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Doing The Most to Help Families

The Salvation Army helps make families whole.
We open our arms and our hearts to give families the support they need to grow together and thrive.

To keep our clients, staff, and volunteers safe, and in accordance with city and state guidelines, programs and services at The Salvation Army Freedom Center Campus / Harbor Light Corps Community Center are modified until further notice. For the most up-to-date information, please contact us at (312) 667-2200. 

Click here to learn more about local and national Coronavirus (COVID-19) relief efforts.

Every child deserves a childhood.

We open our arms and our hearts to give families the support they need to grow together and thrive.

"The Salvation Army taught me how to advocate for my family and access other services. And that we're not alone."

The Salvation Army meets families wherever they are in life and help them move to a more self-sufficient and productive path.

The Salvation Army equips families in our community through:

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.

After-School Programs
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. Free dinners for kids (up to age 17) are served Monday through Friday from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Northwestern Hospital Sponsored Cooking Classes are offered Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

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.

  • Our Character-Building Scouting Program for boys and girls ages 6-17 years old is held on Tuesdays. Dinner is served from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., with Scouting program starting at 5:00 p.m. We host Open Gym after Character-Building on Tuesdays. 
  • "Let's Talk 4 Teens" followed by Open Gym - Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. 
  • Open Gym for kids 6-12 years on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 p.m.

Pathway of Hope
A comprehensive case management system, Pathway of Hope helps families identify barriers to self-sufficiency (unemployment, insecure housing, lack of job skills, lack of childcare, etc.) and ways to address them by connecting with community support organizations and more.

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.

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 at 312-667-2350, find a location near you, or learn more online

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.

I need help

Broken families can be healed. You can help.