This winter in Chicago has been relatively mild with little less snowfall than expected… until this month. In February, our area was hit with nearly a foot of snow over a three day period, hitting a new record and putting homeless families in a bind when it comes to appropriate winter footwear.
The Salvation Army will welcome families to its new Shield of Hope emergency family shelter starting March 6. The project, a partnership with the City of Chicago, is the nation’s first rapid-response emergency homeless assessment and response center addressing the needs of families in crisis.
Lent is a time when Christians reflect on the meaning of sacrifice. For 40 days, many people give up sweets, carbs, alcohol or other “extras” to practice understanding deprivation and to strengthen / renew their faith.
If you participate in Lent, consider also reflecting on how others suffer from deprivation of some things that we may take for granted; the family with no permanent home, the man struggling with sobriety, the woman worried she may not be able to afford groceries this week. You may be inspired to add an act of compassion and generosity during your Lenten practice.
It’s National Heart Health Month and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to take stock of your heart. How are you doing? This month, consider what you’re doing to practice self-care. Perhaps you set aside a few minutes regularly to meditate, reflect or pray about what’s on your heart. Spend some time with loved ones. And be sure to get your heart pumping a little faster by getting your body moving!
In 1915, in a country still firmly latched onto segregation, Mable Broome became the first African-American Salvation Army officer commissioned in Chicago. She not only led the charge to include people of color in The Salvation Army, she also reinforced its commitment to award leadership roles regardless of skin color or gender.
With this legacy of empowerment without discrimination, The Salvation Army has continued to grow: welcoming officers from diverse backgrounds and serving nearly 25 million people each year in the US regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We take a holistic approach to Doing the Most Good where there is the most need, without discrimination, whether it be disaster relief, emergency assistance, substance abuse rehabilitation, or educational programs for children.
This February, as we celebrate African-Americans in history, we also honor the experiences of people of color in The Salvation Army today. Continue reading “Celebrating Black History Month”