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Bed & Bread Club: Restoring Hope in Chicagoland Image

Bed & Bread Club: Restoring Hope in Chicagoland

A membership in the Bed & Bread Club helps bring hope to the hopeless, and change for those who once thought it impossible.

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It’s more than just a meal or a room. A membership in the Bed & Bread Club helps bring hope to the hopeless, and change for those who once thought it impossible. Read the following story and discover the ways the Bed & Bread Club has helped hungry and homeless individuals throughout Chicagoland.

A Journey to Sobriety

Roy Ballesteros has lived more years than his age would suggest, and while he’s proud to say he’s three years sober, his journey there was anything but easy.

When Roy was 14 years old, he started experimenting with marijuana and alcohol. Before long, he was arrested for forgery and sentenced as a juvenile. While serving probation for that charge, he was arrested again for forgery and burglary, however, this time he was sentenced as an adult and sent to prison.

Multiple early releases and probation violations kept Roy in and out of jail, and he eventually ended up at a halfway house on Chicago’s South Side. He continued to use drugs and hang out with negative influencers. “At my lowest, I was so high I wanted to die,” Roy says. But God had other plans for him.

At the recommendation of a co-worker, Roy turned to The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC). The ARC works with people like Roy, providing them a minimum of six months of substance abuse treatment and work therapy. The Harbor Light Center in Chicago is one of The Salvation Army’s largest residential substance abuse recovery programs in the country, with accommodations for up to 200 men.

Roy successfully completed our program and is now working full-time as an assistant manager at a local pizza restaurant. He often shares his story with others who are going through their own addiction. Looking ahead, Roy would like to work with other addicts seeking treatment and help through The Salvation Army.

“They welcomed me, and now I’d like to be there for others,” Roy says

Our doors are always open.

Our emergency shelters and transitional living centers provide housing, food, and overnight lodging for homeless families and the homeless. Through our holistic approach to serving the whole person, we supplement every shelter service with emotional and spiritual support.

If you or a loved one are facing hunger or homelessness, please call 311, The City of Chicago will contact us for placement.

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As a Bed & Bread Club member, your support ensures The Salvation Army can provide safe shelter and nutritious meals to families staying at our new Shield of Hope center.


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The Salvation Army provides safe shelter to
nearly 30,000 people every night through:

Emergency Shelters

702 men, women, children were provided lodging food, clothing, and other aid through our Evangeline Booth Lodge. Our Shield of Hope facility provides 75 beds are available for families on a nightly basis in family bedrooms; accommodations for up to 125 in emergency shelter situations.

Emergency Assistance

26,063 instances of emergency assistance with rent and mortgage, clothing, transporation, utilities and medications. Families staying at Shield of Hope have access to social service programs, job training, recreational and educational programs, treatment for

Nutritious Meals

87,812 meals served across metropolitan Chicago through our feeding programs.

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The Salvation Army brings hope to the homeless families at the Shield of Hope center.

The Nation's First Emergency Homeless Assessment and Rapid Response center.