The Salvation Army Shield of Hope

Renderings of the new Shield of Hope facility


The Salvation Army has partnered with the City of Chicago to create the City’s first rapid-response emergency homeless assessment and response center to provide families facing homelessness personalized service and support. The new facility – The Shield of Hope – is an integral part of Mayor Emanuel’s “Plan 2.0: A Home for Everyone” a broad-ranging plan to end homelessness in Chicago.

The Shield of Hope, which will be located across from the Army’s Freedom Center campus in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood, will provide families in crisis an assessment, compassionate support, and a referral to the program that best meets their immediate needs, including living with family or friends, shelter or other temporary arrangement. The Shield of Hope will have 75 client rooms with private bathrooms for families unable to find shelter elsewhere.

The Shield of Hope also provides:

  • Laundry room
  • Cafeteria
  • Counseling
  • Life skills training
  • Support services
  • Assistance finding and obtaining permanent housing

Families staying at the Shield of Hope will also have access to an array of services at the Freedom Center.

  • Social service programs
  • Recreational and educational class for children
  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Job training
  • Treatment for substance abuse
  • and much more
The Salvation Army Shield of Hope

The Shield of Hope is the newest service under the Army’s Bed and Bread programs, which are designed to meet the needs of individuals and families facing hunger and shelter instability. The Bed and Bread programs help those who are most vulnerable access emergency shelter, groceries, nutritious meals and utility and rent payments in order to stay in their home.

The funding for the construction of Shield of Hope has been provided by an anonymous gift, but funding is needed to support the ongoing support services critical to helping families achieve and maintain stability.

For more information on The Shield of Hope and how you can help, visit our Bed and Bread website or call 773.205.3505.

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Shield Hope Rendering Signs - update May 2017-2