The Salvation Army Celebrates Clean Linens



    TORONTO, April 7 /CNW/ - Today marks the one year anniversary for The
Salvation Army's Gateway Linens, a life altering program for 12 homeless men
each year. The program equips participants with life and employment skills
which empowers them to reconnect to housing and the workforce through
permanent jobs in the commercial laundry sector. Gateway Linens initially
provided linen and laundry services to five Salvation Army shelters in
downtown Toronto and due to the success of the program local businesses and
social services have requested their services.
    "Our government is proud to have supported Gateway Linens and is pleased
to see that the program is meeting with such great success," said the
Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"It is through programs like this that the Government of Canada works with its
partners to help those seeking to break free of the cycle of homelessness and
poverty."
    "The Gateway Linens program has demonstrated that, with professional
training, job coaching, and support, people can get the life and employment
skills training that lead from homelessness to employment, housing, and
eventually self-sufficiency," says Mayor David Miller.
    "As we celebrate our one year anniversary we reflect how successful our
program has become and we are encouraged as we see lives changed. Individuals
are being reintegrated into the workforce and the community and we truly
celebrate their exit of the shelter system permanently," said Dion Oxford,
Director of The Salvation Army Gateway.

    
    We invite the media to celebrate this program with us:

    Who:   The Salvation Army Gateway Linens
    What:  One Year Anniversary Celebration
    When:  Tuesday, April 7, 2009
    Where: 1:00pm - Gateway Linens - 199 Church Street
    

    About The Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army is an international Christian 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 117 countries around the world. The
Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often
tending to the basic necessities of life, provides 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.





For further information:

For further information: Captain John P. Murray, APR, Divisional
Secretary for Public Relations and Development, c) (416) 998-0117


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