“From coast to coast, The Salvation Army is heeding advice from the government and health authorities to protect the safety of the 1.6 million people we serve each year, as well as our officers, employees and volunteers,” says Commissioner Floyd J. Tidd, territorial commander. “We continue to stand by our communities to bring help and hope and we applaud the Government of Canada’s Economic Response Plan, which aims to provide support to Canadians facing hardship as a result of COVID-19. We acknowledge that recent measures to contain the spread of the virus will have a long-term impact on people’s well-being and we are committed to working with all levels of government as we serve the most vulnerable.”

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The Salvation Army is taking unprecedented measures to limit exposure to COVID-19.

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Effective March 17, ALL thrift stores across Canada will be closed to the public for shopping, but we continue to accept donations of goods until further notice. Thrift stores will continue to support crisis needs of our community and family services operations. Please check out our thrift store page for more information.

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Our social services are supporting communities with utmost care that is based on instruction from community public health agencies and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Salvation Army shelters, and other ministry units, are implementing best practices to ensure staff and clients stay safe and healthy, which includes proper hand-washing procedures and coughing/sneezing techniques. We also encourage staff with possible symptoms/exposure to stay home to reduce the risk of transmission. And all non-essential staff are working off-site at home.
Putting social distancing measures into practice, adjustments are being made to our feeding programs such as providing bags of food instead of sit-down meals. Please check out our community services page for more information.

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“This is a fluid situation that we are keeping a close watch on,” says Lt-Colonel John P. Murray, secretary for communications. “Decisions may need to change as circumstances and health directions evolve. As we navigate these challenging times, our actions will be guided by our mission, our values and evidence-based information published by local health authorities and the Public Health Agency of Canada.”

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As the The Salvation Army Kamloops, we are working on bringing church to you, via various online platforms for church services, bible studies and other communication and you can find more information about this on our ministries page, our calendar page or Facebook. We will update these as soon as we can.

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Knowledge is power and we have also provided a few reputable links so that you can educate yourself on COVID-19.

COVID-19 Outbreak Update from Canada.ca

COVID-19 Resources from The Salvation Army