Housing and Homeless Supports

(the) Mission Matters

  • Go In Peace

Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”(Luke 8:48) I had the privilege of attending The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas kettle kick off breakfast last week. All of the major Salvation Army players from the country and in the city show up to it, plus some funders and other dignitaries […]

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  • Through the Shadows

When I think of peace, I think of non-violence.  And when I think of non-violence, my mind often takes me to Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. These guys led their followers into peace by refusing to engage in violence.  And the results of their work changed many minds, including my own, forever. However, it […]

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  • Kudos

Now that we are through the Thanksgiving holiday season, we can more easily focus on our other 2 missional themes of October; appreciation and celebration. In a recent email from our divisional Employee Relations (ER) Director Lisa Baker, she writes: “I would like to suggest that we take the month of October to celebrate and […]

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  • Hold On Tightly

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope and pray that each of you are enjoying this beautiful weekend in some way. I spent all last week at a monastery in Niagara Falls. It was my third of four weeks of study towards becoming a certified spiritual director. [ If you are interested in finding out more about what […]

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  • God, Thank You

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. – Psalm 100: 4-5 The old Christian mystics felt that if all you could say is “God, thank-you” then you’ve said […]

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  • 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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