As the largest non-governmental provider of direct social services in Canada, The Salvation Army is deeply concerned about the devastating impact a new downtown casino would have on Toronto's most vulnerable people. The Salvation Army does not support economic development through gambling and we believe the community and especially the marginalized will be negatively affected. History and … [Read more...]
Toronto’s most vulnerable people will be negatively affected, organization says.
April 12, 2013 Leave a Comment
At the Victoria Addictions and Rehabilitation Centre, a new music program is helping residents gain self-confidence.
April 9, 2013 by Kristin Fryer Leave a Comment
At first, it was just a few guys playing guitar in the chapel. But the sound of their chords and rhythms travelled down the halls, drawing others in. Soon, more people came, bringing their own instruments, joining in, forming groups, until 18 men were playing together. Guitars, piano, bongos and xylophone—a truly joyful noise. “I get goose bumps just thinking about that night,” says … [Read more...]
Before he could become totally free, Brian Turner had to escape a prison of his own making.
February 21, 2013 by Kristin Fryer Leave a Comment
Brian Turner was only seven years old when he witnessed his mother murder his stepfather, a horror that would define his life for the next 30 years. Racking up 60 convictions and many jail terms, Brian was utterly lost, seeing no way out of the life he had been living for so long—until 2008, when an encounter with a Salvation Army prison chaplain changed everything. An Evil … [Read more...]
Decisions that seem common sense to us don’t even occur to some people. But why?
February 20, 2013 by Dion Oxford Leave a Comment
I wonder why my mother wasn’t a crack addict or why I wasn’t born in poverty. Why wasn’t I born HIV positive or abused as a child? I could have faced these horrors in my life, and I know some of you have, but the reasons why I was spared were out of my control. There are many things that shape our lives that we have no control over. We don’t choose our parents and siblings, skin colour, … [Read more...]
Vancouver’s Grace Mansion gives clients a place to call home.
May 30, 2012 by Ken Ramstead Leave a Comment
Without Grace Mansion, I’d be dead in some back alley over there,” says Grace Edge, motioning down the street to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. “The Salvation Army and Grace Mansion saved my life.” Filling a Need In 2006, The Salvation Army purchased an underused seniors’ facility to provide housing and support services for Vancouver’s at-risk and homeless population. Six months … [Read more...]
Recovery program helps people overcome their “hurts, habits and hang-ups”
April 12, 2012 by Kristin Fryer 1 Comment
“When my husband, Rob, and I moved to the Sunshine Coast, we found out that there was no Christian recovery program here,” says Jennifer Henson. “Living on the Coast, people are separated from Vancouver by a ferry and they can’t access resources. So to have a recovery program here was something that was really needed.” Jennifer and Rob Henson are the facilitators of Celebrate … [Read more...]
The names Jay Barnard gives his signature dishes tell his story of redemption.
March 16, 2012 by Linda Leigh Leave a Comment
As he hustles about the kitchen making last-minute tweaks to the main courses, Jay Barnard doesn’t seem out of place among the other chefs and sous chefs in the Delta Hotel’s kitchen in Ottawa. Yet this man had once bought and sold drugs, and was arrested and incarcerated. Out of Control Jay Barnard’s story of addiction goes back to the age of eight. Unable to cope with his parents’ … [Read more...]
Addicted to cocaine, booze and cigarettes, I’d become a hollow shell. I needed to turn the page.
February 24, 2012 by Jacqueline Edwards Leave a Comment
Many people see themselves as an open book. If you asked me to describe myself, I’d reply that my life was a book of hidden tales that don’t bear thinking about anymore. It’s almost ironic, then, that my life took an unexpected direction when I saw someone with her name embossed on a book—a book I had to have. Insidious Journey The first chapters of my life were quite ordinary. Born in … [Read more...]
Salvation Army addictions programs help people avoid the pain of relapse
November 24, 2011 by Caroline Franks Leave a Comment
For more than 30 years, The Salvation Army has used a relapse prevention program designed by Terence Gorski, founder and president of the Center for Applied Sciences Corporation in Spring Hill, Florida, as an integrated part of its services to people with addictions. "Recovery and relapse are on opposite sides of the same coin," Gorski explains, at a Proven Systems for Recovery and Relapse … [Read more...]
Thanks to help from The Salvation Army in Australia, Musu Idaigi has turned his life around
July 20, 2011 by Bill Simpson Leave a Comment
Musu Idaigi has come a long way in a short time – much of it by bicycle! But the Musu of today – Salvation Army member and helper of people in need – is very different to the 'bad boy' of only a few years ago. Too much drink – or 'grog', as he calls it – growing up on Thursday Island in Australia's Torres Strait turned Musu Idaigi into a 'bad boy'. Almost four years ago, Musu was … [Read more...]