Emergency Ministries

Available Services

Emergency vouchers are provided for registered clients of the Salvation Army for use in our local Thrift Stores for clothing, furniture & household items. Other emergencies are assessed on an individual basis. In 2012 the Salvation Army gave $10,000 in vouchers for clothing and household items at our Thrift Stores to those in need on the North Shore.

If a disaster occurs in British Columbia, members from all of the Salvation Army’s are called in to set up warehouses with food, furniture and clothing for those in the community stricken by the disaster. We also send out mobile catering vehicles that serve food to the disaster relief crews.
Locally if a disaster occurs, we may be called to refurnish peoples homes, provides food, link people to shelters, etc…
Three times a week a fresh food box is available for individuals and families in need, at the North Shore Salvation Army. Food boxes are distributed Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-11am at 105 West 12th (& Lonsdale). (Phone 604-988-7225) Thanks to our sponsors & volunteers in 2012 we were able to provide 15,000 boxes of fresh food to adults and children on the North Shore.

Referral Services

Many of our clients come to us in crisis situations, and we often refer them to the appropriate agency that can assist them for community support, counseling, detox, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, safe houses and community psychiatric services. Some of the community Agencies we liaise with include: Harbour Light, Sage House, Community Psychiatric Services, North Shore Home Care Services, Vancouver Coastal Health, City of North Vancouver, Lookout Aid Emergency Society – North Shore Shelter, and North Shore Disability Association. Operated by qualified lawyers with approval of the Canadian Bar Association. Aims to: provide legal assistance; assist in the preparation of legal documents; and prepare the client for court.

Pastoral Services

Pastor Bethany Howard is available to help families and individuals in need of spiritual counseling during regular office hours. An appointment is strongly advised. More Pastoral Services

Outreach

It is the mission of NSSA to address the issues of the homeless by building relationships through there many programs.In 2012 The North Shore Salvation Army hosted Connect Day & organized Dignity Day. On these two days hundreds of homeless were give new shoes, counseling, medical attention, hair cuts, meals and a whole lot of TLC. .

Our work on the “frontlines” helps us to see what is helpful to people and what is enabling. Voicing our recommendations to other community agencies allows us to be instrumental in affecting positive change for our clients in our community.