Vadia Powell, 89, has lived in her Chatham home on Chicago’s South Side for decades.
Over the years, violence engulfed the neighborhood, and Vadia stopped leaving her home to visit friends, go to the store, or attend Sunday worship. “Most of us on this street don’t travel like we used to,” she says.
Vadia’s isolation deepened when her husband died in 2000. Her son Robert, now 64, moved in to take care of his aging mother.
The front steps fell into disrepair with rotting wood and poor support. Robert had several accidents, resulting in broken legs and knee surgeries. Unable to replace the stairs themselves, Vadia and Robert turned to The Salvation Army. Read More
Ted Johnson, principal of Volta Elementary School in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, wanted to start a music program for the children. But like so many other budget-strapped schools, he just didn’t have the money.
And in a school where 94 percent of the students come from low-income families, the money wasn’t likely to come from parents, either.
So The Salvation Army came to the rescue . . . as it has for many of Chicago’s public schools. Read More
My name is Terence, and if it weren’t for The Salvation Army, I don’t know where I’d be today.
Sometime between the 8th and 9th grade, I lost interest in school. All I cared about were sports, goofing off, and girls. I started getting bad grades, but I just didn’t care anymore. I quit going to class, and ended up having to repeat my freshman year.
By my junior year, I was so fed up with school, I dropped out. Read More
On a beautiful early September morning, 34 foursomes gathered at the Glen Club in Glenview for 18 holes of spectacular golf to benefit The Salvation Army children’s programs. Several foursomes at this year’s “Hope Fore Kids” event finished with impressive combined scores, but it was the children that the Army serves who were the real winners. The event raised more than $218,000 for after-school tutoring, sports, recreation, music, arts and character-building programs or teen drop-in centers. No matter a child’s interest or talent he or she can explore them through these programs in our corps community centers provide children a safe place after the school bell rings. During the summer, nearly 1,000 children attend our Wonderland Camp in Wisconsin. Read More
When: Thursday, September 11, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Life Changers International Church, 2500 Beverly Road, Hoffman Estates
General André Cox, the international leader of The Salvation Army, and his wife, Commissioner Sylvia Cox, the World President of Women’s Ministries, will lead the Soldier’s Rally and Cadet’s Welcome in Chicago on September 11. You are invited to share in this historic visit featuring a celebratory worship service with music, prayers and a special message from General Cox. Hundreds of guests, officers and soldiers from the Metropolitan Division and the surrounding areas are expected to attend.
General Cox was elected as the 20th General of The Salvation Army in August 2013. Together, he and Commissioner Cox lead the 1.5 million-strong worldwide church of The Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in London, UK in 1865. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in 126 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction.