Housing and Homeless Supports

(the) Mission Matters

  • Approaching Injustice With Prayer

God, Grant me the SERENITY to accept the things that I cannot change, The COURAGE to change the things that I can, And the WISDOM to know the difference. I’ve never started a newsletter with a prayer before. Usually, I end that way. But in this case, starting with this prayer made total sense. Prayer […]

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  • Faithful In Prayer

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” – ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:12‬ It’s September. Our focus this month is on ‘prayer’. So, If we’re doing any strategic planning; prayer. If we are preparing for accreditation; prayer. If we don’t know what to do in a tricky situation; prayer. If things seem just way too busy; […]

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  • Responding With Patience, Gentleness & Grace

There’s a lot going wrong in our world today. Racism. Rioting. Division. Overdoses. Shootings. It’s understandable and ok to get angry. Even enraged. Sometimes that’s the only right way forward. I often feel unsure as to how to best respond. I even feel helpless. But one thing I do know is that responding to hate and violence […]

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  • Starting With Patience, Gentleness & Grace

When I think of patience, gentleness and grace I think of the onboarding of new employees. In many ways, we can be a transforming influence to those who have chosen to work at The Salvation Army by starting with patience, gentleness and grace. We are beginning to see five generations working in our ministry units, […]

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  • My Mantra for August

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” – Colossians‬ ‭3:12 So we’ve chosen three key words to focus on for the month of August. Patience, gentleness and grace. Patience, gentleness and grace. In fact, it might be wise to take these three words and form […]

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  • Being Light Everywhere She Went

One of our Causeway participants recently passed away. I guess this was inevitable but was still difficult to learn. She came to us via Evangeline Residence. As she moved out, she acknowledged she’d like to be connected to some friends in her new neighbourhood. So we found some Causeway volunteers, organized a time for everyone […]

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  • Joyful Intercessors

“Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!” – Psalm 81:1 As we continue our focus on joy in the month of July, I couldn’t help but notice that the 19 people who were ordained as Salvation Army Officers (with the title/rank of lieutenant) on July 1 were known as the […]

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  • Got Joy?

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you to know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking in anything.”  – James 1:2-4 As I think about Joy, our missional focus for […]

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  • Defining Joy

Happy July! We are without a doubt in summer mode now. And because of that we have chosen the theme of ‘joy’ to be our focal point for the month. Sunshine, warmth, blue skies, green grass, a gentle breeze, blooming trees and flowers, swimming, summer parties, barbecues, bike rides, camping, and the sound of laughter – all bring a […]

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  • Things I Hope For

Be joyful in hope, patient in pain, faithful in prayer. (Rom. 12:12) I hope one day there would be no more homelessness. I hope one day we could find appropriate housing for everyone we meet. I hope one day that everyone was connected to community. I hope one day for an end to addiction. I […]

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  • The Benefits of Hope

Hope is hard work. It’s not free. Hope costs us something. It’s not easy to look at ourselves, something or someone and hope for something better. It takes determination and willpower to face a situation and bring into the picture some hope that things could be different. But even though hope is not free, the […]

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“Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long.” (Psalms 25:5) Friday June 2 was ‘National Doughnut Day’! This is only the 2nd year that I’ve known this day even exists. Apparently, this day was established by The Salvation Army in […]

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  • He Wanted His Smile Back

Often, one of the quickest ways to tell if someone is struggling with poverty is by looking at their teeth. Unless you’re employed full-time and have a benefit plan with your work, you could never afford regular visits to the dentist for maintenance. As a result, eventually your teeth decay. This is a significant justice […]

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  • Putting Labels Aside

Well it’s been quite a season of news making from the office of  the President of the United States. These past two weeks have been more heightened on that front, if that were possible. It’s hard sometimes to fathom that this stuff is even real and not fiction. If it weren’t so painful to watch […]

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  • Dignity & Respect

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. -Galatians 8:28 May has been declared ‘dignity’ month in the Salvation Army. We in our shelters have chosen to follow suit and make our missional themes this month ‘dignity […]

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  • Take Me to the Alley

It’s still Easter Season. It’s still that season of hope and faith that death can be overcome. When I think about our April missional themes of Humility and Servanthood and how they relate to Jesus, my mind often takes me to this song by Gregory Porter called “Take Me to the Alley.” The song is […]

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  • Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone! Today is THE biggest day of the whole Christian year.  Today is the day we remember that the saviour of the entire world conquered the biggest enemy imaginable: death.  Today is the day we remember that Jesus was raised from the dead, came out of his tomb, and is still alive and […]

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  • Holy Monday

Holy Monday is the day Christians begin to focus on Jesus’ walk towards the cross. Yesterday we celebrated the day Jesus humbly yet triumphantly entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey. We call it ‘Palm Sunday’  because the people who cheered him during His entry, placed palm leaves in front of the donkey as a sign […]

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  • Humility & Servanthood

April is here and signs of spring are all around us. Longer and warmer days, blooming leaves and flowers, and putting the winter gear away for another season all help to remind us that we made it through another winter and summer is coming. And that’s why we celebrate Easter at this time of year. […]

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  • World Water Day

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” – John‬ ‭4:13-14‬ There are 3 main reasons why we chose ‘Justice and Reconciliation’ […]

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