Elsewhere in the world
AUSTRALIA—Elderly residents in The Salvation Army’s Aged Care Plus facility in Sydney receive treatment with a unique lifestyle approach, which includes exercise and medication. Each patient has a “pain and mobility” team consisting of family, nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, other health professionals and case workers.
The Australian Department of Health’s recent research estimated that 26-86 percent of residential care patients experience pain on a regular basis.
CANADA—The Salvation Army food bank in Windsor, Ontario, changed its normal operating procedure. Instead of giving clients pre-bundled packages of food and vegetables, it let them select their own items.
“It makes the food bank more like a small grocery store instead of a place where pre-packed bags of food are handed out. Everything’s great about it,” said Shirley LaFontaine, the first person in line for the revamped venue.
Staff meet with clients in private to determine how many items they may choose.
From FAITH & friends
U.K.—Three Salvation Army corps are involved in a venture to move Christians out of their usual comfort zone of church or corps. An estimated 250,000 people attend three different monthly events organized through “Sunday Night Live” (SNL) to promote “live entertainment with a twist of faith”: live music and Christian viewpoint on various subjects in a non-threatening way.
“It’s not a church held in a cafe,” said Johnny Kinch, creator of SNL. “We’re Christians recognizing today’s coffee shop culture, and fitting into it.”
NEW ZEALAND—Andrew Mexted-Bragg earns a six-figure salary, but has agreed to live on minimum wage for 11 weeks to raise funds for The Salvation Army.
Mexted-Bragg moved from his luxury apartment to a flat with four others and lives on a wage of $13.75 an hour. Into his fourth week, he admits his eyes have opened to the challenges people with less income face daily. He supports raising the minimum wage to $18.40 because the current minimum wage allows survival but not living.
From The Salvation Army New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga on Facebook
SINGAPORE—The Salvation Army’s Child Care Centres at Bukit Panjang, Bukit Batok East, Ang Mo Kio and Tampines gave their children an “out of routine” morning.
After meeting with NPark volunteers, the kids enjoyed a day of sketching at Fort Canning Park, pony rides at Pasir Ris Park, planting at HortPark and storytelling at Singapore Botanic Gardens.
According to Pasir Ris Park Manager Mohamad Husoff, as the children interact with nature, they will develop patience and respect for animals.