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.
Sometimes life hits you hard and you just need a hand up. The Salvation Army is there to show you the path to hope.
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.
The Salvation Army offers job skills training and employment referrals for adults.
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.
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, call the emergency assistance hotline 773-205-3520 or learn more online.
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.
Mobile Feeding & Homeless Outreach
The Salvation Army makes more than 25 stops every day to provide hot meals, case management, and mental health and substance abuse services to the homeless. We are ready to assist those interested in leaving the streets. Download the Mobile Unit's schedule.
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 of Chicago.
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.
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.
The Salvation Army assists incarcerated men and women transitioning from prison to the community. Clients undergo counseling, access training programs and learn to reconnect with their families and 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.
The Harbor Light program is an intense, inpatient substance abuse treatment program. The program ? one of the most respected in the country ? also provides transitional services and employment training to help clients overcome their addiction and successfully transition back into their communities.
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.
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.