The Salvation Army is mobilizing officers, trained staff and volunteers from across the country to ensure the availability of emotional and spiritual support to those in need. With flood waters exceeding that of 2017, many residents are dealing with increased anxiety and stress.
A local resident in the Britannia area who was visibly distraught made her way to the Salvation Army Canteen. She had been a prisoner in her own home due to the flooding and all of the sand bags that had been placed around her residence.
On reaching the canteen she sought out one of The Salvation Army’s trained volunteers.
The volunteer took her for a short walk and they spoke. After the walk and a hot meal, the woman was able to make her way back to her home where she started to engage with her own neighbours and bring them encouragement.
The woman came back to the Canteen the very next day and thanked The Salvation Army volunteer for her listening ear.
“I knew that there would be someone there for me to talk to at The Salvation Army and I am so very thankful,” she said.
God is moving in the Flood!
In Constance Bay, a volunteer requested spiritual care and was referred to The Salvation Army. A quiet place in the community centre was secured for the purpose of retreat and prayer.
“Sometimes amidst the busyness of providing food and hydration, we must always keep in mind that some of our neighbours may need a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on and a prayer,” said Major Ken Percy, “We are providing an open door to talk about spiritual and emotional things, as the opportunity presents itself.”
If you would like to support The Salvation Army’s Flood Relief efforts please visit http://SalvationArmy.ca/floodresponse