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The Salvation Army needs Ottawa’s business community to help their neighbours with food, safe housing

Salvation Army officer and client
Salvation Army officer and a client

The Salvation Army in Ottawa is appealing to the generous business community to become corporate mission partners and provide hope to the most vulnerable through life-changing services during these times of record highs of inflation, food prices and housing costs.

As a corporate mission partner, you are supporting your neighbours in need and helping The Salvation Army serve individuals and families to find a way out of poverty permanently. 

Last year, The Salvation Army was a beacon of light for 87,000 people in Ottawa. The need is increasing, as more individuals and families are finding themselves in dire straits and seeking support from The Salvation Army. Corporate mission partners, your time is now. 

Salvation Army food collection

The Salvation Army Ottawa Booth Centre, a men’s emergency shelter, provides critical wrap-around supports and assists those experiencing homelessness find long-term housing. 

Supporting people living rough throughout the City of Ottawa is a daily transformative helping hand by The Salvation Army’s Street Outreach Teams, who provide clothing, sleeping bags, water and food to over 160 unsheltered individuals weekly with the goal of providing hope and ending homelessness. 

Through early intervention and focusing on a housing first approach, last year The Salvation Army referred 440 people to housing.

For many of your neighbours, food is out of reach. As a corporate mission partner, help The Salvation Army Community and Family Services assist the most vulnerable in providing emergency food, clothing, household items, school supplies and hygiene products, as well as other vital programs that help struggling individuals and families from choosing between groceries or paying for housing. 

Girls preparing food at the Salvation Army

In 2022, generous donations from the business community helped The Salvation Army Community and Family Services provide food security to 1,200 single households and 750 families. This year, The Salvation Army anticipates an increase for their life-changing programs and support is needed more than ever from mission partners.  

“We are noticing that more people are coming to The Salvation Army for emergency food and clothing and for many it’s their first time,” said Diana Javier, manager of The Salvation Army Community and Family Services. “The need in Ottawa is great, and supporting our programs will change lives for the better.”  

The Salvation Army Bethany Hope Centre is a lifeline for many pregnant youth and young parent families by improving their well-being and assisting them to reach their personal goals of education, employment, food security and economic independence. Journeying with struggling young families and providing life-changing programs for the whole family including access to health care and prenatal and parenting courses. 

Salvation Army bethany hope centre

“Investing in the future of our young families and children creates a healthy community for all, and The Salvation Army Bethany Hope Centre offers several ways for the business community to get involved in our transformational programs. I encourage you to help us support the most vulnerable and build a community legacy that lasts generations,” said Sandra Randall, executive director of The Salvation Army Bethany Hope Centre.

This holiday season, The Salvation Army’s iconic Christmas Kettle Campaign, a vital fundraising appeal that directly supports Ottawa’s most vulnerable year-round, will see mission partners bringing smiles and ringing bells while volunteering their time accepting donations from generous donors. 

Every dollar put into a kettle ensures The Salvation Army can deliver life-changing programs that provide dignity for many who are finding it difficult to make ends meet. Last year, The Salvation Army supported over 1.5 million individuals and families throughout Ontario.

Please donate at one of over 30 kettle locations around Ottawa this Christmas, which are equipped with touchless giving. You can donate online and become a corporate mission partner by visiting or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.