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Through our community center and social services, we equip families with the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual support they need to foster better, brighter futures.
The Salvation Army meets families wherever they are in life and help them move to a more self-sufficient and productive path.
Character-Building & Mentoring Programs
Weekly scout-style and mentoring programs are designed to support youth and teens as they navigate their world and grow into adulthood. Topics addressed can include bullying, peer pressure, making a positive impact on the community, family life and more. At The Salvation Army Crossgenerations Corps Community Center, our Youth Alive & Character-building program is designed for youth in grades kindergarten through high school and is held Thursdays at 5-6 p.m., September through May.
The Salvation Army community centers provide after-school programming to give youth and teens a safe place to complete homework, learn new skills and relax with their friends. Kids Club is held from September through May on Thursday afternoons; 3-4 p.m. Homework Help and snack, 4-5 p.m. University of Illinois Educational Activities.
Youth Music, Visual and Dramatic Education
The Salvation Army is the largest music educator in the world, with offerings in brass, vocal, guitar, drums and more. It is essential to provide additional creative outlets for children and teens to share their experiences, hopes, dreams, and fears. At Crossgenerations, our music classes are Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. Registration through front desk is required.
Music Program Schedule from September 2018 through May 2019:
Session 1 (Sept. 12th - Dec. 12th) | $30 for 12 weeks or $3/Class
Session 2 (Jan 9th - May 29th) | $50 for 18 weeks or $3/Class
Recreational, Sports & Fitness Programs
Physical fitness is essential for a healthy body and a healthy outlook on life. The Salvation Army Crossgenerations Corps Community Center has a weight room and offers additional fitness activities including basketball, climbing wall, and Zumba classes. The facility also provides lockers and showers for participants.
The Salvation Army Crossgenerations Food Pantry provides shelf-stable pantry items, bread, cereals, meat, and other household necessities, and is open Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. The Pantry functions on a first come first served basis. However, all our clients receive the same kind and amount of goods every time. Individuals and families should bring ID, proof of address, paycheck stub, and documents to prove family dependent(s) on the first visit. We also ask that our clients visit once every 30 days to allow other people to benefit from this service as well.
Pathway of Hope
A comprehensive case management system to help families identify barriers to self-sufficiency (unemployment, insecure housing, lack of job skills, lack of childcare, etc.), Pathway of Hope also provides guidance, on how to address these barriers and connects families with community support organizations, and more.
The Salvation Army Crossgenerations Corps Community Center has a vibrant senior community with fellowship opportunities daily.
Bed & Bread Club
Many of The Salvation Army's services ensure families have nutritious food to eat and a safe place to sleep. Once the basics are covered, we support families with after-school programming, creative arts education, worship opportunities, and more. Help keep these programs available to those most in need by joining the Bed & Bread Club.
Head Start & Early Head Start
Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide young children and their families a chance to learn in an educational and creative environment. Programs also meet the needs of teen mothers and homeless families.
Fatherhood in Action
The Salvation Army assists father figures with building stronger relationships with their children and their children's mothers. The program offers supportive and interactive group discussions while fathers develop skills for dealing with family and life issues.
Shield of Hope
The Shield of Hope is the nation's first Emergency Homeless Assessment and Response Center, which provides emergency shelter and helps families identify more stable living situations within two weeks. When families move, they are connected with community support services to navigate their futures better.
Evangeline Booth Lodge
The Evangeline Booth Lodge is an emergency shelter for families with children who suddenly become homeless due to eviction, disasters, domestic violence, stranded while traveling, or other crises. Booth Lodge can accommodate as many as 60 families each night.
Homelessness Prevention & Emergency Assistance Programs
The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to help with mortgage/rent, utility bills, clothing, medication bills, and other needs to keep families in their homes. The Salvation Army Crossgenerations Social Services department is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., by appointment only. To receive assistance from The Salvation Army Crossgenerations Corps Community Center, you must live in our service area zip codes , Documents needed for appointments are as follows:
**For emergency assistance outside these areas, please call our divisional hotline at 773-205-3520. You may also contact our Service Extension Units (partner organizations/agencies) by searching for the location nearest you.