Angel, a single mother of 7 moved to Canada in 2011 from Nigeria for a better life. Settling in Canada has had some challenges but The Salvation Army has provided the support she needed for her family.
“The Salvation Army is a very good organization,” said Angel. They help people so much and they give so much of their time.”
She first arrived in Canada with only 3 of her children and the rest joined her at a later time. Angel first lived in a family shelter in Ottawa until she was placed in affordable housing.
Angel has worked a little as a cleaner but one of her sons has needed extra care due to some health issues and she needs to be at home to care for him.
“Social services told me about The Salvation Army and I have gone to get help with food for my family and vouchers to buy warm clothing, shoes, boots and household items at Salvation Army Thrift stores,” said Angel.
Angel’s children have also gone to Salvation Army summer camp two years in a row for a week in the Muskoka’s.
“They really like learning to swim and going zip lining. They made a lot of friends too,” said Angel.
“Diana at The Salvation Army Ottawa Booth Centre who helps me access the services is a very nice lady because she treats everybody with respect and she tries as much as she can to make people feel comfortable and get the help they need,” said Angel.
Angel is very involved in her community and likes to give back to what she says is a country that has given her so much. Diana has volunteers at community centres, at schools and at the Ottawa Furniture Bank.
Her children are growing happy and healthy and now have opportunities to be successful. One of her sons is in medical school, one is studying law, another is working towards becoming a firefighter and another wants to be a police officer one day and mentor homeless youth.
“We love it here in Canada,” said Angel. “I want God to bless Canada for the good hearts that people have here, for their generosity and for being so welcoming.”
Angel’s dream is to open a free school or a clinic in Nigeria one day. For now she does what she can to help others. “I don’t have much but I do what I can,” she said.
“I pray that God brings courage and happiness to those at The Salvation Army for everything they do,” she said.
About 600 people access The Salvation Army Community Family Services every month in need of emergency food and vouchers for our thrift stores. This program is supported by donations from The Christmas Kettle Campaign. Donate today at a Kettle or online at www.fillthekettle.com
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