History – The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization whose work began in London, England in 1865 when William Booth, a minister, abandoned the conventional concept of a church and a pulpit and took his message of hope to the poor, the homeless, the hungry and the destitute.  By 1867 The Salvation Army had developed into a ministry offering basic schooling, reading rooms, penny banks, soup kitchens and relief aid to the destitute.

The Salvation Army started its work in Canada in 1882 and quickly began giving hope to those in need throughout the country.  It serves over 1.85 million people each year in over 400 communities in Canada and is now the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country.

To accommodate the changing times, The Salvation Army in Canada continues to evolve and has undertaken Mobilize 2.0 which is a transformation program that included the creation of a vision for The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory so that we know where we are heading, and the development of a strategic plan that will help our movement get there.  While the same values and aspirations still exist, our primary goal is always to advance and find innovative solutions to better address rising community needs.

History – Salmon Arm

At Haney’s Heritage Village, you’ll find snapshots of The Salvation Army’s efforts in Salmon Arm. However, our contemporary journey took shape in 2000 when a Vernon-based group forged connections by journeying north. Initially entrusted with running the food bank, their involvement gradually formalized our presence. 

Our church, situated at 191 2 Ave NE, embodies historical significance, having served as various churches and even the Lions Club Hall.  

Since then, our impact has grown, encompassing a Café, market at the Lighthouse (food bank), Community Gardens, Emergencies of Disaster services and Pathway of Hope. From offering vital assistance and support during the Shuswap wildfires by providing water, produce, snacks, and clothing to organizing and distributing weekly hampers and Christmas toys, our aim has always been dedicated to the service of our community and providing to those in need.