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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.
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. Head Start is available at our Corps Community Center for children ages 3-5, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. For more information, please call 312-492-6803.
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. Teen Night for youth ages 14-17 is held on Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Program is free with minimal paperwork. Call 312-492-6803 for more information.
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. Kids in Pre-K through 10th grade are invited to join us on Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Golden Age Club (ages 50+)
Adventure out and join us for games, activities, and seminars. Attending meetings and events are a great way to get out and stay active. Play your favorite games, watch some cool movies with your friends, do some creative arts & crafts and spend some time fellowshipping together having lunch. Golden Age Club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
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.
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 better navigate their futures.
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.
The Salvation Army Chicago Temple Corps Community Center hosts an emergency food pantry on Tuesdays from 10:00 am until 12:00 p.m. Food boxes may include shelf-stable pantry items, breads, cereals, meat and other household necessities.
Homelessness Prevention & Emergency Assistance Programs
The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to help with mortgage/rent, utility bills, clothing, medication bills, and other needs in order to keep families in their homes. For more information or support: contact our Corps Community Center for an appointment Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. You may also call the Divisional emergency assistance hotline 773-205-3520 or learn more online.