Social Services


Territorial Social Services Department’s  Mission Statement
Motivated by the love of God and the life and teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ, we provide leadership, consultation and expertise by pursuing excellence in the delivery of health and social services in the Canada and Bermuda Territory.

Social service and health ministries are an integral part of The Salvation Army. These ministries “bring to life” the mission and mandate of the organization. The social services department fulfills a territorial role in supporting these ministries through:

Leadership
• Providing a territorial view and voice for the organization in relation to the Army’s ministries
• Influencing through communication of national, regional and local views
• Assisting with the training and development of personnel
• Identifying personnel with mission passions
• National networking

Consulting
• Providing a team of internal consultants for program, ministry and divisional development
• Partnering with Divisional Headquarters to ensure all health and social service ministry units have access to consulting support
• Coaching, facilitating, project management and training

Content Expertise
• Ensuring that ministry unit leaders have access to support for program development, program evaluation, knowledge sharing and networking
• Maintaining a level of program expertise in the areas of shelter services, addictions treatment, long term care, community and family services, spiritual care, child care, hospice, residential services for seniors, behavioural health services and corrections and justice
• Identifying emerging social issues

Championing Excellence
• Creating accreditation standards
• Providing leadership to the health and social services accreditation process
• Implementing organizational, operational and program reviews
• Developing resources, guidelines and policy
• Managing projects
• Engaging in research

Hospital Services
• Providing oversight and support for personnel appointed to hospital ministries

Family Tracing
• Providing national program support and oversight
• Providing the international contact point for all family tracing activities

Called to Dance

Called to Dance

Salvationist Jalianne Li’s unique form of worship helped her break free of depression.

Video: “God is With Us”

Video: “God is With Us”

Watch the territorial commander’s Christmas message for Salvationists.

Opinion & Critical Thought

Contemplating Christmas

Contemplating Christmas

In the story of Christ’s birth, which character are you?

The Meaning of the Cross

The Meaning of the Cross

How our sixth doctrine shows us who God is.

Territorial News

Canadian Council of Churches Urges Protection for Syrian Refugees

Council believes Canada should choose refugees in light of our capacity and their need, not their religious creed.

Santa Shuffle Raises $500,000

Santa Shuffle Raises $500,000

Sixteen thousand people across Canada participate in race.

International News

The General and Pope Francis Meet at Vatican

The General and Pope Francis Meet at Vatican

First-ever private meeting between a Salvation Army General and a Pope demonstrates commitment to common goal of sharing of the love of God.

Salvation Army Officer Rings Bells for 150 Hours

Salvation Army Officer Rings Bells for 150 Hours

Major Marcelino “Butch” Soriano’s record-breaking ringing celebrates The Salvation Army’s 150th anniversary in 2015.

Faith & Friends

“Can I Play Your Guitar?”

“Can I Play Your Guitar?”

Eric Day was faced with a Christmastime dilemma: should he hand over his precious possession to a stranger?

“Let My People Go!”

“Let My People Go!”

With Exodus: Gods and Kings, Ridley Scott brings an epic story to a new generation.