We are deeply saddened and disappointed with the news that, once again, this July 4th weekend was a very violent and deadly one in Chicago. Eighty two people felt the pain of a gunshot wound. Fourteen families were shattered by the death of a loved one. Countless neighborhoods continue to be rocked by senseless violence.
The entire City of Chicago has been affected by gun violence, and as human beings and people dedicated to serving our communities, we find this unacceptable. We mourn with the families who lost loved ones and stand alongside our neighbors as they call for an end to the bloodshed. We continue our partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the Put The Guns Down and Faith & Action campaigns. Read More
Vadia Powell, 89, has lived in her Chatham home on Chicago’s south side for decades. As she aged and violence engulfed the neighborhood, 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 said. Her isolation only deepened when you husband passed away in 2000. Vadia’s son, Robert, 64, returned home to better care for his mother. Read More
In October 2012, Ed Logan was realizing his dream of living on a sailboat just off of Staten Island—until Hurricane Sandy destroyed his boat and took away everything he had.
After spending more than seven months at a hurricane shelter, Logan was connected with the local Salvation Army in New York, which provided him with a train ticket back to his former home, Chicago. Once in the city, Logan planned to rebuild his life. He also hoped to reconnect with his teenage son, from whom he had become estranged following his divorce. Read More
Summer camp days are full of sunshine, swimming, arts and crafts and blossoming friendships. This is true for campers of all ages — including those in The Salvation Army’s Senior Camp program. Every June the Army’s Wonderland Camp in Wisconsin welcomes more than 260 older adults for four days of camping fun. Campers can be as busy or relaxed as they choose, and select from a variety of activities. “I look forward to coming here,” Pattie Wynder, 79, of Roseland, said. “I love going for walks along the pathways and seeing the beautiful flowers. And I feel safe here.” A typical Senior Camp day includes worship services along with opportunities for boat rides, archery, nature hikes, bingo and other activities. Read More
Our staff at The Salvation Army take on the problems of gun violence seriously. Hear them speak on the alternatives we have to offer kids throughout the Chicagoland here at The Salvation Army.