Community & Family Services Centres are available for youth, in locations across Canada. These centres assist teenagers and children with: drop-in programs; meals; material assistance; Christmas hampers; toys; counseling & referral services; recreational activities; school supplies; spiritual formation and summer camp admissions.
Family Services aspires to share tangible and non-tangible programs and services, addressing the physical, social, emotional and spiritual well-being of all who comes in contact with us.
For many years, The Salvation Army community and family services continues to offer such programs as family support, counselling, life skills training and community services.
Community and Family Services provide basic needs support, capacity building services, and a variety of weekly activities. Food hampers are available to low-income families with children under 19 who need emergency assistance until they receive their next income or visit the food bank.
They offer Community Drop-in Breakfasts, weekly women's support groups, and moms and tots drop-in groups. They also offer clothing assistance in the form of a clothing bank, vouchers, and furniture and household item assistance for low-income individuals living in the area.
As well they can help to provide low-income individuals living in the neighborhood requiring eyeglasses with a free pair, counseling, chaplaincy, anger management training, and personal development support which provides one-on-one planning towards achieving goals and taking action.
Some locations provide advocacy and follow-up support, as well as operate a community kitchen and a community garden. Seasonal programs can include summer camps, the Backpack Program which provides backpacks full of school supplies to low-income families in late August, Thanksgiving turkey giveaway, and Christmas toys and food. Each centre provides the basic services and tailors programs to the community need.