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The Salvation Army Helps Make Families Whole

As long as there's The Salvation Army, there's no such thing as "no place to go."

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Every child deserves a childhood.

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

Families are the foundation of our society and we give them the programs and support they need to become strong, successful and productive.
Through hundreds of after school programs, we provide kids a safe place to play, and in many cases, the option for sports and music programs they might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. Through summer camps, we enable children to see the world in a fresh new way. And, through our community centers, we provide families with the physical, emotional and spiritual support they need to foster better, brighter futures.

Broken families can be healed. You can help.

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The Salvation Army equips families in our community through:

After-School Programs

The Salvation Army provides after-school programming to give youth and teens a safe place to complete homework, learn new skills and relax with their friends. The program offers tutoring, mentoring, life skills programming in seven languages, exercise, and work in a computer lab.

Character-Building & Mentoring Programs

Weekly scout-style and mentoring programs are offered at our Corps Community Centers and 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.

Teen Center

In partnership with the YMCA of Rock River Valley, the Teen Center at The Salvation Army Rockford Tabernacle Corps Community Center provides a safe environment for middle school and high school students to participate in intramural sports, visit with friends, and learn positive life skills.

Recreational, Sports & Fitness Programs

Sports, recreation and fitness programs help kids learn the value of health, physical activity and teamwork. Archery classes take place on Wednesday evenings at The Salvation Army Rockford Temple Corps Community Center.

Music, Visual and Dramatic Arts 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. Classes for youth are offered on Wednesdays at the Rockford Temple Corps Community Center.

Camp

Wonderland Camp provides week-long summer camp options for youth, teens and seniors with a different theme each week. We also host day camps during school breaks and the summer.

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.

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, please call 815.972.1135. Or find a Service Extension Unit (partner organization/agency) near you.

Meals at Shelters, Facilities and Other Programs

The Salvation Army provides nutritious meals and snacks for families and individuals in need. We serve dinner during Supper Club at 5 p.m. on Thursday evenings at our Rockford Temple Corps Community Center. Most after-school and camp programs also provide a healthy snack.

Women's Restorative Justice Program

The Salvation Army offers assistance to homeless women and their families in Winnebago County, Illinois, through the Women's Restorative Justice Program (WRJP). The program provides housing and supportive services for women in recovery from substance abuse who have recent criminal history. Women can participate in the program for two years.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

A national weight-loss program that focuses on healthy weight loss and lifestyles. The group meets at Rockford Temple Corps Community Center on Tuesdays at 5 p.m.

Quilting Group

Our quilting group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m. at The Salvation Army Rockford Temple Corps Community Center.


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All over the country, children are fending for themselves.

In communities today, 11.3 million children take care of themselves after the school day ends.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for programs that help support safe family centers and after-school programming.Give children a safe place to play.

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Parents benefit from after-school programs, too.

Parents with children in after-school programs are less stressed, have fewer unscheduled absences, and are more productive at work.

Your support of The Salvation Army provides funding for programs that keep families safe.Provide parents peace of mind.

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Homelessness is a family crisis.

The Salvation Army's family shelters are among the few that keep fathers and older male children with the rest of the family.

Your gift will keep families intact until they find more stable housing. Keep families in crisis together.

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The Salvation Army gives kids and families a chance at life.

Watch how The Salvation Army lets kids experience summer camp for the first time.


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