The Salvation Army Community & Residential Services
Showing the Way...the Truth, and the Life

Am I my Brother's Keeper?

Have you ever walked by someone on the street and turned away so you didn't have to look them in the eye?  Does it make you uncomfortable to be around people who are without a home?  Do you wish they would just 'go away'?

The only way this issue is going to 'go away' is if we all work together to do something about it.  There is a famous quote that says, "Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you."  If you want this city to be better, safer, stronger, then we have to combine our efforts to make it better, safer and stronger.  It's not enough to say someone else needs to take care of this problem - this is a problem that belongs to all of us.

What can you do? 
  • You can give your time - get to know the people we serve; find out their story; their hopes and dreams.  Volunteer a few hours a week or each month to support the work that is being done by the different agencies in the city.  Take time to find out what is being done in the city to combat the issues.  Help with events and fundraising intiatives - many hands make light work.
  • You can give your money - it costs money to operate the shelters and programs that are in place in the city - the government supports the work but if every person contributed, there would be much more available to support new initiatives.
  • You can be encouraging - if all you ever do is complain but do nothing to help solve the problem, that is a problem in itself.  Think of a solution - even if you think it's something outrageous - maybe yours is just the answer that is needed.
  • You can care about others more than yourself - we live in a very self-centred world - it's all about me.  That is, perhaps, why the problems have gotten so out of control, because everyone is just looking out for themselves.  We need to care for others, to pick up the fallen, to love the unloveable.  Only then will the problems of our city 'go away'.

Will you be part of the problem, or part of the solution?  The choice is yours.
Poverty isn't always easy to see...
From the outside, it looked like a typical open house—a sign out front invited passersby to come inside and view the home. But instead of finding a house for sale, visitors found a message from The Salvation Army.
The “open house” was an exhibit put on by the Army in Toronto in May to show how, in many instances, poverty remains hidden behind a seemingly fine exterior. Throughout the house were plaques with statistics about poverty in Canada, as well as information about how the Army is helping. The open house also had 15 hidden cameras to capture visitors’ reactions, which have been used to create videos highlighting the Army’s work and encouraging donations.
“Many of those who came through the house were really surprised,” says John McAlister, national director of marketing. “Many people have this idea that we live in a rich, developed country and that poverty isn’t really a factor.”
He notes that some of the strongest reactions took place in the children’s rooms, where the message was, “The kids aren’t alright.”
“Faced with the reality of the challenges that low-income children can have, one woman said, ‘I had no idea,’ ” shares McAlister.

New Community Response Vehicle
(also known as the Soup Van)
The new soup van has been ordered! 

It will still be a few months before it's out on the streets, but we are excited to tell you that we are getting our new Community Response Vehicle!  We've ordered a Ford Transit Wagon through Pinewood Ford which has to be specially retrofitted for our needs.  Once we get the actual vehicle (which had to be built, we will be sending it off to Winnipeg for the retrofit by Pizza Trucks of Canada.

The Community Response Vehicle is dual-purpose.  Firstly, we use it for our nightly community feeding ministry, where we go to two stops (one in the north ward and one in the south ward) to privide a hot meal and other necessities to street-involved people.  Secondly, it is our Emergency Disaster Services Response Vehicle that we would use in the case of a local disaster to provide whatever is needed by first responders and disaster survivors.  This is a vital ministry of The Salvation Army and one that we are proud to provide in the city.

If you would like to contribute to this project, please call 807-345-6492 or contact us to donate.

Stay tuned for more details as they develop!
New Soup Van Thunder Bay
Journey to Life Logo
The Journey to Life
William Booth, co-founder of The Salvation Army, had figured out the idea of the journey to life back in 1890! 

Check out our Residential Services page to find out more!
From Their Kettle to our Kettle
Pop's Kettle Corn
Pop's has sold about 2,000 bags of kettle corn through Canadian Tire stores in support of The Salvation Army!  And all that in just the first three months!

Buy a bag of Pop's Kettle Corn at Canadian Tire and $1.00 will be donated to our Christmas Kettle Campaign (50 cents from Pop's and 50 cents from Canadian Tire).

So get out and buy some great kettle corn and support The Salvation Army at the same time!

Volunteering - It Just Feels Good!!
Thunder Bay Firefighter Volunteers Salvation Army
Do you have a few hours on your hands that you don't know what to do with?  Want to make a difference in Thunder Bay?  Check out our Volunteer Opportunities page, or call 345-6492  to find out what volunteer opportunities are available.
Many hands make light work!