Community & Family Services

The Centre of Hope is being designed for the broader community to use and enjoy. There will be three multi-purpose community spaces and an outdoor courtyard available seven days a week to all community members. These spaces will be offered to community groups to host meetings, classes, language training, family activities, services, special events, and more.

Through the Salvation Army’s Community and Family Services program, the Centre of Hope will provide emergency food, clothing support, household items and transportation assistance for those in need.

In addition, we offer:

  • Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) — Financial support for Ottawa residents who have fallen behind on their hydro bills to avoid loss of housing.
  • MoneyWise — Lessons on how to manage finances and avoid homelessness for individuals and families who receive social benefits, pensions, and wages.
  • Correction & Justice Services – The Salvation Army works with people who have come into the justice system for the first time who have been ordered to perform community service. We set them up with a Community Service Order (CSO) case worker to assess their skills and match them with a suitable community volunteer placement.
  • Adventure Summer Camp — A six-day summer camp experience for children aged 7-15 in Jackson’s Point and Newport, Ontario.

Community Outreach

  • Toy Mountain – In partnership with Bell Media, the Salvation Army Centre of Hope oversees the collection and distribution of new unwrapped toys to over 7,500 underprivileged families in the Ottawa area annually at Christmas time.
  • Kettle Campaign – The Red Kettle Christmas Campaign is a large annual fundraising initiative with proceeds going to support the Salvation Army’s Community and Family Services programs, as well as the children’s summer camp.

To volunteer for either campaign, please contact Kristine Farnel at 613-241-1573 ext. 307