Fighting Homelessness through the Shield of Hope

We’ve all heard the parable, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” This saying speaks to the very heart of the Shield of Hope. When the Bed & Bread Club was first introduced to the City of Chicago, the main objective was to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless. The Shield of Hope is taking that objective one step forward.

You see, our new facility is the nation’s first emergency homeless assessment and rapid-response center (EHARC). It’s providing families facing homelessness personalized services and support. But it’s so much more than that. It’s a light for those in need throughout our community.

The second someone walks through our doors, they’re provided a fresh start. Whatever their past trouble might have been – addiction, abuse, neglect, etc. – their future is changed and the sky becomes the limit.

Through the support of the Bed & Bread Club, the Shield of Hope lays the groundwork for more stable lives by offering families in crisis an assessment, compassionate support and referrals to programs that best meet their immediate needs.

The Salvation Army Shield of Hope is a gift to the City of Chicago - Alderman BurnettThe Shield of Hope is an integral part of Mayor Emanuel’s “Plan 2.0: A Home for Everyone” a broad-ranging, seven-year action plan that builds on Chicago’s original Plan to End Homelessness. By joining the Bed & Bread Club, you can become a part of this amazing movement to fight homelessness in Chicago.

Together, let’s light the way for those who are lost and restore the hope and dignity. To learn more about the Shield of Hope and the Bed & Bread Club, visit or sign up to receive our e-newsletter.



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