keep up with the increasing number...
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Sheltering Toronto’s most vulnerable proves to be a struggle | Toronto Star

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The Salvation Army’s school feeding programs not only provide much needed nutrition so kids can focus in the classroom, but they give relief to struggling parents. With one less thing to worry about, parents can focus on other issues such as employment and spending time with loved ones. In Wetaskinwin, Alta., The Salvation Army is helping to ease the burden even more with their weekend feeding...
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Salvation Army feeding Wetaskiwin’s lambs

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A mother loses her child from a vaccine-preventable disease every 20 seconds. Through Gifts of Hope, we’re helping people to live healthier, longer lives. [ Salvationarmy.ca Link ]
Happy Valentine’s Day! Did you know that you can donate to celebrate a special person in your life? This Valentine’s Day, honour your loved one with a gift that will have a lasting impact in your community and make a true difference for someone in need. [ Ow.ly Link ]
Poverty can affect anyone, even those with a job. Employed individuals can still experience the effects that often surround poverty such as homelessness and hunger. In fact, 1 in 6 households who access food banks are currently or recently employed.
Valentine’s Day is a few days away. How are you planning on showing love? Let it not be limited to just one day. “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”—1 John 3:18
The Salvation Army Open Arms Program in Halifax provides services for vulnerable children such as after-school care, summer day camp, life-skills workshops and much more. Jennifer Lohnes, Program Coordinator, knows first-hand the value of the programs that the centre provides. “We see 15-25 kids every day, and see each child as an investment to the community…It’s these kids that will continue...
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Meeting community need with Open Arms

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According to Homeless Hub, the average shelter stay is 10 days, but for adults 50+ and families, the average length of stay is twice as long. The face of homelessness is changing as more seniors and families are struggling to access suitable and affordable housing. At The Salvation Army, we strive to help families overcome poverty. We’re developing programs that help people break the cycle of...
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Single Parent Finds Hope in the Midst of Darkness

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At The Salvation Army, we focus on possibilities, not problems.
This week is International Development Week, when Canadians are encouraged to learn more about, and contribute to, international development. One of the leading causes of chronic kidney disease in Sri Lanka is contaminated water. The Salvation Army’s Safe Water and Livelihood Development project has been identifying and working with communities to build wells that provide access to clean, safe...
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Something as simple as taking time to talk to someone can help them see hope in their future. A year ago David was living on the streets and longed for a warm, nutritious, meal. Cold, alone and vulnerable, the 44-year-old came to The Salvation Army’s Hot Meal Program in Medicine Hat, Alta. “I wasn’t just a number walking through the door,” says David. “They asked how I was doing¯and that was...
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Community Meal Brings Hope to the Table

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Every weekday at The Salvation Army New Westminster Citadel in B.C., food hampers are given out to individuals in need, including seniors, singles, families, refugees and individuals who are experiencing homelessness. On these days, between 75 and 150 individuals are served. A huge thanks to those who support this program, you truly are Giving Hope Today.
Make a positive impact in someone’s life today. “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”—1 John 3:18
Thanks to our volunteers and generous donors, The Salvation Army in Kelowna, B.C., helped 560 families over the Christmas season. Over 1,000 volunteers donated 8,000 hours during the 5-week Christmas fundraising campaign ensuring that vulnerable children had gifts under their Christmas tree. Article shared via Kelowna Capital News [ Ow.ly Link ]

Salvation Army fundraising success - Kelowna News

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Lonely. It’s a word Evie and Julia used to describe their experience as new Canadians. Their lack of English made them feel isolated and alone. They found their lives changed when they enrolled in English classes at The Salvation Army’s Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre. With improved English skills, they were more confident at tackling their new lives in Canada. [ Ow.ly Link ]

Learning English & Building Friendships at the Barbara Mitchell Family...

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For 75-year-old Dennis, volunteering isn’t about duty, its’s about love. For nearly 3 decades Dennis has volunteered his time with The Salvation Army in Parry Sound, Ont., playing a vital and active role in many programs. “As I get older I want to keep active. Volunteering lets me do that and at the same time I can make a difference in the community,” says Dennis. [ Ow.ly Link ]
In the developing world, every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10%. Let’s make sure that every child has the opportunity to learn.