The Salvation Army Homestead Re-Opens to Improve Services for Women Who Struggle with Substance Abuse

TORONTO, May 13 /CNW/ - Today at 1:30 pm, The Salvation Army Homestead - Alice M. Walter House (78 Admiral Rd, Toronto) a residential recovery program for women struggling with substance abuse, will re-open after a $3.5 million renovation.

This renovation was made possible through the generosity of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and the Walter Family of Toronto. It has provided much needed infrastructure upgrades in the heating, plumbing and electrical systems, and the installation of an elevator which will enable the Homestead to support women with mobility restrictions. All will make a difference in the services The Salvation Army is able to offer their clients as they do the hard work of rebuilding their lives.

"The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is pleased to have helped The Salvation Army renovate the Homestead and expand their recovery programs.  This gift from the Foundation is made in honour of its Chairman and in memory of my mother Miriam Burnett who, over her lifetime, dedicated herself to extending kindness and understanding to those in need."  Charles Burnett III

Presiding over the grand Re-opening will be Commissioners William W. and Marilyn D. Francis, National Leaders of The Salvation Army and they will be joined by City Councilor Adam Vaughan, members of the Weston Family, the Walter Family and community stakeholders.

We invite media to attend the Grand Re-opening presentation:

Date:     Friday May 13, 2011
Time:     1:30 pm
Location:     The Salvation Army Homestead, 78 Admiral Rd., Toronto

About the Homestead

The Salvation Army Homestead is a residential program for women who are dealing with substance abuse issues. Treatment options are: a ten-week residential program that houses 18 women at a time in one of the most beautiful areas of downtown Toronto; a ten-week day treatment program at the downtown site; a ten-week day treatment program located in the heart of Scarborough. Salvation Army programs are holistic and abstinence-based.  Trained staff supports women on their journey to recovery and self empowerment in an atmosphere of warmth, acceptance and safety. The Homestead was founded in 1955 in Toronto and since 1966 has been located at its present location of 78 Admiral Road.

About the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is an international faith-based organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

News releases, articles and updated information can be found at SalvationArmy.ca

SOURCE The Salvation Army - Ontario Central Division

For further information:

Neil W. Leduke
Director of Communications
416-578-7998


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