The Salvation Army Centre of Hope!
On May 9th 1912, General William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, entered into Royal Albert Hall in London to give his last, most notable address to a packed crowd of 7,000 Salvationists.
Booth's final words (on the graphic above) sum up the essence of The Salvation Army's mission and vision and perfectly typify his 60 year ministry.
Prior to this address, he had wrapped up his last campaign around Europe with sight in only one eye. He later found out an infection would cause him to lose his sight completely, to which he responded," God knows best. I have done what I could for God and the people with my eyes. Now I must do what I can for God and the people without my eyes."
Just three months later in August, Booth would be 'promoted to glory' from his home in Hadley Wood in London.
Booth was quoted as saying, " If there is anything of power in The Salvation Army today, it is because God has had all the adoration of my heart, all the power of my will, and all the influence of my life."
Now, more than 100 years later and with the fuel of supporters worldwide and right here at home, The Salvation Army is still putting up a fight; against sickness, poverty, hunger, substance abuse, domestic abuse, slavery, loneliness, misery and spiritual affliction.
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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