The Salvation Army Centre of Hope!
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Homelessness Action Week October 11-17th
In an effort to promote understanding and awareness, The Salvation Army is planning an initiative entitled ‘24 hours Homeless’ and we are looking for 15 select community participants to join us on Oct. 15th and spend ‘24 Hours Homeless’ with us. To date we have 10 community participants confirmed.
Our intention is to provide an authentic experience to participants by spending a night in Shelter, but that’s not all!
The following day we’re going to ask participants to adopt life profiles that we prescribe and then ask you to attempt to accomplish real life tasks or a ‘case plan’, given the limited resources that our clientele deal with every day.
Our goal in this is to bring further understanding about the people we serve and the challenges they face each and every day. We will compile reflections of our time spent together as well as recommendations that we will share with the community afterward.
Additionally, there will be a fundraising component to this initiative as each participant will be required to raise a certain amount of funds which will in turn support the programs and services that we offer to our homeless community.
We would love to have further representation and invite interested individuals to follow up in terms of any questions, need of clarification, or ideas you may have. You can reach our Public Relations Director at 604 832 2218.
We believe it will be a life changing time spent together.
Making a Dent Food Drive a Success!
Thank you to everyone...the Making a Dent Food Drive was a wonderful success and we have some pictures of the event below to share. Enjoy!
At The Salvation Army, we love our Volunteers! Why not join us as we strive to make a difference in the lives of people right here in our community. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at The Centre of Hope at 604 852 9305!
Cache Creek Flood
Onsite with our Emergency Services Vehicle and Personnel in Cache Creek providing food, water, coffee and practical support in the midst of a flood ravaged community.
Seen here from left to right is Patricia Cuff, Divisional Public Relations Director, John McEwan, Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director, and Deb Lowell, Public Relations Director, Abbotsford
A HUGE thank you goes out to all who so generously supported McHappy Day! Kids and families lives will be changed as a result.
Thank you for the support for 2 great causes on May 6th! McDonald’s restaurants at Bourquin, Clearbrook, Mt. Lehman and the 2 WalMart locations supported Ronald McDonald House and also The Salvation Army’s nutritious snack program, Pantry34 which is currently operating in 17 Abbotsford schools. A special thank you to our great community partners for their effort on McHappy Day. McDonalds and Magnuson Ford are pictured below. Together we raised $10,022.00 for both Ronald McDonald House and for The Salvation Army's nutritious school snack and beverage program, Pantry34
We love our Community Partners!
10 staff members of Jelly Marketing came and volunteered at the Meal Centre April 24th, 2015.
The Salvation Army wishes to thank the team at the Abbotsford Petsmart for their genuine compassion for pets and their generosity in sponsoring our Pet Day with pet food, treats and products for all our furry friends.
The Centre of Hope hosts Pet Day twice monthly. Veterinarian Dr. Kelly O’Blennis from Bakerview Pet Hospital and Jodi Dunlop of BC SPCA join with us as we strive to meet the needs of these beloved pets.
For more information, please call The Centre of Hope at 604 852 9305.
A huge holiday thank you to all of our staff, volunteers and donors who have given so generously of their time, talents and resources this Christmas! Your generosity enables to provide direct, compassionate care to those who are in need of assistance.
Final Push for 2014
We are still approx. $90,000 short of our year end goal and only have a few days left! Please call The Centre of Hope today at 604 852 9305 or mail in your donation to The Salvation Army Centre of Hope in Abbotsford at 34081 Gladys Ave V2S 2E8
From the bottom of our hearts; thank you for helping us help others.
The Salvation Army Camp Sunrise; where lifelong friendships are discovered.
Each Summer we offer the opportunity for dozens of community children to attend a fun filled week of adventure at Summer Camp! The Salvation Army Camp Sunrise is an amazing place filled with a fantastic, compassionate staff who provide delicious, nutritious meals, wonderful adventures and opportunities such as team building exercises, leadership training, confidence building, and the chance to discover life-long friendships. For many kids, a week at camp is a life changing experience that will equip them with valuable life skills.
On behalf of the families we serve, The Salvation Army wishes to thank this year's sponsors for making this wonderful opportunity available to 60 great kids in our community!
Thank you FraserWay RV. Thank you Abbotsford Community Foundation. Thank you Kiwanis Club of Clearbrook.
Without your thoughtful, generous gifts, this life changing experience would not have been possible for these kids.
How We Fight Today!
At our location on Gladys Avenue in Abbotsford, British Columbia, we are hard at work endeavouring to help the poor, the homeless, the addicted, the hungry, the lonely, and the forgotten – people who are experiencing challenges with the basic necessities of daily living in our city.
Salvation Army staff prepare to leave The Centre of Hope with back up meals and supplies for Emergency Personnel and those displaced by the fire at The Willows apartment complex in Mission.
We make it our concern to feed them, care for them, and help them find the path to wholeness. As you explore our various ministries through these pages, you will discover what we do and why we are so passionate about our work. You may even find ways you want to get involved and make a difference in our community.
Residents of The Willows Apt. Complex were cared for by staff and volunteers of Hope Central, Emergency Services and The Salvation Army. Animal Control was also onsite reuniting owners with their beloved pets that fled during the fire.
Mission City Mayor Ted Adlem came out to check on those displaced by the fire and to thank everyone who responded to the need so quickly.
Mr. Tom Skidmore, former Chairman of the Vancouver Circle of Caring Campaign states: “Many people in this world face seemingly insurmountable physical and psychological challenges. Their souls are empty and their hearts are broken. Their world is a daily battle with drugs, loneliness, mental illness, abuse, and rejection. Every individual who enters the doors of The Salvation Army is treated with respect and dignity. They are not judged on what they have done, how unkempt they appear, or how incoherently they speak. When disheartened men and women knock on the doors of The Salvation Army, they retain a glimmer of hope that someone cares. The door opens. They are greeted warmly. For a fleeting moment, they think maybe, just maybe, this time it will be different!”
Feeding and watering Firefighters and Emergency Personnel at the scene of the fire.
Together, we can make a difference! In addition to Emergency Response, The Salvation Army is working together with many churches and agencies in Mission to ensure that Meal Services are looked after since Union Gospel Mission ceased their Feeding Program/ Meal Services in the community several months ago. The Salvation Army is now providing a dinner meal twice weekly @ Hope Central on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
For more information please contact The Centre of Hope at 604 852 9305.
How Can We Help Change Homelessness
A report on a mission to raise awareness for youth at risk on the streets. FEATURED IN REPORT: Joe Roberts-"Skid Row CEO" Deb Lowell-PR Director-Salvation Army Abbotsford, BC