The Salvation Army Centre of Hope!
The Salvation Army Removes a Barrier to Shelter and Moves Forward with Pet Friendly Shelter
Every day at The Salvation Army we offer hope, compassion and practical support to those individuals who come to us for assistance in the midst of life’s most challenging circumstances.
In an effort to serve our people most effectively, we strive to identify gaps in services and the barriers that stand in the way of them gaining access to the vital resources they need.
One such barrier we identified at The Centre of Hope was that an individual without a home could not stay in our Shelter if they had a pet that they couldn’t part with. For some, their animal or pet is the only connection they have with another living being and you shouldn’t have to give them up so you can sleep indoors. While the concept of animals in our building presented many challenges, we are moving forward with a ‘Pet Friendly’ model of Shelter with the gracious support of our local SPCA office, Dr. Kelly O’Blenis, Hero Doghouses, Buckerfield’s and other businesses. If you have any further questions in regard to this program, or you would like to partner with us or make a donation to this effort, please call The Centre of Hope at 604 852 9305.
For pictures of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, please click here.
The Salvation Army Outreach Team has been diligently working to secure housing for the individuals living in tents along Gladys Ave. in Abbotsford. Working in collaboration with BC Housing, The Salvation Army has been able to offer rental supplements in addition to the normal monthly housing allowance which is $375.00. The additional funds of up to $200.00 monthly open up further possibilities of affordable housing options, including market housing. Though The Salvation Army is not involved in the eviction process as it is a BC Hydro initiative, The Salvation Army Outreach Team will continue to work with individuals to find them permanent accommodation and the provision of ongoing support services.
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.
The Salvation Army wishes to thank Envision Financial for their very generous sponsorship of the Pantry34 program for the 2013-2014 School year.
For more information on this program and how you can become involved, please click here.
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.
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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