The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become one of the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and more than 130 countries around the world.
The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction.
When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.
As the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in Canada, The Salvation Army provides unprecedented support to society’s most vulnerable.
- Social and community service programs focus on nurturing the capacities, skills and strengths of individuals rather than just meeting their needs.
- With the public’s generosity, in 2019 in Canada:
- The Salvation Army provided 5,500 shelter, addictions, detox and mental health beds for vulnerable men, women and families in Canada
- The Salvation Army served 3.3 million free meals
- The Salvation Army assisted 1,320,000 persons with food, clothing or practical assistance
The Salvation Army is one of the world’s largest social services agencies, outside of government and those sponsored by the United Nations. It has grown to be so large because of its commitment to work with disadvantaged people and those discarded by society to improve their lives and offer them hope of a better future.
The Salvation Army is a church, but wherever it is found it’s also active as a social services and relief agency. It has accepted this role not only because of the social conscience the Army inherited from its origins in Victorian England, but also in obedience to Christ’s injunction to love one’s neighbour.
Across Canada and around the world The Salvation Army is helping families and individuals who are victims of circumstance and, perhaps, their own actions. By being supportive and non-judgmental, the Army can be effective in providing not only for a person’s immediate needs, but helping them find their way to a more secure and fulfilling life.