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Sep12WedThe Salvation Army’s Friendship Room offers food for the soul and body. September 12, 2018 Story and photos by Kristin Ostensen
Prince Edward Island is known as the home of Anne of Green Gables and the birthplace of Confederation, attracting tourists from across Canada and beyond. With 150,000 residents, it’s the smallest province by size and population. But it’s not immune to the social problems that affect larger cities and provinces.
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Major Daniel Roode, corps officer at The Salvation Army’s Charlottetown Community Church, sees these problems up close. P.E.I. is the fastest-growing Atlantic province, according to the most recent census, and that has put pressure on the housing market. For those who can’t afford housing, it means homelessness; for those who can, but just barely, it means less money for food and other essentials.
The church’s Friendship Room, which is open every weekday, aims to help alleviate these issues. “The Friendship Room reaches out to vulnerable people,” says Major Daniel, “providing an opportunity for them to come in off the street in the morning and get a continental breakfast.” Donated food items such as fresh bread and canned goods are also available for anyone to take while the program is operating.
Major Daniel notes that the Friendship Room welcomes people of all backgrounds, but especially people who are homeless, on fixed incomes, the working poor and newcomers to Canada. “It really is a cross-section of humanity, and a cross-section of our society as we see it evolving in Canada today,” he says.