This time last year The Salvation Army was meeting unprecedented demand from people in need of food. The nearly
five-week restrictive Level 4 lockdown resulted in job loss, reduced income, and fear for the future.
We innovated: When we couldn’t see people face-to-face, we set up drive-through foodbanks. Distance visits to our social
housing tenants and Skype meetings with our addiction clients ensured we could still deliver our wraparound services to
those in need.
What a difference a year makes.
In 2021, we are digging deeper to offer long-term solutions for the challenges poverty brings.
We have moved from a triage phase during the Lockdown, to offering strategies for change, and hope for the future.
Our holistic approach means hungry bellies are fed, first and foremost. But our support goes so much deeper. From
financial mentoring and counselling, to addiction services, supported accommodation, and Positive Lifestyle Programmes,
The Salvation Army develops comprehensive support addressing the whole experience of each person.
We know these things work. Every day we see the proof.
The first step to a hopeful future is opening up possibilities and these can come from unlikely sources.
Richard and Asina were living in their car, scared and alone. It all changed one night when they spotted a Salvation
Army poster in a bathroom.
“I walk into a bathroom to freshen up and then there’s this sign on the wall in front of me. It’s The Salvation Army
advising people if you need a shower or if you need some shelter to call this number,” Asina says.
Enter Salvation Army street outreach worker John.
“I thought he was an angel,” Asina says.
John spent time hearing about the couple’s challenges and strengths. He helped find them stable accommodation. A year
on, John and The Salvation Army continue to support the couple. Their lives are unrecognisable.
“The weight of our situation has just lifted and it’s like we can breathe,” Asina says.
With the Army’s ongoing support, they are now developing a programme to help others who, like them, face uncertainty and
The Salvation Army’s mission to care for people, transform lives and reform society provides the impetus behind
everything we do.
Our work depends greatly on the generosity of our donors. We know that life has become financially tough for many in
Aotearoa. Some of our donors may even be asking for help for the first time ever. Covid-19 has forced many of us to
adapt to lower incomes or even unemployment. We’re asking you to dig deep, as we are, to offer hope for the future to
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