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Sadly, children raised in poverty are 32% more likely to remain there, compared to their more fortunate peers.
The Salvation Army is committed to addressing the causes of poverty and helping families address the barriers to success.
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. Call 773.434.0488 for more information.
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 773-358-3200, find a location near you, or learn more online.
The Salvation Army offers job skills training and employment referrals for adults.
The Salvation Army Adele & Robert Stern Red Shield Center hosts a food pantry on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Food boxes may include shelf-stable pantry items, breads, cereals, meat and other household necessities.
Meals at Shelters, Facilities & Other Programs
The Salvation Army provides nutritious meals each day for families staying at our shelters, in residential programs, and children enrolled in the Head Start/Early Head Start and camp programs. Most after-school programs also provide a healthy snack.
The Senior Drop-In program provides an opportunity for seniors to visit with each other in a relaxed atmosphere. Seniors share a potluck meal, work on projects, and volunteer. Sessions are Thursdays, from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Salvation Army provides Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for families unable to create a special meal themselves. We host homemade dinners at our facility and provide a Christmas dinner box to struggling families. Each box feeds a family of six, and includes meat, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, biscuits, cake mix and more. You can support this year's Christmas Food Box Project.
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. To register in Head Start and Early Head Start at The Salvation Army Red Shield Center, call 773-358-4650.
The Salvation Army community center provides after-school programming to give youth and teens a safe place to complete homework, learn new skills and relax with their friends. Teen Corner, designed specifically for youth ages 12 - 17, is open January - May, Monday - Friday, from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Teen Corner features a game room with arcade games, board games, foosball, table tennis, air hockey and pool. To enroll in the following programs, please call 773-358-3200 or stop by the Red Shield Center.
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. Celebrate Launch and Landing is a weekly mentoring program to support teens and families in one of Chicago's most dangerous neighborhoods. The program provides support and group meetings to address issues related to homelessness, hunger, addiction, violence and more. Teens are also partnered with mentors to help them achieve their goals. The program is held on Wednesdays from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
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 important to provide additional creative outlets for youth, teens and adults to share their experiences, hopes, dreams and fears.
Recreational, Sports & Fitness Programs
Sports, recreation and fitness programs support the value of health, physical activity and teamwork. Adult Walking Club: Monday - Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., $2/week or free for fitness center members. Basketball open gym is scheduled based on age group. Call 773-358-3200 for more information.
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Wonderland Camp provides week-long summer camp options for youth, teens and seniors with a different theme each week. We also offer day camp during the summer.
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.
Booth Manor Senior Residences, in Chicago's West Loop, provides attractive, low-income apartments and supportive services for seniors on fixed incomes.
Bed & Bread Club
Many of The Salvation Army's services ensure families have nutritious food to eat and 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.
How You and Your Family Can Help
Homelessness is an issue plaguing cities and neighborhoods across the country. Here are some ideas for how to talk with your children about homelessness, how you can help fight poverty, and what you can do to make an impact in your community.