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Friday Afternoon Jam

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Friday, July 6th, 2012
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Victoria, BC – A new community outreach program at The Salvation Army’s Addictions & Rehabilitation Centre: Friday Afternoon Music Jam.

A new weekly music program is starting at The Salvation Army’s Addiction & Rehabilitation Centre, 525 Johnson Street. The Friday Afternoon Music Jam has been designed to reach out to our clients and members of the street community to support them in expressing themselves in a positive way. The program will inevitably encourage the development of a new talent within the participants.

The Salvation Army has always had a strong musical element in our history and knows firsthand the power that music can have in increasing self-confidence, building healthy social ties, mentorship and most importantly: a way to express yourself in an artistic medium.

Recently, staff at ARC have noticed some of our residents are gifted musicians through their impromptu practices in the Chapel. With an increase in music in the Chapel, program managers saw the need for a dedicated program to share musical expertise, offer additional instruments and create a musical community in the facility.

“It became abundantly clear that there was a real need in this community and we had the resources to meet it,” said Eric Murdoch, case worker at ARC.

Program Details:

Media Contact: Kyla Ferns 250.686.4283
Program Contact: Nathan Swartz 250.384.3396
*The program is open to anyone who is interested in participating

About The Salvation Army Victoria ARC:
The Victoria Addictions and Rehabilitations Centre (ARC) is a 147 bed residential facility that is situated in downtown Victoria. This multipurpose facility makes every effort to give its residents the opportunity to live in a safe drug and alcohol free environment. There are 51 rooms available for rent to men on a monthly basis. There are also 56 emergency shelter beds for men in need, 21 of which are funded by BC Housing. The facility also operates a 40 bed half-way house, in partnership with Correctional Services Canada, for men returning to the community on federal parole. Some of ARC's services include:
- Transitional Housing (age 19+)
- Shelter program (age 19+)
- Community Residential Facility
- Chaplaincy
- Community Feeding Programs
- Family Tracing
- The Beacon Bus
- Hope House (age 13-18)
- Matson Sequoia Apartments(age 45+)

About The Salvation Army in Canada:
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 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.

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