Congratulations Salvation Army St. Catharines – more than 130 years of service
Congratulations Salvation Army St. Catharines
On June 17 the Salvation Army of St. Catharines celebrated the opening of a new extension at its north St. Catharines church and facility. I was honoured to participate in this special event with other community leaders and celebrate the Salvation Army’s commitment to our community.
Around the world, the Salvation Army has 23,000 church members and 150 community service institutions in 26 countries. The Salvation Army has been active in St. Catharines since 1883 and is a strong partner in community service. The volunteers, staff and leaders are a caring force for positive change.
Many of us know of the Salvation Army for the Christmas kettle campaign but this organization works all year round to support the most vulnerable members of our community. The staff, volunteers
and members of the church are a quiet army of champions who are working hard to build a more compassionate city, each and every day.
The Salvation Army has established a reputation as a reliable social service agency that is responsive to local needs. The staff and volunteers run a food bank, street outreach program, and clothing and furniture bank (through the Salvation Army thrift stores). They respond to emergencies and disasters, runs summer camps, prepare Christmas hampers, and organize social programs to support community members. The new expansion will allow the army to continue this important work and serve more people. It is fully accessible, environmentally-friendly, and a really beautiful space.
I’d like to thank the members of the church and the Salvation Army corps of volunteers for over 130 years of service to our community. The new expansion is a testament to your drive and commitment to building a more caring, compassionate and inclusive community.
Congratulations on this milestone event!