The Salvation Army hosted an ‘Open House’ exhibit in Toronto on Sunday. A spokesperson said that it was difficult today to find at first glance who is living in poverty or who needs help making ends meet. And more often than not, poverty is closer to us than what we generally think. “It was to promote awareness of this issue that we organized the Open House, located at 1327 Queen St E. in Toronto.
But this was not a typical open house. Instead, the public were invited to walk through the home and see some of the challenges faced by a family impacted by poverty. The living circumstances, room by room, were recreated with plaques that detail statistics of poverty in Canada and highlight what The Salvation Army is doing to help. The ‘Open House’ featured hidden cameras to capture people’s reactions. Through footage of the experience, The Salvation Army will develop video assets that will be used later in May to raise awareness about poverty in Canada.
On Monday, May 2, members of the media will view the ‘Open House’ and have the opportunity to dialogue with and/or interview a representative from 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 in 400 communities across Canada and more than 125 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.