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We Support And Care For People Of All Ages.

Through programs designed to address the mind, body and soul,
The Salvation Army meets the needs of adults of all ages.

To keep our clients, staff, and volunteers safe, and in accordance with city and state guidelines, programs at The Salvation Army Blue Island (Crossgenerations) Corps Community Center are modified until further notice. Senior Lunch Program and food pantry are continuing, but only as drive-through services. For the most up-to-date information, please contact us at (708) 332-0100.

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The Salvation Army helps adults in every stage of life address crises and identify pathways to success while providing them with love and hope.

We help adults overcome substance abuse, get out of poverty, and start over. Through programs designed to address the mind, body and soul, we meet the needs of adults of all ages.

"I came to Salvation Army looking for basic help like clothes & food. They went beyond that - offering to always help."

Sometimes life hits you hard and you just need a hand up. The Salvation Army is there to show you the path to hope.

The Salvation Army provides resources and support for adults in our community through:

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 youth, teens, and adults to share their experiences, hopes, dreams, and fears. At Crossgenerations, our music classes are Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m.

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. 

  • Fitness Schedule
    • Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Saturdays 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Zumba Schedule
    • Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Membership Pricing Information

Pathway of Hope
Pathway of Hope is a comprehensive case management system that helps families identify barriers to self-sufficiency. Such as unemployment, insecure housing, lack of job skills, lack of childcare, etc. Pathway of Hope also helps address these barriers and connects families with community support organizations, and more.

Senior Programming
The Salvation Army Crossgenerations Corps Community Center has a vibrant senior community with fellowship opportunities daily. 

  • Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    • The Salvation Army Crossgenerations provides nutritious meals during the week for seniors and families.
    • Meals range from sandwiches to hot entrees and include vegetables, fruit, and milk.
    • Cost for seniors is $2, adults $5.50
  • Walking Club: Monday - Friday, 1 - 2 p.m.
  • Bingo: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 12:30 p.m.
  • Jewelry Making: Tuesday, 1 p.m.
  • Cards: Thursday, at 9 a.m.
  • Chess Club: Thursday, 12:30 p.m.

Job Training
The Salvation Army offers job skills training and employment referrals for adults. 

Shield of Hope
The Shield of Hope is the nation's first Emergency Homeless Assessment and Response Center. The Shield of Hope 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.

Senior Apartments
Booth Manor Senior Residences, in Chicago's West Loop, provides attractive, low-income apartments and supportive services for seniors on fixed incomes.

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. For more information or to make an appointment, please call us at 708-332-0100. To receive assistance from The Salvation Army Crossgenerations Corps Community Center, you must live in our service area zip codes 6040660655, 60803, 60445, 60472, 60469, 60427 (Calumet Park only), and have an economic or personal crisis that can be verified. 

Documents needed for appointments are as follows:

  1. Picture ID
  2. Social Security cards for household
  3. Proof of income
  4. Rental lease or mortgage paperwork
  5. Bills & receipts of payments towards the bills
  6. Proof of any other assistance received
  7. Reports from Fire Dept, FEMA or Red Cross (if a victim of a fire or flood)

**For emergency assistance outside these areas, you may also contact a different Corps Community Center or Service Extension Units (partner organizations/agencies) by searching for the location nearest you.

Food Pantry
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. - 3:30 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 Forward
The Salvation Army assists incarcerated men and women transitioning from prison to the community in our Pathway Forward program. Clients undergo counseling, access training programs, and learn to reconnect with their families and communities. 

Partner Abuse Intervention
The Salvation Army offers a Partner Abuse Intervention Program for adults who have perpetrated physical, verbal, or social abuse on their partners. The program helps men identify their abusive patterns, become accountable for the behavior, change beliefs that support the behavior, and learn how to interact with their partners in non-abusive ways. The program is open to those who must receive court-mandated treatment, as well as those looking to stop the behaviors before the police and court system get involved. Call 773.960.3292 for more information.

Harbor Light
The Harbor Light Center program is an intense, in-patient substance abuse treatment. The program is one of the most respected in the country. The Harbor Light program provides transitional services and employment training to help clients overcome their addiction and successfully transition back into their communities.

Adult Rehabilitation Centers
The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers provide intense work-based substance abuse therapy for a minimum of six months. Clients live onsite and work in Salvation Army Family Stores and other areas while participating in a full range of treatment programs.

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